The SERENITY PRAYER: Compassion, Surrender, Acceptance and Limitations
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
This prayer reminds us of the benefits of letting go and surrendering to not only the disease of alcoholism/drug addiction, but also to people and situations that are out of our control.
Various Buddhist teachings (dharma) describe healthy change as “mindful surrender.”
In a world that promotes, even expects, limitless success and that bestows accolades and constant affirmations, one can easily avoid recognizing the value of seeing our limitations.
The serenity prayer reminds us to see the value in surrender, seeing our limits, choosing our conflicts wisely, and recognizing the long-term benefits of acting with compassion instead
In our relationships, the struggles and conflicts ultimately come down to our ability to be COMPASSIONATE towards our own suffering and the suffering of others, as we are reminded in this adaptation of the Serenity prayer.
Richard Fields, PhD
Grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change,
Courage to change the one I can,
And the wisdom to know it’s me. (anonymous)