THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER

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Definition of Thought: an idea or opinion produced by thinking, or occurring suddenly in the mind.
Synonyms of Thought: idea, notion, thinking, belief, concept, opinion, view, impression,  perception, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
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We hope you find them helpful.
Love in fellowship.

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Remember the 3 P’s: Perfectionism (leads to) Procrastination (leads to) Paralysis. –Jeb Blount | More…
My serenity is directly proportional to my level of acceptance. –Earth Changes | More…

Many people haven’t even a nodding acquaintance with humility as a way of life. –12&12 (p.70)  | More..
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. –Judy Garland | More…

Feed your faith and starve your doubt.
Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. –Helen Keller | More…

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Backsliding begins when knee-bending stops.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Saying “NO” to the first drink is a lot easier than saying no to the second. – Malcolm Whyte | More…

It’s impossible for me to love God and hate myself.
When a person tries to control their drinking they have already lost control. – Stepping Stones | More…

The good news is you never have to drink again even if you want to.
The bad news is that we’re your new friends. We Can’t Help You – If You Aren’t Here! –Kickstart | More…

Success and failure share a common denominator … Both are temporary…
Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action. –Benjamin Disraeli | More…

Life is a risk. When we hold on too tight, remain too guarded, and anxiously try to control every factor, we become stiff and reactive rather than calm, focused, and responsive. –Wisdom to Know | More…

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Wisdom in its purest form is sometimes knowing what to overlook.
We alcoholics are undisciplined. So we let God discipline us… Big Book | More…

I have learned that my actions are far more important than my thoughts. –Unknown

Sobriety is a choice and a treasure.
The alcoholic is in no greater peril than when he takes sobriety for granted. –Grapevine | More…

Who we are is God’s gift to us.  Who we become is our gift to God. Our disease always resurfaced or continued to progress until, in desperation, we sought help from each other in Alcoholics Anonymous –Journey To Freedom | More…

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.
We’re responsible for the effort – not the outcome. –Free Will | More…

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We surrender to win.
Procrastination is really sloth in five syllables. –Bill W. | More…

Sobriety is a journey, not a destination. –Way Of Our People | More…

In order to recover we have to uncover.
I have been given a quiet place in bright sunshine. — Grapevine | More…

Prayer is asking a question. Meditation is listening for the answer.
Trying to pray is praying. — Hungry Ghosts | More…

It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.
Simply asking for help seems to be a help in itself. –Wisdom For The Soul | More…

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Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia.
We have it with us right here and now. –Big Book | More…

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with God is Faith. –Adel Bestavros | More…

Joy is in knowing there is an answer.
Let us always love the best in others – and never fear their worst.

We are prisoners of our own resentments. Forgiveness unlocks the door and sets us free. -Grapevine | More…

If I’m not comfortable within myself, I can’t be comfortable with others.
It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them. –Dale Turner | More…

God used two people to create me; He used a whole Fellowship to change me.
Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgment of the facts of a situation, then deciding what you’re going to do about it. –Kathleen Thiesen | More…

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The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual.
Just because I’m powerless does not mean that I am helpless. –Albert Einstein | More…

Faith is not belief without proof; it’s trust without reservation. The spiritual approach to recovery is not about relinquishing responsibility for our lives to some Cosmic Butler. –Unknown

I keep my sobriety by giving it away
If I’m not comfortable within myself, I can’t be comfortable with others. –Unknown

Trying to pray is praying.
Faith is not belief without proof; it’s trust without reservation. –Elton Trueblood | More…

There are only two things an alcoholic doesn’t like – the way things are, and change. Times Remembered | More…
Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with God is Faith. –Kathleen Theisen | More…

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Willpower … our will-ingness to use a Higher Power.
The smallest package in the world is an alcoholic all wrapped up in himself. –Selfish Brain | More…

Nothing pays off like restraint of tongue and pen.
There is no such thing as being ‘a little bit alcoholic. –Constructive Drinking | More…

Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death. –Unknown | More…

Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?
Within our wonderful new world, we have found freedom from our fatal obsession. –Daily Reflections | More…

Sobriety is a choice and a treasure.
We are prisoners of our own resentments. Forgiveness unlocks the door and sets us free. –Face to Faith | More…

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In order to recover we have to uncover. The ankle-biters of everyday struggles will eat away at me unless I go to meetings and share. Walk In Dry places | More…

Anger is the hot wind that extinguishes the light of reason.
Veni, vidi, velcro … I came, I saw, I stuck around. –Caesar | More…

We are prisoners of our own resentments.
Forgiveness unlocks the door and sets us free. –Face to Faith | More…

Life didn’t end when I got sober … it started.
Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?  –Attitude Adjustment | More…

In order to recover we have to uncover.
We are not living just to be sober; we are living to learn, to serve, and to love. –Gary L. | More

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Who we are is God’s gift to us.  Who we become is our gift to God. –Eleanor Powell | More…

We are not living just to be sober; we are living to learn, to serve, and to love.
Fear is a darkroom for developing negatives –Usman B Asif | More…

When we love, we see in others what we wish to have in ourselves.
If I want God to remove my character defects, I’ll have to stop doing them. –A Guide | More…

The mighty oak tree was once a little nut that held its ground.
Who we are is God’s gift to us.  Who we become is our gift to God.
Remind me to put Rule 62 into practice in my life. –An Alcoholic’s Prayer

If you think you have a problem with alcohol, you probably do.
Did God introduce me to the program, or did the program introduce me to God? –Wisdom of the Rooms | More…

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It’s not making a mistake that will kill me.  It’s defending it that does the damage. –Unknown If you think you have a problem with alcohol, you probably do. –Courage to Change | More…

An obsession: A persistent, recurring idea that does not respond to reason. –Unknown
I can’t have a better tomorrow if I am thinking about yesterday all the time. –Talent Never Enough | More…

Every day is a gift. That is why we call it the present.
If I want God to remove my character defects, I’ll have to stop doing them. –A Guide | More…

The peaks and valleys of my life have become gentle rolling hills.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing …my sobriety.
Many of us would have had nowhere else to go if we could not have trusted AA groups and members. –Big Book | More…

Joy is the infallible presence of God.
The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.
Every day is a gift. That is why we call it the present. –God’s Truths | More…

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Some people think alcoholism is a two-fold disease–more and right now.
At first, I thought the “God thing” was a crutch. Turns out to be stilts. –Grapevine Humour | More…

An expectation is a premeditated resentment.
Take a walk with God.  He will meet you at the Steps.
We honor the spirit in other people when we listen to them. –Karen Casey | More…

I’ve only given up one drink … the next one. | Unknown
Joy is the infallible presence of God. –Pierre Teilhard de Chardin | More…

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.
A.A. is not something you join, it’s a way of life.
What does it benefit me to not like another human being?

Your concept of yourself reflects on your concept of God.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing …my sobriety. –Third Year | More…

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We honor the spirit in other people when we listen to them. –Karen Casey | More…

Service is love in work clothes.
Willpower … our will-ingness to use a Higher Power. –Overcoming | More…

We are not living just to be sober; we are living to learn, to serve, and to love. –Glen L. | More…

I don’t have to like you, I only have to love you. –Marc N.
Minds are like parachutes – they won’t work unless they’re open. –Stepping Stones | More…

Service is love in work clothes.
This is a program of limitless expansion.  The gate is wide but the road is narrow. –Unknown

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Don’t give up before the miracle happens.
God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts. –Modern Proverbs | More…

When we love, we see in others what we wish to have in ourselves.
We are not living just to be sober; we are living to learn, to serve, and to love. –Glen L. | More…

I’d rather be better than bitter.
I keep my sobriety by giving it away. –What-For | More…

Progress always involves risk.
This is a program of limitless expansion. The gate is wide but the road is narrow. –Key Sayings | More…

