Slovenliness

Definition of Slovenliness: untidy or unclean in appearance or habits.

Synonyms for Slovenliness: sloppiness, carelessness, negligence, untidiness, neglect,
messiness.

These notes are from literature about recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
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Many of us are all right in the main, but there are some domains in which we are slovenly. It is not a question of sin, but of the remnants of the carnal life which are apt to make us slovenly. Slovenliness is an insult to the Holy Ghost. There should be nothing slovenly, whether it be in the way we eat and drink, or in the way we worship God. –Oswald Chambers | More…

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BACK TO NATURE
When we live in nature it’s like constantly being in school. We are in an environment that is always teaching. We are constantly being reminded that there are laws, Natural Laws, which are running the universe. Once we know these laws and we drift from them, we start to live our lives in a different way. Soon we become discontent, selfish, and disrespectful. Then, we get in trouble. If our lives have become this way, it can be reversed by going back to nature to be among our teachers. –Elders Meditations | More…

A JOURNEY
Sobriety is not an object that one can acquire and then put on a shelf somewhere or on the wall like a diploma. It is more of a journey in living, with each day’s march being a goal in itself. Our quest for sobriety is a lifetime journey. The quality of today’s sobriety will depend only on today’s thinking and behavior. –Walk In Dry Places | More…

LAUGHTER
Laughter is a way of accepting ourselves as human. To be human means we can make mistakes. It means we can lighten up. It also means growing up. If we can’t laugh at ourselves, we shut ourselves off from the world. We shut ourselves off from the parts of us we need to accept. –Keep It Simple | More…

ANGER
We need to accept our anger and learn to express it, honestly, openly and assertively, not aggressively. We can’t afford to hang onto anger. Repressed anger always blocks the way to a positive attitude. –Each Day a New Beginning/Karen Casey | More…

FEAR
It took years for me to realize the connection between my fears and the anger and resentment I felt. Today when I feel fear, it’s usually that I’m afraid of losing something or of not getting something I demand. Today, when I’m feeling angry or resentful, I stop and ask myself what I’m afraid of. Doing this allows me to take the mask off my fears and that always leads me to a solution. –Wisdom of the Rooms | More…

WILLINGNESS
We’re still here, so that means God is still in charge of whatever should transpire today. Our part is to be willing to listen to God’s direction and to follow it. We don’t have to know where our steps are leading us. We can simply move forward, trusting that we will end up where we need to be. What we needed to do, where we needed to go, was always under the direction of God. It still is. Let’s rejoice that our part is doable. –Keepers of the Wisdom/Ruth Casey | More…

PROGRESS
Some people bloom late. Some very late. And some, very, very late. But, they all bloom. And the longer it takes, the more spectacular it is. Quite the deal, huh? –The Universe

HAPPINESS
The only way you’ll ever be happy is to be happy with what you have.
You can be happy this very instant if you’ll simply be happy with what you have.

Being happy with what you have doesn’t prevent you from creating more.
In fact, it puts you in a powerful position to add new value to your world and your life.

When you’re happy with what you have, you’re deeply in touch with life’s abundance.
Within that abundance is every good possibility.

Be happy, and thankful, for the way life is.
It will open your eyes to the best possibilities for the way life can be.

There is great value in whatever you already have.
The way to see that value, and to make full use of it, is to be happy with what you have.

Life’s richness is yours the moment you allow it.
Be happy with what you have, and nothing can stop you from having it all. –Ralph Marston

FINANCES
Taking financial responsibility for ourselves is part of recovery. Start where you are, with what you’ve got. Acceptance and gratitude turn what we have into more. Set goals. Believe you deserve the best, financially. Believe God cares about your finances. Let go of your fear, and trust. –The Language of Letting Go/Melody Beattie | More…

LOVE
Allowing ourselves to receive love is one of the greatest challenges we face in recovery. Many of us have blocked ourselves from receiving love. Surrender to the love that is there for us, to the love that people, the Universe, and our Higher Power send our way. –The Language of Letting Go

INTERCESSION
Are we living in such a vital relationship to our fellow men that we do the work of intercession as the Spirit-taught children of God? Begin with the circumstances we are in — our homes, our business, our country, the present crisis as it touches us and others — are these things crushing us? Are they badgering us out of the presence of God and leaving us no time for worship? Then let us call a halt, and get into such living relationship with God that our relationship to others may be maintained on the line of intercession whereby God works His marvels.

Beware of outstripping God by your very longing to do His will. We run ahead of Him in a thousand and one activities, consequently we get so burdened with persons and with difficulties that we do not worship God, we do not intercede. If once the burden and the pressure come upon us and we are not in the worshipping attitude, it will produce not only hardness toward God but despair in our own souls. –My Utmost for His Highest | More…

PASS IT ON
The habits, attitudes, and beliefs that carry the human through the trials of life are developed at a very young age. And who do we drum and sing songs to? Our children. This is how we keep it going. .–Elders Meditations | More… 

STRIVING
I think we should never settle for the “good,” but always strive to attain the “best.” I learn to combine initiative with humility, responsibility with thankfulness, and thus relish the joys of living my twenty-four hour program. –Daily Reflections | More…  

IDENTIFYING
The better course is to identify with the problems others have in common with us. Common factors that bind alcoholics together are emotional immaturity, a misplaced faith that alcohol solves problems, loneliness, and a tendency toward resentments. –Walk In Dry Places | More…

RELATIONSHIPS
The purity of a relationship is directly proportional to the undivided attention we both give to those shared moments, hours, experiences, to being there with one another. This communion with another is the celebration of life and God that quickens hearts and ushers in serenity. –Each Day a New Beginning| More…

LAUGHING
Laughing with others is important. Learning to laugh at our own problems, however, is even more important. A hearty laugh at all the strange situations flung our way is just the thing to help us work through what is painful and difficult. Laughter is a gift we give to ourselves. –One More Day | More…

EXPERIMENTING
Experiment. Try something new. Try stepping out. We have held ourselves back too long. Recovery does not equal abstention from life. Recovery means learning to live and learning to live fully. Recovery means exploration, investigation, and experimentation. Experiment. Try something new. Maybe you won’t like it. Maybe you’ll make a mistake. But maybe you will like it, and maybe you’ll discover something you love. –The Language of Letting Go | More…

PEACEFULNESS
When we quiet our mind, bypassing our thoughts about the hour or day before, or our fear over what may come tomorrow, we can more easily relish each moment–this moment. We forget that the power lies within us to clear our mind and to fully experience the peace of the moment. Quieting our mind requires commitment and practice. We can circumvent any thought and experience moments of peace –In God’s Care | More…

FORGIVENESS
A healthy mind in a healthy body is free to find God. And, with God’s help, we can learn to recognize and forgive our past mistakes, while we keep the remarkable lessons we learned from life. –Body, Mind, and Spirit | More…

SPIRIT WORLD
Our Elders know about the two Worlds, the Physical World and the Spiritual World. Many times, before we pass to the Spirit World, our relatives, who have gone there before us, will come for us and they will help us. The Spirit World, the Elders say, is a good, happy, and harmonious place. When we die, it means we have only entered another world. We will all see one another again.–Elders Meditations | More…   

VALUES
The Elders say that values come from the Mother Earth. Different places and areas around the Earth have different values. If you live in harmony with the Earth, you will live a life that is full of values. We should have great respect for the Mother Earth. . –Elders Meditations | More…   

DIRECTION
Our spiritual tradition shows us the way to live in harmony, balance and respect. If we do not allow spirituality to guide our lives, we will be lost, unhappy and without direction. We are spiritual beings trying to be human, not human beings trying to be spiritual. It is said, Know thyself. –Elders Meditations | More…   

D00RS OF THE MIND
God never opens doors that have been closed. He opens other doors, but He reminds us that there are doors which we have shut, doors which need never have been shut, imaginations which need never have been sullied. Never be afraid when God brings back the past. Let memory have its way. It is a minister of God with its rebuke and chastisement and sorrow. God will turn the “might have been” into a wonderful culture for the future. –My Utmost for His Highest | More…

SPIRITUAL OR NOT
The abiding characteristic of a spiritual man is the interpretation of the Lord Jesus Christ to himself, and the interpretation to others of the purposes of God. The one concentrated passion of the life is Jesus Christ. Whenever you meet this note in a man, you feel he is a man after God’s own heart. Never allow anything to deflect you from insight into Jesus Christ. It is the test of whether you are spiritual or not. To be unspiritual means that other things have a growing fascination for you. –My Utmost for His Highest | More… 

PRAYER
The reason many of us leave off praying and become hard towards God is because we have only a sentimental interest in prayer. It sounds right to say that we pray; we read books on prayer which tell us that prayer is beneficial, that our minds are quieted and our souls uplifted when we pray; but Isaiah implies that God is amazed at such thoughts of prayer. Worship and intercession must go together, the one is impossible without the other. Intercession means that we rouse ourselves up to get the mind of Christ about the one for whom we pray. Too often instead of worshipping God, we construct statements as to how prayer works. When we lose sight of God we become hard and dogmatic. We hurl our own petitions at God’s throne and dictate to Him as to what we wish Him to do. We do not worship God, nor do we seek to form the mind of Christ. If we are hard towards God, we will become hard towards other people. –My Utmost for His Highest | More…

TRUTH
The only way one can keep true to God is by being ready for the Lord’s surprise visits. It is not service that matters, but intense spiritual reality, expecting Jesus Christ at every turn. This will give our life the attitude of child-wonder which He wants it to have. If we are going to be ready for Jesus Christ, we have to stop being religious (that is, using religion as a higher kind of culture) and be spiritually real. –My Utmost for His Highest | More…

FAITH
Loyalty to Jesus means I have to step out where I do not see anything (cf. Matt. 14:29); loyalty to my notions means that I clear the ground first by my intelligence. Faith is not intelligent understanding, faith is deliberate commitment to a Person where I see no way.  –My Utmost for His Highest | More… 

HERITAGE
What we do today will effect the children seven generations form now. How we treat the Mother Earth will affect the children yet to be born. If we poison the water today, our children’s children will be affected by the decision we made. Our children are the gateway to the future. Let us conscientiously think about the children and the seven generations to come. –Elders Meditations | More…  

PRAYER
People think other things are more important than prayer, but they are mistaken. The Warrior who prays first will lead a different life from those who pray last. –Elders meditations | More… 

OFF-TRACK
We know that in all creation, only the human family has strayed from the Sacred Way. How have we gotten so far off track? What has happened to us? How did it happen so quickly? Every individual needs to answer these questions for themselves. Today I will start praying. –Elders Meditations | More…   

SPIRITUAL AWAKENING
When a man or woman has had a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel and believe that which he could not do so before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift… he has been transformed… My life became lonely and miserable when I lived in a bottle of vodka, no room for the beautiful, the unexpected. Now sober, I take time to pause and open myself to the wonders all around me, I am in awe… Wisdom of the Rooms

EARTH MOTHER
Women are created with the ability to produce life. Women have a special tie to the Earth Mother. They have something in common. They are the source of life. The Earth Mother gives songs to the Woman to sing. These songs are about life, about beauty, about children, about love, about family, about strength, about caring, about nurturing, about forgiveness, about God. The World needs to pay attention and listen to Her. She knows. –Elders Meditations | More…

AWARENESS
We are all familiar with the Holocaust against the people. We need to seriously examine what human beings are doing to the Earth and the environment. Many species are extinct and many more will become extinct during the next 10 years. We are methodically eliminating life that will never return again. We should take time to pray real hard so we wake up before it is too late. –Elders Meditations | More…

RESURRECTION
Once I decide the heredity of sin should be identified with the death of Jesus, then the Holy Spirit invades me. –My Utmost for His Highest | More… 

FREEDON FROM SELF
There is a difference between self-care and self-seeking. We can trust that self-care is always appropriate. We want to be free of self-will and self-seeking, but we are always free to take care of ourselves. –The Language of Letting Go | More… 

CO-ETERNAL LIFE
We are born of God. Eternal life is not a gift from God, eternal life is the gift of God. Ye shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost — not power as a gift from the Holy Ghost; the power is the Holy Ghost, not something which He imparts. If it is difficult to get right with God, it is because we will not decide definitely about sin. Immediately we do decide, the full life of God comes in. We have to keep letting go, and slowly and surely the great full life of God will invade us in every part –My Utmost For His Highest | More…

CONNECTING
All spiritual awakenings have some things in common.  Common elements include an end to loneliness and a sense of direction in our lives. Some kinds of spiritual experiences take place when we confront something larger than we are.  We suspect that forces beyond our understanding are operating.  We see a fleeting glimpse of the big picture and find humility in that moment. Through our new awareness, we no longer feel isolated from the rest of the human race.  We may not understand why the world is the way it is or why people sometimes treat one another so savagely.  But we do understand suffering and, in recovery, we can do our best to alleviate it.  When our individual contribution is combined with others, we become an essential part of a grand design.  We are connected at last. –Just For Today | More…

FAITH
This sober world is a pleasant place for an alcoholic to live in. Our need is God’s opportunity. First we must recognize our need. –24Hours | More…

DEPRESSION
Overcoming depression is a monumental undertaking, but that doesn’t mean it cannot be done. Bill Wilson contended (based on personal experience), depression actually corrects itself in time. It’s human to be temporarily depressed about a terrible failure or setback. –Walk In Dry Places | More…

KINDNESS
Make yourself a blessing to someone. Someone will be helped today by our kindness. The real gift, though, is to ourselves. We are healed in our healing of others.  –Each Day a New Beginning | More…

COMPULSION
When I am compulsive about something, I “have to” have it or see that it is done. I cannot adjust the world to me; I can adjust myself to what is, to reality. –Food For Thought | More…

SHARING
It’s not easy to share the intimate details of our lives. The magic in sharing our experience, strength, and hope with others is hard to define. We simply know that when we do it, we feel relieved of our burden and we help someone else feel less isolated. We have come together because we want to get well. –A Woman’s Spirit | More… 

BEAUTY
Sometimes we look at something close up and it appears to be ugly. Are we focused on something ugly about ourselves, or are we looking at ourselves as a whole? We all have purpose, and we are all beautiful. –Elders Meditations | More… 

JUDGEMENT
Judgment is the constant evaluation of things as right or wrong, good or bad. When you are constantly evaluating, classifying, labeling, analyzing, you create a lot of turbulence in your internal dialogue. Non-judgment creates silence in your mind. –Deepak Chopra | More…

LOVE
The greatest weapon of any Spiritual Warrior is love. Love will change minds; love will forgive; love will let go; love will cause good luck; love will heal; love will cry; love will get rid of resentments; love will overcome fear. Love loves love. Any human who is loving will be guaranteed respect. Respect loves love. We need to love and respect ourselves. –Elders Meditations | More…  

FRIENDSHIP
Once, an Elder told me he made a decision to be my friend. He said this friendship wasn’t based on my behavior or how I acted; he said the friendship was based on his decision. He decided to be my friend. This friendship has happened like he said. Even if I don’t see him for a long time, or if I get mad at him, he has never changed his decision. This is true
friendship. –Elders Meditations | More… 

PRINCIPLES
The Elders say there are two worlds, the Seen World and the Unseen World. To experience the Seen World we need to physically pick a flower and smell it. To experience the Unseen World we need to know about principles, laws and values; and no matter what our mind or our physical senses tell us, we must decide and act on these principles. If someone does wrong to us, we must pray for that person or persons to have peace, happiness and joy in their life. We must not get even or retaliate in any way. Only by doing this can we understand spiritual matters. –Elders Meditations | More…  

RIGHT THINKING
Inner satisfaction can be found in doing the right things for the right reasons.  We break the people-pleasing cycle when we stop acting merely to gain others’ approval and start acting on our Higher Power’s will for us.  When we do, we may be pleasantly surprised to find that the people who really count in our lives will approve all the more of our behavior.  Most importantly, though, we will approve of ourselves. –Just For Today | More…

FOCUS
Beware of the thing of which you say — “Oh, that does not matter much.” The fact that it does not matter much to you may mean that it matters a very great deal to God. Nothing is a light matter with a child of God. How much longer are some of us going to keep God trying to teach us one thing? He never loses patience. Are you protesting that your heart is right with God, and yet is there something in your life about which He has caused you to doubt? Whenever there is doubt, quit immediately, no matter what it is. Nothing is a mere detail. You are all right in the main but you are slipshod; there is a relapse on the line of concentration. You no more need a holiday from spiritual concentration than your heart needs a holiday from beating. You cannot have a moral holiday and remain moral, nor can you have a spiritual holiday and remain spiritual. Some of us expect to “clear the numberless ascensions” in about two minutes. –My Utmost for His Highest | More…

ABUNDANCE
Many of the things we enjoy so much in recovery are gained by actively participating in the Fellowship.  We begin to find true companionship, friends who understand and care about us just for ourselves.  We find a place where we can be useful to others.  There are recovery meetings, service activities, and fellowship gatherings to fill our time and occupy our interests.  The fellowship can be a mirror to reflect back to us a more accurate image of who we are.  We find teachers, helpers, friends, love, care, and support.  The fellowship always has more to offer us, as long as we keep coming back. –Just For Today | More…

SHORTCOMINGS
Why do we call them “shortcomings”?  Perhaps they should be called “long-goings,” because that’s often what it takes for them to fade from our lives. Once we have uncovered our fear, we are able to move beyond it.  We try to imagine what our lives could be like without some of our more glaring shortcomings.  This gives us a feeling for what lies past our fear, providing the motivation we need to push through it.  Our Higher Power offers us a new vision for our lives, free of our defects.  That vision is the essence of our own best, brightest dreams for ourselves.  We need not fear that vision. –Just For Today | More…

JUST TILL BEDTIME
It took me many years to realize that once I took my first drink, I started losing control of my actions. I didn’t believe that it was possible for me to stay sober forever. I shared this with an old-timer and was told to stop worrying because I only had to stay sober till bedtime! So simple and so real! I am now 80 years old and just celebrated my 37th AA birthday. At my age these three words have taken on a richer meaning. I now plan and live my life Just ‘til Bedtime. I keep a positive attitude and I keep God, my Higher Power, in my heart and in my spirit. I can handle life Just ‘til Bedtime! –Wisdom Of The Rooms | More…

ACT AS IF
Today, we seek solutions, not problems. The first time we heard that we should “act as if,” many of us exclaimed, “But that’s not honest!  Each action we take in this vein brings us closer to becoming the people we were meant to be.  Each positive change we make builds our self-esteem.  Through acting differently, we will realize that we are beginning to think differently.  We are living ourselves into right thinking by “acting as if.” –Just For Today | More…

LAZINESS
We all have moments when we feel better than our best, and we say — “I feel fit for anything; if only I could be like this always!” We are not meant to be. Those moments are moments of insight which we have to live up to when we do not feel like it. Never allow a feeling which was stirred in you in the high hour to evaporate. Act immediately, do something, if only because you would rather not do it. Take yourself by the scruff of the neck and shake off your incarnate laziness. Laziness is always seen in cravings for the high hour. . Never revise your decisions, but see that you make your decisions in the light of the high hour. –My Utmost for His Highest | More…

CLEANSING
How do you know if you are praying from your heart or from your head? Pray from your head and you will feel nothing; pray from your heart and you will feel feelings. When we ask for purification of our feelings, our mental mind and our physical body, the spiritual direction causes the cleansing to happen. –Elders Meditations

