My parents taught me the Serenity Prayer a good while back. While I was growing up one or the other of my sisters were usually involved in some sort of trouble more often than not. And sometimes even both at the same time. Let’s just say my parents didn’t learn this prayer until a few years after I graduated from high school which was when my sisters’ troubles were starting to calm down a bit but I sure wish they would have known about it sooner. This helped my parents to understand as much as they wanted to change my sisters’ lives for the better it was my sisters’ choice to decide how they were going to live their lives. The prayer helped my parents be more peaceful and calm as persons. My parents and I continue to say the Serenity Prayer today to aid us in giving our struggles or those of our family members over to God. Let go and let God. I have to say as much as I despise certain things I went through in my childhood God must have had me experience these things for a reason. There were many other things that I experienced as a child that were so wonderful so I don’t want anyone thinking I had a terrible childhood because I didn’t. There were just some times growing up that made it tough to be a child living where I did. One of my sisters has been dealing with eating disorders for quite some time and is also a recovering alcoholic. Her eating disorders and alcoholism may have been spurred by her premarital sexual experience. My other sister was a rebellious teenager who would sneak out of the house at night and then as a young adult she ended up getting pregnant. As much as in one sense I wish I didn’t have to experience my sisters’ shenanigans I also realize that this helped to form my conscience and my belief system. Even though the Church forbids faithful Catholics from engaging in premarital sex I knew that this was best because I had seen how having premarital sex could wreak havoc on a person’s life. I’m unsure as to whether or not my other sister’s eating disorder or alcoholism has played a role a how I eat or drink today. I normally eat a handful of small meals a day and don’t drink alcohol too often. To be honest I have never gotten sloshed drunk. I just see no point of it. Getting drunk like a skunk only harms your body. I say the Serenity Prayer every now and then – should say it more often than I do. This is a great prayer to say every day if your going through struggles or other relatives or friends of yours are struggling with addiction, or a disease, or other life struggles. May God be with you as you go through the many journeys throughout life. God Bless.