Serenity: the pie chart



At a meeting last week, someone expressed this idea with physical gestures.

He spread his arms wide to represent just how much in life he had to let go — that he realized he couldn’t do anything about.

And then, to indicate how much he had power over, he held his thumb and forefinger up, as if to say, “this teeny tiny bit.”

I started playing around with the graph/chart function in Excel and made this nifty reminder. I think I will print it out and post it above my desk.

Now, I just need to get a handle on that “wisdom to know the difference” thing….

3 Responses to “Serenity: the pie chart”

  1. C!!!

    This is priceless!

    A fantastic visual!



  2. That graph reminds me of the serenity prayer. We gotta target and change what we can – that’s how you gotta do it.

  3. Visually, I think the proportions are relevant. There is actually very little that we have control over. The serenity prayer to me is basically asking God for the green light and courage to get busy on our short list (small wedge) of responsibilities in life.

    The good part is that the long list (big wedge) is God’s list. Just because we turn it over to him, doesnt mean that things are not being worked on. In fact they are, just not by us. They are none of our business until they end up back on our list.

    This way, the actions and behaviours we do in our recovery and life in general we can do with total commitment, enthusiasm and an absence of anxiety. The large wedge is not today’s business but it is in good hands (accept we cannot change).

    Recovery is not a spectator sport. It is a participation sport… but only on the things that we can change. This is usually enough to fill our time and energy. That is what I have found anyway.

    If we filter our activity through the serenity prayer, we find we are working on things that can make a difference to us and returns are usually observable very soon (not always). We are actually doing ourselves and everyone else a huge favour by doing only the things we can do. And leaving the rest for now to God (as we understand him).

    Great observation.



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