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Monday, April 7, 2014

A New Look at the Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the people I cannot change,
which is pretty much everyone,
since I’m clearly not you, God.
At least not the last time I checked.
And while you’re at it, God,
please give me the courage
to change what I need to change about myself,
which is frankly a lot, since, once again,
I’m not you, which means I’m not perfect.
It’s better for me to focus on changing myself
than to worry about changing other people,
who, as you’ll no doubt remember me saying,
I can’t change anyway.

Finally, give me the wisdom to just shut up
whenever I think that I’m clearly smarter
than everyone else in the room,
that no one knows what they’re talking about except me,
or that I alone have all the answers.

Basically, God,
grant me the wisdom
to remember that I’m
not you. 
—James Martin


  1. Love this! Thanks for sharing! My friend Nicci shared this with us all from your blog and it was good to read Today. :)

    1. Thanks for letting me know it was meaningful. I appreciated Nicci sharing it. I know it sure was meaningful for me! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Thank you, Jean, for sharing it originally on your blog. Many people have benefited from it--including me!