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Serenity, courage & wisdom are keys to a balanced life

I believe the secret to living a positive, exciting and productive life is to live each day as it could be our last, but plan as we expect to live forever. Positive people start each day excited and anxious to see what God has in store for them and giving Him thanks for what they have.

Many years ago, while attending a 12-step peer support group to help me with my drinking problem, I was introduced to the Serenity Prayer. It was a prayer we repeated at every meeting and one that I repeated many times during my struggle to live a sober life.

Repeating it was easy, but having it become a part of my life was the problem.

The three words — Serenity, Courage and Wisdom are the keys to a successful, balanced life, knowing that only God is in full control.

The following by Reinhold Niebuhr expands and explains that short prayer:

God, grant me 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 this 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.

That prayer would be great for anyone as we start each day. I start each day in prayer realizing that God is in total control and, when I yield to His Will for my life, that’s wisdom.

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