The holidays are here, along with the potential for weeks of overindulging, overspending, and unmet expectations. Keeping my abstinence and serenity during this time of festive stress is a full time job, but I don't have to do it alone.
I can ask my higher power to grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change. I am powerless over the changing of the seasons, but I can change how I react to them.
I can have courage to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear.
I can actively seek ways to help others and be of service.
I can stay honest in my expectations.
By working steps 10, 11, and 12 daily, I can be free to enjoy the festivities.
I can gift those around me with patience, tolerance, kindness and love.
I can ask for the gift of willingness for myself -- willingness to grow in wisdom day by day.