The Serenity Prayer
Reinhold Niebuhr


God grant me the
S E R E N I T Y
To accept the things
I cannot change
C O U R A G E
To change the
things I can and
W I S D O M
To know the difference

The physician’s prayer
T, Robert Hutchison (1953)


From inability to let well alone;
from too much zeal for the new and contempt for what is old;
from putting knowledge before wisdom,
science before art,
and cleverness before common sense,
from treating patients as cases,
and from making the cure of the disease more grievous than the endurance of the same,
Good Lord, deliver us”

Children Learn What They Live
Dorothy Law Nolte


If children live with criticism,
they learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility,
they learn to fight.
If children live with fear,
they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity,
they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule,
they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy,
they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame,
they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement,
they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance,
they learn patience.
If children live with praise,
they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance,
they learn to love.
If children live with approval,
they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition,
they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing,
they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty,
they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness,
they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration,
they learn respect.
If children live with security,
they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness,
they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.