It's a famous prayer, the Serenity Prayer:
“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.”
When I was again talking about things that need to change in the world we live in, a friend from high-school said “I gave up on worrying about the part of life I cannot control. Otherwise, it's impossible to live. Instead of complaining about realities I cannot change, I concentrate on the things I can, because there actually is no other choice.”
This “things I cannot change” expression brought a smile to my lips. I heard the same thing all my life whenever I criticized anything. Only when I heard George Bernard Shaw's quote:
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
I was so relieved. Sigh!
I mean, aren't there things that disturb me a lot and I know that it's not in my power to do anything about them? Yes, there are. I choose to stay away from those things, avoid them as much as possible instead of adapting to them. On the other hand, I go on wasting my breath with the hope of making one person question... When it comes to things I believe need to be changed with my heart and soul, I never ever thought of them as “realities I cannot change.” I wouldn't do it. (Apart from laws of nature ;) Like the ant who sets of to go on the pilgrimage: “Even if I do not make it there, be it, I'll die walking that road.”
By the way, someone who is followed by Obama has started following me! Is it of any significance? Be it or not, I'm now two degrees to Obama. Well, Okan Bayülgen (a famous showman in Turkey) started following me too but what do I care about the follow if he doesn't get me on his show, right? :) But one day it will come. One day it will happen. Someone will turn up and make my ideas heard, I'm waiting.