This prayer has been around before Alcoholics Anonymous has used it as a foundation. For some, God is called the “Higher Power.” People change the masculine God to the goddess. This prayer may be helpful for all kinds of earthly struggles.
Sometimes, the problem is so great that we cannot do it by ourselves. We don’t have to ‘go it alone.’ This is a dangerous concept for our mental, physical and spiritual health. Sometimes, it is just pride and ego. Let someone help; most people who help have been to ‘hell’ themselves. People ‘do understand’ if you call in the ‘right’ people.
Forget about, ‘what they will think about you.’ Love yourself enough to get help. You were not put in this world to be ‘second class,’ or to “suffer.” Call in the medical professionals and therapists. Talk to a minister. Talk to a friend, although sometimes a professional stranger is more qualified and more impartial.
Do not walk in darkness or fear. You are not the only one with ‘this particular problem.’ Lay down this burden. The first step is always the hardest, but the steps get easier.
This prayer is obviously not just for alcoholics. When people hit ‘rock bottom’ in their lives, it can be a wake up call. From rock bottom, the choices are to stay there…or slowly and with help, make our way upwards. Oscar Wilde stated that even when we are in the gutter, ‘we can see the stars.” (paula)
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.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
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. Amen
-Remember you do not walk alone. You have a guardian angel and spirit guides who are with you in sunshine and in darkness. paula.