A coincidence is when my will and God's will coincide.
A problem and a solution cannot both coexist in your mind at the same time.
A resentment is hurting yourself with the hope that someone else will feel the pain.
A twelve by twelve is a heavy timber for a person to carry alone. But there can be many helping hands if we just pick up the 'phone.
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool does from his friends.
A wrong decision isn't forever; it can be reversed. The losses from a delayed decision are forever; they can never be retrieved.
Addiction was only a small price I had to pay to get this powerful program in my life today.
Addictions are cunning, baffling, powerful and very, very patient.
Addicts don't have relationships, we take hostages!
After 15 years in the program, it finally struck me: The journey is the destination.
Alcohol gave me wings and then slowly took away my sky.
Alcoholic drinking's three stages: impulsive, compulsive, repulsive.
All you get from sitting on the pity pot is a big ring around your butt.
An excuse is nothing more than a thin skin stretched over a bald faced lie.
Anger is the wind that blows out the candle of the mind.
Any fool can criticize, and many of them do.
Anything an alcoholic lets go of has claw marks all over it.
Anything worth doing, is worth doing wrong. Give up perfectionism and replace it with attitude.
Are you comparing your insides to someone else's outsides?
Attitude is 80% what happens to me and 20% how I deal with it.
Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.
Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?
Being humble isn't that we think less of ourselves, it's that we think of ourselves less.
Beneath every skirt, there is a slip!
By changing attitudes and finding solutions through our own program of recovery, we can regain our sense of hope, serenity, freedom, and joy.
Change your attitude or change your sobriety date.
Courage is fear that has learned how to pray.
Dear God I understand No, I understand Yes, I don't understand WAIT.
Do not allow others to upset you; their only power comes from your reaction.
Do not rent space in your head to other people's sicknesses.
Doing what is right everyday to the best of my ability insures my recovery ability.
Don't ask someone to be your temporary sponsor, unless you want to stay temporarily sober.
Don't count the days, make the days count.
Don't leave 5 minutes before the miracle happens!
Don't plant the fruit of today with the seeds of your past.
Don't take yourself too seriously.
Don't think of it as having a bad day — think of it as second step work.
Drinking is a slow suicide, like being nibbled to death by a duck.
Drinking yourself to death is liking cutting your throat with an electric razor. It hurts a lot and takes a long time.
Enjoy life today, it is not a dress rehearsal.
Enjoy the moment, in a minute it'll be a memory.
Even if you remove all the rum from a fruitcake, you still have a fruitcake!
Every day is not 100%; however, today is 100% better than my best day of drinking.
Everything can be replaced except you.
Expectations are resentments waiting to happen.
Faith isn't the absence of fear but the courage to walk through it.
Feelings of guilt are God's way of letting me know I am out of balance spiritually.
Forgiveness is giving up hope for a better past.
God does move mountains but you have to bring the shovel.
God forgives in an instant, but character building is a lifetime proposition.
God got you to it, He'll get you through it.
God is the greyhound driver and I am the passenger. The only baggage I need to take along today are the steps and the tools.
God listens to knee mail.
God never closes one door without opening another, but sometimes He makes us wait in the hallway.
God, may everyone treat me tomorrow as I treated everyone today.
God's message to me is "stay out of the way, but be ready".
God's will is to be of maximum service to others without regard of cost to self. Self will is to be of maximum service to self without regard of cost to others.
Going to meetings is like taking aspirin before a headache.
Growing old is natural. Growing up is spiritual.
H.O.W. = Honesty, Open-mindedness, and Willingness.
Had to reconsider or die, I chose to get honest and LIVE!
Happiness is appreciating what you have, not getting what you want.
Happiness is wanting what you do, not doing what you want.
Happiness keeps you sweet, trials keep you strong, sorrows keep you human, failures keep you humble, success keeps you glowing, but only God keeps you going!
Holding a resentment is like drinking a glass of poison and waiting for the other son of bitch to die.
Humility is a perpetual quietness of heart. — From Dr. Bob's desk plaque
I am not guilty; I am accountable.
I am not the General Manager of the Universe. Sometimes I tend to forget that.
I am powerless but not helpless.
I am the black sheep of the family. I came to Alcoholics Anonymous and found the rest of the herd.
