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These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail.
We hope you find them helpful.
Love in fellowship.

 

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A compilation of Morning Helpers subject lines (grouped in two’s) and transmitted over a period of time (Nothing that was never heard in a meeting – take what you want and leave the rest)

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
My daily choice is to rise and shine, or rise and whine.

Life is difficult because it is a series of problems.
The best way to get the last word is to apologize.

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Let Go and Let God. There are no chemical solutions to spiritual problems.
The first step to knowledge is to know that we are ignorant

Recovery isn’t for people who need it; it’s for people who want it.
It’s not we need new ideas, but we need to stop having old ideas

We don’t claim shame, it claims us.
There’s a difference between giving up and  knowing when you’ve had enough

Relax. Answers will come, in time.
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking

If you can’t see more blessings than you can count, you aren’t looking hard enough
Stress is your reaction to circumstances, not the circumstances

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Always
be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.
To repent, is to consent, to be loved.

It is never too late to be the people God intended us to be.
Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

The number one way to relieve pain is to forgive.
If you’re not happy today, what are you waiting for?

Faith is the only known cure for fear.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

Good thoughts and actions never produce bad results.
All you have to do to change your life is change your mind.

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No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
Finding God is not the point. Seeking God is the point.

Try to improve the wreckage of the present.
Sobriety delivers everything alcohol promised.

Spiritual sobriety leaves nothing for alcohol to fix.
Winners do what they have to do, and losers do what they want.

The winner always has a program. The loser always has an excuse.
Life and what it brings, is happening for us, NOT to us.

Count your blessings so your blessings count.
Smiles are contagious. See if you can infect someone today.

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We are what we wish to become.
Worry wastes today’s time, cluttering tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles.

Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.
‘Coming to believe’ is accepting spiritual help.

Half measures availed us nothing.
Happiness is like a butterfly: if we chase it, we’ll never find it.

There is no progress without change.
If you want to be in the flow of Grace you have to be in the stream of abuse.

The real problem is how you deal with the original problem.
Practice makes patience.

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Amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.
Contempt is not a spiritual gift.

Don’t point a finger – lend a hand.
We go to meetings for relief; we work the steps for recovery

Life by the mile is a trial; by the inch it’s a cinch
We’re all fledglings, learning to fly.

Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
Anger is one letter short of Danger.

One shot, and we’re all shot
I can’t fix the mind I got with the mind I got.

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Is your program powered by Will Power or Higher Power?
To help each other, is to help ourselves

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.
Keeping secrets from others can make us fearful.

Talk to your sponsor first.
Gain by pain, Win by losing, Get control by letting go of control.

Sometimes all we can do is all we can do.
Once an alcoholic, always and alcoholic.

It gets worse, so you have to get better.
The art of life is to live in the present moment.

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It is those that persevere that will succeed.
Change is the characteristic of all growth.

Discover how really nice today is by taking it less for granted.
Everything you can be you are now.

You may not always know what is right but you sure know what is wrong.
Take my advice, I’m not using it.

If we want to change our lives, then we must change our thoughts first.
Never let the abundance of gifts from God cause you to forget the Giver.

The only person you can ever be better than is the person you were yesterday.
We believe in ‘Living’ amends not ‘I’m sorry’ amends.

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A winner makes commitments; a loser makes promises.
I didn’t realize who I was until I stopped being who I wasn’t

Pain is an experience. Suffering is a choice.
One meets his destiny often on the road one takes to avoid it.

I won’t hassle you any further. It is YOUR decision.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

Alcoholics don’t have a normal reaction to alcohol OR abstinence
Lower your standards and improve your program.

Not knowing, is not the problem. Not being OK with not knowing is the problem.
With us, to drink is to die

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Sometimes the things we can’t change end up changing us.
Alcoholism is an incurable disease; loneliness is not.

Work the program, not the problem.
Imagining ourselves happy and brave will help us feel both.

Looking for the right person? Become the right person.
We learn to lighten up in recovery. We laugh at the absurdity of our addiction.

You cannot have an open mouth and an open mind at the same time.
You cannot think your way into right actions. You have to act your way into right thinking.

