Daily Recovery Quotes – September 28

September 28

AA ‘Big Book’ – Quote

There is, however, a vast amount of fun about it all. I suppose some would be shocked at our seeming worldliness and levity. But just underneath there is deadly earnestness. Faith has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through us, or we perish. – Pg. 16 – Bill’s Story

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Hour To Hour – Book – Quote

This hour may be rough. No one promised us a rose garden and if they did they were wrong. Recovery is not a thing like a rose garden; it is a process like the act of gardening. Right now we are tilling the soil; soon you will be planting seeds; later new growth will reach for the sun.

Let me know Higher Power, God as I understand You, that I can’t reach for the sun until I’ve left the muck of addiction.

Distorted Reasoning

This disease distorted the reasoning of all around me. Because we were trying so hard to hide the pain of watching those we love become mired in the disease and losing our grip on our own happiness, we used our thinking to twist and bend the truth into a more palatable shape. We rationalized, denied what was right in front of us, made excuses and sometimes lied because it made us feel better than to admit the truth. The alcoholic lied to hide their uses and abuses, the family members lied to hide their fear, pain and confusion. We chose stinking thinking over the truth, lying to the world and to ourselves. Pretty soon, our thinking became so filled with denial and rationalization that we started to live by it. Eventually our sense of reality became distorted. Today, I am willing to live life on life’s terms, not mine. I am able to tolerate the truth because I know that I have a program, I have accepted the things I cannot change and changed the things I can.

– Tian Dayton PhD

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Pocket Sponsor – Book – Quote

They say the easiest way to stay clean and sober is to breathe in and breathe out and don’t drink or drug in between. That leads to abstinence. Working the Steps leads to recovery.

Nothing is so bad that a drink or drug won’t make it worse and nothing is so good that working my steps won’t make it better.

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“Walk Softly and Carry a Big Book” – Book

Rather than giving others a piece of your mind, don’t—and have peace of mind.

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Time for Joy – Book – Quote

I love myself and all that I am today.

My fears are just one part of all that I am. I am a human being on a progressive path to recovery and every part of me is important in the making up of who I am.

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Alkiespeak – Book – Quote

Denial – Don’t Even Notice I Am Lying. – Mickey B.

Daily Recovery Quotes – September 27

September 27

AA ‘Big Book’ – Quote

No words can tell of the lonliness and despair I found in that bitter morass of self-pity. Quicksand stretched around me in all directions. I had met my match. I had been overwhelmed. Alcohol was my master. – Pg.8 – Bill’s Story

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Hour To Hour – Book – Quote

There is a fundamental unity that underlies the fellowship of our programs. It is this unity that can comfort us and help us hold on when we want a fix, pill, drink, smoke, or snort more than we want this new unfamiliar life.

God, as I understand You, show me how to take comfort from the unity of fellowship when drugs call me back.

Help is Not Always Help

I watched those I love sink further and further into a disease and it was extremely painful to witness. I watched those I love steep in denial, coming up with a new set of rationalizations for each manifestation of the disease and I felt deep frustration and sometimes despair at their unwillingness to see the reality that was growing like yeast before their eyes. It hurt to hear them use rationalizations to let themselves off the hook. But those rationalizations, that denial was their disease. It was infuriating to watch them go about their day seemingly free of the kinds of anxieties and worries that I was experiencing because their denial was working so well for them. It was enraging. It left me feeling completely helpless, frustrated and alone. It made me want to scream at everyone. But I fixed instead to make the feeling go away. When I fix to make my own pain go away, it doesn’t work. The ‘help’ I give is too loaded down with my own pain and the messages get muffled.

– Tian Dayton PhD

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Pocket Sponsor – Book – Quote

The difference between self-love and self-conceit is very important. Self-love is a healthy appreciation of God’s gift to you. Conceit is comparing yourself to others and finding them lacking.

I do not climb the mountain so that I can look down on others.

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“Walk Softly and Carry a Big Book” – Book

Patience is giving God space.

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Time for Joy – Book – Quote

I am learning to trust my intuition and I am willing to act on this inner guidance.

I am taking positive and healthy actions today and my life is getting better and better.

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Alkiespeak – Book – Quote

You go to a meeting and in ten minutes you’re telling a complete stranger things you wouldn’t tell a priest. – Doug D.