Did Marcus Aurelius write the serenity prayer?


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As you may know, I have always loved the serenity prayer, I use it to keep me on course, when my kids here me say it, they think I’m doing witchcraft, lol. I have been known to known to mumble it under my breath, when I’m trying to maintain my composure, secure my calm resolve, serenity.

Recently, while reading a book about Marcus Aurelius, I came across this quote attributed to him.

Objective judgment, now at this very moment.

Unselfish action, now at this very moment.

Willing acceptances now, at this very moment- of all external events.

That’s all you need.

Add some religion, or relinquishment of power and add some prose…

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference

In Marcus’s version, the power was his, as if he was solidifying his own resolve, or commanding the universe grant him with it.

In the prayer, the anonymous author is asking God to give him these things.

Ancient stoic,  anonymous saint or a recovering alcoholic, whomever coined the words, the message is the same.

Time and experience have taught me, only I have the ability to suck up life and let go of control of others. I no longer ask God for these things, rather remind myself that I already have them.

Serenity, courage, wisdom.

The choice is always mine.


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