1. God

1. “GOD, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change”  I have often heard other members of Twelve Step groups refer to life’s most divine force with the phrase “a power greater than human power” or simply as “My Higher Power”. I sometimes wondered how these unique and somewhat mysterious phrases came…

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2. Grant

2. “God, GRANT me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change”   This drawing may confuse you at first. It is not lovely like most “inspiring” artwork is. But please bear with me; you may feel as surprised as I was.   I looked up the word “grant” in my 1934 Webster’s Dictionary.…

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3. Serenity

3. “God, grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change”   The sweet-sounding words of the Serenity Prayer seem as if they were created specifically to appear on lovely inspirational posters and syrupy greeting cards. They are often written in a decorative script somewhere near a picturesquely setting sun, shimmering ocean shores, or majestic mountain…

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4. Accept

Twelve Illustrations of words from the Serenity Prayer

4. “God grant me the serenity to ACCEPT the things I cannot change.”   My 12 drawings of the Serenity Prayer were not created in any certain order. The 1934 Websters dictionary sat on my desk for months and I was not very methodical when choosing which word to look up next. At that time,…

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5. Thing

5. “God grant me the serenity to accept the THINGS I cannot change.”   As I looked up Serenity Prayer words in my old Webster’s dictionary, I continued to be surprised. For example, I had been using the word “thing” since an early age but never gave it a second thought. I might ask my mother, “Where…

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6. Can

6. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I CAN not change”   I did not begin the Serenity Drawings with the goal of creating Twelve Drawings. I didn’t see very many substantial words in the very beautiful but very brief Serenity Prayer. While words like “God” and “Courage” were captivating, there was nothing remarkable…

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7. Not

7. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can NOT change”   I have to confess something. I stole this illustration. From myself. I had looked up the word “unmanageable” in the 1934 Webster’s Dictionary in the first days after buying it. I won’t go into it now, but the definition for “Unmanageable” fit…

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8. Change

8. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not CHANGE”   The word “Change” seemed simple enough. It described one thing becoming another, like a chrysalis becoming a butterfly. Plus, it described switching one thing for another, like changing a light bulb. The 1934 Webster’s Dictionary definition confirmed all of this.  …

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9. Courage

9. “The COURAGE to change the things I can”   In making this drawing, I may have made an error. “Courage” was one of the first words I looked up in the 1934 Webster’s dictionary. I suppose I was curious to learn how any dictionary would define that familiar word, so I went looking for it among…

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10. Wisdom

10. “And the WISDOM to know the difference”   The definition: “Wisdom n. the quality of judging soundly concerning what is true or false”.   This drawing is difficult to describe in terms of the Serenity Prayer alone. In the Twelve Steps of recovery, the insanity which all addicts and alcoholics suffer can be traced to “a lack…

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