I was looking through my Al-Anon books the other day, and a small piece of paper fluttered out. It was a small "prayer" that I had nearly forgotten about. I say "prayer" in quotes, because it's a bit tongue in cheek. A take off of the serenity prayer. But it helped me in the beginning when I was learning to detach with love, probably because it doesn't take itself too seriously.
It's not conference-approved literature, but I did pick it up at an Al-Anon meeting, and it kind of floats around certain Al-Anon circles. So here goes:
God, grant me the serenity to accept people as they are,
Without wanting to "help" or "improve" them,
the courage to do or say nothing,
And the wisdom to mind my own business.
17 hours ago