EXPECTATIONS
Having too high expectations is a set-up for disappointment. Having too high expectations was a familiar feeling before recovery. And it remains familiar to us. Dreams and aspirations aren’t wrong. In fact, they beckon us on to better and greater things. But dreams of what we can become through responsible choices are quite different from idle expectations of what will or should be. –Each Day A New Beginning | More…

MEETINGS
We attend meetings for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes we go to meetings to share our experience, strength, and hope with newer members. Sometimes we go to see our friends. And sometimes we go just because we need a hug. Occasionally we leave a meeting and realize that we haven’t really heard a word that’s been said—but we still feel better. The atmosphere of love and joy that fills our meetings has kept us clean another day. No matter how hectic our schedule, we make meeting attendance our priority. –Just For Today | More…

ENOUGH
If you ever feel paralyzed by fear or overwhelmed with self-consciousness, know this truth: You are enough. Block out the voices—from others and ourselves—that say we need to meet unrealistic, unhealthy, unnecessary expectations. Perfection isn’t a goal. It’s a trap that leaves us exhausted, discouraged, and dissatisfied. Instead, seek authenticity. Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are. –The Gifts of Imperfection | More…

GIFTS
Mother Earth shares Her special gifts of love with the Women. Women know about bringing forth life and nurturing their offspring. Through this gift of love the Earth really makes the Woman special. Men should look upon the Woman with a Sacred Eye. She should be respected. The Woman is a role model for love. When the Woman talks, we should listen; when she shares, we should be grateful. We should all learn about each other. –Elders Meditations | More… 

CRISIS
Have you ever had a crisis in which you deliberately and emphatically and recklessly abandoned everything? It is a crisis of will. You may come up to it many times externally, but it amounts to nothing. The real deep crisis of abandonment is reached internally, not externally. The giving up of external things may be an indication of being in total bondage. When we no longer seek God for His blessings, we have time to seek Him for Himself. –My Utmost Fo His Highest | More… 

CLEANSING
How do you know if you are praying from your heart or from your head? Pray from your head and you will feel nothing; pray from your heart and you will feel feelings. When we ask for purification of our feelings, our mental mind and our physical body, the spiritual direction causes the cleansing to happen. –Elders Meditations | More…  

THE PRESENT
Despite all evidence that we must live for today, some of us persist in trying to recapture the past. Our home is never in the past. It is in the time and place where we are today. –Walk In Dry Places | More…

ANXIETY
Fear of the unknown, often referred to as free-floating anxiety, catches up to us on occasion. Shifting our focus, from self-centered fears to another person’s needs, offers us a perspective on our own life. –Each Day a New Beginning | More…

NOW
When you enter this timeless dimension of the present, change often comes about in strange ways without the need for a great deal of doing on your part. Life becomes helpful and cooperative. –The Power of Now | More…  https://books.google.fr/books?id=eKOLNeeZQFMC&pg=PA120&lpg=PA120&dq=When+you+enter+this+timeless+dimension+of+the+present&source=bl&ots=mSGuWCP8dK&sig=vAe9B916-MJwRhcPB6-6KgitqFo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=IRwwVau4Fcrjau_7gdAP&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=When%20you%20enter%20this%20timeless%20dimension%20of%20the%20present&f=false

REQUESTING
Bring any request you have to God. Asking for what we want and need is taking care of ourselves. –The Language of Letting Go | More… https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/thought-for-the-day/thoughts?thoughtId=2552&searchTerm=Bring any request you have to God.

SERENITY
In the Serenity Prayer, we pray for the wisdom to know the difference between what we can change and what we cannot. When we finally see the reality clearly – that some things we face cannot be controlled by our own will or fixed by force – new possibilities open up to us. When we stop trying to move a mountain, our relationship to the mountain changes. We start to live at peace with the mountain. At the same time we can take greater responsibility for those parts of our lives that we can change. Peace of mind comes from accepting what we can do nothing about and taking responsibility for what we can. –Wisdom to Know/Anonymous

SELF-CARE
Self-care is not a spin-off of the me generation. Self-care means learning to love the person we’re responsible for taking care of – ourselves. –The Language of Letting Go

BALANCE
Sometimes, our legitimate needs and wants run amuck. Identify what you want. Then let it go. And ask God what your lesson is. –More Language Of Letting Go | More…
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LETTING GO
We do not have to work so hard at gaining our insights. Perhaps the lesson is to trust ourselves to live, and experience, life. –The Language of Letting Go | More…
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QUOTES/BLOG….

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Every stage in your life deserves a little different you.

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change –Albert Einstein

If we do not try, we will not know. –Ayya Khema

Faith is not being sure where you’re going, but going anyway. A journey without maps. –Frederick Buechner

Rely on the strength and understanding that you possess. Each of us has more of it in us that we can imagine possible. Have the courage to forgive. -Anon.

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself. –Alan Alda

Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ. Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him. –Oswald Chambers

The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else. “Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord –Oswald Chambers

The golden rule for your life and mine is the concentrated keeping of this life open towards God. The rush of other things always tends to obscure this concentration on God –Oswald Chambers

The severest discipline of a life is to learn how to keep “beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord.” –Oswald Chambers

How fortunate you are to have had someone you miss.–Anon

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. –Thomas Paine

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I believe that a sign of maturity is accepting deferred gratification. –Peggy Cahn

There is no allowance whatever in the New Testament for the man who says he is saved by grace but who does not produce the graceful goods. –Oswald Chambers

The
more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present. –Barbara de Angelis

It is a defining moment when someone in authority finally reaches the conclusion that leadership is not about using people – it’s about serving them. –Neil Eskelin

It’s
through our mind we get information and through the heart we get transformation — Ken D

God has to destroy our determined confidence in our own convictions. –Oswald Chambers

The
vital relationship which the Christian has to the Bible is not that he worships the letter, but that the Holy Spirit makes the words of the Bible spirit and life to him. –Oswald Chambers

The
paralysis of refusing to act leaves a man exactly where he was before; when once he acts, he is never the same. –Oswald Chambers

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Happiness consists not in having, but of being, not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is the warm glow of a heart at peace with itself. –Norman Vincent Peale

When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them. –Andy Warhol

Long-term happiness is not the byproduct of short-term gratification. –Karen Casey

We are in danger of being stern where God is tender, and of being tender where God is stern. — Oswald Chambers

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. — Anonymous
Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings while counting your troubles. –Maltbie D. Babcock

There are only two days a year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly, live. –Dalai Lama

God made the world from nothing, and if we can be nothing, then God can make something of us. –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Faith and reason are mutually compatible. May God bless you with reasonable requests and a faithful response to the answers returned. –Prayables

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Questioner – I want happiness.
Spiritual Teacher – First remove “I”, that is ego.
Then remove “want”, that is desire.
All that remains is happiness.

We will find happiness when we focus less on our personal problems and more on the needs of others. –Karen Casey

You do not know what you are going to do; the only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing. — Oswald Chambers

We shall often miscalculate the future in whole or in part. But even so, this will be far better than to refuse to think at all –Grapevine

I
shall continue to believe. In hope there is faith, miracles do happen, in God I trust. –Shelley Brown

Joy
is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. –Helen Keller

When
we relinquish trying to get somewhere, we naturally start to arrive fully where we are. –Adyashanti

Daily meditation for about 20 minutes is recommended for all in recovery; unless, of course, you’re very busy-then you should meditate for an hour. –Anon

Anger
in all its forms is ugly. I see the absence of anger as one form of grace. –Grapevine, Ottawa, Ontario, April 1992

If
we can’t tolerate a possible consequence, remote though it may be, we steer clear of planting its seeds. –Warren Buffett

There
is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. –Jawaharial Nehru

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That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen. –Charles Bukowski

Recovery is the ability to navigate through life without losing your sense of Grace –Mark Ludholm

God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is. — Oswald Chambers

You have to learn to go out of convictions, out of creeds, out of experiences, until, so far as your faith is concerned, there is nothing between yourself and God. — Oswald Chambers

Do not look for God to come in any particular way, but look for Him. That is the way to make room for Him. –Oswald Chambers

All
of my life I been like a doubled up fist… poundin’, smashin’, driving—now I’m going to loosen these doubled up hands and touch things easy with them. –Tennessee Williams

Happiness
is a byproduct of an effort to make someone else happy. –Gretta Brooker Palmer

There have been many times when I’ve felt inadequate to meet life’s demands, but AA and the Twelve Steps have always helped me find a way. –Grapevine: La Mesa, Calif., July 2006

The secret of what life’s all about, was answered by the sages: Life’s about one day at a time, no matter what your age is. –Robert Half

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine. –Morris West

Backsliding begins when knee-bending stops

As
part of my Tenth Step inventory, I ask, ‘Have I failed to ask for help when I needed it today?’ Grapevine, Phoenix, Ariz.,

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What matters is what’s in our hearts. “The reason angels can fly is that they take themselves so lightly,” –G. K. Chesterton

Once you stop taking yourself so seriously and let go of the gravity of all that you do, you can learn to fly, too. God, help me lighten up. –Melody Beattie

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven. –Johannes Gaertner

Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity. –Sammy Davis, Jr.

When we are born again we all have visions, if we are spiritual at all, of what Jesus wants us to be, and the great thing is to learn not to be disobedient to the vision, not to say that it cannot be attained. –Oswald Chambers

The Bible is the only Book that gives us any indication of the true nature of sin, and where it came from. –Oswald Chambers

If you want better from others, be better yourself. Want better… –The Universal Force of Good

The country clubs, the cars the boats , your assets may be ample, but the best inheritance you can leave your kids is to be a good example. –Barry Spilchuk

Some people create their own storms and then get mad when it rains –Anonymous

A recovering alcoholic without a sponsor is much like a ship without a rudder. -Anon

The
only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next. –Ursula LeGuin

We can be assured that our lives will blossom again, like trees in the spring coming to life after a cold winter. –Today’s Gift

Silhouette of woman practicing yoga during sunset at the seaside

Sometimes when I think I am having a bad day, I am really learning a hard lesson, cheap. And sometimes, when I think I am having a good day, I am really in trouble and just haven’t recognized it yet. I’m really no judge at all of what kind of day I’m having. –Grapevine: Brentwood, Tennessee, April 1991

A happy person
is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. –Scottish Proverb

Adversity truly introduces us to ourselves.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

Willingness without action is fantasy. –Anon

Acceptance is knowing the past will never get better.

THE LAW OF DRUNKENNESS: You can’t fall off the floor.

Everything we encounter throughout the day is a spiritual opportunity, if we approach it with love. –Marianne Williamson

Love
is not automatic. It takes conscious practice and awareness, just like playing the piano or golf. However, you have ample opportunities to practice. Everyone you meet can be your practice session. –HeartMath Discovery Program

If
it becomes more important for me to be right than to listen to what you have to say then I have no place in that conversion –America K

Nowhere
in the AA literature does it say that this is a selfish program. It does, however, talk about becoming selfless. –Grapevine, Ottawa, Ontario, August 1994

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My sponsor pointed out that now that I’ve been around the program for a while there is no denial . . . there is only refusal. –Anonymous

We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. –Dave J.

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.

Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.

We
don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. –Barbara de Angelis

Sincerity
means that the appearance and the reality are exactly the same. –Oswald Chambers

Whenever
we are obstinate and self-willed and set upon our own ambitions, we are hurting His Spirit. –Oswald Chambers

We
should always choose our books as God chooses our friends, just a bit beyond us, so that we have to do our level best to keep up with them. –Oswald Chambers

Life
doesn’t define who you are. YOU make life what it is. –Julie Liljenquist

The
delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed. –Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Page 30~

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The most important thing AA has given me is the chance to get to know someone I never knew — myself. –Grapevine: Calgary, Alberta, December 1994

When it’s night time and you can’t sleep, listen closely. It’s God saying: Let’s talk now, while you have the time. May you be blessed with sleepy conversations and peaceful sleep. –Prayables

There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

Most kids hear what you say; some kids do what you say; but all kids do what you do. –Kathleen Casey Theisen

To
believe is to commit. In the programme of mental belief I commit myself, and abandon all that is not related to that commitment. –Oswald Chambers

We
can understand the attributes of God in other ways, but we can only understand the Father’s heart in the Cross of Christ. –Oswald Chambers

When
one is a stranger to oneself, then one is estranged from others, too. –Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Alcoholic
drinking’s three stages: impulsive, compulsive, repulsive.

If
you like everyone you have met at meetings, you haven’t been to enough meetings.

The
difference between self-esteem and ego is that self-esteem doesn’t need an audience.

Read
your Big Book every day, but try reading only the black parts.

When
you re-read the Big Book, you do not see more than you did before. You see more in you than was there before

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Readjusting is a painful process, but most of us need it at one time or another. –Arthur Christopher Benson

It’s easy to feel grateful when we receive a raise, meet the love of our life or watch our children succeed, but spiritual gratitude is not circumstantial. It arises from a true knowing that God is our Source. We can feel thankful for every day, even in the middle of life’s challenges. –Mary Manin Morrissey

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.

Our personal ambitions will have to be set aside every time they conflict with the safety or the effectiveness of our Fellowship … We must sometimes love our Society more than ourselves. –Grapevine, Bill W., November 1960

While
the West was busy exploring outer space, the East was busy exploring inner space. –Dalai Lama

The
path inward, in its best form, is not rooted in narcissism but rather based in a robust ethicality — a willingness to face one’s demons in order to better understand the human condition. Rise above the little things. –Unknown

You
can either suffer in a way that always keeps you in bondage… and keep suffering OR you can suffer a little while to get free and be done with it. –Joyce Meyer

My
happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and inverse proportion to my expectations. –Michael J. Fox

Sometimes
it’s hard to find someone to look down on; especially if I‘m getting near the bottom. –Anonymous

It
doesn’t matter how strong your opinions are. If you don’t use your power for positive change, you are part of the problem. –Coretta Scott King

Different
people must contend with different trials, but adversities in some shape or other come to everyone. –R. C. McCarthy

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Look to this day,
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course lies all
The realities and verities of existence,
The bliss of growth,
The splendor of action,
The glory of power.
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day. –Sanskrit Proverb

True morality has its inevitable compensations, for when we benefit someone we increase our own happiness. –Grapevine: March 1949

Three
things that are real: God, human folly and laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension so we must do the best we can about the third. –John F. Kennedy

Let
us consider that we are all insane. It will explain us to each other. It will unriddle many riddles. –Mark Twain

All
men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. –James Thurber

Until
we were faced with our powerlessness we couldn’t know ourselves. –Touchstones
Civilization is based on principles which imply that the passing moment is permanent.

The only permanent thing is God, and if I put anything else as permanent, I become atheistic. I must build only on God –John 14:6 — Oswald Chambers

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Miracles are instantaneous, they cannot be summoned, but come of themselves, usually at unlikely moments and to those who least expect them. –Katherine Anne Porter

I have found
that in every challenge and obstacle that we are faced with, there *can* be good that can come from it! While it’s almost never easy to identify, I assure you that it is there lying dormant just waiting for us to release it! I urge everyone to spend your days looking for positives in your life. –Josh Hinds

The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become.

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.

The restorative power of laughter should never be underestimated … I have come to believe that I’m being restored to sanity when my sense of humor is restored and I cease to take myself so seriously. –Grapevine, Brighton, Colorado, April 1976

God
created man to be master of the life in the earth and sea and sky, and the reason he is not is because he took the law into his own hands, and became master of himself, but of nothing else. –Oswald Chambers

Beware
of pronouncing any verdict on the life of faith if you are not living it. –Oswald Chambers

The
worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself. –Mark Twain

Nobody
stands taller than those willing to stand corrected. –William Safire

Miracles
are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. –Saint Augustine

Here
the way out is in. –Heard In A Meeting

What
wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? –Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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As you learn to consciously observe the transformation process, you will watch yourself repeating a lot of old patterns long after you seemingly know better. Spiritually and intellectually, you realize there is another way, but emotionally you are still clinging to the old habits. This is a difficult time. Try to be patient and compassionate with yourself. When you recognize the futility of an old pattern so clearly, it’s about to change! A short time later, you will suddenly begin to respond differently, in a more positive way. –Shakti Gawain

The road to hell
is paved with good intentions! When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. –David H.

We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.

May God’s grace shine on you and your family. Wishing you all good health and great success. Happy New Year!!

The call of God is to preach the gospel –1 Cointhians 1:17 –Oswald Chambers

Every
one of us has a special gift deep in our soul. Some of us have already found it. But some of us don’t yet see the gift that makes us special. Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. –Leo Buscaglia

Complete
abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. –St Augustine

Seek
not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. –St Augustine

Once
I accept things as they are, I can create things as they might be. –Mike O.

The
vital relationship which the Christian has to the Bible is not that he worships the letter, but that the Holy Spirit makes the words of the Bible spirit and life to him. –Oswald Chambers

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We think we make the picture hang straight on our wall by telling our neighbors that all his pictures are crooked. –Fulton J. Sheen

Maybe the reason nothing seems to be ‘fixing you’ is because you’re not broken. Let today be the day you stop living within the confines of how others define or judge you. You have a unique beauty and purpose; live accordingly. –Steve Maraboli

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can,  at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. –John Wesley

It is a defining moment when someone in authority finally reaches the conclusion that

Leadership is not about using people … it’s about serving them. –Neil Eskelin

Until
you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others, you will be neither successful nor happy. –Napoleon Hill

The
life of Abraham is an illustration of two things: of unreserved surrender to God, and of God’s complete possession of a child of His for His own highest end. –Oswald Chambers

My
perception of any situation is in my control — I have a choice about which way my mind will react. I try my best to look for positive solutions. -Grapevine, Pinellas Park, Florida, November 2006

Abundant
love will find us when we make the decision to attentively and unconditionally give it to all the people God has invited to share our life. –In God’s Care

Sanctification
means intense concentration on God’s point of view. It means every power of body, soul and spirit chained and kept for God’s purpose only. –Oswald Chambers

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Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. –Brian Tracy

By helping to insure the sobriety of others to come, we insure our own sobriety today. –Grapevine: Rochester, New York, October 1987

Peace is the highest bliss.

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

There is no real way to Peace, Peace itself is the way.

Peace is not the absence of intensity; Peace is that the presence of devotion.

When we no longer seek God for His blessings, we have time to seek Him for Himself. –Oswald Chambers

Faith implies loyalty, trust and fidelity.

Judge
Not..unless you can walk on water. –Anonymous

It never
ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own. –Marcus Aurelius

He
who knows and knows he knows, he is wise—Follow him! –Arabian saying

The
program we follow is a simple one. All we need to do is know that the Steps work, and follow that knowledge. –Easy Does It

The
person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts. –Albert Einstein

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The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy. –Prayables

The AA message does not carry itself; somebody must carry it. –Grapevine: Jackson, Mississippi, November 1964

Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.

