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We believe that addiction is the greater enemy, and no matter how you recover, or what fellowship you follow, you cannot do it alone. From a phrase in a book, a quote at a meeting, a suggestion at the coffee pot, we all need help in our daily lives.

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"If your not failing at something then your not trying hard enough!"

Tuesday - July 16, 2019


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Yesterdays Recovery Quotes

  1. We would rather be ruined than change!
  2. I live simply so that others may simply live.
  3. The human species is a parade of fools and I am often at the head of it.
  4. I try to learn from my critics, often they are my best teachers
  5. God will not have his work made manifest by cowards. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6. When you deny your vulnerability you become less attractive.
  7. I ask God for one good humiliation a day and then notice how i react to it... 
  8. I am thankful to God for all that I have, and for all that I don't have.
  9. Sometimes I wonder if this illness isn't a gift rather than a problem.
  10. Life is travel -- enjoy the journey, bumpy roads and all.
  11. We are called to unity, not uniformity.
  12. If it were not for the 'we' of 12 step programs, there would be no 'I.
  13. The only way to get on your feet is to get off your butt.
  14. A real leader always speaks the truth, even to their own detriment
  15. I know what will happen if I drink,...I don't know what will happen if I don't
  16. It feels good to be trusted.
  17. It's a waste of time to take God's inventory.
  18. What we practice is what we become
  19. What matters is what works, not my opinion of what works
  20. Nothing improves if I drink
  21. Only the sharing of despair can bring us ... illumination.
  22. What we will be tomorrow is determined by what we think today.
  23. My life was more than unmanageable, it was illegal.
  24. Serenity is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.
  25. I hate humans, but i am a really big social person
  26. If faith without works is dead, willingness without action is fantasy.
  27. My desire to drink became a desire not to.
  28. Coincidences are merely a manner in which God protects his anonymity.
  29. Success and failure share a common denominator,...both are tempoarary.
  30. Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want
  31. What I feel is not a fact, but it is a fact that I feel
  32. I do not have a drinking problem any more, but I do have a living problem
  33. Do not take your spiritual temperature with an emotional thermometer.
  34. To be teachable, i had to be reachable
  35. Times change, addiction doesn't
  36. God will change you without your permission
  37. I didn't have to get high and die
  38. Know God, Know Peace,....No God, No Peace!
  39. I learned that if I had the capacity to be honest, I would get better.
  40. Trust in a Higher Power, Clean House, Help Others
  41. Recovery is the first thing in my life that has really worked
  42. You lie to yourself long before you lie to anyone else.
  43. Now that my spiritual eyes have begun to open, the world is much fuller.
  44. Change is scary, even if it promises a better life
  45. Teamwork makes the Dream Work!
  46. Addiction put me on an endless dead end road
  47. Happiness is not perfected until it is shared
  48. God, please get in my head today before i do
  49. I'm not where i wanna be, but i'm not where I used to be!
  50. Everything you want is on the other side of FEAR
  51. I know how they felt because I felt that way about myself
  52. My thinking couldn't fix my thinking
  53. I need to act like i have done some steps...
  54. When the horse is dead, get off!!
  55. I don't have to take your inventory, you will show it to me anyway!!
  56. It's not our enemies that defeat us, it is our fear.
  57. Yesterday is History, and tomorrow is a Mystery
  58. Joy comes from living the way my conscience tells me to live
  59. Love yourself the same way you want someone else to love you
  60. Screw the baby steps, jump in and stay in!
  61. It's the routine that's killing you!
  62. Fantasy was my first addiction
  63. There is a crack in everything, that's where the light gets in.
  64. The best way out is always through - Robert Frost
  65. I cannot wait around for someone else to decide my life for me.
  66. The only thing keeping you from being happy is the belief that you are alone.
  67. I don't have enough information to know if it's good or bad for me!
  68. We'll ALL be OK because we already are!
  69. Am I in the cycle of Recovery, or the cycle of ADDICTION??
  70. Once you know better, you are RESPONSIBLE to do better
  71. Control is impossible the moment it is suggested!
  72. My story is SUFFICIENT
  73. God allowed this to happen ON purpose, but it was FOR a purpose!