New possibilities opened up when we accepted our powerlessness.
My journey of a thousand smiles begins with the First Step.

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Today do what you can and expect no more of yourself.
You are the problem, but you are also the solution.

Let’s always remember that recovery is freedom, not bondage.
Simply asking for help seems to be a help in itself.

If you can’t fight and you can’t flee, flow.
Grace enables me to forgive myself and others.

Get well, Trust God and clean house
If something is right, it can be done. If it is wrong it can be done without.

It only takes one person to change your life – you.
AA is not something you join, it’s a way of life.

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There’s no elevator, you have to take the steps.
Who I am is a product of who I am.

Criticism and finding fault are not spiritual gifts.
Sobriety is not a dress rehearsal.

While it isn’t always easy, if I keep it simple, it works.
Religion is for those who want life after death. Spirituality is for those who want life BEFORE death!

You are the problem, but you are also the solution.
Take the program seriously, not yourself.

Take today & make it beautiful.
AA teaches us how to handle sobriety.

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Worry wastes today’s time, cluttering tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles.
New possibilities opened up when we accepted our powerlessness.

Wisdom is knowledge you learn after you know it all.
It is not making a mistake, but repeating it that is cause for concern.

A mistake repeated more than once is a decision.
Simply asking for help seems to be a help in itself.

We cannot solve life’s problems except by solving them.
Joy is in knowing there is an answer.

AA teaches us how to handle sobriety.
It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.

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Enjoy life while you’ve got the chance.
Forgiving is not forgetting, it’s letting go of the hurt.

The first step to knowledge is to know that we are ignorant
We are all important, but not for the reasons we think.

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
The real problem is how you deal with the original problem.

There are only two things an alcoholic doesn’t like – the way things are, and change.
We cannot solve life’s problems except by solving them.

Looking for the right person? Become the right person.
Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

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Remember what you have left, not what you have lost.
The effort to escape from truth is the father of anxiety.

Sobriety and all that comes with it is a gift, not a right.
Let today’s difficulties make you better not bitter.

Living in a state of gratitude is the gateway to grace.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.

For ‘suggestion’ you have two choices: Take it or leave it.
It is never too late to start doing what is right!

We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.
Simply asking for help seems to be a help in itself.

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We cannot solve life’s problems except by solving them.
This day is not a rehearsal. It is real.

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
The AA Big Book does not need to be rewritten. It needs to be reread.

Sometimes you have to just let go and see what happens.
Slogans are the Swiss army knives of Recovery.

Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.
We act our way into a new way of thinking.

The experience of reality does not have to be postponed.
There are really only 2 choices: worry or trust God.

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The man who says, ‘I can’t’, is usually right.
We are as sick as our secrets.

I do not receive the right answer when I ask the wrong question.
I can’t fix the mind I got with the mind I got.

The time is always right to do what is right.
If god seems far away, who moved ?

Sometimes, all we need to do is ask.
He who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

When we’re urged to be open-minded, what’s really involved?
You cannot have an open mouth and an open mind at the same time.

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There is no right way to do the wrong thing.
Controlling life isn’t the answer, it’s the problem.

Life is change… Growth is optional… Choose wisely…
Resistance is only a waste of strength.

Progress always involves risk
Keep an open mind, something may fall in.

Pain is an experience. Suffering is a choice.
One meets his destiny often on the road one takes to avoid it.

Change is not easy, but it’s absolutely unavoidable.
I won’t hassle you any further. It is YOUR decision.

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Life by the mile is a trial; by the inch it’s a cinch
We’re all fledglings, learning to fly.

Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
Self-will cannot be overcome by Self-will.

There are no wrong turns, only unexpected paths
Spend less time trying to change and more time making the best of who you are.

I wanted to be famous but God made me anonymous
Worry gets in the way of getting what you really want.

Live life today as though you knew you were dying
Once we clear a hurdle, it doesn’t seem so high.

Be yourself today. You are perfect for the part.
Give yourself more exercise than jumping to conclusions.

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You are the problem, but you are also the solution.
It gets worse, so you have to get better.

The art of life is to live in the present moment.
In life it is those that persevere that will succeed.

