Thursday, January 28, 2010

Living for the joy of it

I was flipping through some stack of papers in my drawer
and stumbled on a copy of the serenity prayer i had from years back
I read the words again...

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.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him (Reinhold Niebuhr)

Days spent at the computer struggling to meet the deadline
Oblivious to the sweet process of creativity,
more conscious of the ticking clock that would soon strike time,
time to dash out of the office lest i spend the best part of the evening 
along the crazy traffic that has become the norm here in Lagos

Hours spent pinning for the things my heart desires
Blind to the abundance that presently surrounds.
More aware of the supposed satisfaction of those who have to themselves
Those things that seem far, beyond my reach.

It was a conversation last year that brought the change
I sat behind two women at a function
Apparent friends who had lost contact over the years
and were excited to finally see once again.

They talked about the years past and accomplishments so far.
The one ohhhh'ed and ahhhh'ed  as the other flashed her wedding band
and the other waved dismissively
as she bounced the one's little girl on her laps, 

You see, one had a marriage and no child
The other, a child and no marriage.
And to each, the other was better off
i couldnt help but laugh out loud.

How many times we live life struggling with the things we cannot control
How often we choose to dwell on the negatives rather than celebrate the positives
How often we wait for life to give us the right environment for peace, for joy
When every single second, the choice lies with us to decide what to feel.

Two things resound in my head these days...entering and living in God's rest and Changing my perspective, its amazing how life can seem so different in the light of these even when sometimes we do not see anything in the physical that has changed

I stumbled on this blog and these words made so much sense to me

I choose to live with heavenly perspective, in the mist of earth uncertainties.
Tomorrow is a million miles away, but I choose to hope and believe that it will come,

I have today to be my best in the service of mankind.
I choose today to set aside, malice, strive, anger, hatred, grudge, evil conversation
And embrace, peace, forgiveness, love, faith, purity.
I choose to see the beauty in each day, regardless of the weather
I strive for perfection only in what will be for the benefit of others.
Sometimes I may succeed, sometimes I may fail,
But that’s ok, because as long as I take one day at a time,
I may achieve the ultimate goal, hope blossoming into reality


  1. Hmmm, this is so deep. I dont know where to start from.

    Is it the one of serenity, or the hurried life we live, or the 2 women at the function?

    I love the words "When every single second, the choice lies with us to decide what to feel."

    Yeah, i really liked that post from Debbie.

  2. This is so pertinent to me right now. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. The exchange btw both women was funny.

    Many times we are prone to looking outside ourselves for something better, meanwhile God has placed the "best" for us in us already. LOL.

  4. Oh wow, you're a Francine Rivers fan too...

  5. I'm discovering everyday that I am the creator of my own world.

    Why waste my years reaching for that which other people have when I can create my own?

    Our destinies are truly in our hands.

    Your post provoked some deep thoughts.

  6. Nice to have you visit my place today, And I appreciate the follow. I'm enjoying meeting bloggers from around the world. So you're from the same place as Rita? I am growing fond of that woman's big heart and the volume of wisdom she shares. :) this was a fun story btween the 2 women. The end piece of choosing to live with heavenly perspective was great. I look forward to getting to know you better.

    Keep growing closer to Jesus

    Patrina <")>><

  7. It's a crazy maze, this thing called life. Sometimes i wish God would just show me the A to Z my life so i won't put effort where i can't control.

  8. @ Rita

    Yes o, I'm learning a great deal about choices

    Thanks a bunch, I'm glad you like it

    I'm sure glad you relate with it, its my joy to share it

    @ Jaycee

    That sure was funny, and yeah, I'm a francine fan...even got upset when someone said she was over rated

    I've been asking myself the same question too

    @Patrina said...

    Thanks Patrina, it would sure be great getting to know you.

    @ Telekinesys

    You know, i wish same sometimes too...if only wishes were horses....