February 07, 2005

Serenity Amid the Turbulence

"That word 'serenity' looked like an impossible goal when we first saw the Serenity Prayer. In fact, if serenity meant apathy, bitter resignation, or stolid endurance, then we didn't even want to aim at it.

But we found that serenity meant no such thing. When it comes to us now, it is more as plain recognition -- a clear-eyed, realistic way of seeing the world, accompanied by inner peace and strength. Serenity is like a gyroscope that lets us keep our balance no matter what turbulence swirls around us. And that IS a state of mind worth aiming for."

c. 1975, Living Sober, page 19

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