Billy had a framed prayer on his office wall which expressed his method for keeping going, even though he was unenthusiastic about living. A lot of patients who saw the prayer on Billy’s wall told him that it helped them to keep going, too. It went like this:
GOD GRANT ME
THE SERENITY TO ACCEPT
THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE,
TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN
AND WISDOM ALWAYS
TO TELL THE
Among the things Billy Pilgrim could not change were the past, the present, and the future.
To the few people who randomly stumble upon this blog once in a while: sorry for the lack of updates. Work’s been busy and I haven’t had a lot of time to read. So it goes.
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse 5 (1969; London, 2000), 50.