Filed in Health, Sickness

The Formless Form

Buddhism and Twelve-Step ProgramsRachel V.

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I'll never forget the first few times I went grocery shopping after I got sober. I marvelled at all the people who were coming and going and not buying alcohol. As I zipped around the store, I examined the contents of everyone's shopping cart. What strength, what character "normal" people had! I was astonished. When I walked past the liquor section, I read the serenity prayer that I'd been handed on a wallet card in an AA meeting over and over like a mantra, "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," and kept going.

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