Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change...
I might not like this person/situation one bit, but I am willing to accept it with Your help. I will (with Your help) stop blaming and complaining and think and talk about something else. If there are things I can do to improve the situation without even thinking about changing someone else, please show me what they are. Maybe the change I want to see can begin with me. Maybe I could start treating him/her with the same kindness, courtesy and respect I want. I need Your help to trust that I am in Your care and have nothing to fear.
The courage to change the things I can...
Based on my past experience, I think there's a good chance the changing I need to do is my own thinking and behavior. I certainly am going to need your help with this too. This business of treating other people the way I want to be treated (even if they are not treating me that way), is really hard. My ego tells me that I need to straighten them out and show them what's what. My ego tells me that when I don't fight back, I'm a doormat. So it takes a lot of courage for me to not attack people. I need Your help to trust that I am in Your care. I need Your help to change my thinking so that I don't tell myself "victim" stories about how I am a feeble, helpless victim of other people and unpleasant situations. That's the only way I can have the courage to change myself.
And the wisdom to know the difference...
Well, it seems that it's not all that hard, rationally, to know the difference. I can, with Your help, change myself. I can't change other people and situations. The confusion comes from my ego that wants to tell me all problems come from other people and that I am always right. So, please help me not believe those lies and know that changing my own thinking and behavior can solve most problems. Even when changing myself is not enough to solve problems, behaving like a kind, respectful, rational adult (with Your help) in difficult situations can have a positive influence on difficult situations.
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