Serenity Prayer

I’m not a religious person by any means.  If you want to dub me as spiritual, I’m okay with that.  Occasionally, I’ll send out a stray prayer or two to whatever higher power that may exist.  This usually happens after I watch the news, after hearing of a friend’s awful misfortune, and after buying lotto tickets.  I’m a believer that the energy you put out into the universe, will somehow make its way back to you, good or bad.  Sometimes, life just wants to test us just for the sake that it can.  Those are the moments where you discover what you’re really made of, I guess.  I think everything happens for a reason, even if that reason may be hidden in the dark for some time before it reveals itself to you in the light.  Sometimes we need something to hold on to to get us through.

When I was facing my evil hormones and postpartum depression during the first few weeks after childbirth, my mom gave me a little piece of paper with a prayer on it titled, Serenity Prayer.  She told me that it’s well known among the Alcoholics Anonymous circles.  To answer the question you’re asking yourself,  no, my mom is not an alcoholic.  Anyways, she encouraged me to keep this paper close by and to read it over whenever I was nearing my wits’ end.  I have to say that even though I’m not religious (like I said), this prayer helped.  I’m no longer in that dark and scary place that I once was in, but I know I’ll refer back to this prayer when I’m faced with the next test life throws at me.  Maybe some of you will find it useful, too.  I may even turn the first 7 lines of it into some sort of framed art to hang in my bedroom :)

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.

(Although known most widely in its abbreviated form above, the entire prayer reads as follows…)

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;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life

and supremely happy with Him

Forever in the next.


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