Change is the characteristic of all growth.
Discover how really nice today is by taking it less for granted.

Everything you can be you are now.
You may not always know what is right but you sure know what is wrong.

Take my advice, I’m not using it.
The present moment holds the key to liberation.

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To love and be loved is the greatest of joys.
When all else fails, try following directions.

If you don’t like what you’re getting, change what you’re doing.
Sobriety is a choice and a treasure.

The more I work on me – the better most people behave.
If you want to know God’s will, spend time with Him.

God speaks through people, don’t worry about which ones.
Work the program, not the problem.

Feelings won’t kill me, but killing my feelings will.
Every decision we make is not critical nor is every mistake fatal.

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We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
Get rid of the excuses for not doing those things that make you happy.

Rather than giving others a piece of your mind, don’t-and have peace of mind.
Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.

Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
Often times that which we find difficult is that which teaches.

The longer you’ve been in recovery, the more successful you’ve been in the past.
Anxiety is the by-product of trying to run the universe.

When you lose your temper, you lose.
Stark Raving Sober.

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Thoughts and beliefs are nothing without action.
This is a self-help program that you can’t do by yourself.

Sometimes, all we need to do is ask.
When we let go, we let go of our need to always be right

When we’re urged to be open-minded, what’s really involved?
You cannot have an open mouth and an open mind at the same time.

Our problems go deeper than just staying sober.
Spiritual sobriety leaves nothing for alcohol to fix.

All you have to do to change your life is change your mind.
If I don’t change. my clean and sober date will

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Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.
Sobriety delivers everything alcohol promised

We don’t like change and, we’re not really happy with the way things are.
Resentment unites anger, fear, and sadness.

Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself.
I never knew the value of my life until I looked beyond it.

We are the only ones who can change how we think or how we act.
Lies are like drinks-one leads to another.

Learn to enjoy little things; there are so many of them
What if we were caring rather than judgmental?

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You don’t get serenity watching others do the steps.
As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.

Enjoy life, that’s what God intended.
We act our way into a new way of thinking.

The experience of reality does not have to be postponed.
There are really only 2 choices: worry or trust God.

The man who says, ‘I can’t’, is usually right.
We are as sick as our secrets./Trust in God, Clean house, and Work with others.

I can’t fix the mind I got with the mind I got.
Whatever your problem, know that there is a solution.

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Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.

This is a self-help program that you can’t do by yourself.
If I want God to remove my character defects, I’ll have to stop doing them.

Take care of yourself so that you may give care to others.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

You must learn to pick up a program, not just set down a drink!
Where ever you go, there you are!

There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.
By letting go we create our own well-being.

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We are free today only by the grace of God
We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.

Life is difficult because it is a series of problems.
The real problem is how you deal with the original problem.

The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual.
Things might not get better for me, but I can get better despite things

If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans for the day.
God will heal your broken heart if you give Him all the pieces.

Core Spiritual Principles of the Program:  Willingness, Open-mindedness, Honesty
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

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Alcoholism is for us unconditional
Life happens; joy is optional.

You cannot really listen to someone and do something else at the same time.
Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching today?

We are never more than one grateful thought away from peace of heart.
There is not one moment that we are separated from God’s care unless we choose to be.

I didn’t know how sick I was until I started getting better.
Don’t try to be normal; try to be healthy.

Serenity comes when you stop expecting and start accepting.
This is a self-help program that you can’t do by yourself.

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Keep your sobriety first, to make it last..
Surrender, don’t quit. – Surrender to win.

Tell me, I’ll forget; Show me, I’ll remember; Engage me; I’ll understand…
Spiritual sobriety leaves nothing for alcohol to fix.

The real problem is how you deal with the original problem.
All you have to do to change your life is change your mind.

If I don’t change. my clean and sober date will
Don’t give up before the miracle happens…

Try to improve the wreckage of the present.
Joy isn’t the absence of pain – it’s the presence of God.

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The trouble with many of us is that in trying times we stop trying.
Those who can’t laugh at themselves leave the job to others.

Good thoughts and actions never produce bad results.
When you look in the mirror, you are looking at the problem; You are also looking at the solution.

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