I love this quip. I use it as part of my "signature" in all my emails.
Of course, it’s a spin off the Serenity Prayer, but I much prefer this adaptation. It’s much more applicable in my life. I drink coffee. I drink wine. I drink coffee to be alert and DO. I drink wine to chill and RELAX. I know I’m not alone. I know many moms, especially moms of special needs kiddos who rely on this mantra.
With kids, every mom has a daily to-do list. If you homeschool, that list is even longer. I have autistic teens. My list, well, I’ve learned to call it a wish list. No matter how I plan, life just throws a curve ball, and I have to adjust. Sometimes, my kids don’t understand an assignment which I thought would take little time to accomplish. Other times, I get a call from a therapist, doctor, or Mr. WhoknowsWho, and wham, I have to deal with THIS situation right away. Of course, THIS situation blows up my to-do list. Hence, now it;s a wish list. Maybe I'll get to it...
What am I going to do? Complain? Probably. Will it help? No.
Sigh. That’s when I ask, “Dear Lord, what do you want me to do?” I have to admit it is more fun to pray “Lord, give me more coffee to change what I can change, and wine to accept what I can’t.” However, it is actually helpful to hold a cup of coffee to slow me down to think of what I should do. It helps to hold a glass of wine to reflect on what I need to accept. Obviously, I don’t do this ALL the time, but the idea still holds.
SO, I have learned to have a plan and be flexible. I just say that prayer. I have to remember that the Good Lord is in charge, and what I thought was important may not be so important. I pray that God will give me what I need and when I need it. It may be simply more coffee or more wine, depending on the case. Maybe it will be just a moment of silence to distinguish His will, and that is enough.