I am Twleve Steps away from a drink.
I believe in God Almighty and the Golden Rule. Everything else is just crowd control.
I came for my drinking and stayed for my thinking.
I came into this program to save my ass and found it was attached to my soul.
I can't, God can, why don't I let Him?
I cannot mend if I bend the truth.
I didn't want to go to A.A. I had lost alot of friends to A.A.!
I do not like to pray everyday, so I'll just pray on days that end in Y.
I don't always have to believe what I'm thinking.
I don't know how to make it better but I sure know how to make it worse.
I don't thank God for opening the gates of Heaven and letting me in, I thank God for opening the gates of Hell and letting me out.
I go to a lot meetings because I never know when the miracles will happen and I want to be there when they do.
I have the patience of a gnat.
I knew all the words by heart, but I couldn't hear the music.
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. — Mother Teresa
I know I'm alcoholic 'cause I have a low tolerance for reality.
I know I'm allergic to alcohol 'cause every time I drink, I break out in handcuffs.
I looked to a drug for courage, and it made me a coward.
I may not always know Gods will, but I ALWAYS know what his will is NOT.
I may not be much, but I'm all I think about all day.
I may not be where I want to be, but thank God I am not where I was!
I may only have one recovery in me.
I once had the blues because I had no shoes, then when walking down the street I met a man with no feet.
I only drank on special occasions, like the grand opening of a pack of cigarettes.
I only have two active brain cells left... and today they aren't speaking to each other.
I searched for the enemy that I could not see, when I looked in the mirror the enemy was me.
I sought my soul but could not seek. I sought my God but he eluded me. Then I sought my brother and found all three.
I spent a lifetime in hell and it only took me twelve steps to get to heaven.
I tried controlled unmanageability... it didn't work.
I tried to contain myself but I escaped.
I used to be a hopeless dope fiend; today I'm dopeless hope fiend.
I used to think I was a social butterfly, but I found out I was just a social fly.
I used to think that I was 'Large and in charge'.
I was simply existing to drink and drinking for oblivion; caught up in a vicious cycle, catchin' hell and calling it fun.
I wasn't ready 'til I got beat half to death by the second step.
I went to the first meeting and didn't know what they were talking about, the only bit I could understand was when they said keep coming back. So I did that. .
I will fabricate pain to set me up for future pain.
I would be fine, If I listened to opinions other than just my own.
I'd rather live sober inA.A. wondering if I'm really an alcoholic, than die drunk trying to prove I'm not.
I'm not powerless over my recovery; my recovery is progressive.
I'm not where I need to be but thank God I'm not where I used to be.
If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
If I could drink like a regular person... I'd drink all the time. Therein lies our paradox.
If I forget 'What' I am, it doesn't matter 'Who' I am.
If I get in the urge to pick up, I pray to God that it's the phone that I pick.
If it works, don't fix it.
If the grass is greener on the other side it must be due to all the fertilizer they are putting on it.
If the path your on has no obstacles, then it probably doesn't lead anywhere.
If you "think" you have an addiction or alcohol problem, remember where that "thought" came from. A sick mind can't cure a sick mind! We can't do it alone.
If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.
If you are not working on the solution you are working on the problem.
If you hang around the barber shop long enough you're gonna get a hair cut.
If you like everyone you have met at meetings, you haven't been to enough meetings.
If you pray for patience you will be given many opportunities to practice it.
If you want to change who you are, change what you do.
If you're too busy for meetings, you're too damn busy.
If your head is full of you - you'll learn nothing new.
If your knees knock kneel.
If your life sucks, maybe it's because you suck.
In my disease I was running from the dark. Now that I am in recovery I find that I am walking toward the light.
In order to recover, one must know the difference in having faith in God, and actually trusting God.
In the beginning, it wasn't the parts of the book that I DIDN'T relate to that worried me... it was the parts of the book that I COULD relate to that worried me.
In these rooms, people let me steal their thoughts and ideas to help me stay sober. To me, this is the one time stealing is acceptable.
Insanity is as close as saying yes to the wrong impulse.
Isolation is the dark room I enter to develop my negatives.
It all works out in the end...if it hasn't worked out yet, it's not the end.
It is when you act on faith that you actually have it.
