I’ve thought a lot this week about what I am passing on to my children. They are such bright lights in this world, and I am blessed beyond measure to have them in my life. They have grown into amazing women, and I am grateful for the part I have had in that.

We had a good week, but that will not always be the case.

As they are doing all of this adulting (as they call it), they are no doubt going to have challenges. I know I cannot protect them from hard things, but I hope that I have passed on an understanding that sometimes it is what it is.

Most things in life can be changed. Hair color, clothes, jobs, relationships. In fact, most things in life do change. It’s the very nature of things.

It is what it is, but we can almost always change it and make it better.

We can see hunger and provide food. We can see hurt and provide comfort. We can see need and provide help.

Rarely do we ever have to accept that it is what it is.

But sometimes in life it is what it is, and we can’t change it. There are things that happen that are beyond our control.

But even in those moments, we have some control.  We can control our response. We can choose to stay positive. We can choose to see the good in things. We can choose to get help when doing that is hard.

I wish with all my heart that I could wrap my children up in a bubble and keep anything hard from happening. Of course I cannot. But I can pass on this prayer…

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.

The courage to change the things I can.

And the wisdom to know the difference.

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