The “Zoe” Project tells the story of a fictitious young woman, a survivor of her parents’ substance abuse. Anybody who has been a ‶parent″ to their parent growing up subsequently deals with issues such as co-dependence and self-doubt. As of today, these works have been completed as part of the “Zoe” project:
Tying this body of work together, Niebuhr’s “Serenity Prayer” is a challenge to the reader in itself, and this is compounded when you are in a psychologically trying situation. While commonly only the abbreviated version is the one people are familiar with, the original prayer is actually much longer and touches among others on ‶accepting hardship as the pathway to peace″. Something to think about. Zoe is me. She is you.
GOD, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life,
and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.
Amen ~ Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 – 1971)
I thought it was interesting that only the first two verses are used in AA meetings. They are as encouraging as they are challenging, but for me the true challenge is the part talking about “accepting hardship as the pathway to peace”… and to be “reasonably happy in this life”.