It take a powerful man to rule over all with a loud voice. But it takes a truly wise man to change one person view with a whisper.
It works if you work it, so work it cause you're worth it.
It's a really good day to be clean, but it's a great day to be in recovery.
It's easy to quit drinking, put the plug in the jug. Living life on life's terms is the hard part.
It's impossible to stumble when you are on your knees.
It's not my job to to grant awareness.
It's not what I know in recovery that keeps me sober. It's what I Do that keeps me sober.
Judgmental people are doomed to be vain or bitter.
Just because you are having a bad day dosen't mean you are having a bad life.
Just because you have pain, doesn't mean you have to be one.
Just because you're having a bad day doesn't mean you're having a bad life.
Just keep bring the body. Sooner or later the mind will follow!
Just remember to B-R-E-A-T-H-E... Breathe in God, breathe out self.
Justification and rationalization leads to masturbation because you're just screwing yourself.
Justify = Just-if-I would/could have, then I would/could have.
Keep an open mind.
Keep it simple, breath in - breath out, don't drink or drug in between breaths.
Keep your acceptance level high and your expectation level low.
Keep your nose in the Big book.
Live life today as though you knew you were dying.
Look in the mirror and you will find what is bugging you.
Love is less a feeling than a thousand tiny acts of kindness.
Meeting Makers Make It!
Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.
My best thinking got me drunk.
My definition of balance is being able to obsess equally in all areas of my life.
My ego keeps me from you and God from me.
My head is a bad neighborhood to be in by myself.
My life is my gift from God. What I do with my life is my gift to God.
Negativity is my disease asking me to come out and play.
No matter how many times I fall I will always have a chance for a first class life.
Nothing is so painful or insurmountable in my journey now. Someone is always there to share life's burdens with me.
NUTS = Not Using The Steps.
Oh God Why me? Why not you!.
One Day at a time. Keep coming back it really works!
Pain is the touchstone of spiritual growth.
People may not always believe what I say, but they will always believe what I do.
People who don't go to meetings never get to see what happens to people who don't go to meetings.
Recovery is like sitting on the back of two seater bike... you don't get to steer but you have to keep peddling.
Recovery is not something you get, it's something you work for.
Remember one thing, if you walk 10 miles into the woods, you have walk 10 miles to get out, so you might as well just enjoy the walk now that you can remember it.
Remember, don't run so fast that your guardian angel can't keep up.
Remember, once you're a pickle, you can never be a cucumber again.
Remember, it's ok to look back but don't stare.
Resentments are like hemorrhoids, they only effect the a**hole who has them.
Resentments take a lot of work. They need to be held close, fed, and kept warn. Cuz if you don't take good care of them, they die. And then what good would a good resentment be, if it died?.
S.L.I.P. = Sobriety Lost Its Priority.
S.P.O.N.S.O.R. = Sober Person Offering Newcomers Suggestions On Recovery.
Sereneity is what we get when we quit hoping for a better past.
Serenity is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.
Seven days without a meeting makes one weak.
Slippery Souls need Sober Shoes.
Slogan for HOPE Hang Onto Power Everyday.
Sobriety is its own reward.
Sometimes the hardest decision in life is which bridge to cross and which one to burn.
Sometimes you need to lose yourself, before you can find anything.
Sorrow looks back; Worry looks ahead; Faith looks up!
Spiritual Awakenings often come in Rude Awakenings, so you better pay attention!
Sponsors are like clothes, if they don't suit you, then change them.
Sponsorship: Help someone up the hill, and you'll get to the top yourself.
Stepping out on nothing willing to fall on something!
Success is getting up after you fall down.
Suit up and show up, don't shoot up and throw up.
Take care of the little things, the bigger things are easier to handle.
Take the program seriously, not yourself.
TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More.
Thank God for Alcoholics Anonymous and thank Alcoholics Anonymous for God.
TheA.A. slogans are like railings for the Steps.
The biggest lie is that we all say we wish we could drink like normies. The truth is we all drank TO forget, TO get obliterated, TO get drunk.
The bottom started falling out faster than I could lower my standards.
The definition of faith is believing what you cannot see. The reward of faith is seeing what you believe.
The difference between scared and sacred is how we 'C' ourselves.
