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Today's thought is:

I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.
--Alcoholics Anonymous (The AA Big Book)

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Nothing much seems to have changed for me lately. I still have the same problems and issues I had months ago.
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The Serenity Prayer asks me "to accept the things I cannot change." I used to think that meant things were never going to change -- and that I'd better accept it! Now I realize not only that everything is capable of being changed, but that change is a fact of reality and I can't stop it. What the phrase "to accept the things I cannot change" means to me today is that there are many things that only my Higher Power can change. That doesn't mean things won't change, only that I can't force them to. I have the courage to do my part; I have faith that change takes place in my Higher Power's time.
I can't be sure I'm going to be offered a particular job; but I can shower, dress appropriately, show up for the interview on time, and represent my capabilities with honesty and dignity. If I'm persistent in these efforts, the right job will come in time. Or perhaps I'd like my weight to change. I can't control the numbers on my scale, but if I exercise and eat moderately, over time a moderate body will show up.
Our Higher Power's timetable often differs from our own; accepting that is a source of serenity.
Today, I let my Higher Power work in my life. I have the courage to have faith.
 

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