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Every stage in your life deserves a little different you.

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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Right now, this moment, is the time to celebrate by dancing beneath the warmth of the sun. –Gary Barnes

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. –Faith Baldwin

When driving—in our cars, we may spend 95% of our time going straight, but it’s the turns that determine where we end up. –Anonymous

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

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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

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!!

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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