Celebrate the Things We Cannot Change

The Point

The serenity prayer seeks to accept things we cannot change. But, a more powerful approach would be to be grateful for them. We can never know what will surely happen. Life always interrupts our plans and our work, smashing and rearranging what is in front of us. One way or another, life is pointing us to the next, better thing. Of course, every time life rearranges something, we feel violated and indignant.

That’s the thing about feeling violated and indignant—they are forms of ingratitude. When we get something better, we should be grateful that we did, not merely accepting.