From the June 1971 magazine.

24-hour Serenity

Serenity depends on the attitudes you bring to daily living, and it's not hard to retain the right attitude for just one day - Essence of AA

THE CONCEPT of living within this one day can fit in with almost any other suggestion. For me, it was especially necessary to think in 24-hour units in order to get any real working value out of the Serenity Prayer: "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." At first, that was a prayer and nothing more to me. However, when combined with 24-hour thinking and action, it is really great. Then I can work on it, and it becomes a most useful and forceful instrument in everyday living. It is no longer only a prayerful supplication or plea, a wishful hope for guidance, but rather an intensely practical approach which I use through many trials and problems.

This became clearer to me when I realized that of itself the plea for "the wisdom to know the difference" could be only a petition for wisdom that might at some indefinite day in the future be bestowed on me. But when the petition is cut down to the size of this one day, it may very well be that his wisdom has already been given. I rather think that I do know, today, what can he changed today, and surely I know what cannot be changed today. Many things may he changeable some day in the future, but that is a job for the future day. I can reasonably conclude that, while each day has its possibilities and its opportunities, it also has its limitations.

-- E. S.

Hartsdale, New York

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