Worry is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere. –Dorothy Galyean

Wow backwards is wow –BBT

There
are really only 2 choices: worry or trust God. –unknown

We
want to feel we are in control of our own existence. In some ways we are and in some ways we’re not. We are ruled by the forces of chance and coincidence. –Paul Auster

Spiritual
exhaustion never comes through sin but only through service, and whether or not you are exhausted will depend upon where you get your supplies –Oswald Chambers

Be
exhausted for God, but remember that your supply comes from Him. –Oswald Chambers

Anything
that savours of dejection spiritually is always wrong. If depression and oppression visit me, I am to blame; God is not, nor is anyone else. –Oswald Chambers

The
meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not of the answer. Dejection spiritually is wrong, and we are always to blame for it. –Oswald Chambers

The
great point of Abraham’s faith in God was that he was prepared to do anything for God. –Oswald Chambers

The
way we see the problem is the problem. –Stephen R. Covey

We
cannot solve our problems alone—or even see the problems clearly from the inside. That’s what friends do for us. They reflect back to us what we are missing. –Stepping Stones

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The total amount of happiness that exists in the world has come from wanting to make others happy. The total amount of suffering that exists in the world has come from Wanting to make yourself happy. –Shanti deva

I am responsible for reporting for duty and making the effort to overcome adversity, and in so doing to overcome myself. –Grapevine: Van Nuys, California, November 1966

There’s as much risk in doing nothing as in doing something. –Trammell Crow

Strive for progress, not perfection. –Anonymous

When any alcoholic anywhere understands any part of the truth, that’s a spiritual awakening. –Grapevine, Chicago, Illinois, November 2002

Change
begins with surrender and surrender releases the power of believing – Joe McQ
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. –Saint Augustine

No
man knows the value of innocence and integrity but he who has lost them. –William Goodwin

Here
the way out is in. — Heard In A Meeting

Each
day I turn my ongoing spiritual experience into a sane and happy usefulness among my fellow travelers. –Grapevine: Nome, AK, June 2009

Faith
implies loyalty, trust and fidelity. –Anon

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Life is travel — enjoy the journey, bumpy roads and all. –Grapevine: New York, New York, May 1977

I try to accept reality instead of trying to control it. When I make that adjustment, the struggle ends. –Grapevine: El Granada, California, March 2003

Turn your wounds into wisdom. –Anon

Opportunity doesn’t knock once, it knocks all the time — and it rings your doorbell, calls you up, texts you, and sends you emails. –Unknown

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Of all our human resources, the most precious is the desire to improve. –Anon

I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it. –Rita Mae Brown

A good laugh is sunshine in a house. –William Makepeace Thackeray

The love that is real is the love that lies at the heart of all relationships. That is the love of God, and it doesn’t change with form or circumstance. –Marianne Williamson

One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that I don’t always have to be right. –Jeffrey B. Swartz

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When we no longer seek God for His blessings, we have time to seek Him for Himself. –Oswald Chambers

Example
is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. –Albert Schweitzer

It comes down to a moment-to-moment choice to serve the highest good. It is not enough to do it just once today and figure that is it. Keep choosing the highest good. –John Morton

My desire to drink became a desire not to. –Grapevine, Nipawin, Saskatchewan, November 2003

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You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens. –Mandy Hale

When we dwell on the problem, it gets bigger. When we dwell on the solution, it gets bigger. –Anon.

We are lovable, and we can love in the process of living our lives. Since we are not perfect, we have to be accountable. –Touchstones.

There are times when you cannot understand why you cannot do what you want to do. When God brings the blank space, see that you do not fill it in, but wait. Never run before God’s guidance. If there is the slightest doubt, then He is not guiding. –Oswald Chambers

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Deep, abiding joy is available to anyone who learns the secret of pursuing every task with energy and dedication, as though it were a calling. –Thomas Kinkade

As long as you’re recreating yourself, why not start by simply being GLAD! to be alive? –LumpySez

Sincerity means that the appearance and the reality are exactly the same. –Oswald Chambers.

A bird that you set free may be caught again, but a word that escapes your lips will not return. –Jewish Proverb.

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Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out. –Art Linkletter.

We can’t solve our problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. –Albert Einstein.

Enjoy life, that’s what God intended. –unknown.

Live life to the fullest and make the best of what today has to offer without worry and fear of what tomorrow might bring. –unknown.

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The word powerless … described my situation with alcohol perfectly and completely. My life was more than unmanageable, it was illegal. –Grapevine: Gainesville, Florida, September 1994.

God does not further our spiritual life in spite of our circumstances, but in and by our circumstances. –Oswald Chambers.

Today I will be open to growing in my understanding of my Higher Power. I will be open to letting go of old, limiting, negative beliefs about God. No matter how I understand God, I will be grateful that God understands me. –Melody Beattie.

You can’t have a good day
with a bad attitude, and you can’t have a bad day with a good attitude –Aron T.

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We should always choose our books as God chooses our friends, just a bit beyond us, so that we have to do our level best to keep up with them. –Oswald Chambers

It is opinions of our own which make us stupid; when we are simple we are never stupid, we discern all the time. –Oswald Chambers

Spirituality we get old by grace, our duty, is to get old gracefully –BB/Inspirations.

Some of us used to think we were lucky, we were wrong, we are blessed to carry the message to the suffering alcoholic.

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Your mind is an encyclopaedia of your lessons in life. Expand it by making memories with loved ones, reading a good book, or just by doing something positive rather than negative. –Anon

Burden is lightened by the sense of companionship with God. Never disassociate yourself from the burden. –Oswald chambers

When we are kind to ourselves, only then can we be truly kind to others, and make ourselves a gift to those around us.

If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always be where you’ve always been.

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The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over and over again, but expecting a different result. –Albert Einstein.

Only God
can make us whole. –Barbara Haynes.

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart… who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. –Carl Jung.

God will never let you hold a spiritual thing for yourself, it has to be given back to Him that He may make it a blessing to others. –Oswald Chambers.

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Deep, abiding joy is available to anyone who learns the secret of pursuing every task with energy and dedication, as though it were a calling. –Thomas Kinkade.

Sponsorship
is a bridge to trusting the human race, the very race we once resigned from. In learning to trust,  –Grapevine; Grand Island, Nebraska, February 1984,
Nothing improves if you drink. –Grapevine: El Granada, California, March 2003

We never enter into the Kingdom of God by having our head questions answered, but only by commitment. ==Oswald Chambers.

Better to lose count while counting your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles. –Maltbie D.B.

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I’m uncomfortable with perfect. I don’t trust people who don’t have mental breakdowns on a regular basis. –Sam Meier (Serenity Sam)

As I trudge the Road of Happy Destiny, AA holds my left hand, God holds my right, and I have no hands left to pick up a drink!. –Grapevine: Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 2002

If you are just coming out of a blackout and don’t know where you are, welcome to AA! –Heard at a Meeting

A fanatic is one who entrenches himself in invincible ignorance. — Oswald Chambers

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It is not what a man does that is of final importance, but what he is in what he does. The atmosphere produced by a man, much more than his activities, has the lasting influence. –Oswald Chambers.

Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear the path. May you be blessed to find your way out of turmoil and into the calm. –Prayables.

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. –Theodore Roethke.

Things may change, but when you start every day with God, there is continuity. May you be blessed with the holy companionship of a never changing God. –Prayables

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Give up waiting as a state of mind. When you catch yourself slipping into waiting…snap out of it. Come into the present moment. Just be, and enjoy being. If you are present, there is never any need for you to wait for anything. So next time somebody says, Sorry to have kept you waiting, you can reply, That’s all right, I wasn’t waiting. I was just standing here enjoying myself – in joy with my self. –Eckhart Tolle

I learned … that I was a sick man emotionally and physically. As every AA today knows, this knowledge can be an enormous relief. I no longer needed to consider myself essentially a fool or a weakling. –Grapevine: Bill W., July 1960,

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Anon

I must be led in all things by my consciousness of God and I must trust Him in all things. My consciousness of God will always bring peace to me. -Karen Casey

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We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves. –Thomas Merton

Sometimes you don’t realize the weight of something you’ve been carrying until you feel the weight of its release. –Anonymous

Ours is not to MAKE the world right, but to SEE the world right. –New Thought

Whenever you are afraid of something you are worshiping it. -Emmet Fox

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Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. –George Bernard Shaw

The word ‘alcoholic’ does not turn me off anymore; in fact, it is music to my ears when it applies to me. –Grapevine, July 1975

There is no condition of life in which we cannot abide in Jesus. We have to learn to abide in Him wherever we are placed. –Oswald Chambers

It is cheap generosity which promises the future in compensation for the present. –J. A. Spender

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Sometimes you don’t realize the weight of something you’ve been carrying until you feel the weight of its release. –Anonymous

A person desperately searching for God is like a fish desperately searching for water. –Unknown

The present is the only time when anything can happen, any change can occur. This moment is like a fresh, cool breeze. The rest exists only in our imaginations or memories. –Touchstones

Don’t just go through the motions only to miss the miracles. –Prayables

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Evil comes from being in disharmony with God and good comes from being in harmony with Him. –24 Hours

When something
seems too difficult, dare to do it anyway. God is blessing you with an opportunity. –Prayables

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. –Nelson Mandela.

There is in each of us a God-shaped vacuum that only God can fill. –Blaise Pascal

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My drunkalog can be summed up very simply . . .  “Nothing went the way I planned.” –unknown

You were born an original. Don’t die a copy. –Anonymous.

Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it; it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker. –George Eliot.

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind. –Buddha.

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Avoid announcing any verdict on the life of faith if you are not living it. –Oswald Chambers.

The compulsion among most of us to survive and to grow soon becomes far stronger than the temptation to drink, or to misbehave. Literally, we must ‘do or die.’ So we make the choice to live. –Bill W/Language of the Heart.

I was caught being excellent in service to my fellowman. –Elders Meditations.

God loves you just for being who you are. You don’t have to do anything to deserve it. None of your flaws matter, only you matter. -Prayables

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Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. –Barbara Johnson.

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. –Jim Rohn.

Start now giving thanks for small things. The more thankful you become the more bounty you receive. May you be blessed with favor, fortune and loving relationships –Prayables.

We grow in time to trust the future for our answers… Ruth Benedict.

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Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. –Eileen Caddy.

Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give. –Edwin Arlington Robinson.

Feelings are much like waves: we can’t stop them from coming, but we can choose which one to surf. –Jonatan Mårtensson.

A.L.C.O.H.O.L.I.C.S = “A Life Centered On Harming Others, Living In Complete Selfishness” / “A Life Consumed Often Hurting Others, Living In Complete Selfishness” –Bob P.

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Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth. –Horace

It was
pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. –Saint Augustine

I have been putting a lot of thought into it and I just don’t think that being an adult is gonna work for me. –Anonymous.

When you own your own story, you can write a brave new ending. –Brene Brown.

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When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. –Viktor Frankl.

Discipleship is based on devotion to Jesus Christ, not on adherence to a belief or a creed. –Oswald Chambers.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. –Mahatma Gandhi.

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. –Lao Tzu.

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You’re not here to survive, you’re here to thrive, prosper, flourish and grow. You’re here to make a difference, add value and make our world a better place. Be all you can be, give all you can and have an awesome time doing it! –Ricardo Housham

Oh Lord, may I be directed what to do and what to leave alone. –Elizabeth Fry

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The thoughts we carry in our minds determine whether our tasks are fun or not. Our thoughts determine our successes. In this way, our lives are in our own hands. –Today’s Gift

Learn to pause … or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you. –Doug King

Action
may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action. –Benjamin Disraeli

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God grant that AA may ever stay simple. –Grapevine: Dr. Bob, September 1948

When the pain of the pain in great enough then the pain of the change is not that scary –Paul E.

Don’t ever slam a door; you might want to go back. –Don Herold

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Wherever God sends us, He will guard our lives. That is all God promises His children. Our personal property and possessions are a matter of indifference. –Oswald Chambers

Few situations… no matter how greatly they appear to demand it… can be bettered by us going berserk. –Melody Beattie

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Do what you know you must do, now, and do it quickly; if you do not, the inevitable process will begin to work and you will have to pay to the last farthing in pain and agony and distress. – God’s laws are unalterable; there is no escape from them. –Oswald Chambers

Tolerance is the art of seeing yourself as others see you — and not getting mad about it –Grapevine

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We are not here to work for God because we have chosen to do so, but because God has apprehended us. –Oswald Chambers

Pray for those who can’t, who don’t, who won’t pray for themselves. –Unknown

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Worrying is praying for things you don’t want. –Anonymous

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. –Arthur Rubenstein

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Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. –Jay McCloy

Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night. –George Herbert

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Believe and the healing will come. –Gary Barnes

The mind reasons. The heart knows. –Anon

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Each of us is a unique expression of God’s beauty. –Jane F. Maxwell

The only person you can ever be better than is the person you were yesterday. –Anon

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Small acts of kindness make lasting memories. –Anon

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all. –Oliver Wendell Homes

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The measure of my sobriety isn’t the distance between now and the last drink — the measure of my sobriety is the distance between now and the next drink. –Grapevine: White Rock, British Columbia, May 2005

Joy isn’t the absence of pain – it’s the presence of God. –Anon

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The Traditions keep my personal program of recovery, simple, well-balanced, and healthy. –Grapevine: Fanwood N.J., January 1991

Each day is a new life. Seize it. Live it. –David Guy Powers

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If I am in pain, it may be beneficial to me if I am aware of those in even more pain … The answer for my pain is in the Twelfth Step. –Grapevine: New York, New York, October 2006

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. –Confucius

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Judgment is the constant evaluation of things as right or wrong, good or bad. When you are constantly evaluating, classifying, labeling, analyzing, you create a lot of turbulence in your internal dialogue. Non-judgment creates silence in your mind. –Deepak Chopra

Never give up ten minutes before the miracle. –Anonymous

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Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. –Henri Frederic Amiel

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. –Henry Ford

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Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. –Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros

Invest the first hour of the day, the ‘Golden Hour,’ in yourself. –Brian Tracy

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When you run alone in life it’s a grueling race. When you run with God you run with grace. –Prayables

Pray not for lighter burdens but for stronger backs. –Theodore Roosevelt

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You no more need a holiday from spiritual concentration than your heart needs a holiday from beating. –Oswald Chambers

The easiest way to save face is to keep the lower half shut. –Anon

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The root of faith is the knowledge of a Person, and one of the biggest snares is the idea that God is sure to lead us to success. –Oswald Chambers

Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have. –Anonymous

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Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands… you choose them as your guides, and following them. you will reach your destiny. –Carl Schurz

We are called to unity, not uniformity. –Grapevine

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God, help me be so clear on who I am that I can generously afford to let other people be who they are, too. Help me to set aside my defensive behavior, and teach me to blend with other people and see their point of view while not relinquishing my own. –Melody Beattie

We should take a lighter view of things and bear them with an easy spirit, for it is more human to laugh at life than to lament it. –Seneca

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If you learn from your suffering, and really come to understand the lesson you were taught, you might be able to help someone else who’s now in the phase you may have just completed. Maybe that’s what it’s all about after all . . . –Anonymous

You’re never too old to grow up. –Shirley Conran

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I used to think that having a pint was the only way to have fun; now I know that, for me, it’s the only way to destroy the fun that I’m having! –Grapevine: Toronto, Ontario, August 2003

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. –Socrates

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We are called to unity, not uniformity. Grapevine: Oak Harbor, Washington, January 1984

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly. –Margaret Fuller

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I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. –Arthur Rubenstein

Character determines how a man interprets God’s will –Oswald Chambers

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If I am in pain, it may be beneficial to me if I am aware of those in even more pain … The answer for my pain is in the Twelfth Step. –Grapevine:  New York, New York, October 2006

Today let me understand that faith makes fear manageable. –Our Best Days

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Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. –Nathaniel Hawthorne

You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind. –Irish Proverb

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Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things – with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope. –Corazon Aquino

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. –Marcus Aurelius

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A.A. works because it gets a person away from himself as the center of the universe and it teaches him to rely more on the fellowship of others and on strength from God. –24 Hours

He who conceals his disease cannot expect to be cured. –Ethiopian Proverb

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Everything that happens to us is to be turned into something better than teaching, viz. into character. We shall find that the spheres God brings us into are not meant to teach us something but to make us something. –Oswald Chambers

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. –Mark Twain

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Happiness is intrinsic, it’s an internal thing. When you build it into yourself, no external circumstances can take it away. That kind of happiness is a twenty-four-hour thing. –Leo F. Buscaglia

Free man is by necessity insecure; thinking man by necessity uncertain. –Erich Fromm

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The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. –David Russell

Patience is needed with everyone, but first of all with ourselves. –St. Francis de Sales

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For happiness brings happiness and loving ways bring love; and Giving is the treasure that contentment is made of. –Amanda Bradley

The will of God will never take you to where the grace of God will not protect you. To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else. –Bernadette Devlin

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It was at my home group that I learned to trust the experiences of the early groups with meetings. We have a Traditions meeting once a month and when I was new and heard the Traditions read out loud, the experiences of the early AA meetings gave me the first notion that real people — drunks like me — started this program. –Grapevine: New York, New York, February 1990

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. –Anais Nin

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The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the person you want to be. Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself,
for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others. –Wilfred Peterson

How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened. –Thomas Jefferson

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I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves. –Alexander Humboldt

If you haven’t forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others? –Dolores Huerta

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Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions. –Pema Chodron

Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely. –Thomas P. Murphy

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I was a sick man emotionally and physically. As every AA today knows, this knowledge can be an enormous relief. I no longer needed to consider myself essentially a fool or a weakling. –Grapevine: AA Co-Founder, Bill W., July 1960, The Language of the Heart.

Where to start? – Start where you are, and go from there. –Ralph Marston

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I used to think that having a pint was the only way to have fun; now I know that, for me, it’s the only way to destroy the fun that I’m having! –Grapevine: Toronto, Ontario, August 2003

It is never too late to give up your prejudices. –Henry David Thoreau

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We must distinguish between the burden-bearing that is right and the burden-bearing that is wrong. We ought never to bear the burden of sin or of doubt. The burden God places squeezes the grapes and out comes the wine; most of us see the wine only. –Oswald Chambers

Let us always be open to the miracle of the second chance. –Reverend David Stier

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God, help me remember that letting go is a powerful behavior, One that can change my life and impact the lives of others. Help me be patient with others and myself as letting go becomes a way of life. –Melody Beattie

The beginning is always today. –Mary Wollstonecraft

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Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins. –Carlos Santana

At times fear grips me and I can concentrate only on the anxiety. Then I realize I am in God’s care and I need only trust and the fear subsides. –Michele Fedderly

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My emotional bottom came in sobriety … I actually had to sit and feel all those feelings I had worked so hard to drown out with alcohol. –Grapevine: New York, New York, January 2006

Every setback is a setup for a comeback. –Unknown

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You will never turn your life and will over to anything but a loving and merciful God. Why would you. Now that you know, why would you not. –Richard Rohr

Everyone’s recipe for serenity is different. It’s like vegetable soup — nobody makes it quite the same. –Grapevine: Chestertown, New York, January 2006

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When a man is born again, there is not the same robustness in his thinking or reasoning for a time as formerly. –Oswald Chambers

Key to serenity is to never get personally involved in your own life. –Dr. Tim D.

