The Courage to change the things I can,
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
I especially need this prayer today.
I cannot begin to express the sadness and anger and heartbreak I feel over the events of the past weekend. 50 beautiful, thriving, incredible human beings had their lives brutally and heartlessly taken from them, out of hate. And there's nothing I can do.
I am completely and utterly powerless to change what happened. I cannot bring any of those innocent victims back from the dead. I cannot fix the heartbreak and the pain that their families are going through. I simply cannot change the past.
And that hurts. Because my heart wants to rewind time and make this entire thing go away. Because who am I if I don't help?
The answer is in the prayer -- I can help, just differently.
I will help by loving each and every person I meet, regardless of the color of their skin, or who they love. I will help by loving myself, and recognizing that, while I have no power over other people's actions, I have power over my own. And I will help by exercising that power, that power to change my own behavior, by loving -- fiercely, unconditionally and wholeheartedly.
I will help by taking responsibility for my own actions, rather than trying to control the actions of others.
And in doing so, I will change the world.