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Title: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Monkey on January 06, 2011, 06:03:42 AM
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You can't change reality but you can change your attitude toward it.

When reality messes up my fantasies, I pause and ask my Higher Power to guide my thoughts.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Monkey on January 08, 2011, 10:46:30 AM
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'There are more things in heaven and earth... than are dreamt of in your philosophy.' ~William Shakespeare. Hold on to the knowledge that more good is occurring on this hunk of rock floating through space than you can ever imagine.

I ask for all things that I might enjoy life, I am given life that I might enjoy all things.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Monkey on January 10, 2011, 10:23:40 AM
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Gaining our strength in recovery by admitting our powerlessness in addiction is a mystery to us. But, the First Step says we are powerless over 'our drug of choice� and not powerless over 'our recovery.' Don't limit yourself.

I am powerfully recovering.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Slice on January 13, 2011, 01:01:17 PM
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If you are looking for the perfect group before you join a home group, then you are going to be homeless.

My home group members are not perfect and neither am I, so we suit each other perfectly.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: The Recovering Vegan on January 29, 2011, 12:46:58 AM
Good stuff im trying to remember all of it lol
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 03, 2011, 09:47:09 PM
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We find that the difference between adventure and disaster usually boils down to attitude. It's like the glass half full or half empty. Is it a problem or an opportunity; an obstruction or a challenge for growth? The way you choose to see it makes all the difference.

I don't see thing as they are, I see things as I am.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 04, 2011, 11:06:33 AM
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Practicing the principles can never be done from a pedestal of self-righteousness. The very act of judging, complaining or criticizing, demonstrates that we are spiritually out of whack--not the ones we judge. Oh, they may be out of whack too, but that's not our side of the street, is it?

My program does not work in principle. It only works in practice.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 05, 2011, 12:54:49 PM
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Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. The truth is that your Spiritual Source doesn't deal with time, clocks, and calendars. Your Source put you in today because your Source is in today.

Because God (Allah, Krishna, Kahuna, Creator, Divine Intelligence,H.P.) is in the NOW, then 'Just for Today' I stay here too.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 06, 2011, 11:27:32 AM
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Some recovering addicts take comfort in their complexity as if they are the exceptionally wounded. They worry their wounds and pick at their pain, giving themselves permission to be difficult, slow, and self-absorbed. Are you simply healing to your own internal rhythm or giving yourself excuses to be difficult?

I don't make the pity pot too comfortable.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 07, 2011, 08:33:26 AM
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Try to live your life without adding to your Eight Step list. You have enough wreckage to clear up from the past without creating wreckage in the now.

When I feel my worst, I try my best.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 08, 2011, 07:50:36 PM
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When you work with others, you allow Divine Intelligence to speak and smile through you. You allow the Divine to reach out and hug the drunk, the junkie, and the dope head.

All people smile in the same language.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 09, 2011, 12:29:30 PM
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Do not ask what your Higher Power can do for you, but rather what you can do for your Higher Power. This gets us out of self.

Dear God, what can I do for you today?


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 10, 2011, 02:33:36 PM
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People who seek a sponsor without faults, will be without a sponsor.

I know that my sponsor is willing to make mistakes, if I am willing to learn from them.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 11, 2011, 09:23:21 AM
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You are either progressing or regressing. There is no such thing as standing still; there is no such thing as simply 'gressing.'

W I can only coast one way, and that's downhill.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 12, 2011, 07:14:11 AM
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As a general rule, questions that ask 'why' go in the wrong direction, seeking explanations that blame and shame. Questions that begin with 'How' and 'What' as in 'How do I start my Fourth?� and 'What can I learn from this?� lead to solutions, where the light bulb goes on in your head.

I ask questions that lead to exclamations not explanations.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 13, 2011, 11:41:40 PM
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Sometimes you are the wind; sometimes you are the bug; sometimes you are the windshield.

Experience is what I get when I don't get what I want.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 14, 2011, 02:38:09 PM
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Often the difference between a bad attitude and a good one is simply what you call it. You can be lonely or enjoy blessed solitude. You can be burdened or building strength. People can use you or you can be of use to others.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 15, 2011, 02:41:55 PM
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'Rather than put a label on yourself as Christian, Jew, Moslem, Buddhist, or whatever, instead make a commitment to be Christ-like, God-like, Buddha-like and Mohammed-like.' -Dr. Wayne Dryer

I make a commitment to be 'Twelve Step-like� today.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 16, 2011, 09:34:07 AM
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Recovery is a Process Not an Event. There will never be a graduation day for your new way of life. The more you learn and grow the more you will see that you have more to learn and grow. That is what Steps Ten, Eleven, and Twelve are all about.

I learn to grow and grow to learn. My day of graduation is when I die.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 17, 2011, 08:01:26 PM
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When you are in the wrong place, the right place is empty.

Do I know my rightful place in recovery?


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 18, 2011, 10:04:57 PM
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Half measures do not avail us half, they avail us nothing.

Am I willing to go to any length?


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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We may have the right to be wrong, but our steps teach us that we don't have the right to do wrong.

When my only reason for doing something is 'because I have the right!' it usually turns out wrong.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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We often hear 'turn it over.' This means turn over problems not under our control right now--whether they are with family, friends, work, or the law--we offer the things we cannot change to a Higher Power and LET GO.

If I turn it over and don't let go, I'll be upside down!


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 21, 2011, 09:00:57 AM
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'You should not be esteemed by others if you have no real inner virtue.� -Dogen, The Pocket Zen Reader You get esteem by doing something esteeming.

I never have to worry about low self-esteem when I do esteeming things.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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The safest banks fail, corporations fold, loved ones die, all things change. Your life now changes like the tides or the seasons. You are not alone in this change. Seek out others who have experienced relief from your problem of choice and let them guide you through it.

I can change my clothes and change my address but until I change myself, I cannot grow.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Our disease had so much control over our lives, that it not only made us do things we did not want to do, but would not let us do things that we wanted to.

My disease used to make my choices. Now I do.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 24, 2011, 05:25:47 AM
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The spiritual journey is one of continually falling on your face, getting up, brushing yourself off, looking sheepishly at God, and taking another step.

If I'm faced in the right direction, and fall on my face, I've still made progress.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 25, 2011, 07:15:03 PM
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Whatever you are trying to avoid, we won't go away until you confront it.

When I see myself as others see me, do I deny it?


