When I was considering what to name my new practice, an exercise in identifying core values came to mind and the word SERENITY would not be dismissed. For me, this has always been a core value. It has also been a quality that I bring to my work with patients and an important treatment goal. Our world and our culture is one that can easily generate trauma, stress and anxiety and I want my clinic to be a place that exemplifies and amplifies serenity for myself, my patients and my colleagues. I was introduced to the Serenity Prayer as a youth and it has also become an important mantra for me. While my clinical focus is not recovery, I welcome people in all stages of recovery into my practice. Below, I’ve included a few versions of the Serenity Prayer.
Traditional Serenity Prayer
Powerful Serenity Prayer
Grateful Serenity Prayer
It’s interesting to note that in the original form, as written by Reinhold Niebuhr, he prays first for courage,” Father, give us courage to change what must be altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other.” In these troubled times, I am also powerfully inspired by these words from Angela Davis.
I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.Angela Y. Davis