A lesson from the West Lawn.

They say that polite conversation should avoid sex, religion, and politics.

I trust we can include Moodnudges in the polite conversation category.

However, there’s just no getting away from the fact that, depending on when you read this, it’s either only a few hours until the 45th US President will be taking the oath of office, or it will all be over.

To be honest, California isn’t exactly teeming with Donald Trump supporters, part of which is explained by the fact that this part of the US has long been referred to as the Left Coast.

California traditionally votes Democrat.

But in the spirit of polite conversation, all I’d like to say on the matter is that once the election had taken place back in November, the fact that Mr. Trump was going to be in the White House was a done deal.

Some may not like it, but unless you’re a political activist, there’s frankly not a whole lot you can do about it other than accept it.

And isn’t there a parallel in general life with this?

I’m guessing that there may be certain things in your own life, as there are in mine, that aren’t entirely ideal.

There may be matters that you and I might wish were otherwise.

But although we may have the power to change some (and often, we do actually have more influence over more things than we may sometimes believe), there are probably others over which we have little control.

I think this is where practicing acceptance comes in, summed up nicely in what’s known as 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.

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

There’s a new President. Let’s get on, shall we?

By the way, I should recognise that since I’ve now brought up politics and religion, I’d better sign off before I break all three rules.

That would be bonkers.

4 thoughts on “A lesson from the West Lawn.

  1. Haha! Nice one, Jon.
    Living in the UK, we’ve had a run of…. less than ideal political situations arise.
    But I have decided to live in, and give out, Hope.
    May I say, God bless America (and Britain!)

    And at the risk of mentioning the third taboo subject, I’ll pull out now 😉

  2. Of course, you know that this serenity prayer is used in AA meetings and associated fellowships. I guess I’ve said it thousands of times, over the years, sometimes as a mantra to get me through really difficult times.

    Acceptance is the single thing I have to practice every single day to keep me in some form of balance.

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