God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
It's the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life
Seems like I spent half my life finding out who I am and now I find out that I will have to change that over and over!
I used to identify myself as a Smoker – now I am a lifelong EXer! Not the same person at all!
I work in geriatrics. Every day I see folks who were once independent have to learn to become dependent. Some of them get rather demanding in their fear of letting go! Others find a way to become very gracious. They might also be afraid – getting older is not for Sissies! – but they maintain respectful attitudes toward their care providers.
If we’re lucky enough, little by little we are stripped of what we thought we were. We no longer get to/have to work for a living. We no longer live in a house with a yard. We no longer have a houseful of stuff to identify with. Heck, if you get old enough, you may have to receive help with all of your daily living skills! And some of us will sadly, lose our minds.
That’s the circle of life! A constant stream of letting go and accepting. A constant relearning the definition of me.
I often catch myself clinging to the old me – unwilling to let go of who I was and it gets in the way of who I am becoming. Like Gollum I hover over my precious as my obsession damages me. I have to let go in order to let become that which awaits me.