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.
- "The Serenity Prayer" (adapted from Reinhold Niebuhr)

The things I cannot change?
The past.
Other people.

The things I can change?
The present.
The future.


In the work of forgiving, I am sorting this out. Whenever I wrestle with the reality of wounds, and dare to speak tenderly and truthfully of them, I am honoring the impact of what has happened. Whenever I fix my gaze upon my Now, and see clearly where I am and what I want, I am honoring what could be. I don't need to know exactly how to get there, but I can trust there is sufficient grace and guidance to get there. To make room for these, I must learn the art of letting go. And, like any art, it takes practice.

Seed: Forgiveness is the release of all hope for a better past. -Author Unknown

Affirmation: Today, I remember that I am not alone on this spiritual quest. I am thankful for the work of forgiveness, for it is the practice of honoring the truth of the past and the gift of power in the present.