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."
-- Attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr
The soul seeks respite from the dissonance of our lives on this plane, from the mad dashing about, the ever-present anxiety we carry that destroys our bodies, and our constant striving for achievement, success, and obsession. So it is that most addiction recovery programs use the Serenity Prayer as their mantra. The prayer centers on awareness of our limitations, our presence in the moment, and our expansion, all at the same time.
It is right to strive to achieve some modicum of success in this life, however you define it. However, most of us have a stirring deep within us that looks forward to stopping, resting, and taking a vacation from it all. How we look forward to time away from the work-a-day world! Some of us continue our frenetic pace during vacation; others simply sit and observe. Some find their escape at a beach or lake, a spa, or the mountains, others at a quiet café sipping a cappuccino.
Enjoy those moments of calm peacefulness. When you sit still, perhaps in meditation, contemplation, or prayer, your inner self can bring forth a wondrous serenity and awareness. In this serene quietness of spirit, awareness grows, to the point where it can permeate every fiber of our being.