Food for Thought : Personalized Serenity

Dear Friends,

Have you ever had someone say something to you that hits you in the face like a bucket of ice water? It is both shocking and cold at the same time your first instinct is to get warm; followed by lashing out or, to avoid confrontation, comforting yourself.

For people with body clutter issues, the comfort often comes in the form of food. For me, that food is chocolate. My feelings were hurt this weekend and after figuring out how to warm myself up, I started to think about what was in my kitchen. Unfortunately, there is chocolate from my daughter’s birthday party, dangerous chocolate: kitkat bars and snickers—both beloved and perilous at the same time for me.

I have a copied, calligraphic Serenity Prayer in my office and I was thinking about how to handle the situation I am in, I read that prayer to myself. Then I reread it with my own body clutter issues injected in. You can do this too. I can’t tell you how much peace this exercise offered me. Here’s my personalized Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
(Chocolate will not help me feel better, but You can)

Courage to change the things I can
(Chocolate is a THING. Things don’t/can’t have emotion or tell me what to do!)

And wisdom to know the difference.
(People have the ability to comfort other people. Chocolate does not have that ability)

Living one day at a time,
(I can be chocolate-free today)

Enjoying one moment at a time,
(it feels GOOD to be in control of what goes in my mouth!)

Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace
(Dealing with my thyroid issues isn’t easy, but I can do all things through Him who strengthens me)

Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it
(I am fairly sure Jesus survived without chocolate when He walked on the earth; so can I)

Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will
(I know You watch over me and will make Your paths known. Those paths are not covered in chocolate!)

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
(and I can do that WITHOUT chocolate!)

And supremely happy with you forever in the next.
(Tell me God is there chocolate in heaven?)

Leanne Ely, Your Dinner Diva since 2001
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