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Inspirational Quotes

October 13, 2014 308 comments

Many of us draw great comfort and strength from inspirational quotes and sayings. Please share here if you have a favourite saying that lifts your spirits or know some motivational words that offer encouragement and support.

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  1. This from John Lennon (or possibly a Brazilian writer):

    “Everything will be OK in the end. And if it’s not OK, it’s not the end”.

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  2. My Graduation Spiritlifter from Rehab
    “The Past is the Past learn the Tools to Deal with the Past, The Future is the Future Gain the Knowledge to Make it a good Future, Today is Today Just For Today Make the Most of Today”

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  3. I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic, than go through life drunk, trying to convince myself I’m not.

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    1. Rock on!! This one really resonates with me, because everyone in my life wants to see me as having quit drinking because it didn’t agree with me, or it was just a bad habit, or as though I finally lost those 5 pounds: I’ve kept the magnitude of my sobriety to myself for four years and I want to kind of scream: I HAVE TO BE SOBER. SOBER IS WHAT I AM. IT’S NOT LIKE GIVING UP SALT OR STOPPING BITING MY NAILS. MY SOBRIETY IS SO BIG THAT I ACTUALLY WANT TO CALL MYSELF AN ALCOHOLIC, TO GET ACROSS THE VASTNESS OF HOW IT FEELS TO GO TO SLEEP AND WAKE UP SOBER EVERY DAY!!!
      Ok, thanks, I needed to get that off my chest.

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  4. When no one else believed in me, I did. -ziglar.com

    I’m feeling very alone but very positive. This will be my first sober weekend since Nov 2003, the month I quit breastfeeding my son.

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  5. In early recovery I was told to….

    “Take the cotton wool out my ears and put it in my mouth.”

    “Don’t pick up the first drink, then I cant pick up the second”

    “One drink is too many and 1000 never enough”

    After I took action on the first suggestion I was able to listen to hundreds more sayings that would arm me with strength and hope. But the best thing I continue to hear is…..

    “Keep coming back, it works when you work at it!”.

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  6. TODAY I LIVE WITH GRATITUDE FOR MENDED RELATIONSHIPS AND RECOGNIZE WHEN SOMEONE IS SHOWING LOVE TO THIS SELFISH ADDICT THEY DON’T HAVE TO FORGIVE OR LOVE ME BUT THEY DO AND ITS AN AWESOME FEELING

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  7. “Sign on to a process and see where it takes you. You don’t have to invent the wheel every day. Today you’ll do what you did yesterday, tomorrrow you’ll do what you did today. Eventually you’ll get somewhere”

    Chuck Close, “Note to Self”

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  8. Aloha Switchedon
    Thank you for this! It allows me to see my slip need not be a total slide back down into the the daily numbing that turns into daily remorse which turns into…….

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  9. In the end it has always come down to one single thing. Choice. When we talk to ourselves with our inner voice, someone in that conversation has to be strong, honest and compassionate. We can be loved by many, provided so much support in so many ways. But it will always come down to yourself. You are the only one that can give you a victory over your addiction. It is hard. Hard emotionally, hard spiritually, and for me it was and is lonely. Each day was my fight, my honest conversation with myself. I had to be my best disciplinarian as well as my best friend. Part of what made my struggle so hard and twisted was how much I would browbeat myself when I relapsed. And I relapsed often. I would then begin again a slow but steady spiral into my darker self. In feeling bad, I would pour in more beer trying to feel better, only to feel worse. With time, and much older, my journeys with my drinking became progressively longer, darker, sadder, and it took so much more effort and mental gymnastics to climb out.

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  10. Early days for me but this hit home…

    I am sorry for the
    person I became.
    I am sorry it took me
    so long for me to change.
    I am ready to be sure,
    that I never become
    that way again,
    ‘Cos who I am hates
    who I’ve been.

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