It's interesting you mentioned the Serenity Prayer.
Tonight, after dark, I was walking my dog (just me, him, and my little flashlight) down the dead end road, onto the dirt road at the end, to the locked gates at the dock...and all the while, talking out loud to myself, saying the Serenity Prayer.
As we turned around to come home, I see a flashlight walking toward us (couldn't see the person, just the bobbing light)....turns out it's our neighbor who owns all that land on both sides of the private road, along the lake and dock, the old railroad tracks in both directions,....
We got to chatting, he recognized me (I guess my leg brace is a give-away and our dog is pretty recognizable). He asked me if we wanted to walk on those trails in the back (mind you, again, they're all gated, locked, and there's 6 feet of chicken wire surrounding that back gate).
I told him absolutely! And he said other than family, he only lets neighbors whom he has actually met in person have access to that private land, and he showed me this small path through the woods and over a brook and behind his house up a hill covered in slippery wet leaves (I say that because I'm surprised I didn't wipe out on my donkey)....(and if you don't know the path is there, you'd never find it).
The other way is to walk between cement barriers at the head of his driveway, cross the bridge over the stream, and walk a small sort of path like trail around three of his garages to a gate that's chained shut (we can walk through, just be sure to shut the gate).
I felt privileged he gave us permission to access his property where there are miles of trails for walking and a beautiful lake.
Then after I thought about it,....wait a sec. So here's the owner of all this land, walking up to me and my dog and there I am mumbling to myself repeating the Serenity Prayer out loud over and over. He had to either take a chance I was okay, or write me off as a nutball who talks to herself.
I'm glad I won that battle. That prayer has been my mantra all day. I need it to keep me focused.