First, I wanted to apologize for being away for so long. I have been fighting a cold and was just not feeling very "inspired."
I have heard and read the serenity prayer before, but never really felt its meaning. As I read a discussion thread on an online newspaper, the comments ranged from "Jews are dirty and stinky and should all die; that African American people and other minorities are less intelligent than other groups and therefore the achievement school quota recently approved in the state of Florida made perfect sense; that it was somehow understandable that a 14 year old got shot in the head because she defended schooling for girls; and that it was perfectly acceptable for a woman to carry the spawn of her father or even die than to terminate a pregnancy..."
As I got angrier and angrier, I had an epiphany: human beings have been enslaving, killing, raping, kidnaping, fighting for resources, amongst other reprehensible things for as long as history has been recorded and probably longer. As much as I would like to change the WHOLE world and end famine, human trafficking, drug addiction, domestic violence, truth of the matter is that I can't.
It was then the full meaning of the serenity prayer took over me. I found the serenity to accept that as one individual, I cannot change the whole world; but I have enough courage to support my local domestic violence shelter, to walk against animal cruelty, to speak up against discrimination and ignorance; and I am thankful to have found the wisdom to finally see the difference.