God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
So few words, yet so profound...
When I first had to face the shambles my life had become I could not even memorize this little prayer...honestly, it took me about a year (and its not like you haven't heard it before or seen it on some wall hanging somewhere) - I was just numb.
I stumbled on words like "accept" - nothing that had happened was "acceptable" to me! My program helped me to re-define what "accept" meant. It is about the past, things that cannot be undone, no matter how hard we try or wish for it to be different.
It helps me to remember I can only control my own reactions/responses to situations and need to leave the rest alone. It also encourages me to to behave responsibly in my own conduct and be willing to address my shortcomings and make changes.
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