As a teenager, I got a notebook with this quote on the cover with a beautiful, vibrant beach photo. I liked the message & the bright colors & it brought me great comfort every time I used it. It wasn't until wasn't until I entered college that the quote started to take on new meaning.
Although I loved college, it was a major growing period in my life & I faced some really hard things. Some challenges came because of my own choices, while others happened from the actions of others & the normal course of growing up. I turned to prayer & faith often. This quote became a lifeline in the turmoil of my life.
“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.” —Reinhold Niebuhr
It motived me to be brave enough to face difficult changes & uncomfortable conversations—I’m terrified of confrontation, by the way. It taught me to find peace & faith when confronted with circumstances I couldn't control. It prompted me to take a step back from what I was facing & reflect with wisdom on what I should do next. I clung to these words to with all I could & they have continued to help me get though my toughest challenges. They have made me stronger.
“Papered Thoughts” is an ongoing series, sharing thoughts on positive & motivational quotes to uplift & inspire readers to think differently & become better.