Sanctuary and Serenity

Serenity Prayer

Posted on: April 4, 2010


Goddess grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

“I pray to accept with a serene mind, the things I cannot change, knowing it is futile to be obstinate about the inevitable.  I pray to be resolute, to take action in things that must be changed.”

When I say the Serenity Prayer, over and over again, I could fall into the habit of merely parroting the words without being aware of their meaning.  This would blunt one of my most useful tools.  If I think of the meaning of each phrase as I say it, my understanding will grow and along with it my capability to realize the difference between what I can change, and what I cannot.
The prayer states first that there are elements in my life which I have no power to change; my serenity depends upon my accepting them.  The more I fight them, the more they will torment me.  “Courage to change the things I can” gives me unlimited freedom to work on those elements which are my concern.
The Serenity Prayer suggests that I ask “for courage to change the things I can.”  The word is things, not people.  True, there is much room for improvement in my life, but it can come only from changing my own attitudes and actions for the better.
“In every problem, great and small, the Serenity Prayer will work for me if I keep aware of its meaning every time I say it.”
~One Day At A Time in Al-Anon.

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~ I took the liberty of making *God* interchangeable with *Goddess*…I think the meaning is still relevant!~

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2 Responses to "Serenity Prayer"

This is one of my favorite prayers. Good for all occasions!

http://loveyourbody2010.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/release-and-let-go/

I agree! 🙂 Glad you like it too!

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