When I pray the Serenity Prayer, I ask for serenity, acceptance, courage, and wisdom. The first word in that prayer is “God.” It is he who grants me these ingredients that lead me to recovery time and time again. For me, the word “serenity” is very important because it tells me I must remain calm in all situations, with everyone, all the time. But it is the word “courage” that gets me to change. Courage doesn’t only change me; people, places, and situations around me change when I become clean and honest. Courage! No more people pleasing to avoid a

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