Saturday, August 27, 2011

Waiting it Out

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. 
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
--Reinhold Niebuhr--

Isn't that such a beautiful prayer?  In the addiction field, we often hear and say the Serenity Prayer, but not in its entirety. 

Just dropping by to wish you all well.  To those in the path of the storm, please be safe, and for goodness sakes, do listen to our officials.  It's still fairly calm here, but I know that there always is a calm before the storm. My supervisor lives on Staten Island, TWO blocks from the ocean, but they refuse to evacuate.  Her hubby just doesn't believe it is going to be as bad as they say it is, and it's obvious they know nothing of dealing with a storm like this.  They're plan for safety is to head for the basement.  That's something you do in a tornado.  In a hurricane, you try to get to higher ground. I've lectured until I was blue in the face so now all I can do is pray for their safety.  By the way, speaking of evacuations...

...this should prove to be a rather interesting weekend, in more ways than one.  Not only is the city warning 'everyone' to stay inside for the duration of the hurricane once it begins, but I will be spending it with one of my 'favorite' of hubby's sisters I had mentioned the other day.  It's really something how you can talk someone up, isn't it?

Well, she does live in an evacuation area and had no place to go.  It's an emergency situation.  I may not be happy about it, but how could I possibly say 'no?'  There is no place for grudges and resentments when lives are at stake, so, I will be riding out two storms, so to speak.  I will be playing hostess to the sister, her daughter, and her daughter's four children...all under the age of six, in my tiny 5 room apartment.  Should be very interesting, to say the least.  

I'm not going to kid myself into thinking that this will be the magic bullet that makes her like me.  I've been through that too many times before and have ended up hurt because of it. So, I'll put on a smile, serve her some tea, and listen to her profuse profession of love for her favorite sister-in-law with the total knowledge that when the storm blows over it will carry with it her newly found love for me, and things will  once again return to normal.  

Be safe, my friends, and those in the path of Irene, please try to let us know how you are.  If all goes well, and the electricity remains, I'll be here as soon as I can.  Blessings to you all.


  1. Hoping that it isn't nearly as bad as predicted, stay safe.

  2. Much good luck with the "home invasion", I feel for you! And you, too, stay safe. I can't believe that about your supervisor, going to the basement! Hope they will be okay.


    Talk about adding insult to injury!

    I have no words to say, which can counsel you or wrap you in enough GENTLE HUGS, to get through this horrible situation.

    I wish I could magically zip down there, and BRING JUST YOU, upstate with us!!!!!!!!! I mean it!!!

    Best wishes and hugs and I will be thinking of you, my Dear Friend.

  4. Hello sweet friend....We've been following the hurricane....on the news here in Montana. Sounds like you are fairly safe.....will be checking in periodically. Stay calm as I know you will....doesn't that beautiful prayer come in handy!!



  5. I HEAR YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ain't this SOME SHIT????????????

    I too got a MIND BLOWER!

  6. I didn't even know that there was a 2nd verse to the Serenity Prayer or that this poem was written by the great theologian Reinhold Neibuhr! But once I read your post, I know why you started with that, LOL! Good luck, in every sense of that word.

  7. Mary...if anyone can pull this off it is you Dear Heart. I am there with you in spirit and sending you strength and patience to endure! As the river of life flows, so will these moments, eh?

    Stay Safe Dear Friend!!!!
    Much love and many blessings...

  8. I'll say a couple of serenity prayers for your benefit. Been thinking about you as I listen to storm reports. X

  9. Glad that YOU are safe in what appears to be an amazing storm. And I'll say a few prayers that Irene also blows in a miracle for you as regards your sister-in-law. I know you'll be using that wonderful Serenity prayer often this weekend! Breathe, pray, repeat.

  10. Stay safe! Oh, I hope you put some magic stuff in the tea. LOL!

  11. Thought about you most of yesterday. Watching New York City on Fox News now it is a live broadcast. Raining but not bad. They are saying that it should be there by 8, in about three hours. Prays have been said and candles lit. Stay safe my dear sweet friend. Love you! (((HUGS)))