Happy Valentine’s Day!
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. -Lao Tzu
Oddly enough, I learned this prayer at an Ash Wednesday mass. Here is a new version of the time-honored Serenity Prayer:
A New Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the people I cannot change,
which is pretty much everyone,
since I’m clearly not you, God.
At least not the last time I checked.
And while you’re at it, God,
please give me the courage
to change what I need to change about myself,
which is frankly a lot, since, once again,
I’m not you, which means I’m not perfect.
It’s better for me to focus on changing myself
than to worry about changing other people,
who, as you’ll no doubt remember me saying,
I can’t change anyway.
Finally, give me the wisdom to just shut up
whenever I think that I’m clearly smarter
than everyone else in the room,
that no one knows what they’re talking about except me,
or that I alone have all the answers.
grant me the wisdom
to remember that I’m
In a time of emotional angst, I was driving in the car, and asked God for inspiration. The third song I flipped to was Help Is On Its Way by The Little River Band. Once again, Amazing!
Posted on February 14, 2013, in Recovery and tagged 12 step, 12 step program, AA, Addiction, Alcoholic Anonymous, Alcoholism, Christianity, Clean and Sober, God, Philosophy, Prayer, Recovery, Religion & Spirituality, self-development, Sobriety, Twelve-Step Program. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.