How to ‘Know the Difference’ in the Serenity Prayer

This prayer, which has been around for almost seven decades, is said at virtually every 12 step meeting and used by countless millions as a foundation for living life…myself included. But the hard part is the last stanza,  “the wisdom to know the difference”.  How do you know the difference between what you can and cannot change? There are probably many ways to determine this difference, but I’ve found one that works for me.  It’s...

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Man’s Best Friend and Best Friends Animal Society

I have always loved  dogs.  I had a ‘Lassie-like’ collie when I was a little girl.  My parents bred chihuahuas.  My husband and I had mutts and purebreds; big and small.  Eventually we ended up with four toy poodles. They all lived to old age and have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Like most of the world on August 29, 2005, I sat mesmerized by the pictures on television:  the wind, the rain and the flooding of Katrina.  When the...

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Do You Have a Dream?

As part of my dedication to lifelong learning and because I am a writing class junkie I took 3 classes in September of 2011.  All of them were excellent but one, Conceive, Believe, Achieve: Goal-Setting as a Proven Path From Abstract Wish To Concrete Plan was life changing for me.  Developed and taught by Amy Atwell (www.amyatwell.com), the course ran for the month of September and included 10 lessons. In the first lecture,  Amy assured us...

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