Are you familiar with the 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.”
Serenity, courage and wisdom. All three are gifts from God. And all three have been granted to you already. It is up to you to receive these gifts. For it is in receiving these gifts that you are ‘granted’ them.
And learning how to receive these gifts is what the 12 steps are all about.
Left to my own devises, I am unable to find the courage to change what can be changed. And without help from my Higher Power, my fear of change – my resistance to change – takes over and I remain in a state of ever-increasing discouragement.
Courage is not some commodity that you can buy at the corner store. It comes by divine intervention – I’m talking about Higher Power.
Courage isn’t something you feel in the abstract; it’s something you receive when you take the necessary steps to bring about change in your concrete, rubber-meets-the-road world. I’m talking about accessing your Inner Power.
Courage is the God-given strength that enables you to push past your good intentions and move forward to lasting change and solid recovery.
And it’s there for the asking.