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Recovery Quote of the Day- 

"You will forget what I say to you, but you will never forget what I do for you."

Tuesday - November 5, 2019


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Yesterdays Recovery Quotes

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

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