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June 06, 2006


Don Short

A very interesting take on the serenity prayer. I always thought more of this prayer as a way of recognizing and achieving self responsibility. God, grant me the serenity ( calmness in mind and action) to accept the things I can't not change (my boss coming in and chewing me out) the courage to change the things I can (Do I start yelling back? Do I cower and apologize profusely, begging for mercy? Do I follow the policy of restraint of tongue and pen with the intent of looking into what my part in this was?) and the wisdom to know the difference (Am I in control of my bosses behavior? No. Is it possible for me to be in control of my behavior? Yes. Will I be able to make more clearheaded choices in the future by looking at my part in the situation and seeing how I could have handled things differently? Yes.
Admittedly, I have been going to AA for a number of years, but I find it helpful to think of it more on a hands on practical level.

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