...self care is never a selfish act- it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.

Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Serenity, I Mean, Senility Prayer

Before teaching Jim Jackson's Bible study groups on Matthew 5:1-11 this morning (the Beatitudes), the Senility Prayer came to mind. While I meant to share it, you guessed it, I FORGOT IT! So here it is, courtesy of Connie Bielecki, in the Fall, 2009 Desert Call:

Grant me the senility
to forget the
people I never liked anyway,
the good fortune
to run into the ones I do,

and the eyesight
to tell the difference.


Feel free to share this, folks, during your next "joke time!"

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