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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- 

"By helping to insure the sobriety of others to come, we insure our own sobriety today."

Tuesday - April 123, 2019


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Yesterdays Recovery Quotes

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

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