The Serenity Prayer begins:
God grant us the serenity to accept
the things we cannot change,
courage to change the things we can,
and wisdom to know the difference.
From 1939 on, this simple and beautiful prayer became a part of
the AA movement and then of 12-step programs everywhere.
God grant me the SERENITY to
accept the things I cannot change;
COURAGE to change the things I can;
and WISDOM to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it:
Trusting that He will make all things
right if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen
|"The addict in the established stage is powerless over their addiction and must seek the help of a higher power." (Dr. Patrick Carnes, pioneer in addiction research)