November 11, 2010
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You Capture: Serene
This week’s You Capture theme is serene (serene is defined as calm, peaceful, or tranquil). I wasn’t sure that I had any photo that would be representative of calm, peaceful or tranquil…and I nearly blew off this week, but I know how important serenity is to me and so many others.

I then recalled some photos I took the other day as I drove some of the country roads by our house. I’m often drawn to this one pasture just a couple of miles from our house (you may recall a photo I shared from the same pasture a few weeks ago: here.) These roads are just minutes from the daily hustle and bustle…but here, at this pasture…the air is quiet, the wind is calm, the sky is beautiful, the sun is shining and I am at peace. I find serenity in this place (apparently, the cows do too). 
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(the prayer below is often prayed during Alcoholics Anoymous meetings…I am not an alcoholic, but addiction is a part of my family – serenity is one thing we are always looking for)

Serenity Prayer 
God, grant us the… 
Serenity to accept things we cannot change, 
Courage to change the things we can, and the 
Wisdom to know the difference 
Patience for the things that take time 
Appreciation for all that we have, and 
Tolerance for those with different struggles 
Freedom to live beyond the limitations of our past ways, the 
Ability to feel your love for us and our love for each other and the 
Strength to get up and try again even when we feel it is hopeless.