“God give me patience… right now!”
When I first began my own recovery program, I prayed the Serenity Prayer everyday. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change…” I wanted results. And I wanted them right away!
I thought that after a couple of meetings I’d be cured and all would be well. There were those who spoke of their hard-won victories who had been attending 12-Step meetings for over 10 years. I secretly thought to myself there was no way it was going to take me that long…!
It is almost 10 years since my first meeting, and I still pray the Serenity Prayer. What I realize now is this: ‘Patience’ can’t be given out whenever we ask for it; it must grow like a flower.
In other words, there’s step work that needs to be done in order for patience to blossom. As I work the steps, I gain recovery. As I gain recovery, I exhibit patience.
Work on your recovery – faithfully – every single day. And when the time is right, patience will begin to appear as buds on a tree in the spring.
Patience is one of the signs of recovery.