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 26, 2011, 08:47:31 AM
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It's a very interesting thing about human nature, when you stop treating yourself poorly, it will become unacceptable for others to do so.

If I don't take care of myself, why should anyone else?


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 27, 2011, 08:22:03 AM
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Do you think you deserve special treatment because you are clean and sober? Most of us do at one time or another. Treat us special and we feel normal; treat us normal and we feel rejected.

Do I want my ego to be the first thing people see when I walk into a room?


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on February 28, 2011, 10:33:00 AM
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Even when it hurts like hell, hold fast. The pain is the arrow coming out, not the arrow going in. Faith is not about trusting a God who will rescue you from arrows but trusting in the process. Faith will center you, not rescue you.

As the pain and fear pass, I hold fast.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Ron on March 01, 2011, 09:52:37 AM
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If people don't agree with you, so what? If people do agree with you, so what? Our program is one of suggestions, not conformity.

I do not need to conform to be comfortable. 'Comfortable' is conscious contact, not conscious copycat.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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All of us chemical dependents have come from the same place, no where. We all enter the world of recovery by changing our place to now here. No Where to Now Here. It works.

NOW is the working unit of my life.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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There are no victims, only volun-teers. When we cry, 'They did this to me. They did that to me.' what we are really saying, is I placed myself in a position for this or that to happen. I volunteered for it.

I volunteer for sobriety today.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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He who laughs, lasts! 'But why shouldn't we laugh? We have recovered.� (P 132, AA Big Book)

My laughter is good medicine.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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You certainly are not good at every aspect of service to your group. You may be good at opening meetings, emptying ash trays, remembering to contact people, or going out on Twelve Step calls. Maybe you are lousy at greeting people at the door, holding office, getting birthday cakes, or paying the rent. Whatever you lack skills for, others can pick up; whatever you are good at, recognize!

For my shortcomings, I delegate; for my strengths, I congratulate.

             
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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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'Being angry at God won't hurt God, and neither will it provoke Him to take measures against us. If it makes us feel better to vent our anger at Him over a painful situation, we are free to do it. The only thing wrong with doing it is that what happened to us was not really God's fault.� -Harold S. Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Usually, things don't happen TO make me angry; things happen THAT make me angry.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Life begins right outside your comfort zone. Start changing.

If I fail to change the person I was when I came in, that person will take me out!


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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If you are not happy with what you have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?

Happiness is not having what I want but wanting what I have.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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One way to tell how well you are practicing the principles in all your affairs is to notice how you treat people who can be of no service to you.

I go out of my way to be kind to the very next person I encounter, regardless of what they can or cannot do for me.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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It is our experience in recovery that a Power greater then ourselves places the answers before us that we need to hear when we need to hear them. Often we don't like the answers and practice self-will by trying to force our solution. Forcing solutions is the same as ignoring Step Three.

When I force the solution, the solution becomes the problem.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Whatever spiritual values you adopt are unique to you. You may adopt a strong religious stance or a more intimate spiritual philosophy from within. In any case, the spiritual path you seek is up to you and not those around you. Be comfortable with your spiritual choices and don't try to please others.

The more I have on the inside, the less I need on the outside.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Prayer does not change what you are praying about. Prayer changes you.

I learn to 'hit' it with a prayer, not a chair and I change!


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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All our suggestions are free. The ones you don't take are the ones you end up paying for.

When all else fails, I take the suggestions.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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We find that the winners do what they have to do and the losers do what they want to do.

The winners are stuck with me.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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There are two times when you need to go to a meeting, when you think you need one and when you know you don't.

Rather than thinking about going to a meeting, I go to the meeting, and then think about it.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Opportunities are often disguised as problems and this is why we miss them. With the next problem you encounter, ask, 'What can I learn from this?'

I watch for big problems; they disguise big opportunities.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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They say you need newcomers to tell you where you came from, old-timers to tell you where you could go, and a sponsor to tell you where you are at.

The most important word in my Steps is the first one... 'WE'


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Grateful addicts don't drink and drug and drinking and drugging addicts aren't grateful.

My gratitude is not the word but my desire to say the word. My desire to say the word is a corner stone of my recovery.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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'To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.' -Jules Henri Poincsre

I question myself, 'Am I a nay sayer to all suggestions?' or equally destructive 'Am I a disciple of a God Squad, blindly following a hard and inflexible line of thought?


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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If you think you can or you think you can't, you're probably right.

The state of my world is a reflection of the state of my mind.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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'It is time to speak your Truth. Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader. This could be a good time!' Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation

I enjoy the Fellowship of the Spirit.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Listen to the message, not the messenger! This is what Tradition Twelve is all about, looking past the personality to the principle behind the message. There are some mighty slick personalities out there talking trash and some Big Book thumpers (irritating as they are) that have a true message of hope.

The slicker, the sicker.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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They say you don't have to like your sponsor; they just have to have something you want�like a life. It is your sponsor's job to give you a program to work until you develop a program of your own.

People who sponsor themselves have fools for sponsors.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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When one door closes, another door opens. It's waiting in the hallway that's hell. br>
I am not a slow learner. I am just, sometimes, a slow accepter.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Many people think that the Twelve Steps are the work. But they are not. The Twelve Steps are the preparation for doing the real work. The real work is in reaching out to the still suffering alcoholic and addict.'God has no hands but yours.' (attributed to Mother Theresa).

I become the hands of my Higher Power.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Most of our growth in recovery takes time. You may, like many of us, want to be restored to wholeness yesterday. However, you can afford to be patient. After all, when the Universe made time, it made plenty of it.

I give time, time.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Do not be quick to call all therapy 'psyco-babble' and think that mental health experts do not understand. Therapy can be the guide that leads you to the discovery of your anchor amidst the surrounding storms of life.

In the words of Bill Wilson, I should 'never belittle a good doctor or psychiatrist'.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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In the words of Wayne Dryer 'You will be happy to know that the universal law that created miracles has not been repealed.'

I Expect a Miracle today.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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We came here for our drugging and stay in part for hugging.

Hugs are one way the fellowship demonstrates to me that it isn't 'me' and 'you' anymore, it's 'we' and 'us.'


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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The person you were will use again. That is why you must 'smash all your old ideas� so that the new you is a member of the program, not the person you were. The person you were was a practicing alcoholic. The person you are is not.

Some people say that the 12 Steps brain wash us. Thank God, because that's how I got clean!


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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The best remedy for anger is delay.