  74. Nobody has to understand what I understand, it's not up for debate
  75. Between now and DEAD, I AM the architect
  76. You didn't Cause it, you cannot Control it, and you can't Cure it!
  77. Anything is possible until your heart stops beating
  78. Jealousy is not a sign of Love, it is a sign of insecurity
  79. We prove ours fears true all the time, Dr. Laura
  80. There are only 2 ways out of pain, make a decision, take an action
  81. Let it hurt, then let it go
  82. We can never re-capture the rapture, but we can regain the pain
  83. If we fail to 'repair', we can only impair
  84. My life goal is not to be happy, it is to be useful
  85. Your bottom is when you decide to stop digging
  86. When we see our uniqueness as a virtue, only then do we find peace
  87. Everybody needs a witness to their life
  88. The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time - James Taylor
  89. We suffer more often in imagination than in reality - Seneca
  90. Easy Choices, Hard Life - Hard Choices, Easy Life
  91. People like you when you are interested in them
  92. Forgiveness cannot change the past, but it can change the future
  93. I cannot control the wind, but i can adjust my sails
  94. Suffering is in the resistence to what is
  95. Do what you need to do, not what you want to do - Ida Keeling 100 years old
  96. A man grows with the greatness of his task
  97. If you don't share your history, your recovery will be a mystery
  98. Be the change you want to see in the world - Ghandi
  99. The past is an enormous place with all sorts of things inside
  100. I was treating my friends like the clean up crew
  101. If i do something perfectly, it was by mistake
  102. It's human nature to run from pain
  103. Happiness is a moment, not a state of being
  104. God will put in my path what i need, not what i think i want
  105. Self Esteem comes from impressing yourself
  106. I give up, i want to be available for tomorrow
  107. Alcoholics and addicts either fix themselves, or they don't get fixed
  108. God never misses a meeting
  109. Those that have been hurt the most often have the greatest ability to heal
  110. I had to remember to make amends to myself during my 9th step
  111. Train yourself to let go everything you fear to lose - Yoda
  112. I constantly live in fear of the wreckage of my future
  113. We are all broken,...that's how the light gets in
  114. Relapse is part of addiction, it is not a part of recovery
  115. Some of the best gifts come in the worst wrapping paper
  116. Anything you put before recovery you will lose
  117. I'm not everybody's cup of tea, that's why they make coffee
  118. A grateful addict will not use
  119. Existence can be beutiful or ugly, but that's on you
  120. Life is easier when your numb
  121. I'm very proud of my humility
  122. A man wishing to be unhappy will find many ways to prove his course
  123. You matter because you are you, you matter to the last moment of your life
  124. Dedicate your life to the thing you Love more than yourself
  125. Dear Lord let me laugh today, but don't let me forget how I cried
  126. I stopped making my life recovery, and started making recovery my life
  127. I bring the message to the prison, so that i don't have to go to prison.
  128. You have to get through the mess to get to the message
  129. Turn the stumbling block in to a stepping stone - Bruce Lee
  130. The more I learn the more I need to learn
  131. I live my life in constant fear of an uncertain future
  132. I need to stop putting a question mark where God has put a period
  133. I am a man of deep abiding faith that comes and goes
  134. Admit,...Accept,...Surrender,...Admit,...Accept,...Surrender,...
  135. My Will are my thoughts, My Actions are my life.
  136. When we Love, we will see in others what we want to see in ourselves
  137. Life is the shit that happens while your waiting for moments that never come
  138. Patience is slowing down to someone else's speed
  139. You have to meet people where they are, not where you want them to be
  140. When I feel "OK" with myself I tend not to want to take a drink
  141. We do not lead others in to the light by stepping in to the darkness with them
  142. Just because were here doesn't mean were all there
  143. My fellowship may or may not get me to Heaven, but it sure got me out of hell
  144. There is no comfort in the growth zone, and no growth in the comfort zone
  145. Do the right thing, it will gratify some people, and astonish the rest
  146. Get the facts first, then you can distort them if you please
  147. You can't move forward if your still hanging on
  148. We don't give advice, we give suggestions based on experience
  149. Forget 'Keep coming back', and just stay with us
  150. Just because your having a bad day doesn't mean your having a bad life
  151. Don't count the days, make the days count
