"If you could once make up your mind in the fear of God never to undertake more work of any sort than you can carry on calmly, quietly, without hurry or flurry, and the instant you felt yourself growing nervous and like one out of breath, would stop and take breath, you would find this simple common-sense rule doing for you what no prayers or tears could ever accomplish."
My mistakes. The sins and shorcomings of others. The mistakes of others. That which is none of my business. Politics and world affairs. That which I cannot get done. And that which I cannot get undone. The un-understandable. That for which I am not remotely responsible.
"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."
~~Quoted from the sidenotes written by Ruth Bell Graham in the book, The Quest for Serenity, by G. H. Morling. c1989 p. 66
"Dear heart, God does not say
today, 'Be Strong!'
He knows your strength is spent,
He knows how long the road has been
How weary you have grown;
For He who walked the earthly roads alone,
Each bogging lowland and each long, steep hill,
Can understand, and so He says,
'Be still and know that I am God.'
The hour is late and you must rest awhile,
and you must wait
Until life's empty reservoirs fill up
As slow rain fills an empty, upturned cup,
Hold up your cup, dear child, for God to fill.
He only asks today that you be still."