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The Serenity Prayer

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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;

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.



--Reinhold Niebuhr

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People often ask how they can know which of their symptoms come from neurological damage and which they are generating themselves from worry or manageable anxiety.


To me, whether or not you believe in God, the wisdom to know the difference is the hard part. You need to look into yourself and decide for yourself what you can and cannot control. This is different from person to person.


Surviving Antidepressant's position is that learning to tell the difference is an aspect of the inner strength you develop in coping with your condition.


We do have neurological dysfunction we may not be able to control yet, for the sake of recovery, we cannot give in to endless fear about it.


It's up to the individual to determine what you can and cannot control. This may push some of us to take responsibility for our well-being in a way we previously neglected.

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So well said. I totally agree with everything you said! :)

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I love some of the wisdom within the Serenity Prayer!




Very much agree with your subsequent post. Excellent points to, not only ponder, but to act upon.







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You could spend a lifetime just contemplating this prayer, it has so much in it.


This is a very helpful philosophy to live by. And people can substitute the word "Nature" or "the Universe" or "the Tao" and it works well, too.

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I keep a copy of the Serenity Prayer in my wallet. It's there when I need it.


When I have a particular lousy day, I find myself saying the prayer. Sometimes I mix up the words, but I know it doesn't make any difference.


I think it means different things to different people.

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