I don't use my 'claws when agitated,' I learn to 'pause when agitated.' (P 87, AA Big Book)


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Some people quote the Bible, Qur'an, Torah, or some other holy text claiming that it is your only road to recovery. You may or may not find that comforting. Whether or not it is comforting you, remember it is comforting them. Be tolerant and gracious.

I may not find something personally helpful, but I find it helpful to be personable.


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When things go wrong, they are not particularly anyone's fault. You can't expect every meeting to be perfect and your sponsor to have every answer. You know you can't control or fix everything that goes wrong and neither can 'they.'

When things go wrong, I don't let them get too far.


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The diversity of people seeking recovery is extraordinary. Whether an old salty dog, young gang member, grandparent, or teen with attitude, we remember: as cancer is no respecter of victims, neither is addiction. Same disease, same recovery.

'We all came on different ships, but we're all on the same boat now.' ~Martin Luther King


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In our fellowship, there are always those who feel they have the ultimate wisdom to impart to you. These highly verbose people may set your nerves on edge with incredibly self-serving 'words of wisdom.' They may be full of themselves, but they are probably not trying to hurt you.

If I judge people, I have no time to love them.


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In order to grasp recovery we must learn, not accumulate knowledge, but really learn. Accumulating knowledge is moving from the known to the known, but learning is moving from the known to the unknown.

Each time I say, 'Thy will, not mine, be done,' I move from the known to the unknown and I can learn.


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People are always blaming their circumstances for being what they are. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.' ~George Bernard Shaw

As long as I blame my past, I'm not free to claim my future.


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People will tell you to 'work' the steps and that may lead you to believe that the steps are our work in recovery. Working the steps is not doing our work, they are the foundation for doing our work. Our work is getting into the trenches and helping others.

When my life is not working the way I want it to, I find I may not be doing my real work.


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One of the joys of this program is the path it provides us with to do the right thing. Our steps don't give us a whole lot of room for justifications. There is no right way to do the wrong thing.

I learn to do the next right thing, not the next 'me' thing.


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Forgive yourself because your Spiritual Source already has. Who are you to argue about this?

T.G.I.F.: Thank God I'm Forgiven.


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Sobriety is a grant, not a gift. A gift is something we get to keep forever. A grant is contingent on us doing something to keep it.

I work steps because my recovery is 'contingent on the maintenance of {my} spiritual program.� (P 85, AA Book)


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'You can't laugh and think at the same time! So every time you laugh you're getting a break from you.' ~Ken D. (P 153, Alkiespeak)

I take my program seriously, not myself.


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Everyday in our lives is not going to be perfect just because we are not drinking or drugging. The best way we know of to treat PMS (Poor Me Syndrome) is get rid of the words 'It ain't fair� and 'Why me?'

God does not owe me happiness because I no longer am an intolerant, abusive, self-centered, practicing addict.

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You must learn to pick up a program, not just set down a drink! They call this foot work. Your Higher Power wants to make a deal with you. You do the foot work and He'll take care of the results.

If I have one hand in the fellowship and one hand in God's, I can't pick up today.


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There will be many times when nothing anyone does, including yourself, seems right. But these 'nothing is ever right' times pass like a cloud over-head. Do not make decisions until the cloud passes, so that you make them in the full light of your good senses.

I do not make decisions when 'nothing is going right.� How can my decision be right if nothing else is?


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It is not unusual for people to say something and then consider it done. They forget to actually do it. Do not say 'I will go to more meetings; I will get a sponsor soon; I must work with newcomers,� then consider it done. You must actually do these things to have them work for you.

I let go of doing life in my head.


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Don't allow anger, bitterness, and other character defects to affect your family, friends, and fellowship. It is all too easy to lash out at ones close to you who will 'understand' your hostility and give you room because you are in recovery. Treat them as you would a newcomer for they deserve as much.

Harsh words break no bones but they do break hearts.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Although romance and relationships are an important aspect of balance in our lives--it is never the solution to drinking and other drug taking. It is sometimes easier to focus on passion, rather than trudge through the steps!

I practice these principles in all my affairs, (pun intended).


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Although a bit of compassion might be nice now and again, you sure don't need anyone's pity! Compassion is laced with understanding while pity reflects a diminished picture of yourself. With gut level honesty, you will evoke compassion; by denying, hiding, and blaming, you are likely to evoke pity from others.

If I am genuine about my recovery with others, they will be genuine in their compassion with me.


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This is a 'We' program, not a 'Me' program. We do this together. Look at our steps. They all say 'We admitted' or 'We came to believe. Doing it together makes us stronger and less likely to fool ourselves with dysfunctional ways of thinking.

This is a self-help program that I can't do by myself.


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Seven days without a meeting, makes one weak.

Just as I am not independently wealthy and need to work to stay solvent, I am not independently healthy and need meetings to stay soulvent.


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'Smile facts: It is 2.5 times easier to smile than to frown. It takes 43 muscles to frown, but only 17 to smile. Smiling stimulates our nervous system to produce �cerebral morphine.' This hormone give us a pleasant feeling and it has an anesthetic effect.� ~Karlynn Baker Scharlau, A Thoughtful Moment

When I meet someone today who isn't wearing a smile, I give them mine.


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Recovery is not the absence of conflict but the ability to cope with it.

My recovery comes from new daily habits I form in seconds, minutes, and hours of simple Twelve-Step living.


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Sobriety often brings us effects we never expected, like becoming the person we used to resent!

I used to resent people whose standards I could not live up to. Now, by the Grace of God, I am one!


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Being lonely gets in the way of learning how to live alone. You are not alone even though you may have felt alone in a crowd in the past. The remedy for loneliness is service. Show up to a meeting 30 minutes early tonight and help set up. We promise you will not be lonely!

I never have to be alone again.


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Having a God of our own under-standing does not mean we have to withhold saying 'God' around non-believers. People who try to get the word 'God' out of the Twelve Steps in order not to offend others, are missing the point. The point is, no one has to say 'God' in order to recover�it does not mean others can't call their Higher Power 'God.'

God is the answer. Now what is my problem?


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Have you ever found yourself saying, 'I can't believe this!' because things have gotten out of hand? You can't believe it because it's gotten out of your hand. This is the time to laugh at yourself for trying to control again�poke fun at the situation, your beliefs, whatever. Have fun.

