Re: [MOL] The Meaning of Serenity [02359] Medicine On Line

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Re: [MOL] The Meaning of Serenity

Dear Vicci,
With all that is going on in your life these days, I'm not surprised
you're feeling kind of shaky, dear friend. And when everything is
stirred up, it is so hard to find perspective. Unfortunately, there is
no easy fix -- though folks will always hunt for it in meds, drugs,
alcohol, money, etc., etc. Speaking from personal experience, I've found
only one source for that kind of serenity: knowing that there is higher
power with a plan... I tried for so long to "do it all" on my own, with
disasterous results. Finally, in desperation, I gave up and literally
issued God a challenge: "Ok, you think you can do better with my life?
Go for it! But I'm keeping notes!" And I did -- and he did. I mean, I
really put him to the test -- as things went wrong, or I needed help,
I'd make note of it in a journal, and then watch to see how he'd resolve
it. What amazed me is that I was always willing to settle for mediocre
solutions, when God wanted to give me the best -- his answers always
exceed my expectations.

Oh, the stories I could tell... But the real test came 3 years ago as I
sat in a bath, dicovered a lump, and knew I had breast cancer. And in
spite of it, like the mother bird in the story, I felt an impossible
serenity, "the peace that passes all understanding," as the scriptures
describe it. And that feeling stayed with me, even during the worst of
it, with bad reactions to chemo, etc. We have a very powerful God. It's
tough turning things loose to him, but wow! the things that happen when
you do!

Anyhow I share this with you as a friend, with love and concern for all
you're going through, and the hope I haven't offended. You and your
family continue to be in my prayers. Love, Joicy

Vicci Ewen wrote:
> Oh to feel serene like that mother bird.  I kinda feel shaky most of the
> time lately.  Maybe some St. Johns Wort would help when we can't pull out
> of it ourselves.  Or is there something better?  Meditation?  Hypnosis?
> Loved the story, Marty....            Vicci
> ----------
> > From: Martin Auslander <>
> > To: Medical On Line Forum <>
> > Subject: [MOL] The Meaning of Serenity
> > Date: Wednesday, August 26, 1998 7:16 AM
> >
> > Good Morning My Friends,
> >
> > My your day be a day of serenity and peace and calm and may all your
> > days and dreams be filled with the blessings of serenity. Hope you enjoy
> > the following.
> >
> > God Bless
> > marty auslander
> >
> >
> >
> > The Meaning of Serenity
> >  -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
> >  There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would
> >  paint the best picture of serenity.  Many artists tried.  The King
> > looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and
> > he had to choose between them.
> >  One picture was of a calm lake.  The lake was a perfect mirror for the
> > peaceful towering mountains that were all around it.  Overhead was a
> > blue sky with fluffy white clouds.  All who saw this picture thought
> > that it was a perfect picture of serenity.
> >  The other picture had mountains too.  But these were rugged and bare.
> > Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, and in which lightening
> > played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming  waterfall.
> > This did not look peaceful at all. But when the King looked, he saw
> > behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock.  In the
> > bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush
> > of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest ........... perfect
> > serenity. Which picture do you think won the prize? The King chose the
> > second picture.  Do you know why? "Because,"  explained the King,
> > "serenity does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise,
> > trouble, or hard work.  serenity means to be in the midst of all those
> > things and still be calm in your heart.  That is the real meaning of
> > serenity."
> >                          Robert J. Chapman, Ph.D.
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