Great Spirit, hear me four quarters of the world-a relative I am. Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand that I may be like you. With your power only can I face the winds.
Black Elk Lakota
We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize God is doing for us what we could not do ourselves.
Big Book pg. 84
We treasure our "Serenity Prayer" because it brings a new light to us that can dissipate our oldtime and nearly fatal habit of fooling ourselves.
In the radiance of this prayer we see that defeat rightly accepted, need be no disaster. We now know that we do not have to run away, nor ought we again try to overcome adversity by still another bulldozing power drive that can only push up obstacles before us faster than they can be taken down.
AA Grapevine March 1962
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.