This is the perfect way to break down the serenity prayer and enlarge our spiritual life.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change..."
- People, Places, and Things.
- I cannot change who, what, when, where, or why. So, I put people, places, and things on paper and give it God. Like a 4th step. I ask God to reveal, what in me is the problem.
"The courage to change the things I can..."
- Me, I can only change me, my attitudes and my reactions. Write down what you want to change within you to be more accepting of life around you.
"and the wisdom to know the difference."
- What is mine and what is not.
Change belongs to God.
Twelve Step programs are spiritual in their design. We as Alcoholics/Addicts must turn our attention to something other than human aid and for us to let go of the controls we think we have over people, place, and things. For the most part we can pray, light candles, meditate, or go to spiritual retreats to learn how to turn it over to a Higher Power. However, in recovery we learn the power of pen to paper. Therefore, we have God Boxes. The boxes are a tool to set your prayers, goals, pain, fear, ambitions, ad infinitum. We learn to turn it over by writing it down and putting it in a box. We learn to let go and let God.