“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.”

Serenity is the state of calmness or peacefulness. This is one of my favorite words because I feel that everyone should always strive to be in a state of peacefulness with no negative disturbances or conflict. This can be applied to family, relationship, friendship, and work conflicts that you may be dealing with at this time. Personally, saying this prayer to myself in certain situations has helped me to handle the conflicts in a more mature and appropriate way. I have had to work through coworkers spreading lies about me, disagreements with my parents, having to end friendships, and more. By repeating the serenity prayer in difficult situations you are reminding yourself that there will be situations that are beyond your control and you have to learn to be okay with that and for situations that you can resolve we should aim for peaceful resolutions. Sometimes this may require putting your pride to the side, removing people from your life, or making changes within yourself, but you have to understand that ultimately its for your own well-being.

I challenge you all to use this tool in a conflict or difficult situations you may be in because I guarantee that you WILL feel better in the end. Good luck!

BFDC love,

Johnesha Hinson