Doubt is just fear cloaked in thought
How does it reappear – so unwelcome – so unsought
Once given serenity, how can I allow peace to escape my grasp
When I know what’s done is done, to leave the past to the past
These phantoms are not real – existing only in my mind
I’ve found a new way of treating myself and others
I am more gentle, I am more kind
Truly recovered from a hopeless condition of mind, body and soul
To help others find this peace is now the only goal
In surrender I find a strength far and wide
In surrender I finally cross over to the winning side
The feeling that cannot come from any person, place or thing. It is not in the world or of the world. It cannot be purchased, given or taken away.
I can’t get this from approval of another person, gratification of anyone or anything. It must come from within.
I must acquire this gift from within myself before I can truly love myself; love life and truly love other people.
I cannot be dependent on attachments or demands of others to feel Peace; True Love; Love of myself; for who I am, and what I am.
Emotional Peace that is dependent on anyone or anything is a false or worldly expectation. These feelings are not true Peace, but barriers to real Peace.
I must divorce myself from selfish, self-centered and self-seeking motives and actions before I can acquire Inner Peace.
My Higher Power and God of My Understanding
Serenity to accept that I am an Alcoholic
and that I am helpless and powerless over alcohol.
Courage, willingness and the ability to change my
thinking, my attitude and actions concerning alcohol
and not drinking – Today!
Wisdom to know that You are my Higher Power
and only with Your help, am I able to not take that
“first drink” today and stay sober today!
God, Grant me Your Grace
To accept I am powerless to not drink on my own will.
And the Wisdom to know that after my “First Drink”,
I am not the same person who promised . . .
“I will not drink today”!
Unfortunately, I would continue to drink and drink.
It Is . . . Only One Day at a Time!
Today … I will not drink that “First Drink”
James Patrick M.
There is a place I like to travel…
When life becomes too much for me
A mystic place where I unravel…
It’s called the Garden of Serenity
This is the place I like to go…
When I’m seeking solitude
To dial it down and take it slow…
To adjust my attitude
No other place like this I know…
To stop and smell the roses
To get away from status quo…
This garden never closes
Close your eyes and drift away…
Free your minds debris
Take a mental holiday…
A moment of reprieve
Here there is no confrontation…
A place you can reflect
A calming, peaceful destination…
A chance to reconnect
In the Garden of Serenity…
There are no butterflies, bugs, or bees…
No flowers, shrubs, or trees
No grass in which to grow…
Not a single blade
No streams or rivers flow…
No water which to wade
It’s here I go for meditation…
A place where I find clarity
A tranquil place of contemplation…
The Garden of Serenity
An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves.
One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, pride, and superiority.
The other wolf stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
This same fight is going on inside of you and every other person too.
The children thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, Which wolf will win?
The old Cherokee simply replied: The one I feed.