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"God will not have his work made manifest by cowards. - Ralph Waldo Emerson"

Sunday - June 23, 2019


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Yesterdays Recovery Quotes

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

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