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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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Recovery Quote of the Day- 

"Sometimes I wonder if this illness isn't a gift rather than a problem."

Tuesday - May 14, 2019


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Yesterdays Recovery Quotes

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

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