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Recovery Quote of the Day- 

"Fear is an incompetent teacher"

Sunday - March 29, 2020


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Yesterdays Recovery Quotes

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

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