Serenity is Not the Absence of Conflict, But the Ability to Cope With It.
How is your Serenity?
In the Big Book of Alcoholic’s Anonymous is a story of Acceptance was the Answer. Page 417 is one of the most quoted pages from the BB. It is often a favorite of many as it is with me.
417.1 And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life—unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.
Serenity Prayer – Full Version (composed in the 1940s)
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;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
Shortened Version (What we say in AA meetings)
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.