Thank you to Mr. Chris Brogan for the email regarding the three words exercise. I decided this year to rely on the Old Faithful’s: serenity, courage, wisdom. Yes these reek of twelve-step programs. And here’s why I’m using each one:
SERENITY The word is more than just peace. I was going to use the word acceptance, but that might’ve been too specific. I would like to find serenity amongst turmoil, not just instead of it. I don’t seek to avoid challenging or complicated issues, I seek to jump right into them, and still be serene. I enjoy the broadness and wide spectrum of application of this one, especially as a classroom teacher, father, husband, addict, alcoholic, and yes – still a bartender.
COURAGE What I like about this word is it has his own applications, and I can link it to the previous word. Sometimes it takes quite a bit of courage to maintain serenity in these tumultuous situations. Courage can also be said to be the opposite of fear. Fear has always been my most immobilizing personal character flaw. It takes courage not only to face the large challenges, but also, sometimes to keep the small challenges from piling up. This is a broad term but I will specifically apply it to the new income streams and the identification and pursuit of my curiosity and interests.
WISDOM I continue to seek wisdom rather than intellect. I was recently reminded that the wisest men have always admitted to how little they actually know. I don’t seek to understand how every little thing works. More often I seek to understand how I work and how I may better interact and influence my surroundings. I feel like if I can find some humility, I could probably find more wisdom. And that’s what I really like about this term. It’s humble. And the humility of wisdom rather than intellect, will help me to achieve or serenity – and then we can start the cycle all over again.
Now many of you are probably saying that I just ripped this off from the serenity prayer. You’re damn right I did. That’s why preface this with, “falling back on Old Faithful.” I have pondered a few other words but I thought that I could attack all of those other words instead these three categories somehow. I wanted to use the word “produce.” Produce could mean to make something but also refers to my gardening. With serenity courage and wisdom I’ll be able to get quite a bit of gardening done.