Yesterday, someone gave me a copy of the full version of the Serenity Prayer which was first introduced to me years ago by my mother. Mom was a recovering alcoholic and a faithful member of Alcoholics Anonymous where she herself was introduced to the prayer. I loved the prayer from the start but I didn’t realize that, in order to find serenity, its needs to be reapplied in every circumstance of every day. One gets better at it, but there is never a moment when one arrives at its fulfillment. One has to learn the lesson of acceptance over and over again. The author is not known but it is most commonly attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr. Here it is:
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 hardship as a pathway to peace,
taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it,
trusting that you will make all things right,
if I surrender to your will,
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
and supremely happy with you forever in the next.