Serenity is a be state. The state that it is might be confluent with someone who attended and successfully recovered using a twelve step program through the following phrase:
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.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
If someone you know was brave enough – and it is brave – to share that they’ve attended one of these recovery groups, be grateful and honored that they chose you to share it with. Even if they share it en masse, it takes moxy to do so. Indeed, it makes you more special than a starter Pokemon if you’re into video games. Not a legendary Pokemon, just a starter one. And if you’re wondering from the writers’ perspective, yes, spellcheck wants me to capitalize Pokemon. Yet exopotent isn’t in the dictionary this spell checker accounts for.
Moving past the conventional, or more known qualities of serenity, we’d have to dig deeper than a google search. We could consider Its’ dictionary definition, and assess it as the following:
(1) a. Unpleasant change can be reframed into pleasant change.
b.We could shine bright and steady by having a clear consistent path forward regardless of external appearances.
(2) as a majestic dignity, it could be used as an honorific. This is true to its’ etymology as well.
(3) Utter calm, although it could be a conditioned response, can also be representative of this. Have you chosen how you respond to things that would normally ruin your calm? It’s the result of a constructive use of Stephen Covey’s first habit of highly effective people. Hear it from the man himself here (1 minute).
Serenity is something that must be honored in order to be cultivated, like nature. And like nature, if we choose to stomp on it, nature may choose to stomp on us. It looks a lot like pandemonium when these skills that create serenity are not created internally.
Another example of honor in the artifice that we’ve created for ourselves can be seen on page one of this search. Notice how there’s only one person on the first page to credit him properly. I suggest that you don’t let that be you. Remember where you came from and honor that which came before you.