The Serenity Prayer
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.
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
We may wonder why a door seems to have closed. Our paths are confounded only when our steps have gone astray. Doors do not close unless a new direction is called for. We must learn to trust that no obstacle is without its purpose, however baffling it may seem.
Now I'm beginning to see that letting go doesn't mean giving up.
It means opening myself up to new vistas.
There have been moments of what I would call ecstasy.
I'm thrilled and I'm scared at the same time. I feel, "I'd better not enjoy this,
because it is going to go away." It's so hard for me to say,
"Okay, you've had a little insight. Just let it happen!" The AA Program says,
"Look, we've got some things to give you that are really going to help --
if you'll slow down long enough and if you'll relax."
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 41
Thought to Ponder . . .
Get a grip on letting go.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
N O W = No Other Way.
Get it finished
When you have to choose between getting it perfect and getting it finished, get it finished. Even when it’s inconvenient and uncomfortable, get it finished.
Are there other things you’d rather be doing? Go ahead, finish what you’ve started, and then you can more fully enjoy moving on to those other things.
Don’t waste your time wishing for it to be easier, or resenting that you must get it done. Stop fighting against your own effort, and put all your energy into getting the job finished.
Give your perspective a positive boost with some effective, productive effort. Follow through on your intentions and commitments, and get it done.
It was important enough for you to start, so go ahead and get it finished. Get it finished, and bring new value to your world.
Accomplishment feels so much better than idleness, wishful thinking or resentment. Make the effort, tackle the challenges, get it finished, and enjoy some good, solid, fulfilling accomplishment along the way.
— Ralph Marston