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Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. –Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros

Kisses aren’t contracts, presents aren’t promises. –Anon

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You will fail. That’s great. Here’s a secret for you – that’s the only way you can learn. Learning has to cost you something. If you fail but learn something from your failure, you will grow. –Stella Adler

God is not limited by your Faith, God is limited by what you believe –Joel Osteen

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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. –E. B. White

Be not afraid of growing slowing, be afraid only of standing still. –Chinese proverb

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Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. –Eileen Caddy”Two kinds of gratitude:
The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give. –Edwin Arlington Robinson

Each person must live their life as a model for others. –Rosa Parks

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When you wake up, seek the courage and strength to do the right thing. Decide that this will be another day in which you…Walk The Talk… –Anon

Lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action. — Anthony Robbins

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I hope there are days when your coffee tastes like magic, your playlist makes you dance, strangers make you smile, and the night sky touches your soul. I hope there are days when you fall in love with being alive. –Brooke Hampton

One seeks God in books; one finds him in prayer. –Padre Pio

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Look, I don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive you’ve got to flap your arms and legs, you’ve got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you’re not alive. –Mel Brooks

Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure. –A. N. Whitehead

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I can’t imagine anything that would make me so mad, glad, or sad that I would want to go back to what I was before AA. –Grapevine: Napa, California, February 1993

How will I know if I’ve really hit my bottom? I asked at my home group. When you stop digging, they told me. –Grapevine: Chelsea, Michigan, November 2002

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We are not to preach the doing of good things; good deeds are not to be preached, they are to be performed. –Oswald Chambers

Stop worrying. The bridges you cross before you come to them Are almost always over rivers that aren’t there. –Anonymous

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When we no longer seek God for His blessings, we have time to seek Him for Himself. –Oswald Chambers

My home group’s primary purpose is to carry the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Some of those have much sobriety, because the alcoholic who still suffers is not necessarily a newcomer. –Grapevine: Paso Robles, California, May 1998

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There is nothing, naturally speaking, that makes us lose heart quicker than decay—the decay of bodily beauty, of natural life, of friendship, of associations, all these things make a man lose heart; but Paul says when we are trusting in Jesus Christ these things do not find us discouraged, light comes through them. –Oswald Chambers

An error gracefully acknowledged is a victory won. –Caroline L Gascoigne

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Is He going to help Himself to your life, or are you taken up with your conception of what you are going to do? God is responsible for our lives, and the one great keynote is reckless reliance upon Him. –Oswald Chambers

If you do what you have always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. –Anon.

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Laughter, like a drenching rain, settles the dust, cleans and brightens the world around us, and changes our whole perspective. –Jan Pishok

The universe is transformation; our lives are what our thoughts make it. –Marcus Aurelius Antonius

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Be who you are and say what you feel, because those that mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind. –Anonymous

The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash. –Anon.

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If you haven’t been to a meeting for a while, come, and add to the mix … we need you. Come for yourself, come for the Fellowship, come to celebrate sobriety and come for the alcoholic    who still suffers. –Grapevine: San Francisco, California, February 1993

The work will teach you how to do it. –Estonian proverb

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All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people. –Alexis Carrel

It is not the baptism of the Holy Ghost which changes men, but the power of the ascended Christ coming into men’s lives by the Holy Ghost that changes them. –Oswald Chambers

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The person who doesn’t value you is blocking you from the one who will. Let them go. –Robert Tew

Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. –R.L. Evans

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Accept the fact that you will grow apart from people you’ve had significant relationships with. Understand when someone no longer positively affects your life. Let them go. Don’t hinder your growth. –Unknown

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. –Ronny H

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Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can’t accept who you are. –Turcois Ominek

Drop by drop, a puddle forms. And so it goes with the formation of your character. May God bless you with drops of courage, kindness, justice, mercy, empathy, and peace. –Prayables

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When we think we have been hurt by someone in the past, we build up defenses to protect ourselves from being hurt in the future. So the fearful past causes a fearful future and the past and future become one. We cannot love when we feel fear…. When we release the fearful past and forgive everyone, we will experience total love and oneness with all. –Gerald G. Jampolsky

A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing. –Prayables

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We descended from chimpanzees. It’s the fact that we tend to react to what’s immediately in front of our face, like a cow or a dog or anything. We bark and that’s who we are. And we tend to always want things to be easier  to take the path of least resistance. We all have that lower part of our nature and it’s a lot stronger, but at the same time, there’s a higher self that we’re straining to become.  And maybe I’m being optimistic, but I’m saying that everybody has that desire to reach the higher self. –Robert Greene

To wish you were someone else, is denying joy to the someone you are. –Unknown

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New people are the lifeblood of AA. I am eternally grateful to them. By extension I am, therefore, grateful to Tradition Three for making it possible for all who want what we have to come to AA. –Grapevine:  Los Gatos, California, February 1993

There is nothing wrong in you that can’t be fixed by what is right in you. –Unknown

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All those who suffer in the world do so because of their desire for their own happiness. All those happy in the world are so because of their desire for the happiness of others. –Bodhicaryavatara

We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. –Brené Brown

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There are people who want to be everywhere at once and they get nowhere. –Carl Sandburg

Sometimes I wonder if this illness isn’t a gift rather than a problem. –Grapevine

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That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gratitude is the vision to see that WE have been Gifted. –Ernest Kurtz

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AA is the schoolroom I missed somewhere along the line … a treasure house of other people’s experience, strength and hope. –Grapevine: Norman, Oklahoma, July 1992.

Remember the music is not in the piano. –Clement Mok

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It’s so important to treat others like you would expect to be treated. It’s a universal law that the hurt and pain you have caused on others will come back and affect you, but the love and joy you have inspired in others, will also inspire you. –Unknown

Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us. –Earl Nightingale

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If there are challenges to be met today, I remember other days when what seemed impossible was made possible. –Grapevine: Huntington, West Virginia, August 2006

The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement. –Charles Schwab

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As soon as you get some sense of contact, you want to be teachers of others. This is a big mistake. –Ta-sui

Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment. –Ralph Marston

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Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around us in awareness. –James Thurber

Hunger and thirst must be avoided…they grate on and inflame the mind. It’s an old saying that quarrels are sought by the weary’ just as much, too, by the hungry and the thirsty, and by every man who yearns for anything. –seneca

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Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor. –Oliver Wendell Holmes

Does your train of thought have a caboose? –Anonymous

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If there are challenges to be met today, I remember other days when what seemed impossible was made possible. –Grapevine: Huntington, West Virginia, August 2006

You can never give another person that which you have found, but you can make him homesick for what you have. –Oswald Chambers

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The AA message does not carry itself; somebody must carry it. –Grapevine: Jackson, Mississippi, November 1964

The attitude of ‘coming to’ is that the will resolutely lets go of everything and deliberately commits all to Him. –Oswald Chambers

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When we early AAs got our first glimmer of how spiritually prideful we could be, we coined this expression: ‘Don’t try to get too damned good by Thursday!’ –Grapevine: AA Co-Founder, Bill W., June 1961

Today, I will have some fun with life, with recovery, with people, and with my day. –The Language Of Letting Go

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I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself. –Walter Anderson

Just remember, when you should grab something, grab it; when you should let go, let go. –Unknown

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You cannot escape the results of your thoughts. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire;  as great as your dominant aspiration. –James Allen

Nothing happens next, everything happens now. –Cheri Huber

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Surrender has nothing to do with giving up. It means to stop fighting. –Grapevine: Carrollton, Texas, February 1993

It doesn’t matter how much you want. What really matters is how much you want it. The extent and complexity of the problem does not matter as much as does the willingness to solve it. –Ralph Marston

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I have to transform my natural life into a spiritual life by obedience to Him. Be serious with God and leave the rest gaily alone. Put God first literally. –Oswald Chambers

Share our similarities, celebrate our differences. –M. Scott Peck

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If there is only one strand of faith amongst all the corruption within us, God will take hold of that one strand. –Oswald Chambers

It’s hard to be an atheist when you hate God. –Wesley Chapel Group

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To be so much in contact with God that you never need to ask Him to show you His will, is to be nearing the final stage of your discipline in the life of faith. –Oswald Chambers

Every setback is a setup for a comeback. –Anonymous

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Am I getting nobler, better, more helpful, more humble, as I get older? or am I getting more self-assertive, more deliberately determined to have my own way? It is a great thing to tell yourself the truth. –Oswald Chambers

If you are recognising your God, you have no business with where He engineers your circumstances. –Oswald Chambers

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Goodness and purity ought never to attract attention to themselves, they ought simply to be magnets to draw to Jesus Christ. -Oswald Chambers

It comes down to a moment-to-moment choice to serve the highest good. It is not enough to do it just once today and figure that is it. Keep choosing the highest good. –John Morton

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Is He going to help Himself to your life, or are you taken up with your conception of what you are going to do? God is responsible for our lives, and the one great keynote is reckless reliance upon Him. –Oswald Chambers

Doubt your doubts instead of doubting your faith. –Unknown

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Heard at Meetings: Big Shot, Little Shot, One Shot, we’re all Shot. God is not the burning bush, He is the whispers. I love this little life I live and I live this little life I love”  –anonymous

Life’s most rewarding gifts are those that don’t look like presents at all. –unknown

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Because of this program I am starting to love myself again. I still get urges to ‘drink and drug’ but I don’t let them run my life. I value good friends today. I value my serenity, and I value life today. –Grapevine:  Thornton, Pennsylvania, April 1993

God can’t give you anything new until you let go of the old. –Wisdom of The Rooms

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Too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person. –Gloria Steinem

The temporary security of material things is a hollow shelter if built at the expense of spiritual growth –Grapevine, Stanton, California, July 1968

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Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. — Helen Keller

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. –Thomas Carruthers

We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility. –Albert Einstein

He who is outside the door has already a good part of his journey behind him. –Dutch proverb

Never settle for anything less than your best. –Brian Tracy

Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks up. –unknown

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Envy shoots at others and wounds herself. –Costa Rican Proverb

If you dig a grave for others, you might fall into it yourself. –Irish Proverb

Serenity isn’t freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm. –Anon

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem. –Theodore Rubin

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Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job. –Adlai E. Stevenson

He who is swift to believe is swift to forget. –Abraham Joshua Herschel

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. –Oscar Wilde

Situations I fear are rarely as bad as the fear itself. –unknown

Growl all day and you’ll feel dog tired at night. –Anonymous

Laughter is as good as jogging for our heart, lungs, and brain.
–Gail Grenier Sweet

If you touch, you feel. If you ask, you learn. If you look, you see. If you love, you live. –unknown

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Nothing is interesting if you are not interested. — Helen MacInnes

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. –Mother Theresa

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have for instance. –Franklin P. Jones

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am only one; but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I still can do something.
I will not refuse to do the something I can do. –Helen Keller

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One extends one’s limits only by exceeding them. –M. Scott Peck

Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind.
The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. –HENRY JAMES

Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time.
Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. –M. Scott Peck

We cannot solve life’s problems except by solving them. –M. Scott Peck

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It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually. –M. Scott Peck

Expectation is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today. –Seneca

The more you teach positive ideas to others, the better you learn them yourself. –Brian Tracy

To be happy one must risk unhappiness; To live fully one must risk death and accept its ultimate decision. –Judd Manner

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The past has no power over the present moment. –Eckhart Tolle

Life isn’t as serious
as the mind makes it out to be. –Eckhart Tolle

I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it. –Igor Stravinsky
By fighting, you never get enough, but by yielding, you get more than you expected. –Lawrence G. Lovasik

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The purpose of life is a life of purpose. –Robert Byrne
Extremists think that ‘communication’ means agreeing with them. –Leo Rosten

Life is the dancer and you are the dance. –Eckhart Tolle
Many people are so concerned with adding days to their life that they forget to add life to their days. –Harriet Meyerson

The Oxford group wanted to save the world, and…
I only wanted to save drunks –Bill W.

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Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. –Seneca

Let no one come to you
without leaving better and happier. –Mother Teresa

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Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife. –Kahlil Gibran

People do not realize that their opinion of the world  is also a confession of character. –Emerson

Before we can be cured we must want to be cured. Those who really wish for help will get it; but for many people even the wish is difficult. –CS Lewis

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You are a child of God. You are a child of Light. The Soul that is your true identity resides naturally in love and joy. –John-Roger

Message of Peace
May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. –Leo Buscaglia

The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values. –Dean William R. Inge

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Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever. –Gandhi

The nearer you come into relation with a person, The more necessary do tact and courtesy become. –Oliver Wendell Holmes

Daylight follows a dark night. –Masai Proverb
Even the longest day has its end. –Irish Proverb

A contented mind is a continual feast. –American Proverb

Treat the other man’s faith gently; it is all he has to believe with. –Henry Hoskins

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You Can’t Change The Wind, But You Can Adjust Your Sails. Make This Day Shine. –Carol Anne

I faithfully, trustfully, have acceptance for God’s will, and I therefore find serenity. –Shelley

A bad decision well implemented is better than a brilliant decision not well implemented. –Peter Schutz

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To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking. –Adlin Sinclair

Happiness is not a place to travel to. It’s a way of getting there. –Anonymous

Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God. –Diana Robinson

Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him. –Aldous Huxley

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What do you think of God, the teacher asked. After a pause, the young pupil replied, “He’s not a think, he’s a feel. –Paul Frost

I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them. –Herbert Henry Lehman

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity, opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. –Albert Einstein

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If you empty yourself of yesterday’s sorrows, You will have much more room for today’s joy. –Jenni Young

Sharing what you have is more important than what you have. –Albert M. Wells, Jr.

Oh… I listen a lot and talk less. You can’t learn anything when you’re talking. –Bing Crosby

Fair play is primarily not blaming others for anything that is wrong with us. –Eric Hoffer

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. –Saint Augustine

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A good exercise for the heart is to bend down and help another up. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. –Carl Jung

Nothing hath separated us from God but our own will, or rather our own will is our separation from God. –William Law

Relinquish pain and suffering. Experience joy and serenity. Let go and move forward. –Deborah Ann Smith

Love yourself. Accept yourself. Be honest about what heals and helps you. Then you’ll bring your healing gifts to others. Your life will be a gift to the world. –Melody Beattie

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The value of persistent prayer is not that He will hear us, but we will finally hear Him. –William McGill

Give your friends and family the gift of kindness all throughout the year. Your body is your vehicle through life. Do you take better care of your body or your car?

It seems in life that most of us end up doing things we don’t enjoy. You can turn things that you don’t enjoy into something you do by changing how you do those things AND changing how you view them.

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What a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate. –Henry David Thoreau

Praying is like riding a bicycle or swimming: You learn by doing. –Luis Palau

Life is full of internal dramas … played to an audience of one. –Anthony Powell

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interest. –John Stuart Mill

Old ways will not open new doors. Whatever you have not done, are afraid to do, or are hesitant to begin….do it now, because now can sometimes become never. –Odette Artime

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What is defeat? … Nothing but the first step to something better. –Wendell Phillips

What a man thinks of himself, is that which determines, or rather indicates, his fate. –Henry David Thoreau

In any moment of decision, The best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing. –President Theodore Roosevelt

When any alcoholic anywhere understands any part of the truth, that’s a spiritual awakening. –Grapevine, Chicago, Illinois, November 2002
Change begins with surrender and surrender releases the power of believing – Joe McQ
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. –Saint Augustine
No man knows the value of innocence and integrity but he who has lost them. –William Goodwin
Here the way out is in. — Heard In A Meeting
Each day I turn my ongoing spiritual experience into a sane and happy usefulness among my fellow travelers. –Grapevine: Nome, AK, June 2009

 

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Love at first sight is easy to understand. It’s when two people have been looking at each other for years that it becomes a miracle. –Sam Levenson

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. –E.B. White

God always provides what we need, but we must be ready to open our eyes and see it. –The Midrash

Learn to listen to your inner voice. Listen to your heart. It’s your connection to God, to people, to the universe, and to yourself. –Melody Beattie

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Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace. –Author Unknown

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering. –St. Augustine

There is a hole and empty place within us that we have tried to fill. Today we know that this is a God shaped hole, that only God can fill. A place where acceptance, understanding, love and support are a given. –Author Unknown

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Look for the beauty inside of each person. –I. June Stephenson

The God who calls us into the unknown travels with us. –Robert W. Rae

Spiritual vision means looking at life as God does. –Lisa D. Wiener

Whatever our future holds for us, we will find God already there. –Patricia Garrison

A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on –Carl Sandburg

Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. –Theodore N. Vail

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You cannot plan the future by the past. –Edmund Burke

Slow down to relish the wonder of God’s creation. –Glen Childress

God makes possible what we cannot accomplish alone. –Gary Shank

Faith in God changes our manner of living. –Chester L Schneider

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You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with. –Wayne Dyer

Keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. –Anonymous

Hope is a gift we give ourselves, and it remains when all else is gone. –Criswell Freeman

The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today. –Les Brown

Stress comes from within; it is your reaction to circumstances, not the circumstances themselves. –Brian Tracy

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Look for God’s image in the people you meet. –Robert E. Lea

It takes no more time to see the good side of life than it takes to see the bad. –Jimmy Buffet

It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities. –Josiah Stamp

One can easily understand a child’s fear of the dark, but what is the greatest tragedy in life is the grown man who is afraid of the light. –Plato

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Today is before us as an unformed experience. We can let go of yesterday and move forward into the present. – Touchstones

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow. –Marcus Tullius Cicero

Victims never recover because instead of working on the stuff they need to work on instead of themselves –Peter M

We drink to solve the problems we caused while we were drinking. –Anonymous

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Have you the slightest reliance on anything other than God? –My Utmost for His Highest

People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be — not what you nag them to be. –S.N. Parker

The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. –Epicurus

There is nothing permanent except change. –Heraclitus

Knowing how to prepare ourselves before we spread our wings is part of discovering what we can do. –Today’s Gift

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We are all capable of being spiritual sluggards; Injustice and meanness and ingratitude and turmoil, all have the tendency to make us spiritual sluggards. This is the first step in the wrong direction. All these things are effects and we try to make them causes. –My Utmost for His Highest

For complete happiness, resign as general manager of the universe. –Anthony de Mello

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. –Rumi

Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. –Oscar Wilde

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I no longer feel isolated, alone or without purpose. I feel like life is going somewhere, and I don’t feel like I have to know where. –Grapevine: Concord, California, May 2012

When I discover who I am, I’ll be free. –Ralph Ellison

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. –Albert Camus

AA may or may not get me to heaven, but it surely got me out of he!!. –unknown

Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are. –Soren Kierkegaard

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So far, you’ve survived 100% of your worst days. This Too Shall Pass –Anonymous

If you sponsor people, you’ll never need a mirror. –Grapevine, August 2001

We have to educate ourselves to know who we are. That’s what I mean when I say, ‘Teach the children. It is only by knowing ourselves that we can get in touch with our power. As we increase knowledge of ourselves, as we choose to grow spiritually, as we clean up our act, then we can teach the children –Elders Meditation | More…

Advice that is not asked for is criticism. – Wisdom of The Rooms

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth …not going all the way, and not starting. –Bhudda

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Forget your old ideas. Forget the lies they told you. Forget them all, and you will begin to remember. –Marianne Williamson

Our outward behavior is just a reflection of our inner balance or our out of balance. –John-Roger

Rehabilitation means the putting back of the whole human race into the relationship God designed it to be in –Oswald Chambers | More…

We in A.A. are offering a kind of psychological program as well as a spiritual one. First, people must be mentally able to receive it. -24 Hrs | More…

Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat. –Jean-Paul Satre

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The whole problem is to establish communication with one’s self. Communication with myself and sharing allows me to be more self-accepting and more honest. –Touchstones | More…

Don’t listen to the mustn’ts, the don’ts, the won’ts. Do listen to the ones who say you can, you will, you should do it! –Unknown

The words of the tongue should have three gatekeepers: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? –Arabian Proverb

Change is not necessarily progress — Bill W.

Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy? If you want to be right, this is a request from your ego. If you want to be happy then this is of the Great Spirit. –Elders Meditations | More…

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Gratitude for what’s offered us in our lives softens the harsh attitudes we occasionally harbor. Understanding is that all experiences are meant for our good –Each Day A New Beginning | More…

Notion your mind with the idea that God is there. If once the mind is motioned along that line, then when you are in difficulties it is as easy as breathing to remember — Why, my Father knows all about it! It is not an effort, it comes naturally when perplexities press –My Utmost for His Highest

May God steal from you all that steals you from Him. –Rabia

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In a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are traveling in a wrong path –Swami Vivekananda

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. –Aldous Huxley

Let us remember we belong to the earth, the earth does not belong to us. –Elders Meditations | More…

Have you prayed about it as much as you’ve talked about it. –Wisdom of the Rooms

We cannot grow very much unless we constantly try to envision what the eternal spiritual values are. –Grapevine; AA Co-Founder, Bill W. 1961

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Lord, Let me want what I have. –Anonymous

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can get more out of God by believing Him for one minute than by shouting at Him all night. –Smith Wigglesworth

When life seems just a dreary grind; and things seem fated to annoy; say something nice to someone else and watch the world light up with joy. –Unknown

If you sponsor people, you’ll never need a mirror. –Grapevine: August 2001

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Problems are not the problem: Coping is the problem. –Virginia Satir

We have an allergy to alcohol. The action of alcohol on chronic alcoholics is a manifestation of an allergy. –24 Hours | More…

Let us AAs no longer be takers from society. Instead, let us be givers. –Bill W., June 1946

A lesson learned is a lesson to be shared. –Anon

It is only the unworthy in me that refuses to bow down to the worthy. –Oswald Chambers

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God educates us by means of people who are a little better than we are –Oswald Chambers

You get there by realizing you are already there –Elkhart Tolle

Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them, just find a new way to stand. –Anonymous

Integrity is telling myself the truth. Honesty is telling the truth to other people. –Spencer Johnson

Worry is like interest paid in advance on a debt that never comes due. –Anonymous

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A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside. –Denis Waitley

Everyone should smile. Life really isn’t that serious. We make it hard. The sun rises. The sun sets. We just tend to complicate the process. –Author Unknown

I saw that fear was a character defect, so I modified my Seventh Step Prayer. After ‘remove every single defect of character,’ I added, ‘and every unreasonable fear.’ –Grapevine: California, July 2010

I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life.

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself. –Walter Anderson

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Redemption means that Jesus Christ can put into any man the disposition that ruled His own life, and all the standards God gives are based on that disposition. –Oswald Chambers

God will allow us to go on until we break our ignorance over some obstacle, then we are willing to come to Him as paupers and receive from Him. “Blessed are the paupers in spirit,” that is he first principle in the Kingdom of God. –Oswald Chambers

What God wants for us at every moment is growth and happiness. When we step away from our ego and develop a selfless posture toward life, we’ll find serenity in the midst of any turmoil. Serenity is God’s promise. When we get in line with God’s will, we’ll find peace. –Karen Casey

Ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge I had no idea how serious my alcoholism was, how pervasive in all areas of my life it had developed, how destructive and negative I had become until I was made to “see” reality in treatment.

I opened my eyes to see my ignorance and I knew I needed to change my attitude if I was to recover. The enemy of the spiritual life is ignorance because it stops us from realizing that the strength and healing power of spirituality has been given by God. –Father Leo

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Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude. –Viktor E. Frankl

Discomfort is required for change. — Wisdom of the Rooms

A large part of my recovery has been in learning how not to listen to myself. –Grapevine, Tucson, Arizona, March 1988

There is no one giant step that does it. It’s a lot of little steps. –Peter A. Cohen

Today I will feel. I will feel like a human being, unique as a snowflake, common as grass.–Today’s Gift

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Faith isn’t faith until it’s all you’re holding on to. –Anon

You can only lose what you refuse to let go of! –Anon

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you, if you do not act upon them? –Buddha

If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were. –Kahlil Gibran

The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do. –John Holt

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If you ever want to see how spiritually awake you are, just spend a week with your parents. –Ram Dass

The alcoholic is in no greater peril than when he takes his sobriety for granted. –Grapevine: Bill W., November 1949,

We learn experientially because only then is our reality significantly affected. –Karen Casey

Sometimes, the only place on earth that makes any sense to me is a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. –Grapevine; December 1979

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely. –Roy T. Bennett

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If you continue to believe as you have always believed, you will continue to act as you have always acted. –Anonymous

If you continue to act as you have always acted, you will continue to get what you have always gotten. –Anonymous

Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. –Richard Branson,

Everyone has to find the right path. You can’t see it so it’s hard to find. No one can show you. Each person has to find the path by himself. –Charlie Knight,

I don’t like things changing without my permission –Wisdom Of The Rooms

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Egotism is the best anesthetic to help lessen the pain of stupidity –John C Texas Lawyer 1951

We are not here to prove God answers prayer; we are here to be living monuments of God’s grace. –Oswald hambers

Instead of being aggressive toward a difficulty, be quiet before it,and notice the new feeling. –Vernon Howard

It may not be OK; but I’m OK with it –Anonymous

Sobriety is a constant process of uncovering, discovering, and discarding. –Grapevine: Craig, Colorado, January 1997

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The answer is not in the problem; the answer is in the solution. –Wisdom of the Rooms

What has happened in the past is just that — the past! What I do now is of greatest concern. –Gapevine: Williamsville, June 2010

Remember how we’d talk every night at bedtime? I miss that. –God

A large part of my recovery has been in learning how not to listen to myself. –Grapevine: Arizona, March 1988

The greatest treasures of your life are associated with the people you love and who love you in return. –Brian Tracy

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It’s not that you failed. You simply discovered a new way that doesn’t work. –Anonymous

There is only one real failure in life that is possible, and that is, not to be true to the best one knows. –John Farrar

The problem in my life and other people’s lives is not knowing what to do, but the absence of doing it. –Peter Drucker

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. –Helen Keller

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances. –Martha Washington

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Reach beyond your grasp. That’s when God helps you stretch to grab it. –Unknown

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody! –Kid President

The great art of living is to make the best of things as they are. –Grapevine: Cumbria, June 1975

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. –Andy Rooney

I’d rather trade a strong hand for a patient ear or a story for a meal: anything that keeps things turning over. –Gordon Bok

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The way to make a mountain out of a mole hill is to add dirt. Remember; 1) there is a solution, (2) whatever is happening is temporary, and (3) God is in charge. –Wisdom of the Rooms

To choose to suffer means that there is something wrong; to choose God’s will even if it means suffering is a very different thing. –Oswald Chambers

Don’t judge me by my past. I don’t live there anymore. –Petteri Tarkkonen

To live is the rarest thing in the world, most people just exist. –Oscar Wilde

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. –George Bernard Shaw

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ERGH! Eventually Realize God Helps –Gary K

When they can’t explain it, they don’t understand it. –Anonymous

Peace is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it. –Thomas Merton

What stands in the way becomes the way. –Marcus Aurelius

If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for. –Florence Shinn

A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day. –Ancient proverb

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A.A. is the only place I can hang out with sick people and get better. – Wisdom of the Rooms

Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. –Jim Rohn

My drinking was a problem for other people long before it was a problem for me. –Anon

Life is like a camera, you focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negative; and, if things don’t work out, take another shot. –Stu K.

Truth gives a short answer; lies go round about. –German Proverb

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Seldom will we remember next week what bothers us so much today. –Karen Casey

The wise don’t expect to find life worth living; they make it that way. –Anonymous

Spirituality is concerned with those qualities of the human spirit–such as love and compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, a sense of responsibility, a sense of harmony, which bring happiness to both self and others. –His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Repentance does not bring a sense of sin, but a sense of unutterable unworthiness. When I repent, I realize that I am utterly helpless –Oswald Chambers

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When you call on God in prayer to help you overcome weakness, sorrow, pain, discord, and conflict, God never fails in some way to answer the appeal. -24hours

No matter how long we’ve been recovering, no matter how solid our spiritual ground, we may still feel an overwhelming desire at times to punish, or get even, with another person. Melody Beattie

When you are through changing, you’re through. –Bruce Barton

Worrying about something that may never happen is like paying interest on money you may never borrow. –Unknown

If we fail to ‘repair,’ we can only impair. –Grapevine: June 1945

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You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. — Wisdom of the Rooms

The best side of a saloon is outside. –Anon

Meeting our Higher Power and ourselves is the universal spiritual process. –Touchstones | More…

Spirituality is the relationship an individual has directly with God; and Religion, created by man, is the dogma between God and the individual. –Clardy S.

Don’t ever slam a door; you might want to go back. –Don Herold

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Each of us has been created for a special purpose. Our being alive is God’s way of proving that we’re important to the family, the neighborhood, and the world. –Today’s Gift

Life is like a camera, you focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negative; and, if things don’t work out, take another shot. –Stu K.

You never find yourself until you face the truth. –Pearl Bailey

The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere. –Xun Zi

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If we have not changed, we cannot be used by HP to change others. — 24 Hours

The difference between a good approach and a bad one can mean life or death to those who seek our help. –Bill W.

How we “feel” at any single moment flags the level of our security, how close we are to our higher power, the level of our commitment to the program. –Karen Casey

Learning is the very essence of humility. –Grapevine, Walnut Creek, California, May 1988

Relax. Let go of urgency. Begin calmly now. Take one thing at a time. See how everything works out? –Melody Beattie

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The snare in Christian work is to rejoice in successful service, to rejoice in the fact that God has used you. –Oswald Chambers

If you do not obey the light, it will turn into darkness. –Oswald Chambers

When we put our drink problem in God’s hands and leave it there, we have made the most important decision of our lives. –24Hours

The soul, like the body, lives by what it feeds on –Josiah Gilbert Holland

There is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings. –Arthur Rubinstein

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The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

In any given moment, we have two options… to step forward into growth or to step back into SAFETY… –Abraham Maslow

We cannot put off living until we are ready. –Jose Ortega Y Gasset

It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. –Mohammad Ali

Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it. –Kahlil Gibran

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Success is living up to your potential. That’s all. Wake up with a smile and go after life … Live it, enjoy it, taste it, smell it, feel it. –Joe Kapp

As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey. –Thomas A. Edison

The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur. –Vince Lombardi

Taking responsibility for improving one’s own life is an important step toward emotional health. Personal power is as available as our decision to use it. –Karen Casey

If we do not try, we will not know. –Ayya Khema

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When we’re selfish, we close off the channels of exchange with others. –Touchstones

The first thing that happens after we have realized our election to God is the destruction of our prejudices and our parochial notions and our patriotisms –Oswald Chambers

Alcohol robbed me of my adolescence. But I’ve learned to grow up in AA. –Grapevine: Mineola, New York, March 200

There are some things you can’t learn from others. You have to pass through the fire. –Norman Vincent Peale

Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things. –T. S. Eliot

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The remarkable thing we have is a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. –Charles Swindoll

When God measures a man, he puts the tape around the heart instead of the head. –anonymous

Just when I found out the meaning of life, they changed it! –George Carlin

Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence. –Laurence Couglin

Our Lord’s exhortation is to be generous in our behaviour to all men. In the spiritual life beware of walking according to natural affinities. Everyone has natural affinities; some people we like and others we do not like. We must never let those likes and dislikes rule in our spiritual life. If we “walk in the light,” as God is in the light, God will give us communion with people for whom we have no natural affinity. –Oswald Chambers

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If the Spirit of God has transformed you within, you will exhibit Divine characteristics in your life, not good human characteristics. –Oswald Chambers

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. each moment is all we need, not more. –Mother Teresa

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour. –Anonymous

Never object to the intense sensitiveness of the Spirit of God in you when He is educating you down to the scruple. –Oswald Chambers

Nothing is worth more than this day. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Members seem to progress over the years from a search for a God they can understand to a belief in a God who understands us –AA Pamphlet | More…

Most of our experiences are what the psychologist William James calls the ‘educational variety’ because they develop slowly over a period of time…. –AA Pamphlet | More…

Only three Steps — the Fifth, Ninth, and Twelfth — involve other people. The other nine concern themselves with the interior life of the alcoholic. –AA Pamphlet | More...

For many, A.A. is a kind of going home — a return, like the Prodigal Son’s, to the house and the faith of his fathers. –AA Pamphlet | More…

Sooner or later, the recovering alcoholic in A.A. is literally forced to think for himself. –AA Pamphlet | More…

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The formless flexibility of A.A.’s principles as interpreted by their different adherents finally pushes our alcoholic into a stance where he must use only himself as a frame of reference for his actions, and this in turn means he must be willing to accept the consequences of those actions. In my book, that is the definition of emotional maturity. –AA Pamphlet | More…

There is a time and a place for all things.” If tonight any of you would ask my help with your drinking problem, I most certainly would not ask you, “Would you like to go to Mass with me next Sunday?” Nor would I ask whether you wanted an appointment with my former analyst. But I would unhesitatingly ask you, “Would you like to attend an A.A. meeting with me?”… “There is a time and a place for all things.” The real danger lies, in my opinion, in the recovered alcoholic’s assumption that if he wishes to move to another time and another place he must perforce leave A.A. behind.–AA Pamphlet | More…

The search for perfection, for the one Perfect Answer, is the hallmark of the neurotic. –AA Pamphlet | More…

True freedom lies in the realization and calm acceptance of the fact that there may very well be no perfect answer. –AA Pamphlet | More…

Learning to substitute a group, no matter how large, for one’s own self-centeredness is only partial recovery. –AA Pamphlet | More…

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Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. –Yoda

A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. –John Burroughs

Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success. One who doesn’t try cannot fail and become wise. –William Saroyan

HISTORY A photographic history of addiction recovery in USA | More here…

Difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones. –John Maynard Keynes

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You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body. –C.S. Lewis

Can I finally — at long last, please God — come home and say in the very depths of my soul, “I am sitting next to another human being”? –AA Pamphlet | More…

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it –Albert Einstein

In any given moment, we have two options… to step forward into growth or to step back into SAFETY… –Abraham Maslow

Life isn’t as serious as my mind makes it out to be. –Eckhart Tolle

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I must reduce myself until I am a mere conscious man – Oswald Chambers

We are responsible for the effort, not the outcome. — Wisdom of The Rooms

The Sermon on the Mount is not an ideal, it is a statement of what will happen in me when HP has altered my disposition and put in a disposition like His own. –Oswald Chambers

The words of HP hurt and offend until there is nothing left to hurt or offend. –Oswald Chambers

The main idea in the region of religion is — Your eyes upon God, not on men. –Oswald Chambers

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Guilt, the gift that keeps on giving! –Erma Bombeck

What worries you, masters you. –John Locke

Seldom will we remember next week what bothers us so much today. –Karen Casey

Put God first and you’ll never be last. –Anon.

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. –Leo Tolstoy

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The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves. –John Dryden

Easy does it refers to my tendency to obsess and overdo things, and ‘But do it’ refers to overcoming my resistance to change. –Wisdom of the Rooms

My sponsor told me there is a chapter in the Big Book called “Into Action,” not “Into Thinking.” He suggested I get busy. –Wisdom of the Rooms

AA and my Higher Power have transformed me from a complex person who lived out of her head to a simple person who is trying to live out of her heart. –Grapevine, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1979

I drank alcoholically for years because my pride would not allow me to be alcoholic. –Father Leo

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A sincere attempt to exercise the first ten Steps brings into play some of the finest virtues in the human character: humility, hope, faith, honesty, courage, and sincerity. –Grapevine, Jackson Heights, New York, April 1956

Perhaps our greatest difficulty as recovering people, is not trusting that life is a process and one that promises goodness. –Karen Casey

Spiritual muddle is only made plain by obedience. Immediately we obey, we discern. This is humiliating, because when we are muddled we know the reason is in the temper of our mind. –Oswald Chambers

We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. –Carl Jung

Nature teaches us that each thing, even the earth itself, needs a retreat. Today’s Gift | More…

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The threshold between right and wrong is pain. –Dalai Lama

It’s not going to get easier, but it’s going to get better — Wisdom of the Rooms

He who learns, teaches. –African Proverb

Thank God your name was on the wake-up list today. –Anonymous

If you are afraid of your future, you don’t have a present. –James Petersen

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We can ever remain powerless, as were the disciples, by trying to do God’s work not in concentration on His power, but by ideas drawn from our own temperament. –Oswld Chambers

We can bow to God’s will in anticipation of the thing happening which will, in the long run, be the best for all concerned. –24 Hours

We do not know how His plans are laid, we only need to believe that if we trust Him and accept whatever happens as His will in a spirit of faith, everything will work out for the best in the end. –24 Hours

The disposition of sin is not immorality and wrong-doing, but the disposition of self-realization — I am my own god. –Oswald Chambers

The Power we find in recovery is the power we lacked on our own. It is the love we were afraid to depend on others for. –Just For Today | More…

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You have three choices: keep on fighting, ignore each other, or make up and be friends. –John Knoblauch

The five H’s: Hope, Honesty, Humility, Human, Helpfulness — Grapevine, Scarsdale NY, Dec 1957

If one works well among men, they will grow. That’s reality. The rest is smoke. –Danilo Dolci

I have a heredity I had no say in; I am not holy, nor likely to be. Redemption means that HP can put into any man the hereditary disposition that was in Himself –Oswald Chambers

Once my thoughts changed, so did my actions, then, finally, the results. –Grapevine, Susanville, California, December 2007

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Problems have only the size and the power that you give them. – Anon

When all the little things really bug me, it’s because there’s a big thing I’m not facing – Wisdom of the Rooms

Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits. –Hannah More

A man should first direct himself in the way he should go. Only then should he instruct others. –The Buddha

God doesn’t define us by our mistakes, he refines us by our mistakes — Joel Osteen

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Are you expecting God to tell you to do a big thing, all He is telling you to do is to “come as you are.” – Oswald Chambers

Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with God is Faith. – Anon

I am not automatically entitled to succeed in anything. I am, thank God and AA, no longer a superior individual, but simply a sober individual –Grapevine, Fryeburg, Maine, July 1959

The only thing that can ever make me drink again is untreated alcoholism. –Wisdom of the Rooms

A smile is a sunbeam from the soul –Unknown

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In between goals is a thing called life that has to be lived and enjoyed. –Sid Caesar

AA is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth will die. Grapevine, Bill W., July 1955/The Language of the Heart

Giving needs taking to complete it. We can keep the cycle of generosity going by taking gracefully. A world without those who take would be unbalanced. –Tody’s Gift

Be on time, sit in the front row, thank the speaker, take commitments, pray and meditate — carry the message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Be connected to the love of giving back and the joy of helping others — chips, cakes, Step work and lots of reaching out. Grapevine, May 2014

The things that count cease being those that can be held in the hand and become only what can be held in the heart. –Grapevine, North Hollywood, California, August 1982

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When angels are busy…God uses you. – Anon.

