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  • You know the Serenity Prayer: God 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. From bible-thumping zealots to those only casually acquainted with a higher power, this mantra can be a grounding force.

    As a kid, I remember a crocheted version of the prayer hung quietly on the wall in the living room. In that same room where words and fists were flung so carelessly.

    These days I find the ability to accept what I cannot change is sometimes too easy. My will to accept defeat is tied so inextricably to the childlike desire to flee, rather than stand firm. Balled fists aren't an inevitability, hardly even a possibility these days. Courage is a stranger.
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