It’s barely the end of Janaury and already, I’m thinking that I need another vacation. I catch myself wishing for time to pause, if only for a moment…you know, just so that this Writer can get her stuff together. Too many activities all around me; so many deadlines I’ve set for myself that seem totally unrealistic with the little amount of time in my hands. I sometimes wish I had three hands, or better yet, wish I had one more extra hour just so I could finish all my projects and daily tasks – care for kids, hubby, work on my writing, my day job at the hospital, call friends that I promised a decade ago that I was going to call, return emails, etcetera etcetera. Unfortunately, my wishes are like the proverbial “if wishes were horses” because the truth is, the world doesn’t wait, and the demands we make on ourselves and those that others make on us doesn’t wait either.
Thus, in the quest for calm, I find myself praying the serenity prayer a lot…you know, to sort of guide me through each task as I remind myself that it’s all going to be okay. It’s a popular prayer with several versions,but my favourite is this:
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.
Wherever you are, have a day filled with serenity, regardless of whatever it is you’re going through.
Before I sign off, I need to mention this. In the next few days, I’ll be sharing Bolaji Olatunde’s review of Teju Cole’s “Open City”. I haven’t read the book yet, (You are probably shaking your head and going,”No surprise there because it’s not romance’, but guess what? Lately, I’ve been reading books that are not in the romance genre and I’ve been enjoying them tremendously). I really enjoyed reading Olatunde’s exhaustive review of the book that I said to myself, “Wow…now, that’s a book I’d like to read,” so I’ll be getting my copy soonest. So watch this space this week for the review.
Until next time, may serenity always be yours. I know I’ll need loads of it 🙂