Dear God, there is a higher self, whom I know you would have me be. That self is industrious, kind, responsible, pious. In my actions, yet even more so in my attitudes and thoughts, I fall short. I am slothful, indolent, selfish in my thinking.
Lord, O Lord, guide me. Master my thoughts, for I cannot. Let me have grace, that there be some small space between my abject thoughts and my actions.
Even if I cannot or do not allow my inner life to be ruled, let my outer life conform to your calling. Let me live the life you have established for me, and fulfill the role you have appointed.
Let my higher self rule the lower.