A man should never be ashamed to own he was in the wrong. –Jonathan Swift

Taking action isn’t a consequence of confidence and courage, you gain confidence and courage when you take action. –Prayables

The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being. –Lech Walesa

In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends. –John Churton Collins

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Happiness is a direction, not a place. –Sydney J. Harris

Listen to everything the person talking has to say, as if your life depended on it — because it might one day. — Grapevine

The Big Book is the superstar. The love flowing from its pages encourages me to cut through all the ignorance and terror that surround still-suffering alcoholics. –Grapevine, Wynberg, South Africa, March 1984

Do not compare yourself with others, for you are a unique and wonderful creation. –Barbara Kimball

Envy eats at us; it interferes with all of our interactions. It possesses all of our thoughts, caging us, denying us the freedom to achieve that can be ours. –Each Day A New Beginning

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What if we were caring rather than judgmental? – Karen Casey

The astute mind behind is the Mind of God, not human wisdom at all. –Oswald Chambers

When we love, we will see in others what we wish to see in ourselves. –Grapevine

All conflict arises when we put our categories before our humanity. –Amin Maalouf

One definition of humility is admitting and understanding that we don’t have all the answers. –Daniel Flynn

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I believe that all spiritual progress I have made in life has come through relaxed repetitive practice of positive action –Daniel Flynn

I like to start my day by towards inner Light to overcome my inner Darkness. –Daniel Flynn

I don’t believe in miracles. I depend upon them! –Wisdom of the Rooms

I don’t foresee outgrowing my need for help.–Grapevine, Harrisonburg, Virginia, May 1991.

We all fear what we don’t know—it’s natural. It is helpful to remember there is no right or wrong way to explore what faces us—only our own way.–Today’s Gift

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How life looks to me depends on how I look at it. While this sounds simple, just like everything else in Alcoholics Anonymous, it requires continual practice in order to get good at it. –Grapevine, Tucson, Arizona, August 2006

If the only prayer you say in your whole life is “thank you,” that would suffice. –Meister Eckhart

Charity means to care enough about other people to really want to do something for them. – 24 hours

When you feel bad, you need a meeting. When you feel good, the meeting needs you –Anonymous

Faith in antagonism to common sense is fanaticism, and common sense in antagonism to faith is rationalism. Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense. –Oswald Chambers

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The simplicity of this program never changes — what works is constant: trust in God, clean house, and work with others. –Grapevine; Concord, California, May 1997

People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges. –Joseph Fort Newton

Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made, nothing happens…. –Wilfred A. Peterson

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. –Leo Tolstoy

No matter how much I feared making bad decisions, I could not learn how to make good decisions except by making decisions. –Grapevine, May 1990

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The simplicity of this program never changes — what works is constant: Trust in God, clean house, and work with others. –Grapevine: Concord, California, Mary 1997

Wisdom is, and starts with, the humility to accept the fact that you don’t have all the right answers, and the courage to learn to ask the right questions. –Unknown

First Things First. Live and Let Live. Easy Does It. –Big Book p.135

Loving yourself means that you accept yourself for what you are. Loving yourself means that you accept responsibility for your own development, growth and happiness. When you love yourself, you pave the way for all you want and need to come to you at the right time in the perfect way. –Iyanla Vanzant

The future starts today, not tomorrow. –Pope John Paul II

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Don’t take anything personally. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. –Don Miguel Ruiz

Home is not where you live but where they understand you. — Cristion Morgenstern

A good laugh heals a lot of hurts. –Madeleine L’Engle

Peace is the ability to wait patiently in spite of panic brought on by uncertainty. –Stress Fractures

Now is all there is, and the future is just another present moment to live when it arrives. One thing is certain, you cannot live it until it does appear. –Wayne Dyer

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Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all. –Oliver Wendell Homes

All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for. –Jon Kabat-Zinn

Praying is talking to God, and meditation is listening for the answer. –WOTR

The only real win, is the win of tapping into the spirit. –Oprah Winfrey

Problems come from our selfish mind, that it is created by self-cherishing thoughts. As long as you put the blame outside yourself, there can be no happiness. –Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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Fury will never end fury, it will just ricochet on and on. Only putting it down will end such an abysmal state. –Sunnata Vagga

All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last. –Marcel Proust

I’m not necessarily grateful that I’m an alcoholic. But I’m definitely grateful that I KNOW I’m an alcoholic! –Peg E., Woburn MA

The art of living lies not in eliminating but in growing with troubles. –Bernard M. Baruch

Serenity develops, not by eliminating life’s difficulties, but by having a reliable relationship with our Higher Power in the midst of it all. –Touchstones

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If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining. –Guy Finley

I get better at it as each year passes. I am grateful that Alcoholics Anonymous is teaching me how to see straight, one day at a time. –Grapevine: Tucson, Arizona, August 2006

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. –Henry David Thoreau

May God bless you with financial blessing and acceptance of the additional responsibility that comes with it. –Prayables

The best apology is changed behavior. –Anonymous

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Never discourage anyone who makes continual progress, no matter how slow. –Anonymous

I don’t foresee outgrowing my need for help. –Grapevine: Harrisonburg, Virginia

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. –Chuck Swindoll

Sobriety – freedom from alcohol – through the teaching and practice of the Twelve Steps, is the sole purpose of an AA group. –Grapevine; Bill W., The Language of the Heart, February 1958.

When we don’t ask for what we want and need, we discount ourselves. We deserve better. –Melody Beatty

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Intimacy and closeness are only possible in a relationship when both people can say what they want and need. Sustained intimacy demands this. –Melody Beatty

The future starts today, not tomorrow. –Pope John Paul II

When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. –Don Miguel Ruiz

Home is not where you live but where they understand you. –Cristion Morgenstern

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions. –Unknown

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Hell is full of good meanings, but heaven is full of good works –Anon

It is in your power to wipe out judgment now. –Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Don’t take anything personally. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. –Don Miguel Ruiz

I don’t know if I go to too many meetings, but I am afraid of going to one too few ! -Anon

Is it Odd, or is it God? –Fred

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Let everyone try and find, that as a result of daily prayer he adds something new to his life, something with which nothing can be compared. –Mahatma Gandhi

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. –Robert Brault

As human beings we have good qualities as well as bad ones. Now, anger, attachment, jealousy, hatred, are the bad side; these are the real enemy… The true troublemaker is inside. –Dalai Lama

Life is a process, and we are progressing beautifully. –Karen Casey

No self-pity, no anger, no jealousy, no hate. What had this program done to me? –Grapevine: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 1978

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Of all the ‘attitudes’ we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life-changing. –Zig Ziglar

God doesn’t care how you talk to Him, only that you are talking to Him. Trying to pray is the same thing as praying –Wisdom of the Rooms

This is a great day to be sober, patient, tolerant, kindly and loving. –Anon

It is necessary to cultivate some discipline of mind, for an undisciplined mind always finds excuses to act selfishly and thoughtlessly. When the mind is undisciplined, the body is also undisciplined, and so is speech and action. –Anguttara Nikaya

Beauty fades, but dumb is forever. –Judge Judy Sheindlin

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I spent the first thirty years making a mess of the life I was given, the next thirty trying to figure out this simple program, and now I can try in the last thirty to loosen up, let life happen, and try to have a little fun. –Grapevine: White Rock, British Columbia, May 2005

Blessings. They are everywhere. Take time to enjoy them. –Anonymous

Trust because you are willing to take the risk, not because it’s safe or certain –Anonymous

Desires achieved increase thirst like salt water. –Milarepa

Growing pains are never to be feared, provided I am willing to learn the truth about myself from them. –Grapevine; Bill W., December 1957

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Newcomers are the lifeblood of the program, but our oldtimers are the arteries. –Unknown

Forgiveness is the divine miracle of grace. God’s forgiveness is only natural in the super-natural domain. –Oswald Chambers

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves. –Rainer Maria Rilke

Patience with ourselves may be the first step toward patience with others. –Touchstones

Being alive is to be actively engaged in knowing and loving my questions even when I find no answer –Touchstones

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I never imagined that the greatest achievement of my life would be peace of mind. –Anon

We work; we struggle; we will survive. –Grapevine; Islas de la Bahia, Honduras, January 1988, “Camino a la Sobriedad,”.

We need to experience freedom from inner turmoil in order to know that we deserve even more freedom. –Karen Casey

Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow concerns of life are not ordained of God; they are as much of God as the profound. –Oswald Cahmbers

There are glimpses of heaven in every act, or thought, or word that raises us above ourselves. –Arthur Stanley

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Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. –Marianne Williamson

Trust because you are willing to take the risk, not because it’s safe or certain –Anonymous

Growing pains are never to be feared, provided I am willing to learn the truth about myself from them. –Grapevine; Bill W., December 1957

With each in-breath, I think, Welcome. With each out-breath, I think, Thank you. That leaves me fluctuating between acceptance & gratitude — Grapevine; Wrightwood, California, November’10.

The eternal present is the space within which your whole life unfolds, the one factor that remains constant. Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.–Eckhart Tolle

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A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. –Basil

You can sit there choosing to live your life in pain, or you can choose to take action and free yourself from the bondage. –Gary Barnes

Nothing is better than experiencing joy except sharing it with someone else. –Deanna Smythen

The best way to get even is to forget. –Anon

There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle. –Anonymous

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There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle. –Anonymous

If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans for the day. –unknown

A positive attitude is like a fire: Unless you continue to add fuel, it goes out. –Alexander Lockhart

Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God. –Mary Manin Morrissey

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The sweetest of all sounds is praise. –Xenophon

Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” –C.S. Lewis

We have no right to ask, when sorrow comes, why did this happen to me? unless we ask the same question for every joy that comes our way. –Philip S. Bernstein

We are not responsible for the circumstances we are in, but we are responsible for the way we allow those circumstances to affect us – Oswald Chambers

Alone, each of us comes to terms with our grief, our despair, even our guilt. –Karen Casey

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Suffering prompts the changes necessary for spiritual growth. –Karen Casey

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path. –Khalil Gibran

There is no greatness without kindness. No happiness without goodness. No Godliness without faith. May you be blessed to be kind and good and to stand in faith with your God. –Prayables

If we expend even five percent of the time on Step Eleven that we habitually (and rightly) lavish on Step Twelve, the results can be wonderfully far-reaching. –Grapevine, Bill W., June 1958, The Language of the Heart

If I talk the truth of God, you will meet it again and so shall I. We have to concentrate on the great point of spiritual energy –Oswald Chambers

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Danger! Danger! We are now in the Bermuda Triangle of Recovery… that’s the triangle between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s… and a lot of people get lost in it. –Patti L.

Only people who have joyfully accepted themselves can take all the risks and responsibilities of being themselves… –John Powell

As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time. –Denis Waitley

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. –Arthur Ashe

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There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle. –Anonymous

If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans for the day. –unknown

A positive attitude is like a fire: Unless you continue to add fuel, it goes out. –Alexander Lockhart

Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God. –Mary Manin Morrissey

The sweetest of all sounds is praise. –Xenophon

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Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” –C.S. Lewis

We have no right to ask, when sorrow comes, why did this happen to me? unless we ask the same question for every joy that comes our way. –Philip S. Bernstein

We are not responsible for the circumstances we are in, but we are responsible for the way we allow those circumstances to affect us – Oswald Chambers

Alone, each of us comes to terms with our grief, our despair, even our guilt. –Karen Casey

Suffering prompts the changes necessary for spiritual growth. –Karen Casey

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The one thing in which we are free is in our personal relationship to God. There is only one relationship that matters, and that is your personal relationship to a personal Redeemer and Lord. Let everything else go. –Oswald Chambers

Courage is, with love, the greatest gift. –Rosanne Ambrose-Brown

If we accept defeat with cheerfulness, and learn from it, and try another way – then we will find fulfilment. –Rosanne Ambrose-Brown

Isolation is often God’s place of invitation. –Sharon Jaynes

Sometimes figuring out who you are leads to figuring out who you’ll never be again. –Prayables

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Learn from past mistakes. Be who God intended you to be. –Prayables

Involvement is a prerequisite if we are to grow. –Each Day a New Beginning

We begin to change once we start living up to our commitment to the program, its possibilities and our purpose. –Each Day a New Beginning

Spiritual experience makes a person capable of doing something he could not do before. –Grapevine, York, Pennsylvania, January 1977

You are so made that you can only carry the weight of twenty-four hours, no more. –24Hours

When God has brought us into the relationship of disciples, we have to venture on His word; trust entirely to Him and watch that when He brings us to the venture, we take it. –Oswald Chambers

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The moral law does not consider us as weak human beings at all, it takes no account of our heredity and infirmities, it demands that we be absolutely moral. –Oswald Chambers

When it’s all said & done, let’s hope you haven’t said more than you’ve done. –Chris Day

It is a snare to imagine that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do; God’s purpose is to make us one with Himself. –Oswald Chambers

Your problem is much too big to hold onto, and the perfect size to be let go. –Anonymous

It is not for us to condemn others. We need only investigate ourselves. –Bill W., June 1961

Let the lunatic out of the attic. –Heard In The Rooms

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When once you are rooted in Reality, nothing can shake you. If your faith is in experiences, any thing that happens is likely to upset that faith; but nothing can ever upset God –Oswald Chambers

The whole world became mine when I had nowhere else to go. –Grapevine, Brick Town, New Jersey, January 1977

It is one of the great and pleasing mysteries of life that we gain by giving things up. –Today’s Gift

Think, think, think before you make that angry comment or mail that bitter letter. How important is it? –Grapevine

Joy isn’t the absence of pain – it’s the presence of God. –Anon

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. –Mike Murdock

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What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me. –Helen Keller

In my own case, the foundation stone of freedom from fear is that of faith –Bill W.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 1. Free your heart from hatred. 2. Free your mind from worries. 3. Live simply. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less. Meditation means trusting the silence around me for a while, as if it were an answer I had long sought. –Anon

There is no allowance whatever for the man who says he is saved by grace but who does not produce the graceful goods. –Oswald Chambers

To succeed in life you need three things: A wishbone A backbone A funnybone. –Reba Mcintire

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Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching? –Anon

Only people who have joyfully accepted themselves can take all the risks and responsibilities of being themselves. –John Powell

A good laugh heals a lot of hurts. –Madeleine L’Engle

Peace is the ability to wait patiently in spite of panic brought on by uncertainty. –Stress Fractures, p.50

Now is all there is, and the future is just another present moment to live when it arrives. One thing is certain, you cannot live it until it does appear. –Wayne Dyer

It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them. –Anon

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Spiritual fitness is required if I am to be of service to anyone. –Grapevine, Berlin, Connecticut, September 2004

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all. –Oliver Wendell Homes

All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for. –Jon Kabat-Zinn

I didn’t learn humility with my head. I learned humility with my heart. –Anon

Re-state to yourself what you believe, then do away with as much of it as possible. –Oswald Chambers

I may be a Loner but I am never alone spiritually. For this, I am deeply grateful. –Grapevine, Jakarta, Indonesia, October 1960

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Abuse and repression have no place in a traditional family. –Elders

With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing. –Catherine de Hueck Doherty

Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power. –Shirley MacLaine

Take a break. Move around. Learn to change your perspective. Maybe you don’t need to change what you’re looking at. You just need to change where you stand. –Melody Beattie

Christmas is when you try to get the whole dysfunctional family under one roof and hope there won’t be police involved! –Anonymous

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth. –Muhammad Ali

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Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot. –Thomas Moore

Yesterday ended last night. Today is a brand new day. –Zig Ziglar

The very purpose of our life is happiness, the very motion of our lives is toward happiness. –Dalai Lama

Belief is not an intellectual act; belief is a moral act whereby I deliberately commit myself. –Oswald Chambers

The sympathy which is reverent with what it cannot understand is worth its weight in gold. –Oswald Chambers

We are not our thoughts, emotions, or urges. –Anon

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Your problem is much too big to hold onto, and the perfect size to be let go. –Anonymous

Sobriety cannot be chugalugged … It has to be sipped, one taste at a time, so that each drop of serenity can be fully savored. –Grapevine, North Hollywood, California, August 1982

Until I understood and accepted my status as a human being, my effort toward seeking God was in vain. –Grapevine: Nanaimo, British Columbia, February 2003
Action conquers fear. -Anon

The dice of God are always loaded – in your favor. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t look back on happiness, or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it. –Henry Ward Beecher

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Be ruthless with yourself if you are given to talking about the experiences you have had. Faith that is sure of itself is not faith; faith that is sure of God is the only faith there is. Oswald Chambers

When you are joyful, be joyful; when you are sad, be sad. If God has given you a sweet cup, don’t make it bitter; and if He has given you a bitter cup, don’t try and make it sweet; take things as they come. –Oswald Chambers

Beware of pronouncing any verdict on the life of faith if you are not living it. –Oswald Chambers

Let us be thankful today for all simple obvious things: for the sun’s rising this morning without our having to awaken it. For our ability to know right and wrong by heart. –Today’s Gift

Serenity isn’t freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm. –Anon

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Reality is Redemption, not my experience of Redemption; but Redemption has no meaning for me until it speaks the language of my conscious life. –Oswald Chambers

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. –Winston Churchill

I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see. I sought my God, but my God eluded me. I sought my brother and I found all three. –Martin Luther King Jr.

Shared joy is double joy, and shared sorrow is half-sorrow. –Swedish Proverb

The only really happy people are those who have learned how to serve. –Albert Schweitzer

The best way out of any bad situation is always the kindest way. –Roy L. Smith

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I destroy my enemy if I make him my friend. –Abraham Lincoln

The noblest question in the world is: ‘What good may I do in it?’ –Benjamin Franklin

Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back. –Thomas Sowell

He that does good to another does good also to himself, not only in the consequence but in the very act. For the consciousness of well-doing is in itself ample reward. –Seneca

If you’re not here to serve others, what is your function? –Todd Vogler

Whoever survives a test, whatever it may be, must tell the story. That is his duty. –Elie Wiesel

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When we give to others, we get out of our own way enough to get a different perspective on our lives. –Living Clean

Everyone can be great because everyone can serve. –Martin Luther King Jr.

One thing I know: The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve. –Albert Schweitzer

Just for today,
I will let go of anger. …
Don’t count the days, make the days count. …
Just for today, SMILE a little more. …
You are what you choose to be today. …
I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. …

If you want to take care of tomorrow, take better care of today.

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Recovery is a privilege. Not a shameful burden. And maybe we’ll be the ones to show the way. –Erin Shaw Street

Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be. –Samuel Johnson

Life always offers you a second chance, it’s called tomorrow. –Anonymous
Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. –Margaret Cousins

Thank You, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. –Garrison Keillor

Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results –James Allen

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The paradox of control is simple. The more we try to control life, the less control we have. –Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.

A person who possesses true peace is not one whose life is without problems and turmoil but is rather a person who has peace in spite of it. –unknown

If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always be where you’ve always been. –unknown

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –unknown

Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others. –Brian Tracy

The duty of helping one’s self in the highest sense involves the helping of one’s neighbours. –Samuel Smiles

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If you can’t learn to laugh at yourself, we’ll do it for you.

Are you going to let bad times make you bitter or make you better?

No story comes alive until someone hears it. –Anon

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems. –John W. Gardner

There is no materialism in A.A. – just spirituality. –Anon

A lot of growing up takes place between “It fell” and “I dropped it.”

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Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. –Jim Rohn

AA is not for people who want it, not fot people who need it, AA is for people who get it –Nancy N.

