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Day 18 – Monday November 16, 2009

November 17, 2009

I had another significant revelation when I woke up this morning.

I recently learned a prayer that some may be familiar with called “The Serenity Prayer“:

God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
The courage to change the things I can;
And the wisdom to know the difference.

It may seem strange to some to find out that, after 50 years, I haven’t been aware of this and many other simple prayers.  It is another unique trait of mine.  Like never eaten any red meat or never been hospitalized, I have never been to any religious sermons or gatherings ( excluding funerals) in my entire life.  Not that I think religion is dangerous to your health (and red meat isn’t really bad either, depending on quality and quantity) but that has just been my life, so far.

The Serenity Prayer is normally associated with Alcoholics Anonymous and other similar groups.  They accept that they cannot change the power of alcohol over their lives but they can choose to abstain from it and, in times of craving it, seek the wisdom to know when to abstain.  This is one meaning.

My revelation involves another meaning of the Serenity Prayer on a subject that has been a part of my life ever since I was born, namely, macrobiotics.  In a larger sense, macrobiotics is the study of destiny and what we can do to change it and what we can’t.  It is about finding balance and, as the prayer states, the wisdom to know the difference between when we can change our destiny and when we can’t.

Earlier, I wrote a series of posts concerning the subject of Destiny which can be found here:

1.  Exploring Destiny (part 1): An Introduction To Palmistry

2. Exploring Destiny (part 2): The Fate Of Sanpaku 1

3. Exploring Destiny (part 2): The Fate Of Sanpaku 2

4. Exploring Destiny (part 3): There are no accidents…or are there?

It has been my intention to write one last post in this series that explores the nature of the universe and to look at how much of our lives is really “pre-determined” versus how much is free will.  Based on my macrobiotic studies, I believe that we can exercise free will over only a very small portion of our lives.  The small portion that we do have control over can give us an over inflated sense that we can change anything. Our arrogance is our failure to recognize and accept and adapt to the things that we can’t change. Our ignorance is our failure to recognize and act upon the things that we can change.  Many people, for example, are ignorant of the influence that diet has on one’s health while many others are arrogant by failing to recognize when diet can’t help. There are many other examples. The Serenity Prayer can be applied to every domain in our lives.  In the end, we are all on a life-long journey to acquire the wisdom to know the difference between the two.

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  1. November 17, 2009 6:00 am

    nice post Phiya

    mike

  2. musheera permalink
    November 17, 2009 12:24 pm

    Phiya,
    this prayer means alot to me & when I 1st heard it from NA fellows..It helped change me.
    It means alot to me cause when your arrogance is broken & the need for a higher power is so pressing …the realization that there are areas & people in my life that I cannot change & that although I may work hard to change somethings on the inside..there are always things that are part me & that are so hard to change & I have to adapt & maybe just accept it.

    Thanks for posting this prayer

  3. Peter permalink
    November 19, 2009 9:24 am

    We will never know about our life which part is pre-destination and which part governed by free will. How can we judge?

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