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"Life moves on whether you are a part of it or not."

Sunday - May 31, 2020


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Yesterdays Recovery Quotes

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

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