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. -Reinhold Niebuhr

Today I interviewed a Regina Staloch, president of the Catholic Divorce Ministry. She got involved with the national organization after more than 20 years of marriage. For her, the Serenity Prayer guided her though this difficult time in her life.

She said the line, “to accept the things I cannot change” was especially important to her. Regina’s husband filed for divorce when he decided to leave for another woman. Regina was torn up, but she used her new single status as an opportunity to help others who were going through the same agonizing situation. Though divorce wasn’t her decision, she accepted what she couldn’t change and poured her energy into helping others get through rough relationships.

Today, identify one nagging concern or fear. Can you change it? If yes, then determine how to tackle the issue tactfully. If you can’t change it, understand that there are bigger plans in store for you. Use your talents and gifts to change what can be changed in your life and others’ lives–for the better.