'When things get goofy beyond belief, it's time to stop believing and get goofy.' ~Pat Samples, Daily Comforts for Caregivers


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It is not your duty to solve other people's problems, arbitrate their disputes and raise their children. If you believe this is Twelve Step work, you will only be hurt when they reject your advice and shocked when they blame you for their troubles.

My job is to carry the message, not deliver the drunk.


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If you don't stand for something, they say you will fall for anything. Do you stand up for recovery? Do you stand up for principle? Do you stand up for the Traditions, Steps, and Fellowship?

United we stand; divided we stagger.


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Although thoughts are things, they are not actions; although feelings are real, they are not facts. They only have the power we give them through our actions.

When I act kindly, I give power to loving thoughts and feelings; when I use harsh words and 'get even� I give power to angry thoughts and feelings.


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Although thoughts are things, they are not actions; although feelings are real, they are not facts. They only have the power we give them through our actions.

When I act kindly, I give power to loving thoughts and feelings; when I use harsh words and 'get even' I give power to angry thoughts and feelings.


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They say that young people don't get sober, they get caught. Getting caught is a great way to find recovery. We don't care how you get here, whether it is your parents that force you, a school counselor, the courts, or a guilty conscious--you're here. So decide not to get recaught, but to recover instead.

If I'm young, I am respectful of the old farts. If I'm an old fart I don't recite platitudes to the young.


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Although there are no Twelve Step gurus, and God knows we are not saints, there are times when the words and actions of some members touch us so much that we practically consider them saints. We never forget though, that they are human and still suffer. So we reach out to them as they reach out to others.

I remember that the 'addict that still suffers' could just as well be an old-timer as it is a newcomer, my sponsor as my sponsee.


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'Suit up, Show up, Sit up, Shut up' is what we used to tell newcomers. We used to say this for darn good reason. Drunk drunks and newly clean addicts shouldn't be running at the mouth about recovery when they don't understand recovery. Unfortunately 'Politically Correct' (or rather, 'Therapeutically Correct') often hijacks our meetings. Do not be afraid to take our meetings back.

In order to continue to help the newcomer, I Suit up, Show up, Sit up, and Speak up!


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The old timers used to say that the world's most difficult prayer was 'O, Lord, be as good to me today, as I was to my fellowman, yesterday.'

I say what I mean, mean what I say, and don't say it mean.


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If God is your co-pilot, switch seats! (Anonymous Sage) There is something special waiting for you to do today that won't get done if you are flying around doing your own thing.

When I let my Higher Power pilot my life, I know that inspiration will guide my actions and that 'special something' will get done.


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Don't ever think you have nothing left to learn in the fellowship and that everyone wants to hear you talk incessantly because you are so wise. You can not have an open mouth and an open mind at the same time.

When I do all the talking, I can only hear what I already know.


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We are now learning to keep our thoughts in recovery and not in the insanity of the past. The program fixes it so we don't have to suffer from insanity anymore. Now we can enjoy it!

Crazy-making is what I make of it.


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Few of us realize that God is all we need until God is all we have.

If I can't find God, I know who moved.


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Don't let your starting point in recovery ever discourage you. Don't let your starting point today put a frown on your face. Anyone who gets to be an old-timer had to be a newcomer first. Smile and start.

My journey of a thousand smiles begins with the First Step.
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'When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.' ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gifts From the Sea 1955

I cannot touch others if I am not in touch with myself. I keep in touch with myself through Step Ten.


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The most convincing message we can carry to other chemical dependents is our own example of a contented recovery. And kindness. To the desolate alcoholic/addict, an act of kindness can be the difference between getting 'better' or getting 'bitter.'

I remember that I may be the only Big Book some people ever see.


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If you don't deal with your feelings, they'll deal with you. Whatever you are thinking right now is creating how you feel. One of the best ways to deal with the way you feel is to create positive thoughts.

I create positive feelings by thinking positive thoughts.


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Now and then with a little time, we stop working one through nine. The price of recovery is eternal vigilance. Steps Ten, Eleven, and Twelve insure that we keep working One through Nine.

No matter how much time I have from my last drink or drug, I am only Twelve Steps away from the next.


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Whatever our problems, when we dwell on the problem, the problem gets bigger. When we dwell on the solution, the solution gets bigger.

I don't tell my Higher Power how big my problem is, I tell my problem how big my Higher Power is.


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Our recovery has less to do with our thinking and much more to do with our actions. If you don't believe this, stop going to meetings, stop looking at where you're wrong, stop making amends, and stop doing service work. You will soon see that no matter how good your 'thoughts' are, your life won't be worth a hoot in very short order.

My recovery works better when I utilize, not analyze.


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The next time a newcomer tells you, 'The program isn't working for me,� agree with them. They are right. Then explain to them that the only people who stay clean and sober are the ones who work the program, not the ones who wait for the program to work for them.

I must do the work or it doesn't get done.


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'If you are humble, nothing can touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know who you are.' ~Mother Theresa

Humility is that virtue which reduces me to the proper size without degrading me, and increases me in statue without inflating me.


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Frequently, addicts and alcoholics who experience difficulties will isolate in order to lick their wounds like an injured animal. You may not want to bother us, you may be embarrassed by your blunders, or you may think it's not our business. When you don't use our friendship, we can't do our job.

Friends are God's way of taking care of me.


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God is the answer, now what is the problem? Problem with the word 'God?' According to Random House Dictionary--Life, Truth, Love, Mind, Soul, Spirit, and Principle are all synonymous for 'God.' The above statement could just as easily be 'Life, Truth, Love, Mind, Soul, Spirit, and Principle are the answers. Now what is the problem?�

Today, I let go of the labels that stand between me and my understanding of God.


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There will be times when people around you act like absolute jerks. If they are a jerk and the problem is with them, time will reveal it. Likewise, if you are the jerk and the problem is with you, time will reveal it. Do the next right thing and give time time.

Today, I don't let assholes rent space in my head.


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You may not always know what is right but you sure know what is wrong. Anytime you have to give excuses for why you do what you do, it's wrong.

If I have to explain or excuse it, then I can do without it.


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One thing recovery teaches us, is that you can keep going long after you think you can't. This is because you are stronger than you think. You have the accumulated strength of millions of clean and sober Twelve-Step members to bolster you.

I keep on keep'n on; I keep on trudging.


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Relief Lies in Two Four Letter Words that Begin with F: Steps Four and Five. (P 29, Young, Sober, & Free)

I Uncover to Recover in Four and Five.


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Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

My sponsor's mistakes become my gifts when I listen.


