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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- 

"My desire to drink became a desire not to."

Tuesday - December 18 2018


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Yesterdays Recovery Quotes

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

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