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"It's OK to look back at the past, just don't stare at it."

Thursday - January 14, 2021


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Yesterdays Recovery Quotes

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

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