CT meditates: a comedy (26) If something can be done about it …

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From the Book of Joy:

If something can be done about it,
what need is there for dejection?
And if nothing can be done about it,
what use is there for being dejected?

Seems eerily similar to the Serenity Prayer:

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

So, in multiple theologic traditions, there is this same sentiment. Regardless of the origin, I find it to be an interesting source of meditation and mindfulness practice.

Of course, there is always Seinfeld’s episode, Frank Costanza yelling: SERENITY NOW.

Remember, if you’re coming on the 3-minute daily journey with me:  eyes closed, with just the simple goal of spending 3 minutes in a comfortable pose, and focusing on breath. Then to watch the inevitable stream of thoughts floating by, observing each one as a puffy cloud, letting it just drift by without diving into it, and returning to breath.

CMIO’s take: Serenity. Now.

Author: CT Lin

CMIO, UCHealth (Colorado); Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

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