A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 09, 2014
“Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can, and wine to accept the things I can’t”

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference” is popularly known as the Serenity Prayer. A version involving coffee and wine (or whiskey) has been printed on many gift items, such as posters, T-shirts and coffee mugs:

“Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can, and wine to accept the things I can’t.”

“Give me the coffee to accept the things I cannot change, the coffee to change the things I can, and the coffee to know the difference” was cited on Twitter on April 15, 2013. “Lord give me coffee to change the things that I can change, and wine to accept the things that I can’t” was cited in a coffee blog post on June 2, 2013. It’s not known who originated the saying.


Wikipedia: Serenity Prayer
The Serenity Prayer is the common name for a prayer authored by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). It has been adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs. The best-known form is:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

Twitter
Jeff Nelson
‏@boldroastrev
Give me the coffee to accept the things I cannot change, the coffee to change the things I can, and the coffee to know the difference.
6:20 AM - 15 Apr 2013

Twitter
Lazy Perfectionist
‏@sree2weets
Lord, give me alcohol to accept the things I can’t change and coffee to change the things I can.
6:16 AM - 5 May 2013

EspressoOutlet.net Blog
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Lord give me coffee to change the things that I can change, and wine to accept the things that I can’t

Twitter
Rudy Fregoso
‏@TourByVan
Dear Lord, please give me coffee to change the things I can change and Whisky to accept the things I cannot change… http://fb.me/2utzyo4gW
9:54 PM - 29 Jul 2013

Twitter
Aniket Alam
‏@aniketalam
“Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can, and wine to accept the things I can’t” pic.twitter.com/NYD9Abq95i via @saliltripathi
5:48 AM - 29 Sep 2013

Google Groups: Dosco Class of 59
FW: Good philosophy
Lalit Mehra
12/18/13
Thought for the day -

O Lord, Give me coffee to change the things that I can....in the morning
And
Whiskey to accept the things that I can’t....in the evening !!!
[Lalit Mehra]

THAT IS WHAT YOU MIGHT CALL A SUBTLE CHANGE FROM THE ORIGINAL SERENITY POEM:

God, grant me the courage to change the things I can,
The serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, September 09, 2014 • Permalink