Newcomers are the lifeblood of the program. But our oldtimers are the arteries.
This is a program of limitless expansion. The gate is wide but the road is narrow. –Walk In Dry Places | More…

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I listen for direction now.
We give it away to keep it. –Forgotten Beatitude | More…

Service is spirituality in action.
Prayer is asking a question; meditation is listening to the answer. –Inner Roads | More…

I have been given a quiet place in bright sunshine.
I am responsible for carrying the message.
I am not responsible for anyone receiving the message. –Another Door | More…

A victim is a spectator in his life.
It’s a pity we can’t forget our troubles the same way we forget our blessings. –Stepping Stones | More…

Every problem arrives bearing a gift in its hands.
I am liberated from dreaming the impossible dream and free, finally, to start living the possible dream. –Grapevine Vol #28 | More…

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The road to recovery is always under construction.
Simply asking for help seems to be a help in itself.  –Unknown

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Within our wonderful new world, we have found freedom from our fatal obsession. –Daily Reflections | More…

There is no progress without change.
The program has helped me grow up enough to be a kid again. –Unknown

Once we clear a hurdle, it doesn’t seem so high.
Anger is the hot wind that extinguishes the light of reason. –Unknown

To help each other, is to help ourselves.
Within our wonderful new world, we have found freedom from our fatal obsession. –Daily Reflections | More…

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Formula for failure: trying to please everyone. — Herbert Swope | More…
The elevator is broken; use the steps.
You are the problem, but you are also the solution.
Reason to be grateful #863: you learn to wake up instead of coming to. –Keep Coming Back | More…

Improve your memory — tell the truth.
Numb is dumb; feel to heal.
The program has helped me grow up enough to be a kid again. –Unknown

Together we can do what we could never do alone.
Unless I accept my virtues, I will be overwhelmed with my faults. –Robert G. Coleman | More…

The reason the Traditions are called Principles is because they always work.
If they didn’t always work we’d just call them “good ideas.” –Unknown

Losers make promises; winners make commitments. –Denis Waitley | More…
I didn’t make it all the way to the beach to drown in the sand. –Unknown

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Vigilance will always be the price of survival. –Deep Soul Cleansing | More…
Minds are like parachutes – they won’t work unless they’re open. –Stepping Stones | More…

Laughter is the sound effect of recovery.
Unless I accept my virtues, I will be overwhelmed with my faults. –Robert G Coleman | More…

We need each other’s experience, strength, and hope, regardless of age or length of sobriety. –Big Book | More…

Don’t give up before the miracle happens.
We’re responsible for the effort – not the outcome.
Spirituality is the ability to get our minds off ourselves. –Easy Does It | More…

If you love someone, tell them now.
Eternity is time enough for silence. –Unknown

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The tongue must be heavy indeed, because so few people can hold it. –Of Wit & Humour | More…

Bigotry disfigures the heart.
Sobriety is a choice and a treasure. –So Help Me God | More…

The Promises are a result; not a right.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen –Unknown

The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us. –Ralph Waldo Emerson | More…
Just because I’m powerless does not mean that I am helpless. — Unknown | More…
The peaks and valleys of my life have become gentle rolling hills. –Unknown

Life didn’t end when I got sober … it started. –Unknown
Nothing pays off like restraint of tongue and pen. _-Bill W. | More…

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I’ve only given up one drink … the next one.
Think it over, not drink over it.
Minds are like parachutes – they won’t work unless they’re open. –Stepping Stones | More…

I keep my sobriety by giving it away.
I have learned what the Grace of God feels like. –Unknown

Rule 62: Don’t take yourself too damn seriously. –Grapevine Vol 9 | More…
It’s not making a mistake that will kill me. It’s defending it that does the damage. –Unknown

Pride without gratitude is arrogance. –Days Of Grace | More…
I didn’t know how sick I was until I started getting better. — Unknown

