Please let me take life as it comes and not as I would have it be

This has become my favorite prayer. My attitude of inflexibility and my desire for things to go exactly as I plan are my two biggest stress inducers. Unless I ask my Higher Power to free me from these defects first thing in the morning, when the snow comes or the smart phone doesn't have enough storage space or the dog barks or the notes get misplaced or whatever other interruption occurs, I feel stressed, angry, even resentful. Since I am an alcoholic, eventually this stress would lead me to relapse.


Say a prayer early in the day to ask for the strength to accept life's interruptions. As you plan your day, include extra time for things to go awry. Use your sense of humor to laugh at life rather than to be irritated.