~ The Serenity Prayer ~
Part Five

WISDOM



Dear Friends On The Journey ~

My name is Mari and I am a COE in recovery. Thank you for letting me share my Journey to Recovery with you. This is the Serenity Prayer on the Web. Just click the link. You may want to bookmark it. Or paste this URL: http://www.addictions.com/serenity.htm. And remember, there is a link on the first page with the Serenity card that is wonderful to send to friends.

Grant me the
SERENITY
to accept the things
I cannot change ~
COURAGE
to change the
things I can;
and
WISDOM
to know the difference.


In parts one through four I disected this beautiful prayer .... I wanted to know what has made it such a special prayer to me for so long. I was interested in knowing why I loved it so much ... why is had become my mantra. I discovered there were some key words in the Serenity Prayer and I wrote about these key words.

Probably the most important word ... and, in my opinion, most certainly the most important phrase is the one I want to write about now. "The WISDOM to know the difference." If we have the serenity to accept the things we cannot change and go about changing something that should NOT be changed, it could be disastrous. We need WISDOM to make SURE that what we are about to change SHOULD be changed.

If we have the COURAGE to change the things we can .... and, even though we have lots of courage and set about changing those things we can, we better darn sure have the WISDOM to know that it is something that needs changing. So ...... finally. The most important phrase of all. "The WISDOM to know the difference."

How do we get that wisdom? I certainly didn't have it in my youth. Hadn't lived long enough. I made lots and lots of mistakes in my twenties. Life had not equipped me yet to know that there were things in it that I couldn't and shouldn't change. I was into ME back then.

It took the Twelve Steps of Recovery and a program for me to learn what my favorite prayer REALLY meant. It took a lot of living and a lot of mistakes and a lot of heartache to internalize the words of this prayer. I am still praying the Serenity Prayer. I am still trying to develop enough serenity in my soul to accept the things I cannot change. Day after day I ask myself if I have the courage to change the things I can.

And I will spend the rest of my life trying to be the kind of person who has accumulated enough experience to have the wisdom to know the difference.

Dear God,
I am so far from
perfect. I pray this
prayer so often. Help
me to focus on those
special words in it.
Serenity.
Accept.
Courage.
Wisdom.

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 hardship as the
pathway to peace.
Taking 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 forever in
the next.

By Reinhold Neibuhr



Love in recovery,
Mari
Marisok@aol.com
The Recovery Group

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