Even if you are happy the prayer is applicable and will work for believers and non-believers who use their intellect. Most everyone whom I known over the years who have heard this prayer have memorized the first four lines. If you are a Christian, the balance of the prayer will be for you too, though anyone is welcome to read it.

Call it to mind as you take in some healing oxygen, and it will help your emotions to meld with your intellect for a better resolve. But don’t just think about the validity of the prayer. It does no good if you do not follow the wisdom.

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

–Reinhold Niebuhr
Now please just read the first four lines again and realize that the one thing you have control of in all your life is the choice you make, the action you take, when your circumstance seems beyond your control. No one else can
respond to your trauma or challenge – except you! Be courageous in your choices and if change is possible then take a leap-it can’t be worse than what is making you unhappy now!

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