The first drink gets you drunk.
The first thing you put ahead of your sobriety will be the second thing you lose.
The good news is that your feelings come back. The bad news is that your feelings come back.
The longer I'm sober, the drunker I was.
The longer you stay sober, the narrower the path.
The minute I take control that's when I lose control.
The only normal people are the one's you don't know very well.
The person who forgets is doomed to repeat.
The promises say that I will no longer be afraid of economic insecurity, not that I won't be screwed economically.
The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. — Einstein.
The sleeper gets nothing but the dream.
The slogans are Band-aids; The steps are the cure; your Higher Power is the doctor.
The Spirit within you is Stronger than the Spirits you pour in you.
The world’s a tuxedo and I’m a brown shoe.
The worst prison is in your own mind.
The wreckage of the past is environmentally safe and bio-degradable.
There are only two sins: To stand in the way of someone else's growth, or to stand in the way of your own.
There are several paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is the same.
There is a GOD and I am not it.
There is no escalator inA.A., you have to take the steps.
Things aren't necessarily going wrong just because they're not going my way.
Things might not get better for me, but I can get better despite things.
This is a "We" program.
This is my opinion and if you don't agree or like what I have to say then pray for me because I always want to get better.
Those who abandon their dreams will discourage yours.
Those who piss us off the most are our greatest teachers.
Time takes time.
Today is a gift; that's why it's called the present.
Today is a very important day–it's the only day you have.
Today is all you have.
Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday so live in the now!
Uncover to Recover.
Walking around drunk is like walking around with your fly open. Everyone sees it except you.
We addicts have a problem with commitment, consistency, and follow-through.
We are all crazy, but thank God were not all crazy on the same day.
We are all human beings loved into existence by the miracle of God's love.
We are called to unity, not uniformity.
We are either working on recovery or we're working on a relapse.
We are not failing as long as we are trying.
We are not human beings learning to become spiritual, we are spiritual beings learning to become human.
We can no longer be content with just getting by.
We can't help you if you aren't here!
We have good news and bad news here. The good news is you never have to drink again even if you want to. The bad news is that we're your new friends.
We may not have it all together, BUT together we have it ALL.
We might as well "Let Go and Let God" because in the end He is going to do it anyway.
We must become the change we want to see — Ghandi
We pour it out so we don't have to pour it in.
What happened in the past is over, you can't unscramble scrambled eggs!
What I used to call boredom, I now call serenity.
What if there were no "what if" to what if about.
What you think of me is none of my business.
When alcohol and drugs beat me to my knees, I found I was right where I needed to be.
When I am alone and thinking, I am behind enemy lines.
When I came to recovery I realized that being a child for 28 years nearly killed me.
When I say NO to you, I'm saying YES to me.
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
When you are in fear you should remember to go to you Higher Power and T.R.U.S.T. - Try Really Using Step Three.
When you are standing on the edge of all that you have known and are about to step into the darkness, remember that one of two things can happen. Either there will be something solid for you to stand on or you will be taught to fly.
When you dance with a gorilla, it is the gorilla who decides when to stop.
When you point a finger at someone, there are three pointing back at you.
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hold on for dear life.
Where ever you go, there you are!
Wisdom is knowledge you learn after you know it all.
With every Step I take, God holds the Solution, however I have to be Willing to Work for my Surrender.
With one leg in yesterday, and one leg in tomorrow, your pissing on today.
Without a program life is like a soup sandwich. No matter how you make it, you always wind up with a mess.
Without God I can't. Without me, He won't.
Without the pain of introspect, there will be no gain of self respect.
Working the steps gets self out of the way enough for God to work the miracle.
Worrying is praying for something you don't want.
Would you rather be right or happy?
Yesterday is history, tomorrow's a mystery, and today is a gift!
You can live a perfectly normal life, as soon as you realize your life will never be perfectly normal.
You can't experience victory if you refuse to surrender.
You can't stay sober today on yesterday's sobriety.
You don't have to see the whole staircase at once, just the first step, one step at a time.
You have to be clean to learn to live clean.
You have to change you're playthings, playmates, and playgrounds to change you're future.
You know you'll be back, so why don't you just stay?
You know you're in recovery when everyone else sees a bum and you see a prospect.