I don’t have time to help you stay sick … but if you want to get better I’d be glad to help. –Grapevine, Temple, Texas, October 1990

Serenity is paying attention to what I’m doing right now –Wisdom of the Rooms

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 book. Write a good one! –Unknown

Finish each day and be done with it. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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There have been many times when I’ve felt inadequate to meet life’s demands, but AA and the Twelve Steps have always helped me find a way. –Grapevine, La Mesa, Calif., July 200

Love cures people—both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. –Karl Menninger

Patience is needed with everyone, but first of all with ourselves. –Saint Francis De Sales

If you’re dog-tired at night, it may be because you growled all day. –War Cry

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Our dreams, when they are for the good of ourselves and others, are invitations from God to spread our wings, to attempt new heights. –Karen Casey

The only One Who understands us is God. The only way we can be of use to God is to let Him take us through the crooks and crannies of our own characters. –Oswald Chambers

It is not what a man does that is of final importance, but what he is in what he does. The atmosphere produced by a man, much more than his activities, has the lasting influence. –Oswald Chambers

We are all created to be of equal worth. We may be different sizes, different heights, different ages, different colors, we may have different beliefs and be of different cultures. In the unseen world, we are all spirit formed into different shapes and colors but we are all worthy. For example, you can have water, you can have steam, or you can have ice. Which of these is not made up of H2O? –Elders Meditations

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Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him. -Aldous Huxley

The experience of reality does not have to be postponed. –“AA’s Steps Lead to Spiritual Awakening”, Hankins, N.Y., May 1967

I’m usually about eighty percent of the problem – well, maybe sixty percent, but the major part, you can bet on that. If I can leave out the largest percent (me), there is hardly any problem at all! –“Growth,”  –Grapevine, Houston, TX, June 1976

Two definitions of humility are; one, being aware of one’s own defects of character, and two, giving credit where credit is due. –Elders

We are in danger of being stern where God is tender, and of being tender where God is stern. –Oswald Chambers

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The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in your determination and the willingness to do the work –Prayables

I focus on what’s really important in life. Quality rather than appearance… ethics rather than rules… integrity rather than achievement… serenity rather than acquisitions. –Dr. Wayne Dyer

And In the End… It’s like, at the end, there’s this surprise quiz: am I proud of me? I gave my life to become the person I am right now! was it worth what I paid? –Richard Bach

I’ve shut the door on yesterday, and thrown the key away. Tomorrow holds no fears for me, Since I have found today. –Vivian Yeiser Laramore

Peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all. Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within ones own soul. –Ralph W. Trine

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. –Joseph Campbell

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Alcohol is poison to the alcoholic. Alcohol poisoned our lives for a long time. Do I know that since I’m an alcoholic all liquor is poison to me? –24hrs

When God gets us alone by affliction, heartbreak, or temptation, by disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted affection, by a broken friendship, or by a new friendship — when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are dumbfounded and cannot ask one question, then He begins to expound. –Oswald Chambers

If you are going on with God, the only thing that is clear to you, and the only thing God intends to be clear, is the way He deals with your own soul. –Oswald Chambers

When you are joyful, be joyful; when you are sad, be sad. If God has given you a sweet cup, don’t make it bitter; and if He has given you a bitter cup, don’t try and make it sweet; take things as they come. –Oswald Chambers

It is said, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” That’s the trouble, most of us do. ==Elders meditations

When you remove love and try to replace it with monetary things, you’ve got nothing … get him to understand that he has to love himself before he can love anything else. ==Elders meditations

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Love is not looking at each other but looking in the same direction –Albert Meyers

The temper of mind is tremendous in its effects, it is the enemy that penetrates right into the soul and distracts the mind from God. –Oswald Chambers

We meet ourselves time and time again in a thousand disguises on the path of life. –Carl Jung

Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you? –Fanny Brice

The roads to recovery are many …. AA has no monopoly on reviving alcoholics. –Bill W., September 1944

The joy is in the journey, so enjoy the ride! –Anon

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The only real win, is the win of tapping into the spirit. –Oprah Winfrey

Problems come from our selfish mind, that it is created by self-cherishing thoughts. As long as you put the blame outside yourself, there can be no happiness. –Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Fury will never end fury, it will just ricochet on and on. Only putting it down will end such an abysmal state. –Sunnata Vagga

All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last. –Marcel Proust

I’m not necessarily grateful that I’m an alcoholic. But I’m definitely grateful that I KNOW I’m an alcoholic! –Peg E., Woburn MA

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all. –Oliver Wendell Homes

All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for. –Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Loving yourself means that you accept yourself for what you are. Loving yourself means that you accept responsibility for your own development, growth and happiness. When you love yourself, you pave the way for all you want and need to come to you at the right time in the perfect way. –Iyanla Vanzant

The future starts today, not tomorrow. –Pope John Paul II

Don’t
take anything personally. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. –Don Miguel Ruiz

Home is not where you live but where they understand you. — Cristian Morgenstern

A good laugh heals a lot of hurts. –Madeleine L’Engle

Peace is the ability to wait patiently in spite of panic brought on by uncertainty. –Stress Fractures

Praying is talking to God, and meditation is listening for the answer. –WOTR

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Discomfort is required for change. — Wisdom of the Rooms

A
large part of my recovery has been in learning how not to listen to myself. –Grapevine, Tucson, Arizona, March 1988

There is no one giant step that does it. It’s a lot of little steps. –Peter A. Cohen

Today I will feel. I will feel like a human being, unique as a snowflake, common as grass.–Today’s Gift

Faith isn’t faith until it’s all you’re holding on to. –Anon

You can only lose what you refuse to let go of! –Anon

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you, if you do not act upon them? –Buddha

If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were. –Kahlil Gibran

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Redemption means that Jesus Christ can put into any man the disposition that ruled His own life, and all the standards God gives are based on that disposition. –Oswald Chambers

God will allow us to go on until we break our ignorance over some obstacle, then we are willing to come to Him as paupers and receive from Him. “Blessed are the paupers in spirit,” that is he first principle in the Kingdom of God. –Oswald Chambers

What God wants for us at every moment is growth and happiness. When we step away from our ego and develop a selfless posture toward life, we’ll find serenity in the midst of any turmoil. Serenity is God’s promise. When we get in line with God’s will, we’ll find peace. –Karen Casey

Ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge

I had no idea how serious my alcoholism was, how pervasive in all areas of my life it had developed, how destructive and negative I had become until I was made to “see” reality in treatment. I opened my eyes to see my ignorance and I knew I needed to change my attitude if I was to recover. The enemy of the spiritual life is ignorance because it stops us from realizing that the strength and healing power of spirituality has been given by God. –Father Leo

Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude. –Viktor E. Frankl

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Integrity is telling myself the truth. Honesty is telling the truth to other people. –Spencer Johnson

Worry
Is Like Interest Paid In Advance On A Debt That Never Comes Due. –Anonymous
A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside. –Denis Waitley

Everyone
should smile. Life really isn’t that serious. We make it hard. The sun rises. The sun sets. We just tend to complicate the process. –Author Unknown

I saw
that fear was a character defect, so I modified my Seventh Step Prayer. After ‘remove every single defect of character,’ I added, ‘and every unreasonable fear.’ –Grapevine: California, July 2010

I am
responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself. –Walter Anderson

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We have an allergy to alcohol. The action of alcohol on chronic alcoholics is a manifestation of an allergy. –24 Hours https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/thought-for-the-day/thoughts?thoughtId=5009&searchTerm=We have an allergy to alcohol
Let us AAs no longer be takers from society. Instead, let us be givers. –Bill W., June 1946

A
lesson learned is a lesson to be shared. –Anon

It
is only the unworthy in me that refuses to bow down to the worthy. –Oswald Chambers

God
educates us by means of people who are a little better than we are –Oswald Chambers

You
get there by realizing you are already there –Eckhart Tolle

Challenges
are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them, just find a new way to stand. –Anonymous

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Have you prayed about it as much as you’ve talked about it. –Wisdom of the Rooms
We cannot grow very much unless we constantly try to envision what the eternal spiritual values are. –Grapevine; AA Co-Founder, Bill W. 1961

LORD,
Let me want what I have. –Anonymous

All
I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can
get more out of God by believing Him for one minute than by shouting at Him all night. –Smith Wigglesworth

When
life seems just a dreary grind; and things seem fated to annoy; say something nice to someone else and watch the world light up with joy. –Unknown

If you sponsor people, you’ll never need a mirror. –Grapevine: August 2001

Problems
are not the problem: Coping is the problem. –Virginia Satir

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Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy? If you want to be right, this is a request from your ego. If you want to be happy then this is of the Great Spirit. –Elders

Gratitude
for what’s offered us in our lives softens the harsh attitudes we occasionally harbor. Understanding is that all experiences are meant for our good –Each Day A New Beginning

Notion
your mind with the idea that God is there. If once the mind is notioned along that line, then when you are in difficulties it is as easy as breathing to remember — Why, my Father knows all about it! It is not an effort, it comes naturally when perplexities press –My Utmost for His Highest

May
God steal from you all that steals you from Him. –Rabia

In
a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are traveling in a wrong path –Swami Vivekananda

The
secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. –Aldous Huxley

Let
us remember we belong to the earth, the earth does not belong to us. –Elders

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Rehabilitation means the putting back of the whole human race into the relationship God designed it to be in –Oswald Chambers | More…

We
in A.A. are offering a kind of psychological program as well as a spiritual one. First, people must be mentally able to receive it. -24 Hrs

Only
the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat. –Jean-Paul Satre

The
whole problem is to establish communication with one’s self. Communication with myself and sharing allows me to be more self-accepting and more honest. –Touchstones

Don’t
listen to the mustn’ts, the don’ts, the won’ts. Do listen to the ones who say you can, you will, you should do it! –Unknown

The
words of the tongue should have three gatekeepers: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? –Arabian Proverb

Change
is not necessarily progress — Bill W.

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So far, you’ve survived 100% of your worst days. This Too Shall Pass –Anonymous
If you sponsor people, you’ll never need a mirror. –Grapevine, August 2001

We
have to educate ourselves to know who we are. That’s what I mean when I say, ‘Teach the children. It is only by knowing ourselves that we can get in touch with our power. As we increase knowledge of ourselves, as we choose to grow spiritually, as we clean up our act, then we can teach the children –Elders

Advice
that is not asked for is criticism. – Wisdom of The Rooms

There
are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth …not going all the way, and not starting. –Bhudda

Forget
your old ideas. Forget the lies they told you. Forget them all, and you will begin to remember. –Marianne Williamson

Our
outward behavior is just a reflection of our inner balance or our out of balance. –John-Roger

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Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. –Rumi

Ordinary
riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. –Oscar Wilde

I
no longer feel isolated, alone or without purpose. I feel like life is going somewhere, and I don’t feel like I have to know where. –Grapevine: Concord, California, May 2012
When I discover who I am, I’ll be free. –Ralph Ellison

Freedom
is nothing but a chance to be better. –Albert Camus
AA may or may not get me to heaven, but it surely got me out of he!!. –unknown

Face
the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are. –Soren Kierkegaard

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People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be — not what you nag them to be. –S.N. Parker

The
greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. –Epicurus

There
is nothing permanent except change. –Heraclitus

Knowing
how to prepare ourselves before we spread our wings is part of discovering what we can do. –Today’s Gift

We
are all capable of being spiritual sluggards; Injustice and meanness and ingratitude and turmoil, all have the tendency to make us spiritual sluggards. This is the first step in the wrong direction. All these things are effects and we try to make them causes. –My Utmost for His Highest

For
complete happiness, resign as general manager of the universe. –Anthony de Mello

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Today is before us as an unformed experience. We can let go of yesterday and move forward into the present. – Touchstones

Glory
follows virtue as if it were its shadow. –Marcus Tullius Cicero

Victims
never recover. Victims never recover because instead of working on the stuff they need to work on instead of themselves –Peter M

We
drink to solve the problems we caused while we were drinking. –Anonymous

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Have
you the slightest reliance on anything other than God? –My Utmost for His Highest

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Study sickness when you are well. –Thomas Fuller

Speaking without thinking is shooting without aiming. –French Proverb

Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise. –Paul Engle

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. –English proverb

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. –Chinese proverb

Through morning prayers and meditation, we embark upon the day spiritually prepared. Without this preparation, we enter the day with yesterday’s anxieties – our own and those of millions of others. –Marianne Williamson

The
value of persistent prayer is not that He will hear us, but we will finally hear Him. –William McGill

Give
your friends and family the gift of kindness all throughout the year.

Your body is your vehicle through life. Do you take better care of your body or your car?
It seems in life that most of us end up doing things we don’t enjoy.

You can turn things that you don’t enjoy into something you do by changing how you do those things AND changing how you view them.

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I think everybody has to experience a certain amount of pain on the way to maturity. –Ruth Casey

The
great mind knows the power of gentleness. –Robert Browning

If
God adds another day to our life, let us receive it gladly. –Marcus Annaeus Seneca

You’ve
got three choices in life and they all require giving. Either give up, give in, or give it all you got! May you be blessed with heartfelt giving just as God intended. –Prayables

I
have learned it’s the first drink that gets me drunk –Anon

Gratitude
is the vision to see that WE have been –Unknown

The
call of God is essentially expressive of His nature; service is the outcome of what is fitted to my nature. –Oswald Chambers.

Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind. –Helen Keller

I
turn my ongoing spiritual experience into a sane and happy usefulness among my fellow travelers. –Grapevine, Nome, AK, June 2009,

Sunday
clears away the rust of the whole week. –Joseph Addison

If
we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die, so, let us all be thankful. –Gautama Buddha

People
keep telling me losing is a blessing in disguise. It is evidently a blessing well hidden. –UNknown

You
only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. –Mae West

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It doesn’t happen all at once… You become. It takes a long time. –Margery Williams

When
God gives a vision and darkness follows, wait. God will make you in accordance with the vision He has given if you will wait His time. –Oswald Chambers

We
should question no one’s transformation — whether it be sudden or gradual. –Grapevine, Bill W, July 1962

Reading
is to the mind what exercise is to the body. –Richard Steele

The
great point of Abraham’s faith in God was that he was prepared to do anything for God. –Oswald Chambers

When
God gives a vision and darkness follows, wait. God will make you in accordance with the vision He has given if you will wait His time. –Oswald Chambers

What
sunshine is to flowers, prayer is to your soul. –Prayables

Today…
well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. –unknown

You
build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. –Johnny Cash

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We are not sent to battle for God, but to be used by God in His battlings. –Oswald chambers

Worrying
about a situation won’t change it. I do all that I can and then give the rest to God. –Wallkill, N.Y

If
it isn’t a little scary it probably isn’t worth your time. –Ted Murphy

To
grow, you must be willing to let your present and future be totally unlike your past. Your history is not your destiny. –Alan Cohen

I’ve
shut the door on yesterday, and thrown the key away. Tomorrow holds no fears for me, since I have found today. –Vivian Yeiser Laramore

True
morality has its inevitable compensations, for when we benefit someone we increase our own happiness. –Grapevine, March 1949,

My
desire to drink became a desire not to. –Grapevine: Nipawin, Saskatchewan, November 2003

Gratitude
is riches. Complaint is poverty. –Doris Day

If
the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal. –Henry Ford

I’ll
lift you and you lift me, and we’ll both ascend together. –John Greenleaf Whittier

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Although we always seem to be waiting for the “big one” – big love, big money, big toys – there is something special in the small things. As A. A. Milne once wrote through his creation Winnie the Pooh, “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart..” –Dr. Charles, Coach MD

The life of Abraham is an illustration of two things: of unreserved surrender to God, and of God’s complete possession of a child of His for His own highest end. –Oswald Chambers

Sometimes when I think I am having a bad day, I am really learning a hard lesson, cheap. And sometimes, when I think I am having a good day, I am really in trouble and just haven’t recognized it yet. I’m really no judge at all of what kind of day I’m having. –Grapeine: Brentwood, Tennessee, April 1991

Dear Lord, sometimes I feel lonely. Be with me as I walk through my day, and help me to recognize Your constant influence on my life. I thank you for being my companion from one day to the next. Amen. –Anonymous

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing in the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. –Gilbert K. Chesterton

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Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action. –Mother Teresa

Joy
increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible. –Norman Vincent Peale

There
are far more solutions than problems and knowing this is very empowering.

No
gift is so precious as love. Gratefully trust God and give Him your love.

Even
a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Today
is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Silence
is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.

Infatuation
with our past life tends to produce a false sense of security based on wishful thinking.

