God give me the serenity to accept things which cannot be changed; give me courage to change things which must be changed; and the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.
This quote is wise in itself, except for being addressed to God as a request. Serenity, courage and wisdom should all three be object of exercise, reflection and self-awareness more than divine enlightenment.
In my opinion, this “prayer” also misses two things:
– Most of things that we believe to be unchangeable, are so due more to our own limits than to their own objective reality.
– In our times, social processes mutate under such a dynamic and giddy way, that things that cannot be changed at a certain time, might turn into changeable the next minute.
We would, therefore, need to add a fourth virtue to the triad: shrewdness, so as to be alert enough to detect these changes as soon as they occur.