by Judy Miske
When I celebrated my 80th birthday last year, I considered it a day when I officially was a senior citizen.
I began to become aware of signs of some kinds of diminishments. Was this the beginning of the aging process?
Yes, my hair was becoming white and more thin and fragile. Arthritis was a constant companion. I looked into the mirror and saw my elderly mother’s face. When I went for my yearly physical exam, I was told my height was diminishing . . . ” That can’t be!” I exclaimed. I resisted the whole idea of giving in to being elderly! The clincher was when it was strongly suggested that I put my end-of-life plans into place and I needed Health Care agents!
Then I remembered the life lesson of the 12-step spirituality I had learned years ago and found myself praying the Serenity Prayer. “O God, grant me the serenity to accept what I cannot change, to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Ps. 71: 17-22 Reinforces the wisdom behind this prayer- O God, you have taught me from my youth and I proclaim Your wonders still.
Even ‘til I am old and gray-headed
(80 plus one) do not forsake me, O God!
Perhaps the secret of serenity is living One Day At A Time . . . and singing the country song:
“One Day at a time, Sweet Jesus, that’s all I’m asking of You…show me the Way…One Day at a time.”