Friday, August 20, 2021

How I lost 100 pounds with St. Francis and the Serenity Prayer

Today's weight loss post is going to be written by a guest blogger, namely dear St. Francis of Assisi. I've written a lot about how I lost 100 pounds with Al-Anon slogans and I realized that the most important of all was the Serenity prayer. It goes:

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference."

You may be asking, what the serenity prayer has to do with obesity and weight loss. And I'll tell you: everything. More than any diet, the serenity prayer is THE path to lose weight (get sober, beat any addiction, get closer to God, heal myself). Al-Anon explains that discerning and accepting what we can't change (people or situations) and changing what we can (obesity, with weight loss, etc.). 

I also follow (or try my best to follow) the Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen. There's a lot to unpack here. And each day I understand it a little more. And then I realize how much more I have to learn. So I'll just let the words of this dynamic prayer speak for themselves. Namaste, Pax, Shalom. 

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