  152. The bottom started falling out faster than I could lower my standards
  153. Always do your best, what you plant now, you will harvest later - Og Mandino
  154. Life is really simple, but we isist on making it complicated - Confucius
  155. Make a habit of two things, to help, or at least do no harm - Hippocrates
  156. Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can - Arthur Ashe
  157. My life is full of disasters, most of which didn't happen
  158. Hope is a talent like any other - Storm Jameson
  159. Hell is other people - Jean-Paul Sartre
  160. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear
  161. My head is a bad neighborhood to be by myself in
  162. Growing old is natural, growing up is spiritual
  163. You can't stay sober today on yesterday's sobriety
  164. The moment I take control is when I lose control
  165. It's OK to look back at your life, just don't STARE at it.
  166. God helps those who help themselves, do nothing, and nothing will happen
  167. When you speak, talk to the newcomer, don't try to impress the old timer
  168. I went to a party when I was 15 and didn't go home until I was 50
  169. I work 5 days a week, mostly on Saturdays
  170. If you judge the messenger, you won't listen to the message
  171. You don't have to live in the past, just remember the past
  172. When do people start to live?.... When they face death...
  173. I didn't get here because I saw the light, i got here because I felt the heat
  174. Fear knocked at the door, faith answered, and no one was there
  175. Seven days without a meeting makes one weak
  176. I didn't think much of myself in the past, but I thought about myself all the time
  177. Would you like to be right, or happy
  178. If you are on the wrong road God allows U-Turns
  179. The important things are not things
  180. The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well
  181. Anger is only a symptom of what is really going on
  182. What everyone thinks of me is none of my business
  183. Every new day is another chance to change your life
  184. I'm recovering, that's my little fact
  185. Don't believe everything you think
  186. Turn your face to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you
  187. Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life
  188. Stay strong, recovery is possible
  189. Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase
  190. To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better
  191. The past is seldom as we would have it
  192. Honor the path of others
  193. Expectations are the first step of a resentment
  194. The secret to success is found in your daily routine - John Maxwell
  195. I was running from myself, the problem was I was taking myself with me
  196. Everyone needs a higher power, because people will let you down
  197. Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on the inside
  198. Recovery takes time, and time takes time
  199. I wasn't a bad person doing bad things, I was a sick person doing sick things
  200. Addiction is bound up in the creative mind
  201. Don't drink and go to meetings
  202. If you don't drink, you won't get drunk
  203. Faith, it does not make things easy, it makes them possible
  204. I rarely have a conversation with myself that I disagree with
  205. One day at a time
  206. Let go or be dragged
  207. Fall down seven times, stand up eight
  208. You are not what you've done, you are what you have overcome
  209. The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude
  210. Keep it simple
  211. Easy does it
  212. Tough times don't last, tough people do
  213. Self Love
  214. I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, i'm telling you it's going to be worth it
  215. Leave scales to the fish
  216. Sometimes I just gotta let it go and say to hell with it and move on
  217. Become who you are
  218. You are beautiful
  219. Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny
  220. Don't let the fear of relapsing keep you from recovery
  221. Never stop fighting
  222. Real recovery is a complete lifestyle change
  223. Breathe in joy and strength, breathe out wisdom and peace
  224. I'm gonna make the rest of my life, the best of my life
  225. Dear God, I know i'm not perfect, but thanks for loving me anyway
  226. I am in repair, i'm not together, but i'm getting there
  227. Recovery is the bridge between who you were and who you are
  228. And what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us
  229. If you only walk on sunny days, you will never reach your destination
  230. Sometimes you have to be your own hero
  231. Keep calm and carry the message
  232. The past can hurt, but you can either run from it, or, learn from it
  233. I knew nothing about nothing, and thought I knew everything about everything
  234. Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly
  235. Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching