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Living life on life's terms,' just what does this mean to us? It doesn't mean we will get a brownie button for every day we stay abstinent. It simply means life can be tough and we can stay sober if we chose to live by principle.

'Don't you worry none, just take it like it comes, one day at a time.� Song, One Day at a Time


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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To err is human but you need to admit it.

I accept that having all the answers is not the answer.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Although loving and being loved is an important aspect of balance in our lives�relationships are never the solution to drinking and other drug taking. We sometimes focus on the strong emotion of love from another rather than face loving ourselves by working the program.

Today I 'act as if� I am worth loving.


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It's not your Higher Power's Will that makes you miserable. It's your resistance to HP's Will that causes the damage. Turning it over will set you right again.

God's will is when I turn it over. Self-will is when I've over turned it.


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If you meet more than three assholes in one day, you need a meeting. If you meet more than four, you need a meeting and to call your sponsor. Any more than that and you better be reviewing Steps One, Two and Three real hard.

When too many assholes get in my way, it means I need a check-up from the neck up.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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What comes after ninety days? Ninety-one! 'Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.' ~Will Rogers

There are only two times I have to diligently work this program, the first 90 days and every day after that!


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Rather than getting even with those that hurt you, the challenge is to get even with those that help you.

I can't be resentful and grateful at the same time.


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Humility is not so much thinking less of yourself as it is thinking of yourself less.

True humility is accepting myself without embellishment and without embarrassment.


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Don't get �seeking serenity' con-fused with �seeking utopia.' The Twelve-Step programs do not open the gates of heaven to let us in, they open the gates of hell to let us out.

I feel lighter and better about myself when I don't expect a perfect world simply because I am clean and sober.


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We need special people in our lives so that we can travel the path of recovery. The special people are easy to find, they are right in front of you. They are called 'winners.'

I stick with the winners and win with the stickers.


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Progress, not perfection  No matter how long you have been in recovery, no matter how long you have worked the steps, you will never raise above the level of human being.

I claim spiritual progress today, not spiritual perfection.


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People in our fellowships who think they are too big to do little things are perhaps too little to be asked to do big things.

I remember where I came from.


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Many problems will be averted with a very simple code for behavior. This is called 'kindness.' Kindness is more then politeness; it means a warm concern for the other person's feelings.

I let my kindness be a gift to another and the tag reads, 'Please handle with tender loving care.�


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If there is someone weaker than you, be kind to them. If there is someone stronger than you, be kind to yourself.

What kind of person am I? The kind, kind.


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You don't have to eat, breathe, and bathe in our fellowship, but you do need to eat, breathe, and bathe in program. This is because you must practice these principles in all your affairs. The only way to do it in all your affairs is to DO IT in all your affairs.

If I'm working my program, I needn't worry about others working theirs.


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This too shall pass. Sometimes it passes like a gentle breeze and sometimes it passes kinda like a kidney stone. Whichever, we can promise that whatever vexes you now, shall pass.

I give time, time because I know that when God made time, He/She made plenty of it


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In the ups and downs of life, remember that the most productive ups and downs are getting up for a meeting and down to the steps.

When I'm down, I take a Step and then the Step takes me.


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There are many times when crying is the appropriate thing to do. Tears let us know that you need to be supported and consoled. Do not be afraid to cry. Do not be afraid to support others when they cry.

Tears are liquid prayers.


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There will always be people who did worse than you and always people who do better. You can use comparison to prove anything you want: that you lack thus and such or that you are better than so and so. We learn not to compare our selves and our stories, but to identify.

I identify, I don't compare.


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Take heart. There is no situation too difficult to be bettered and no unhappiness too great to be lessened. This is because the spiritual tools you require reside within�within that heart you 'take.'

What lies in front of me and what lies behind me is insignificant compared to what lies within me.


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Ramana Marhrshi talks about life's journey and likens it to a train trip. He says that you can carry your baggage on your head or set it on the floor beside you. Either way, both you and your baggage arrive at your destination. This is because the train carries your baggage, not you. If you prefer to carry your burdens on your head, it doesn't change the destination, it simply gives you a head ache.

I chose to let my Higher Power carry my baggage and my burdens.


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Trying to pray is praying, even when we aren't sure exactly what God wants from us. Trying means we have the desire to communicate with the Divine Source. Even if no words come, just hitting your knees means a prayer has occurred.

My healing begins in kneeling.


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There is a difference between sharing our experience and imposing our opinions on someone. A sure way to set yourself up for a 'slip' is to be convinced that others will slip if they don't listen to your opinion.

When my opinion means more to me than my sobriety, I set myself up for a SLIP (Sobriety Loses Its Priority).


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Almost all anger is some form of control�either you trying to control people, places, or things or them trying to control you. If it's you controlling them, stop it. If it's them controlling you, stop it.

I can't do HP's will, my way.

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There may be some people who want you to be perfect. But thanks to our fellowship, to God, and the Twelve Steps, you don't have to be one of them!

I claim progress, not perfection.


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Our program does not teach us how to handle drinking and drugging. It teaches us how to handle recovery.

Another day, another recovery!


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It really is a daily program. Think about it, if you only quit one day at a time, every day that you don't pick up will be an accomplishment. If you quit forever, you won't have accomplished anything until you're dead.

Today, my one day.


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Safety is not something freely granted by the world. More people are hungry, homeless, sick, and in violent situations, than we care to admit. There are more lives ruined by chemical dependency that we care to admit. Yet the impermanence and insecurity of the earth plane is matched equally with the permanence and safety of the Divine Realm.

My Higher Power gave me a kit of spiritual tools; I use them to build a durable shelter.


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I People often protest when they don't get their prayers answered as if the Divine Source is not listening. What they fail to understand is that prayer is not intended to change the situation you are praying about; it is intended to change you.

Life is fragile; I 'Handle with Prayer.'


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As you work to solve different dilemmas that arise in your life, don't stay so focused on your troubles that you miss discovering the solutions. Give your attention to your Spiritual Source in prayer, meditation, or service to others. By taking your focus off the situation, soulutions have a way of finding you.

Through conscious contact, I allow soulutions to find me.


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'It works,� is the shortest sentence in the AA Big Book and pretty much sums up what the book can do for you. But there's a catch. Keep in mind, the program does not work. The program does not work. Just like alcohol doesn't get you drunk. You have to drink alcohol in order to get drunk. You have to work the program in order for it to work.

