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Old 07-24-2012, 03:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Serenity prayer and day one


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.

I have this prayer on my kitchen wall. It is on a counted cross stitch that my grandmother made. (And I am no spring chicken, so it is really old!) Recently, someone said, you know that that is the AA prayer donít you?

I did not know that.

I went several days last week without drinking, but fell for the delicious cabernet that was served with the steak we had. OOPS.

I am on another day one. I know I need courage to change my evening wine ritual. Surely, with help from The Big Guy I CAN change my behavior. (I do have great faith and completely believe in a higher power!)
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Yup, I think The Big Guy can be quite a help, if sought.

Here is a link some history on the serenity prayer. -------> http://www.aa.org/en_pdfs/smf-129_en.pdf
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And yes I am a AAer but have my own HP, and god of My understanding. But I do say this the Serenity Prayer every morning in my meditation in full. I love the second half which often gets so overlooked.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace;
Taking as he did,this, 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 reasonable happy in this life
And Supremely happy with him
Forever in the Next.
Amen.

I just felt the calm over me as I typed it, welcome to a wonderful journey.
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Hi Benice

I believe you can do it too

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Thank you IndaMiricale for the second half of the prayer. I'm going to put it on a little card to keep it in my pocket. I'm sure I will refer to it frequently over the next few days!
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((benice)) - welcome to SR!!

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Old 07-24-2012, 04:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Welcome benice!

I was familiar with the serenity prayer long before I knew it was an AA thing. My father had it on the wall.
I use it frequently today...
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be mindful of situations in which you know you will be tempted. heck, i'm on guard if i go to an Italian restaurant because they're infamous for offering you a sample of wine before your water glass gets touched. be as aware of your surroundings as you can be and always be mindful. you've got this! welcome to SR!
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hello Benice,
Some days I say the serenity prayer many times. I think it keeps me sane by giving me hope and also calms me down when I start to get upset over something stupid. It works for me and I 'll bet it will work for you too.
1 day at a time.
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((zero booze)) I typed it and put it in my phone jacket. Made it through the first night. Going to bed now. Yippie!
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:40 PM   #12 (permalink)
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pretty interesting how the serenity prayer became part of AA

The Origin of our Serenity Prayer
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