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After making a recent Twelfth Step call, I realized that my own spiritual reserves were sorely low and that a refresher course was the order of the day. Upon arriving back home, I picked up my Big Book and started from page one again. The support and strength that I found were just what I was in need of and I am grateful for the advanced warnings that God gives to me these days, if I am willing to listen.
There was one insight I had that really hit me and seeing it made me feel as if I would explode with gratitude. And that insight was this:
The Serenity Prayer has been a good friend to me for the past five years, but during my reading it appeared in new clothes. It said to me: God, grant me the serenity to accept the world and the people around me, the courage to change the way I relate to them, and the wisdom to see the difference between the two.
I have always listened when people told me that others were not responsible for my feelings, that how I responded to situations and people was really the only thing that I could change. But it had always lived in my head and I never felt it in my gut as I did recently. Now, as I have been using the prayer, it has taken on a new meaning, one that is for me personally close and powerful.
And so I would like to take this opportunity to say "Thank you" to that voice within and to all the members of this great Fellowship. What you have done for me, through the words of those in the past, present, and (God willing) the future, is to give me life.