  236. Walking in the sunlight of the spirit
  237. I never came out of blackout happy, joyous and free
  238. When my butt is on a barstool I know everything about everything
  239. No matter what - you don't have to pick up.
  240. Until the pain gets strong enough, there will be no change
  241. It came to pass; it didn't come to stay
  242. May your lost dreams of yesterday become the reality of your tomorrow
  243. Hit your knees,.....not the bottle
  244. I can't fix anyone but me, and that's a full time job
  245. Recovery is an inside job
  246. Just for today
  247. Think Think Think
  248. First things first
  249. How important is it
  250. Keep an open mind
  251. Live and let live
  252. Have an attitude of gratitude
  253. Mind your own business
  254. Progress not perfection
  255. Change the things I can
  256. Drunk says - Look Mom, i'm 19 years sober. Mom says - so is the cat.
  257. Wonderful things happen one day at a time
  258. Listen and learn
  259. Let go and let God
  260. This too shall pass
  261. Great expectations can lead to great disappointments
  262. If it is to be, it is up to me
  263. If you think handling everything is too much, try letting go
  264. Fear is a darkroom where negatives are developed
  265. Take what you like and leave the rest
  266. Measure yourself by your best moments not your worst
  267. Remember yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but live for today
  268. The longest journey starts with the first step
  269. Recovery is a process, not an event-it takes time
  270. You must be present to win
  271. Each new day offers a new opportunity
  272. One hour at a time,..one day at a time,..one step at a time
  273. It's alcohol-ISM, not alcohol-WASM
  274. A.A. also stands for,...Attitude Adjustment
  275. I can only carry the message, I can"t carry the drunk
  276. Happiness is not getting what you want, it is wanting what you get
  277. It's never to late to be what you might have been
  278. There ain't no big deals
  279. If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got
  280. If you keep doin' what your doin', you'll keep gettin' what your gettin'
  281. Looking for God is like a fish looking for water
  282. Listen to the message,..not the messenger
  283. Feel, Deal and the Heal,..(Feel it, Deal with it and then Heal from it)
  284. Hope is knowing the good in us will overcome the bad
  285. Happy, Joyous & Free
  286. God speaks to us all a little differently, hoping we'll tell each other
  287. Even if I'm on the right track, if I don't move I'll get run over
  288. Don't give up five minutes before the miracle
  289. Do not be discouraged
  290. Don't take everything personally
  291. When you feel left out, reach out
  292. Have patience with all things, but first with yourself
  293. Serenity comes when I stop expecting and start accepting
  294. Today is the tomorrow that I worried about yesterday
  295. Glance at the past, but don't stare at it
  296. Wherever you go- there you are
  297. To live or just exist- the choice is yours
  298. Focus on the program-not the problem
  299. One needn't make a crisis out of an incident
  300. When you're flat on your back, there's no way to look but up
  301. As you go through life, make this your goal- watch the donut not the hole
  302. No is a complete sentence
  303. It's hard to be hateful when you're being grateful
  304. Ulcers are what you get from mountain climbing on mole hills
  305. If you find yourself in a rut, stop digging
  306. The way to get anywhere is to start from where you are
  307. If you want serenity, put your Higher Power between you & your problem
  308. Expectations are premeditated resentments
  309. The main thing, is to keep the main thing, the main thing
  310. I may not be there yet, but i'm closer than I was yesterday
  311. A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ship's are for
  312. If your going through hell, keep going - Winston Churchill
  313. The fool didn't know it wasn't possible, so he did it
  314. The only failure is inaction, the rest is trial and error
  315. No one is to busy in this world, it's all about priorities
  316. No one can hurt you without your permission
  317. You never know the truth, you know a truth
  318. Be yourself, everyone else is already taken - Oscar Wilde
  319. Whether you think you can or can't, either way you're right - Henry Ford
  320. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything - Mark Twain
  321. Be the person your dog thinks you are - JW Stephens
  322. I know for sure, what we dwell on is who we become - Oprah Winfrey
  323. Death ends a life, not a relationship - Mitch Albom
  324. Better to get hurt by the truth, than comforted with a lie - Khaled Hosseini
  325. Do I not destory my enemies by making them my friends - Abraham Lincoln
  326. Luck is the residue of design - John Milton

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