It works if I work it.


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Sitting at a meeting and sharing how much you love everyone in the room is meaningless if you fail to help cleanup, talk to the newcomer, inquire after the old-timer, and make sure everyone has a ride home.

My well done is better than my well said.



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'You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. ...You must do the thing you cannot do.' -Eleanor Roosevelt

I do the thing I cannot do as I overcome F.E.A.R. I Face Everything And Recover.


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Don't let the therapeutically 'correct' way to run a group hijack your meeting. Leaders are reluctant to cut a newcomer off for fear of shaming their inner child, rejecting them, or appearing to be mean. We are not therapy and we can't share with them if they can't listen.

I do not let the newcomer's inner child run our meetings. This is not play therapy.


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When you start the day with quiet meditation, you create a consciousness of serenity and peace. At anytime during the day you can bring your mind back to this moment.

When things get hectic or stressful, I bring my awareness back to the peace that I create now.


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Since life is 10% actuality and 90% reactuality you must chose your reactions carefully. The program has given you choice and how you choose to react to this day can make the difference between simply being dry or being sober.
I live today as I want to remember my life.


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Try broadening your spiritual path by making your relationship with the Divine proactive. Ask not what the Universe can do for you, but rather what you can do for the Universe! Begin the morning with: Hi World, what can I do for You today?

Asking what I can do for the Creative Source will serve us both better than simply seeking what can be done for me.

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Deal with the small stuff or it will deal with you. Do not allow the small stuff to pile up on the camel's back. Take each situation that bothers you and deal with that as one unit, not as the straw that breaks the camel's back.

When I feel it, I deal with it and then can heal from it.

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A main theme in most spiritual traditions states that the best way to get what you want is to provide it for another. If you want serenity, make it peaceful and serene for another. Do you want a feeling of safety? Provide a safe place for another. Do you want to understand what has happened? Help another to understand.

I teach best what I most need to learn.


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If you have one hand in the fellowship and one hand in your Higher Power's, you can't pick up today.

I put my hand in my Higher Power's by saying. 'Thy will not mine be done;' I put my hand in the fellowship by saying 'I'll be there, at the next meeting.�

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90 meetings in 90 days is not nearly enough. Tell newcomers to always catch a ride or give a ride to their daily meeting. This way they get a meeting on the way to the meeting, a meeting during the meeting, and a meeting on the way home. That makes 270 meetings in the first 90 days!

Who am I taking to a meeting tonight?


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No one wants to hear the Sermon on the Mount or Zen philosophy when they're trying to save their ass. They want to know what to do�not hear words of wisdom. Tell them what you did.

I do not get so spiritual, that I am of no earthly value.


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Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.

I never trust my tongue when my heart is bitter.



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We are often surprised by who we can count on when the going gets tough. Someone we did not expect to come through might and others whom we thought we could count on may fall short of our expectations. We do not blame the ones that fall short and are grateful for the ones who go the extra mile.

I measure others by their best moments, not their worst.


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Pissing contests about who used how much and who acted bad are ego trips in reverse. 'It doesn't matter what or how much we used. In NA, staying clean has to come first. We realize that we cannot use drugs and live.' (P 19, NA Basic Text).

When I brag about how much I used, how bad it was, and how much damage I did, I am doing one of two things, trying to make myself look larger or them smaller.


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Do not become one of these people who have two excuses for everything: one excuse for what you don't do and another for what you don't have.

Excuses are simply my lack of faith in me.


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No God; No Peace. Know God; Know Peace.

My program teaches me that I will have peace of mind in the exact proportion of the peace of mind I bring into the lives of others.


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Sponsors are lighthouses, not foghorns. We look to them to see how they do it, not depend on them to tell us what not to do. We already know.

I cannot improve if I only have myself as a model.


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Our program won't keep you from going to hell nor is it a ticket to heaven. But it will keep you clean and sober long enough for you to make up your mind which way you want to go.

My journey is my destination.


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When making amends, a subtle shift occurs in our thinking. We go from thinking we were a mistake to acknowledging we made a mistake.

I may make mistakes but my Higher Power doesn't and my Higher Power made me.


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Earth Angels dwell among us and they will find you at the moment you need them. These are the people who know just the right thing to say and do to keep you focused on recovery and principle.

Some of my Higher Power's best work is done anonymously.

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'Each place along the way is somewhere you had to be to be here.� ~Wayne Dyer

I cannot get ahead until I learn to be here.


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Resentment is from the Latin, meaning to 'feel again.' Rather than feeling that again, think of how it could have been worse, then be grateful it isn't. Once you get to the grateful part, you can't be resentful.

I cannot be grateful and resentful at the same time; I can't serve two masters.


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Like the song says, 'I'll bet you think this song is about you?� You need to get over yourself if you want to get over feeling sorry for yourself.

They're just doing it; they're not doing it to me.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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The AA Big Book, The NA Basic Text, and the CDA First Edition do not need to be rewritten. They need to be reread.

I begin this day by reading at least one page from my program's basic book.


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Unity in our program does not mean conformity. Unity means joining for a common purpose, despite our differences.

I I can disagree without being disagreeable.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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The Twelve Steps: One to Three: Clear up; Four to Nine: Clean up; Ten to Twelve: Contact up. These are also called the Foundation Steps, the Action Steps, and the Maintenance Steps respectively. Are you looking for something easier?

The easier, softer way is the Twelve Steps.


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We do not believe in lemming recovery. Clement wrote 'faith must go hand in hand with inquiry.' If you do not 'get' something, ASK. Ask at meetings, ask a clean and sober friend, ask your sponsor, or ask your Higher Power in prayer.

The only stupid question is the one I don't ask.


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Some members of the fellowship say 'Our mind is a dangerous neighborhood to be in alone.' But together we can be on block watch! Don't let your mind get the better of you. Turn that 'M' in me upside down, like we are asked to turn it over, and make a 'We' out of that 'Me.'

It isn't 'me' and 'you' anymore; it's 'we' and 'us.'


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You don't have to pretend to be someone you are not. You don't have to pretend to be strong (if you're a man) or fem (if you're a woman). You don't have to pretend that you don't want to use, if you do. Share what is real. The real you is enough.

I am enough; there is enough.


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No matter how hard you attempt to control the people in your life, you will not find your fulfillment there. If they don't change, you will be frustrated; if they do change under your pressure, they will be frustrated.

If I look to others for fulfillment, I will never be fulfilled.



