“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr
Why this quote resonates with me: I tattooed this quote on my ribs a year before my husband and I were brutally attacked in our home, after three armed men broke in.
I’d connected with this quote (by Reinhold Niebuhr) many years back when I was a teenager. It has brought me a lot of calm since then and has been gentle reminder to breathe through situations that aren’t in my control.
That said, over the years I developed the courage to not only change the things I can but also to change the things I cannot accept – things like animal neglect, abuse and overpopulation – so I’m going to have to add that onto my tattoo 😉
It’s a cheeky response to my original ink but a great symbol for how, when I connected with my purpose to make a positive difference in the lives of others – human, animal and our planet – I began to actively use my voice for the voiceless and stepped into my potential for impact!
I’ve since founded a social impact and non-profit platform JustOneThing365 NPC which inspires and helps people to do just one thing, 365 days a year, to make a difference, no matter how seemingly small. I may have to tattoo that as well now.
The work I do is grounded in my purpose and has helped me to be brave, resilient and live an authentic, fulfilled and inspired life of impact.
“We can set all the goals we want and have a great vision, but without purpose, those goals (big or small) are destined to fail.” That’s an excerpt from my book and, although it’s my quote, it really has changed my life and the way I live it.
So here’s to each of us living purposeful lives of impact – lives that truly inspire us and support us in making a meaningful difference.
Petra Laranjo, author of Living On Purpose. The Key To Change Your Life And Impact Others is driven to inspire and help you discover, connect and align your purpose, values, self-worth and daily habits so that you can show up fully in your life and impact others.
Learn more at www.petralaranjo.com
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