All you have to do to change your life is change your mind. –44 Keys | More…
If I want God to remove my character defects, I’ll have to stop doing them. –Sponsorship Guide | More…

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Turn your wounds into wisdom. –Oprah Winfrey | More…
I can’t have a better tomorrow if I am thinking about yesterday all the time. –Unknown

Meetings:  A check up from the neck up -Dale Carnegie | More…
Don’t mess up an amends with an excuse. –Unknown
Newcomers are the lifeblood of the program, but our oldtimers are the arteries. –Walk In Dry Places | More…

Don’t give up before the miracle happens. Unknown | More…
There’s no elevator, you have to take the Steps. –Unknown

Judgement is resentment. –Judgement Detox | More…
Hope is not an emotion, it is an action. –Emotion | More…

Honesty is the absence of the intent to deceive. –Dare to Recover | More…
There is no such thing as being ‘a little bit alcoholic.’ –AA A Study | More…

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Take a walk with God. He will meet you at the Steps. — unknown
It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them. –Unknown

I have learned that I did not get here a day early or a drink short. — Unknown
Though adversity, we find strength. –Chronic Pain | More…

What if I were caring rather than judgmental? –Karen Casey
Working with alcoholics in committees is like trying to herd cats. –Unknown

God enters us through our wounds. –Prime Time | More…
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. –CS Lewis | More…
The mighty oak tree was once a little nut that held its ground. –Wayne Dyer | More…

Joy is the infallible presence of God. –A Sober Mom | More…
The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. –Pierre Corneille | More…
Every day is a gift. That is why we call it the present. –Eleanor Roosevelt | More…

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The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing …my sobriety. -Anonymous Experience for Pros  | More…
Many of us would have had nowhere else to go if we could not have trusted AA groups and members. –Big Book | More…

Willpower … our will-ingness to use a Higher Power. –Easy Does It | More…
We honor the spirit in other people when we listen to them. –Karen Casey | More…

Sobriety is a choice and a treasure. –Unknown
Not to change is not to adapt; not to adapt is to become extinct. –Unknown | More…
We are prisoners of our own resentments. Forgiveness unlocks the door and sets us free. –Doc Player | More…

All you have to do to change your life is change your mind. –Joyce Meyer | More…
We are not living just to be sober; we are living to learn, to serve, and to love. –Gary L. | More…

AA is like an adjustable wrench, it fits almost any nut. –Beyond Belief | More…
I have learned what the Grace of God feels like. –Unknown

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Trying to pray is praying.
Life didn’t end when I got sober — it started –Unknown

Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching? –Attitude Adjustment | More…
If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always be where you’ve always been. –Wise Quotes | More…

Honesty is the absence of the intent to deceive.
God seldom becomes a reality until God becomes a necessity. –Walk In Dry Places | More…

Life is too short to be small.  –Benjamin Disraeli | More…
While it isn’t always easy, if I keep it simple, it works. –Unknown

The joy is in the journey, so enjoy the ride. –Unknown
Faith is putting all your eggs in God’s basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch. –Defying Normal | More…

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Seven days without a meeting makes one weak. –Easy Does It | More…
It takes only a moment to be kind, but the result can last a lifetime. –Psalm 30 | More…

Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in the past. –Tryon Edwards | More…
This day I choose to spend in perfect peace. –Course in Miracles Lesson 255 | More…

God seldom becomes a reality until God becomes a necessity. –Walk In Dry Places | More…

Action conquers fear. –Seven Steps | More…
There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought. –Laurence J Peter | More…

Serenity isn’t freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm. –Looking Deeper | More…
The spiritual life is not a theory. We have to live it. –Big Book | More…

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I never imagined that the greatest achievement of my life would be peace of mind. –Grapevine | More…
I can’t do His will my way. –Unknown
The best way to get even is to forget. —Debbie Macomber

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. –Mother Teresa | More…
There is no materialism in AA — just spirituality. –Unknown

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light.
Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears. –Cesare Pavese | More…

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