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Serenity:  Accept the things I cannot change

Serenity: Accept the things I cannot change

"Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation -- some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me, and 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. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes." - Big Book of AA, page 449
"Many of the problems we experience in ongoing recovery stem from an inability to accept ourselves on a deep level. . . Very often, we discover that we are harsh critics of ourselves, wallowing in self-loathing and self-rejection. . . The most effective means of achieving self-acceptance is through applying the 12 Steps of

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