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Do you have so many skeletons in the closet that you had to build a walk-in? Share the load. The AA Big Book says that, we 'should be willing to bring former mistakes, no matter how grievous, out of their hiding places.' (P 124) Not to do so is being self-centered and selfish.

I am only as sick as my secrets.



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Our feelings don't define us, our actions do. We are not bad because we have a quick temper--but we learn that expressing that anger hurts others. The longer we keep our temper the more it improves.

I am only as big as the smallest thing that makes me angry.


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You will be receiving many gifts from people in the programs: gifts of help, time, energy, possibly money, talents, and knowledge. You will never be able to pay them all back. You are not obligated to pay them back. You are obligated to pay them forward by giving away what you have when you can.

I appreciate the generosity of others and pay it forward when I am able.


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When egos collide, use kind words, do what you have control over, and do what you think is right. Surrender what you don't have control over, even if you think what others are doing is wrong. Others have the right to be wrong.

I define myself by what I do and how I do it, not by who wins.


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Who knows why they are chemically dependent? The answer will not change the fact, and yet many continue to question, why? Indeed, they need an answer, but they are asking the wrong question. The real question is, 'How can I become free?� Free of the fear. Free of the pain. Free of the bondage.

I do not receive the right answer when I ask the wrong question.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Our lives become very different once we learn to magnify our blessings the way we have our troubles.

What I think about enlarges. Am I enlarging my blessings or my troubles?


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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'Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.� ~Martin Luther King. Undoubtedly, there are many on your list to forgive. There is only one whom you must forgive�that is yourself.'

Because my Higher Power forgives me, I forgive myself.


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We find that the smallest deed is better than the grandest intention.

My actions speak louder than words. What are my actions saying now?

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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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If you have never experienced the results of working the Twelve Steps, no explanation is sufficient. If you have experienced the results of working the Twelve Steps, then no explanation is necessary.

I am the poster child for the miracles I cannot explain.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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When you continually don't like the way people treat you, it is usually because you are cooperating with the treatments.

The difference between me being a victor or a victim is ability. Response ability.



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People in our society stress that we ought to be happy. If you're not happy something is wrong, we are lead to believe. Yet, unhappiness is not a symptom of sickness, it is an expression of life, a natural reaction to situations we don't like. When shit happens, you don't have to like it.

I will not be unhappy about being unhappy.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Going to a lot of meetings is important, supportive, and full of fellowship. However, our program is not about meetings but what happens in between meetings.

Do I align my actions with the picture I paint of myself in meetings?



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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Sanskrit saying 'God sleeps in the mineral, awakens in the plants, walks in the animals, and thinks in you.' The Universal Source of life actually thinks in you. Use this well.

Every bad choice I ever made began with a single thought. Every good choice I ever made began with a single thought. I choose my thoughts carefully.
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Post by: Monkey on August 17, 2011, 08:11:57 AM
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How to share what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now. Be sincere. Be brief. Be seated.

When I share, I share to draw attention to the message, not the messenger.
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'Resentment' is when you didn't get your way yesterday. �Anger' is when you don't get your way today. �Fear' is that you won't get your way tomorrow.

There are no good reasons for resentment, anger, and fear-- just good excuses.
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Post by: Monkey on August 20, 2011, 08:51:40 AM

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If you stop doing the things that keep you in the program, you will go back to doing the things that brought you to the program.

The price of my recovery is eternal vigilance.
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Post by: Monkey on August 20, 2011, 09:08:16 AM
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God didn't do it!

God doesn't do anything to me, but always through me.
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Embrace all of your emotions for they are what make you, you. 'Hold them in an embrace of total acceptance and in that embrace you will not be agonized any more. Do you think the Christ never cried? Do you think the Buddha never ached? You are not going to be less human, you are going to be wholly human.' ~Bartholomew, I Come as a Brother

I become one with myself by embracing all of me, because I am all of me and I won't be less!


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The birth of resentment is blame. Often from the center of your bad feelings you seek someone to blame and yet if you 'find' this someone, it can only serve to increase your misery. Blame increases misery because it gives you something to focus on again and again. 'Resentment' is from Latin, meaning to 'feel again.'

By eliminating blame, I don't allow 'them� to live rent free in my head.


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Sporadically, even with a strong program, you may feel spiritually dead or emotionally empty. We're addicts, it happens! No matter how dead or empty you sometimes feel, this too shall pass.

It came to pass� it didn't come to stay.


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We hug a lot. This can make newcomers uncomfortable because they are not used to being given love and attention without serious strings attached. By your example, you can teach them there are no strings to this love.

A hug is a great gift. One size fits all.


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In light of your recovery, when dealing with family and friends, you may have to make some unpopular decisions and enforce them. Be open to moving toward the middle of issues that don't com-promise your principles and going to any length for those that do.

My recovery is Twelve Steps past any lengths.



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Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen To Good People said that pain is the price we pay for being alive. So instead of wondering why we feel pain, more correctly we should ask, 'What can I do to make my pain mean something more than suffering?'

A No Pain; No Gain/Know Pain; Know Gain


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When you are having trouble doing one day at a time and it feels as though several days have attacked you at once, realize that nothing except your own thoughts can really attack. In fact, it is only your own thoughts that can prove to you that you have not been attacked or singled out unfairly.

I counter thoughts of 'unfairness' with the realization that I am very lucky the world has not paid me back for all the wrongs I've caused.


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There may be a great temptation to believe that some sort of sacrifice is being asked of you when you are told you must accept reality. After all, isn't it reality that keeps messing up your fantasies? Do reality; it is the easier softer way.

Reality check: I am here'X'

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Did you know that the word 'share' derives from the Old English word for 'shear' which means to cut or divide? To share with others means to divide your burden. Each time you share, you leave another little piece of the weight of your burden with them.

By sharing, I divide; by dividing, I lighten my load.



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Relapse is part of recovery: NOT! What the fellowships say is keep coming back SOBER.� Members warn of the very real danger of that last relapse: stepping in front of a car or bus, overdosing, being institutionalized, and death! The truth is, any relapse can be your last. Never kid yourself, relapse is part of the disease process, not part of our recovery process.

I do not help people work on their recovery by OKing working on their disease. OK


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Your life works FOR you. It hones you, teaches you, and makes you a better person. Nothing in your life happens to you, but for you.

This isn't happening to me, but for me.



