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Recovery Quote of the Day- 

"I know what will happen if I drink,...I don't know what will happen if I don't"

Friday - March 21, 2019


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Yesterdays Recovery Quotes

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

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