Words to Live By: Accept


It’s known as 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’s the kind of saying that appears on a poster taped to the ceiling in the dentist’s office and you can look up and read it while you’re getting your teeth drilled. It’s a cliche, and like most writers, I am locked in mortal battle against cliches.

Plus, I don’t pray and I don’t believe in God. Not a bit. I’m more of an evolutionary science type of disciple.

And yet, there’s one word in that prayer that keeps haunting me: Accept.

I say haunting because the idea of acceptance lingers in my consciousness, persistent and recurrent. But I haven’t always been the most skillful or graceful accepter, which is a problem because this fall, I need to summon all the acceptance I can muster up.

Three huge impacts on my life are looming:

  1. My agent will be shopping my latest novel, THIS GAME WE PLAY, to publishers.
  2. There is a presidential election that is giving me serious jitters.
  3. My young adult daughter had decided to take on the challenge of a lifetime.

The source of my angst is that I have no control over the outcome of any of these three situations. I can’t do anything except wait, hope, and cast magic spells. And I must accept whatever happens. I’m just not sure how to do that.

Another word to live by: Savor

I’ve also adopted savor as a word to live by. Recently, I’ve savored the mundane task of shaving and I’ve also savored wind chimes when there has been no wind and underripe raspberries.

By David Klein

David Klein

Published novelist, creative writer, journalist, avid reader, discriminating screen watcher.


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