Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such. Henry Miller 1891-1980, American Author
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.
While many in the 12 step fellowships would believe
that we are powerless over people, places and things
and that the only thing we can change is ourselves,
this is not an absolute truth.
While it is true that in this moment the only thing I can
control, alter, or command is myself.
Through the power of the spoken word I have the potential to
effect change in an unlimited capacity.
The word seeds I plant in the hearts & minds of
others have within them the potential to alter the
course of human existence.
I determine who & what I am, & the quality of seed I plant,
recognizing fully that before the seed I plant matures
& bears fruit, time must pass.
If I combine prayer, patience, and perseverance with the
passing of time then I can change:
Hatred to Love
Condemnation to Forgiveness
Prejudice to Acceptance
Judgment to Humility
Turmoil to Serenity
Discord to Harmony
I must not allow our propensity for desiring immediate gratification
deter me from recognizing that I can and am responsible for the seed