off topic: serenity prayer

I find myself more and more often flinging the Serenity Prayer at my lubbin hubbin, trying in vain to convince him relax and blow off the irritation of some fairly irritating coworkers.

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

I’ve always liked the Serenity Prayer. Except for that god stuff. I’m an atheist and don’t hold much with that god stuff – but hey, to each his or her own.

Anyhoo. Gotta love Wikipedia. Not only did I find the most common recitation but some key alternates. Latin:

Deus, dona mihi serenitatem accipere res quae non possum mutare
Fortitudinem mutare res quae possum
Aatque sapientiam differentiam cognoscere

The Latin is key because the hubbin was raised old skool (pre-Vatican II) Catholic and attended a boarding school where Latin was a required language course. But this is what truly caught my attention – attributed to Mother Goose circa 1695:

For every ailment under the sun
There is a remedy, or there is none;
If there be one, try to find it;
If there be none, never mind it.

Brilliant. Succinct. Religiously neutral. Who could ask for more?

Did I mention that I have an unnatural attachment to water fowl?

Srsly. Can’t get better than this.

The Mother Goose

The Mother Goose

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Boba Vader on August 11, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Dude, this is a duck.

  2. Posted by bbc72 on August 12, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Yeah I thought so, too. But it was listed as a goose from where I borrowed it. 😀

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