- God, give me grace to accept with serenity
- the things that cannot be changed,
- Courage to change the things
- which should be changed,
- and the Wisdom to distinguish
- the one from the other.
- Living one day at a time,
- Enjoying one moment at a time,
- Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
- Taking, as Jesus did,
- This sinful world as it is,
- Not as I would have it,
- Trusting that You will make all things right,
- If I surrender to Your will,
- So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
- And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
I'm sure most of us have recited or read the Serenity Prayer in some form or context, even if you don't participate in a 12-step program. The one I quote above is a little different. It sounds more like a "Christian" prayer, but I like to focus on it occasionally because it reminds me in a different way that we all need serenity is our lives.
That doesn't come from within. It comes from a spiritual being or beings that grant us serenity out of an overflowing grace. I believe that being is God. Not everyone believes that God is the source, but He/She/etc. is the expression of serenity in my world. I'm still seeking the right place to learn to live that serenity in such a way that others can see it in my life.
Serenity isn't just for addicts or alcoholics. It's for all of us, but it may take a lifetime to get there.