Without
wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down. –Proverbs 26:20

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It takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving. –Dale Carnegie

If you didn’t come from a good family, make sure a good family comes from you. May your good character be a light for the generations to come. –Prayables

We can make a difference. Without you, there is no “we.” –Anon

Worry saps me of the energy that I need for today. – Grapevine, May 2012

Time doesn’t heal, time accommodates –Bob Geldof

Not drinking is the first requirement for joy; the second requirement is gratitude. –Grapevine: Lombard, Illinois, February 1995

Loneliness is… when you wish someone else was there, and solitude is when you enjoy being alone. –Jonathan Van Ness

I pray that I may be very grateful today. I pray that I may not forget where I might be “But for the grace of God. –24 hrs

Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion. –Simon Sinek

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The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge. –Daniel I. Boorstin

Faith makes hope possible. And hope is the single most important ingredient for changing the world. –Jim Wallis

In the process of letting go, you will lose many things, from the past, but you will find yourself along the way. –Deepak Chopra

When we permit our fear to stop our growth, we will be defeated –Just For today

To recognize failure intelligently is the first step toward building success. Recognize success with thanksgiving and build more success on that. You can have anything in life that you really want, but you must be prepared to take the responsibilities that go with it. God is ready the moment you are. –Emmet Fox

Foolish, unthinking courage, can be destructive to us or others. Sensible courage never fails because it is made up of truth and faith. –Easy Does It

We’re all fledglings, learning to fly. –Grapevine

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AA is not my whole life, but AA makes my life whole –Preacher Bob

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind. –Buddha

He who would distinguish the true from the false must have an adequate idea of what is true and false… -Baruch Spinoza

He who seeks equality between unequals, seeks an absurdity.–Baruch Spinoza
None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not. –Baruch Spinoza

Blessedness is not the reward of virtue, but virtue itself. –Baruch Spinoza

There can be no hope without fear, and no fear without hope. –Baruch Spinoza

If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past. –Anon

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August

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Phuket, Thailand in August

SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES
Spiritual experiences transform men and women so that they can do, feel, and believe what had hitherto been impossible to them. It mattered little whether these awakenings were sudden or gradual; their variety can be almost infinite. –Grapevine: AA Co-Founder, Bill W., July 1953

HARMONY
With prayer and good intentions, we make our lives sacred and come into balance.
Only through prayer can we make spiritual changes that are permanent. You have told us that all life is sacred. Let me see today with a sacred eye. Let me see beauty in all things. –Elders Meditations | More…

BOTTOM
The bottom started falling out faster than I could lower my standards –-Wisdom Of The Rooms | More…

INTUITION
The Creator has a way of allowing us to see or know in the spiritual world.
This is called the Sixth Sense. The Sixth Sense is like a radar system; our personal radar system. It will help us “see” opportunities and help us avoid disaster. This Sixth Sense is controlled by God. We must learn to listen to it. We must learn to trust it. We must learn to act on it even if our head says differently. We must learn to look at things through the eyes of God. –Elders Meditations | More…

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PERCEPTION
The temporary or seeming good can often be the deadly enemy of the permanent best. –Grapevine: Bill W. January 1955/Why Alcoholics Anonymous is Anonymous

TRUTH
Truth connects us to life while fear, isolation, and dishonesty alienate us from it.
We need not hide from the reality of our relations with the people, places, and things in our lives. We accept those relationships just as they are, and we own our part in them. We take time every day to ask, “Am I telling the truth about myself?” Each time we do this, we draw that much further away from the alienation that characterizes our addiction. Each time we do this, we draw that much closer to the freedom recovery can bring us.–Just For Today | More…

PERSEVERENCE
Let’s think about this. 
Before coming to the Program, could we stay clean on our own? What makes us think we can now? Then there’s the disease itself to consider—the chronic self-centeredness, the obsessiveness, the compulsive behavior patterns that express themselves in so many areas of our lives.
Can we live and enjoy life without effective treatment for our disease?
No. “Ordinary” people may not have to worry about such things, but we’re not “ordinary” people—we’re addicts. We can’t pretend we don’t have a fatal, progressive illness, because we do. Without our program, we may not survive to worry about the demands of work, school, family, or anything else. Meetings give us the support and direction we need to recover from our addiction, allowing us to live the fullest lives possible. –Just For Today | More…

DECISIONS
Life is a series of decisions, actions, and consequences.
Given that, many of us have great difficulty learning to make decisions in recovery. Slowly, by working the Twelve Steps, we gain practice in making healthy decisions, ones that give positive results. Where our disease once affected our will and our lives, we ask our Higher Power to care for us. We inventory our values and our actions, check our findings with someone we trust, and ask the God of our understanding to remove our shortcomings.
In working the steps we gain freedom from the influence of our disease, and we learn principles of decision-making that can guide us in all our affairs. Today, our decisions and their consequences need not be influenced by our disease.
Our faith gives us the courage and direction to make good decisions and the strength to act on them. The result of that kind of decision-making is a life worth living. –Just For Today | More…

TALENT
We mistakenly think that others have talent, never ourselves, but that’s because we misunderstand what talent means. Talent is really just an inclination; it develops from a desire to pursue some activity that we then proceed to cultivate with a passion. It’s not mysterious. It doesn’t just happen. We persevere because we feel good when involved in the activity. When we define talent this way, we realize how right it is. It’s just that many of us haven’t followed our passion yet. — Keepers of the Wisdom | More…

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RESPONSIBILITY
It’s sometimes hard to believe that when we’re grappling with disappointment, anger, or loss. Only when we love ourselves can we love others realistically, instead of seeing them as fantasy figures, projections of our own desire. We’re full partners in everything that we do, and taking responsibility for our actions and our desires is our first step toward being fully lovable. — The Promise of a New Day | More…

FRIENDSHIP
Friends are there for us when we’re not there for ourselves.
Friends help us gain valuable perspective on the events in our lives and our recovery. It is important that we actively cultivate friendships, for we have learned that we cannot recover alone. –Just For Today | More…

SERVICE
The individual message we carry may help a newcomer only we can reach.
There are many ways to serve our fellowship. Each of us will find that we do some things better than others, but all service work is equally important. If we are willing to serve, we’re sure to find that particular way to contribute that’s right for us. –Just For Today | More…

GRATITUDE
It is sometimes easy to get off track when times are good.
We need to remember how honourable it is each day to come into the presence of the Creator. How happy we should be to talk to the Grandfathers, to have the choice to start each day on the Sacred Spot – our place of communion with the Great Spirit. – Elders Meditations | More…

CHANGE
The more I change, the more I hope the Traditions and principles of AA don’t change –Grapevine: San Mateo, California

PRAYER
The Serenity Prayer is the handrail to grab until you can work the Steps. — My Mind is Out to Get Me

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TIME
You’ve got to give time, time. — My Mind is Out to Get Me

WISDOM
The value of staying close to the Creator is the immediate help we have available to us whenever we need it. I can listen to the whisper of my heart for this is the place He communicates with me. Staying close helps me remember that we are here to serve Him and to help other people. The Grandfathers are my direct access to wisdom; He who has wisdom has everything. If we have wisdom, then we will see our lives become more effective in the areas of jobs, relationships, family, friends, and finances. –Elders Meditations | More… 

ACT AS IF
As I continue to grow in awareness in recovery, I realize that “acting as though until it becomes so” is one of the great universal spiritual truths of humanity. Books like “The Secret” and others on positive attraction explain why this is, and I know through experience that it is true. Today if I want my reality to change, I simply begin acting as if.
It always works. –Wisdom of the Rooms | More…  

EMOTIONS
Many of us fake emotions because our past experiences never taught us how to use boundaries when dealing with feelings. Sometimes we need to learn to “fake it till we make it.” We can learn to “act as if” – working all the time to liberate the frozen emotions of years gone by – until we actually do experience what we seek. Like new shoes, new behaviors and feelings will feel stiff and uncomfortable for a little while. Willingness to live through the “breaking in” period in necessary. — Days of Healing, Days of Joy | More…

HARMONY
If we keep everything in balance, we are in harmony with ourselves and are at peace. We need to keep ourselves in balance. We must be careful to not get too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. We must know the times – time to work, time to rest, time to play, time to sleep, time to pray, time to lighten up, time to laugh, time to eat, time to exercise. We need to take care of ourselves. You cannot give away what you don’t have. –Elders Meditations | More…  

DEATH
Every life has a beginning and an end. 
However, when someone we love a great deal reaches the end of their life, we may have a very hard time accepting their sudden, final absence. Our grief may be so powerful that we fear it will completely overwhelm us—but it will not. Our sorrow may hurt more than anything we can remember, but it will pass. We need not run from the emotions that may arise from the death of a loved one.
Death and grieving are parts of the fullness of living “life on life’s terms.” By allowing ourselves the freedom to experience these feelings, we partake more deeply of both our living in recovery and our human nature. Sometimes the reality of another’s death makes our own mortality that much more pronounced.
We re-evaluate our priorities, appreciating the loved ones still with us all the more. We want to make the most of what’s most important while it lasts. We can accept the loss of one we love and turn to our Higher Power for the strength to accept my feelings. –Just For Today | More…

SINCERITY/INTEGRITY
The first thing that captured me at my very first meeting was the way AA members talked with one another. There was a genuineness, something real there, that I wanted… I saw they were sober and that they were honest with each other. –Grapevine: New York, New York, February 2001

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CONFIDENCE
God, this is hard. Today, allow me to be a Warrior.
Let me be strong. Let Your voice be clear to me. Let me hear Your guidance. My goal today is to serve You, to develop myself to be the kind of Indian person that You would have me be. To Walk the Red Road it must sometimes be walked alone. –Elders Meditations | More…

COMPLACENCY
An old-timer spoke about the danger of becoming complacent and explained the need for the Steps in her life. ‘The way I see it,’ she said, ‘I might have gotten the monkey off my back, but the circus is still in town.’ –Grapevine: New York, New York, September 2005

FIRST THINGS FIRST
It’s been said that recovery is simple—all we’ve got to change is everything!
That can seem a pretty tall order. The enormity of the change required in our lives can be paralyzing. We know we can’t take care of all that needs to be done, not all at once. How do we start? We’ve done the first, most obvious things that needed to be done: We’ve stopped using drugs, and we’ve started going to meetings. What do we do next? Pretty much the same thing, just more of it: From where we are, we do what we can. We walk the path of recovery by picking up our feet and taking the step that’s right in front of us. Only when that’s been accomplished must we concern ourselves with what comes next. Slowly but surely, we’ll find ourselves making progress. I will walk the path of recovery by taking the step right in front of me.  –Just For Today | More…

BLAME
Blame-saying is game-playing.
I see that my preoccupation with the faults of others is a smokescreen to keep me from taking a hard look at my own. As well as a way to bolster my own failing ego. May I check out the “why’s” of my blaming. — A Day at a Time

VALUES
When we are born, we start with a beautiful empty mind ready to be given our beliefs, attitudes, habits and expectations.
Most of our true learning comes from watching the actions of others. As we watch our family or relatives, whatever their actions and values are, so will be the children’s values and acts. If we see our families living a just and peaceful way of life, so then will the children. If we see our family shouting, arguing, and hateful, so will it be for the children. The cycle of life – baby, youth, adult and Elder is all connected. If the older ones have good values, it will be connected to the children. –Elders Meditations | More… 

CHOICES/THINKING
It is important that we practice thinking about consequences before we make decisions about choices.
Every choice I make is like setting up dominos one after the other that produce consequences. Not just for me but also for my children and for the children that are unborn. My choices and decision today will have consequences for seven generations. For example, if I work on my own spiritual development, the odds are that my children will. They will marry and their children will follow and so will my grandchildren even up to the seventh generation. This will happen because of the choices and decisions that I make today. –Elders Meditations | More… 

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THINKING
We become like that which we think about.
What we think about creates our vision. It’s important to be aware of what we are thinking about. As I live my vision, my children watch and live their lives the same way. –Elders Meditations | More… 

RESPECT
We need to honor and respect our Mother Earth. 
She is the source of all life.  The sun shines life to the earth, then the earth produces life in all forms and in a balanced way. Everything is here to serve everything else. If we interrupt the flow in any way, we leave nothing for the future generations. Before every decision is made, we should ask, and answer, a final question; “If we do this, what will be the effects on the seventh generation? What will we cause our children to live with?” We need to have respect and love for all things and for all people. We need to do this for ourselves and for all the children still unborn. –Elders Meditations/White Bison | More…

HABITS
We form habits and then these habits begin to form us.
To stay clean and sober we must develop new habits, new patterns of living. We must give up old hangouts, old friends, old attitudes, and ideas. It seems this is the only way to form new habits – for example, kindness, love, and honesty – on which our program is based. –Day by Day

PATIENCE
There are no short cuts.
Every tree must grow according to the growth plan of the Creator. Every flower must grow according to the plan of God. The moon must make its trip around the earth according to God’s plan. Every human being must grow according to the plan of the Creator. Sometimes we look at ourselves and we think we are not growing but we are always growing. Because we cannot see it with our mind does not mean it is not happening. We must be patient with ourselves and let the Creator direct our growth. –Elders Meditations | More… 

HONESTY
I learned that if I had the capacity to be honest, I would get better. –Grapevine: Cornwall, Ontario, January 2005

FORGIVENESS
There were many injustices done to Native people.
Sometimes I wonder; why am I connected to the past injustices done to Indian people? Why am I so angry about the past? The Elders say our ancestors are alive within each of us. Therefore, I may experience anger and resentment inside of me because of the injustice done to them. The way I get rid of these past feelings is to forgive. It may be necessary to even learn to forgive the unforgivable. –Elders Meditations | More…  

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THINKING
The only way I ever found to displace a thought was to put another thought in its stead. –Grapevine: Alexandria, Virginia, August 1950

HARMONY
A long time ago the Creator said to the People –  You will be the keepers of the Mother Earth.
Among you I will give the wisdom about nature, about the interconnectedness of all things, about balance and about living in harmony. You will see the secrets of nature. You will live in hardship and the blessing of this is you will stay close to the Creator. The day will come when you will need to share the secrets with the other people of the earth because they will stray from their spiritual ways. The time to start sharing is today. –Elders Meditations | More…  

CREATION
We are made in the image of the Great Spirit.
A long time ago He breathed life into our ancestors.  He made the Indian strong. He created a Warrior. Our ancestors created more warriors. We have been tested throughout the seasons and we are still here, stronger than ever. It is good to be Indian. We are proud of ourselves and our ancestors. Mostly we are proud the Great Spirit has never forsaken us, and continues to guide us. –Elders Meditations | More…  

INSIDE PATH
Everyone has to find the right path.
You can’t see it so it’s hard to find. No one can show you. Each person has to find the path by himself. Inside of everyone is the natural, built-in desire to be seeking a relationship with the Creator. We must make this journey because we want to. The path is inside of ourselves. It is inside that we must begin our search.  –Elders Meditations | More…

HONESTY
Honesty is one of the fundamental principles of recovery. 
We apply this principle when we finally admit our powerlessness and unmanageability. We continue to apply the principle of honesty each time we are faced with the option of either living in fantasy or living life on its own terms. Learning to be honest isn’t always easy, especially after the covering up and deception so many of us practiced in our addiction. Our voices may shake as we test our newfound honesty. But before long, the sound of the truth coming from our own mouths settles any doubts:  Honesty feels good! It’s easier living the truth than living a lie. –Just For Today | More… 

TEACHABLE
When you get older and you are ready, your ancestors will show up to guide you.
When we are young we sometimes think we know everything. Sometimes we do foolish things. As we get a little older, we realize we don’t know anything. This is when we become teachable. There is a saying that goes, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. We usually aren’t teachable unless we are ready. The ancestors are waiting and willing to help. When we are ready, many beautiful teachers start to come into our lives. Then we really start to grow and mature. We are ready for the spiritual lesson.  –Elders Meditations | More…

CEREMONIES
The Creator told everyone of us in our tribal beginnings to look after our ceremonies, and each other.
Our ceremonies are important and each has a purpose. They teach us about the Creator and about each other. The ceremonies teach us to be humble and teach us to pray. They teach us to look inside ourselves. –Elders Meditations | More…  

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RESPONSIBILITY
Recovery is something that has to be worked for.
It isn’t going to be handed to us on a silver platter, nor can we expect our friends or our sponsor to be responsible for the work we must do ourselves. We recover by making our own decisions, doing our own service, and working our own steps. By doing it for ourselves, we receive the rewards. –Just For Today | More…  

SURRENDER
When it hurts enough, when we’re scared enough, when we’re sick and tired enough, when we’ve lost enough, then we’ll begin to change.
But we have to want to change. That is the key. — Day by Day | More…  

DREAMS
Thunder demands our attention.
From the ear-splitting boom overhead to the faint rumble in the distance, it is an impressive part of nature. Yet, it is the lightning that discharges electricity from one cloud to another, or to the earth. We are sometimes like thunder. We may shout our intentions to others, or quietly tell our dreams to friends. No matter how we say it, it is the ability to follow through that is most important. When we’ve completed what we’ve set out to do, we will feel a sense of satisfaction and energy. With this energy, and the knowledge we can finish what we set out to do, we will make our dreams come true. –Today’s Gift | More…

GUIDANCE
The Elders have taught us to balance our lives emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.
If I am out of control emotionally, I get angry, doubtful or erratic, I am out of balance. If I trigger bad mental pictures of my brothers and sisters, I am out of balance. If I get too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, I am out of balance physically. If I don’t pray and talk to the Creator daily, I am out of balance spiritually. To be centered, I must be in balance.
The Creator talks to me in the quiet and still place. So if I get angry, what I should do first is to pause and get still so I can hear the guidance of the Grandfathers. –Elders Meditations | More…

FORGIVENESS
Forgiveness seems to depend more on the love of the one who does the forgiving than on the lovability of the one being forgiven. –Grapevine: West Henrietta, New York, September 1997

GROWTH
Today I can only keep changing and keep growing if I stay on the train of recovery.
As long as I continue to grow along spiritual lines, I know that things will change and things will get better. –Wisdom Of The Rooms | More… 

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GRATITUDE LIST
It’s easy to be grateful when everything runs smoothly.
But when we find ourselves becoming obsessed with the things that are wrong, we can use a gratitude list. Whatever we have that we are grateful for goes on the Gratitude List. We have literally hundreds of things in our lives that inspire our gratitude. Those of us who are suffering from an illness or who have lost all material wealth will find blessings of a spiritual nature for which we can be thankful. An awakening of the spirit is the most valuable gift we can receive. –Just For Today | More… 

ANONYMITY
Anonymity and humility are almost the same thing.
They are devoid of prestige; they demand nothing; they don’t ask to be ‘right’; They simply suggest that the icy egocentric elements in all of us retire into the background and that we wear the warm cloak of anonymity and humility and therefore, spirituality. –Grapevine: Walnut Creek, California, March 2000

SPIRITUALITY
Spirituality is not based on logic, it is faith-driven.
Faith makes the impossible possible. –Grapevine: Sacramento, California, September 2005

SECRETS
We’re as sick as our secrets.”  What do we keep secret, and why?
We keep secret those things that cause us shame. We may hold onto such things because we don’t want to surrender them. Some of us hold onto the things that cause us shame for another reason. It’s not that we don’t want to be rid of them; we just don’t believe we can be rid of them. We need to remember who we are: recovering addicts. Only when our secrets stop being secret can we begin to find relief from those things that cause us shame. –Just For Today | More…  http://www.jftna.org/pages/8-4.htm

LIVE AND LET LIVE
“Live and Let Live” can be extremely helpful when we are having trouble tolerating other people’s behavior.
We know for certain that nobody’s behavior – no matter how offensive, distasteful or vicious – is worth the price of a relapse. Our own recovery is primary, and while we must be unafraid of walking away from people or situations that cause us discomfort, we must also make a special effort to try to understand other people – especially those who rub us the wrong way. — A Day at a Time | More…

FREEDOM
By shaping our thoughts with spiritual ideals, we are freed to become who we want to be. Denial is counteracted by admission, secretiveness by honesty, isolation by fellowship, and despair by faith in a loving Higher Power. The spiritual ideals we find in recovery are restoring the shape of our thoughts and our lives to their natural condition. –Just For Today | More…

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DETACHMENT
Other people’s actions need not affect us.
Part of the problem is our desire to be liked. The anger or criticism that’s directed at us hurts. But we can change – we can learn detachment. Daily we can work at letting whatever someone else says or does roll off us. In time, detachment will become our nature. — A Life of My Own | More…

STRUGGLING
It is a paradox that in our desire for peace we must willingly give ourselves to struggle. The Grandfathers have taught us about sacrifice. We have been taught to pray for the people in a pitiful way. Struggle and conflict is neither good nor bad, it just is. Everything that grows experiences conflict. When the deer is born it is through conflict. When the seed first grows, it is through conflict. Conflict precedes clarity. Everything has the seasons of growth. Recognize – acknowledge – forgive and change. All of these things are done through conflict.–Elders Meditations | More…   

AUTHENTICITY
How important it is for us to support one another?
How important it is for us to know our culture and to share our experiences with one another? How powerful it is to be authentic? How important it is to hold no secrets? I am as sick as my secrets –Elders Meditations | More…  

INVENTORY
“searching and fearless” means complete honesty about who and what we really are. Difficult as it is to be fully honest, it’s made easier when we remind ourselves that it’s all for our own recovery. We benefit in proportion to the amount of honesty we bring to our inventory. If it’s searching and fearless, the results will be far-reaching and substantial. –Walk in Dry Places | More…

PRINCIPLES
All our choices and decisions will reflect on our people.
We need to assume the accountability of honouring people. We must remember to conduct ourselves in a sacred way. We must remember we have the assistance of the Spirit World, and we have the principles and values by which we should live, written in our hearts. The Creator will help us develop into a strong people if we just learn to depend upon Him. –Elders Meditations | More…   

HIGHER POWER
I think my Higher Power stepped in and started leading me out of the alcoholic life, as I seemed incapable of doing it on my own. –Grapevine: Alexandria, Virginia, April 2002

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