Readiness is a function of time and place, and disposition. "When the student is ready, the teacher appears," but. When the teacher is ready, the teacher waits. Obi wan Kenobi and Yoda spent most of their lives waiting. "When the flower opens, the bees appear," but. When the bees are ready, they send out the scouts. Jesus cursed the fig tree because it wasn't ready when he was. I know the feeling. So do the bees. As do the Obi wan Kenobi's and the Yoda's of every generation. But hurrying readiness is not ours to achieve. We can send out the scouts and open ourselves to the lessons each moment is there to teach those who are ready to receive what the time and place of our living have to offer. The fig tree was Jesus's teacher. If he was ready for the lesson.
Common courtesy and mutual respect are hard to find these days. That's where we come in. Exhibit it. Extend it. Expect it. Be kind. Let everything fall into place around kindness.
Serenity is a function of sincerity. Sincerity lives in light of what needs to be done in each situation as it arises, and lets that be that. No willing what cannot be willed. No forcing anything out of time. No pushing things past their limits, or disregarding boundaries, or ignoring what fits and what does not belong. Just knowing what is called for-- where and when and how-- and doing that. And letting that be that. Without looking for anything in return. In a "This is the way things are, and this is what can be done about it, and that's that" kind of way.