Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Serenity at Night,
acrylics on canvas panel

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serenity - the absence of mental stress or anxiety

The Serenity Prayer is the common name for an originally untitled prayer written by the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in the 1930s or early 1940s.

God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
courage to change
the things that should be changed,
and the wisdom
to distinguish the one from the other.

This is how it looks in Norwegian

The philosopher W.W. Bartley juxtaposes Niebuhr's prayer with a Mother Goose rhyme expressing a similar sentiment.

For every ailment under the sun
There is a remedy, or there is none;
If there be one, try to find it;
If there be none, never mind it.


"Serenity is not the freedom from the storm,
but peace amid the storm

Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.
Thomas S. Szasz quotes (Hungarian psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, b.1920) nodp