The serenity prayer has long been associated as a prayer for those in recovery from addiction. Alcoholics Anonymous adopted the short form of the prayer in the early 1930’s and any Hollywood flick crossing paths with recovery have included reference.
To me the prayer helps me focus on acceptance and surrender and the long form or complete serenity prayer also reminds me to remain in the now and to put my mental and emotional wellbeing ahead of my will.
The serenity prayers origins are undoubtedly Christian however the prayer is so focused on acceptance and surrender it certainly does not exclude any audiences.
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.
The serenity prayers prayer is commonly attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr, 1892-1971.
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