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Cultivating Resilience

 

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.

~ Reinhold Niebuhr

Serenity Prayer: Extended Version

God, grant us the…
Serenity to accept things we cannot change,
Courage to change the things we can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference
Patience for the things that take time
Appreciation for all that we have, and
Tolerance for those with different struggles
Freedom to live beyond the limitations of our past ways, the
Ability to feel your love for us and our love for each other and the
Strength to get up and try again even when we feel it is hopeless.

~ Reinhold Niebuhr

Explanation

Niebuhr's prayer outlines a workable strategy for cultivating resilience. All of the elements included in Niebuhr's outline, Abdul Rahman found in the Qur'an. As a child, Rahman had memorized large portions of Islam's holy book. Research, similarly, has confirmed that he was schooled in many subjects such as Hadith, where Abdul Rahman could turn in times of hopelessness and despair.

 

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