From the November 2010 magazine.

A sense of serenity

ALTHOUGH I am fairly new to sobriety, I had known the Serenity Prayer my whole life. It was a nice prayer. I certainly had no objection to it, but it never had been particularly meaningful to me. That is until a new understanding was revealed to me at a meeting.

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change." People in the program had taught me I could not control people, places or things. This truth was what I needed to accept. I had tried the opposite approach to life (controlling everything) and my best thinking had made me miserable. Imagine accepting life on its terms! Suddenly, I saw the first line of the prayer in a whole new light.

-- JOE C.

Fort Mill, S.C.

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