The Serenity Prayer for today's world

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Spiritual enlightenment and well-being mantra, updated to take into account the pressures of modern life.

Buddhism has the right attitude. Self help and enlightenment are far superior healing tools than waiting for an NHS bed and whining.

The Buddhist faith are also exceptionally talented at coming up with simple chants, mantras and natty philosophical statements to allow us to make sense of the complex world we have built; to really take us back to the core of where we should be in our daily lives.

That said, one glaring omission that they probably should adopt is this slightly modified version of The Serenity Prayer (attributed, perhaps incorrectly, to the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr). It sounds like it should be from the Buddhist portfolio of mantra, despite this version being subtly altered to fit into the twenty-first century way of life:

Grant me the serenity to accept that which I cannot change,
The courage to change what I can,
The wisdom to know the difference,
And the vocabulary of a clumsy, one-eyed sailor carpenter when I fuck up

(I cannot claim credit for this version)

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