Grant Me The Serenity...

Inspirational Reading

Just For Today     Desiderata     Don't Quit
23rd Psalm for Recovery     One Day at a Time
Footprints     Comes the Dawn     Camel Poem

Native American AA Prayer     The Lords Prayer
Prayer of St. Francis     Pettiness Prayer
Serenity Prayer     Twelve Promises
Prayers for Each of the 12 Steps

Just For Today

Just for today I will try to live through this day only & not tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

Just for today I will be happy. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, that “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Just for today I will adjust myself to what is & not try to adjust everything else to my desires. I will take my “luck” as it comes & fit myself into it.

Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind. I will study; I will learn something useful; I will not be a mental loafer; I will read something that requires effort, thought & concentration.

Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn & not get found out; if anybody knows of it, it will not count; I will do at least two things I don’t want to do–just for exercise. I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt; they may be hurt, but today I will not show it.

Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as good as I can, dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, criticize not one bit, not find fault with anything & not try to improve or regulate anybody except myself.

Just for today I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two pests: hurry & indecision.

Just for today I will have a quiet half hour all by myself & relax. During this half hour, sometime, I will try to get a better perspective on my life.

Just for today I will be unafraid. I will enjoy that which is beautiful & will believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.

Narcotics Anonymous Version

Just for today my thoughts will be on my recovery, living & enjoying life without the use of drugs.

Just for today I will have faith in someone in NA who believes in me & wants to help me in my recovery.

Just for today I will have a program. I will try to follow it to the best of my ability.

Just for today, through NA, I will try to get a better perspective on my life.

Just for today I will be unafraid, my thoughts will be on my new associations, people who are not using & who have found a new way of life. So long as I follow that way, I have nothing to fear.

Just For Today Wallet Card
“Just For Today” I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two pests; hurry & indecision...


Go placidly amid the noise & haste & remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly & clearly; & listen to others, even the dull & ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud & aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter; for always there will be greater & lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; & everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be & whatever your labors & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

(found in Old Saint Paul’s Church, Baltimore. Dated 1692)
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Don't Quit

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low & the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists & turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;

Don't give up though the pace seems slow --
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out --
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit --
Its when things seem worst that you must not quit.
by Betty (Naimo) Rich

23rd Psalm for Recovery

The Lord is my sponsor, I shall not want.

He makes me to go to many meetings.

He leads me to sit back, relax & listen with an open mind.

He restores my soul, my sanity & my health.

He leads me in the path of sobriety, serenity & fellowship for my own sake.

He teaches me to think, to take it easy, to live & let live & do first things first.

He makes me more humble & grateful.

He teaches me to accept the things I cannot change, to change the things I can & gives me the wisdom to know the difference.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of despair, frustration, guilt & remorse, I will fear no evil.

For Thou are with me, your program, your way of life, your twelve steps, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: rationalization, fear, anxiety, self-pity, resentment.

You anoint my confused mind & jangled nerves with knowledge, understanding & hope.

No longer am I alone, neither am I afraid, nor sicken, nor helpless, nor hopeless.

My cups runs over.

Surely sobriety & serenity shall follow me every day of my life, one day at a time, twenty-four hours at a time.

As I surrender my will to You & carry Your message to others, I will dwell in the house of Higher Power, as I understand him, one day at a time, forever & ever.


23rd Psalm Original

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name' sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.
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One Day at a Time

There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear & apprehension.

One of these days is Yesterday with its mistakes & cares, its faults & blunders, its aches & pains. Yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed; we cannot erase a single word we said...Yesterday is gone.

The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow with its possible adversaries, its burdens, its large promise & poor performance. Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow's sun will rise in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.

This leaves only one day...Today. Anyone can fight the battle of just one day. It is only when you & I add the burdens of those two awful extremities; Yesterday & Tomorrow, that we break down. It is not the experience of Today that drives us mad -- it is remorse or bitterness for something which happened yesterday & the dread of what Tomorrow will bring.

Footprints in the Sand

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him & the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest & saddest times of his life.

This really bothered him & he questioned the LORD about it. "LORD, You said that once I decided to follow you, You would walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times of my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed You most You would leave me."

The LORD replied, "My son, My precious child, I love you & I would never leave you. During your times of trial & suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

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Comes the Dawn
Originally Titled 'After a While'

After a while, you learn the subtle difference
between holding a hand & chaining a soul.
And you learn that loving doesn't mean leaning
and company isn't security.
(Kisses aren't contracts & presents aren't promises.)

After a while you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up & your eyes open,
with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build your roads on today
because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain
and the inevitable has a way of crumbling in mid-flight.

After a while you learn that even sunshine burns
if you stand too long in one place.

So you plant your own garden & decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn you really can endure,
that you really do have worth.

You learn that with every good-bye comes the dawn.
by Judith B. Evans

The Camel Poem

The camel each day
Goes twice to his knees
He picks up his load
With the greatest of ease
He walks through the day
With his head held high
And stays for that day
Completely dry.

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The camel is one of the original AA symbols of hope. If the camel can go one day without a drink of water, we alcoholics can go one day without a drink of alcohol, One Day at a Time. Camels in a caravan kneel down in the evening as the camel-drivers unload their burdens. In the morning, the camels kneel down again, and the camel-drivers put the burdens back on. It's the same with prayer: we get on our knees to unload at night, and in the morning we get on our knees again. God gives us just the load we are able to carry that day. Dr. Bob

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day Poster

From the January 6 meditation of Twenty-Four Hours a Day, reminds us of the most important daily decision we can make-to stay sober. 22" x 24"

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