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Recovery is not an event; it is a process. The disease of addiction affects all three aspects of our physical, mental, and spiritual selves by changing our behavior (to self-destruction), thinking (to self-serving), and allegiance (to no purpose). It was a slow debilitating process. Recovery is the same slow process in reverse.

I am in the process of changing my behavior to self-construction, my thoughts to service, and my allegiance from �no purpose' to a higher purpose.



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Although we must be of service to our fellow drunk and junkie, although we want the hand of recovery to be there when they reach out, although we must give back what was so freely given to us, we cannot do for them what they must do for themselves.

I carry the message, I don't carry the drunk; however, if necessary, I carry the drunk to the message.



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Road rage and recovery rage are closely associated. People, places, and things get in our way and we freak. When the rage begins, quickly ask yourself, 'What would my guardian angel do now?'

My DUI's are no longer under the influence of alcohol. Today, I Drive Unger the Influence of Angels.


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'There are no deals being offered here. You cannot trade the courage needed to live every moment for immunity from life's sorrows.' ~Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation.

To gain that worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.

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Anger can be a source of personal power for people. When you get angry at God or others, even yourself, you feel the energy and you feel strong, not the helplessness of tears. Anger is a form of emotional denial.

Anger 'may be the dubious luxury of normal men' but it is not for me. (P 66, AA Big Book)


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Even though you are a unique human being, you are not so unique that your recovery is any different then thousands before you. If you think we don't understand something about your situation, then your disease is playing tricks on you.

I am unique, just like everyone else.

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Daily meditation for about 20 minutes is recommended for all in recovery, unless of course, you're very busy�then you should meditate for an hour.

May I be blessed with a slow recovery.


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Take a breath and hold it. Take another and hold, hold, hold. You can see that you can't live on the inhale alone. The inhale is the breath of the program bringing you life. The exhale is you working with others.

I inhale healing for my soul and exhale hope for others.



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In the words of Father Joe Martin, 'You can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. But you sure as hell can make them thirsty!�.

Just living my new, free life is often enough to make others 'thirsty' for recovery. I don't always have to carry the message; I am the message.

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'If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.'~ Zen Proverb

I don't have to understand how the Steps work, just that they do.


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They say that you need only one meeting a week but it might be a good idea to go to one every night so you don't miss the one you need!

Seven days without a meeting makes one weak.


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Egotism is that certain something that enables a man in a rut to think he's in a groove.

I am never in a rut when I can answer this question, 'What Step am I working now?'


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You will respect yourself to the degree that you do not violate your own value system.

Self-respect is the most important respect I can earn.


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Whatever vexes you currently, imagine for a moment what could make it worse. What can make it worse than that? Again. Imagine it, feel it, and come back to now. If you can make it worse, then you can make it better. Remember this: you are not helpless before your feelings.

I am stronger at what I'm doing, than my feelings are at what they're doing.


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Whether you pray, petition, plead, protest, prod, or praise your Spiritual Source, whether you sing songs of gratitude or whisper words of doubt, this is prayer.

Got prayer?



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One of your greatest resources can be your pets. Animals are wonderful companions and better listeners. They give undivided and devoted attention--long past the time when others have exited. They do not judge and they love unconditionally.

I work toward becoming the person my dog thinks I am.


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When you are having a bad day, lower your expectations and start over!

The more I work on me - the better most people behave.


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'When adversity strikes, my message is always, Even this will pass...and better days than we have ever experienced will come.' ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

I can't run from God, so I let God run me.


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Courage is more complex than spontaneous reactions to traumatic events. It may take courage to rush into a burning building or jump in a river to save a life, but they are almost instinctual. Sharing your deep feelings might be an act of courage far beyond gallant feats.

My courage is my fear in action.


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Emotional pain is not a character defect. It is a part of life and must be attended to like all our feelings. Feelings are not facts. They are bio-feedback on how we are doing today and what needs attention inside. How are you doing today?

Feelings won't kill me, but killing my feelings will.




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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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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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You spend more time with yourself than with anyone else. Doesn't it make sense to put something into that relationship?

I am my own best friend and value my own companionship.


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The greatest fault of all is to be conscious of none.

Referring to my list again, I put out of my mind the wrongs others have done, and look at what my part is. (adapted from the AA Big Book, P 67)


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Stop looking for the differences. People who matter, don't mind; people who mind, don't matter.

No matter my age, race, religion or chemical, I am more alike my fellow addicts than different.


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Stop looking for the differences. People who matter, don't mind; people who mind, don't matter.

No matter my age, race, religion or chemical, I am more alike my fellow addicts than different.
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Our greatest strengths taken too far become our greatest defects and our greatest defects tamed, become our virtues. Wrongly used, honesty can become brutal confrontation, nurturing can become 'I'll fix you,� and consistency can become inflexibility.

I examine my Fourth Step list and see how, properly used, each fault becomes a feature I desire.   



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'The choice is up to you. It can either be 'Good morning, God!' or 'Good God, morn-ing.' ~Dr. Wayne Dryer, Everyday Wisdom
Choice, not chance, determines my day.


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Why wonder why? Why ask why? The 'why' questions spring from only one place inside: self-pity. The questions to ask are the 'how' questions. The right questions contain clues to the answers we need.

When I ask the right question, I get the right answer.


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If you think you are a victim of the universe, you are probably right. If you think of yourself as becoming whole from your experience, you are probably right.

I am the victor, not the victim. It took all of my past to make this person I love today.


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Life is too short to spend it miserable. An excellent way to abate misery is to look at what you are blessed with. Unclench your angry fist, hold it up, and use your fingers to name five things you are grateful for.

(P.S. we mean now!)



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'We can do no great things, only small things with great love.� ~Mother Teresa

God does not want me to do extraordinary things; S/He wants me to do ordinary things extraordinarily well.



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'A boxer was in his corner on his knees praying, and someone asked a minister, �Will that help him?' The minister replied, �Not if he can't box.' ~Fr Joe M., (P 105, Alkiespeak)

God works with me, not for me.

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Some members believe that our program is too idealistic and doesn't really apply in the 'real' world. They don't get the 'in all our affairs' part. If it works in any place, then it works in every place.

If I work my program in only one place, then I'm not working my program.


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Before spiritual awakening...work steps, make coffee, carry the message. After spiritual awakening...keep working steps, keep making coffee, keep carrying the message. -Zen for the 12 Steps-

Enlightment is my ego's greatest disappointment.


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Want to know about your Spiritual Source? 'It is a simple procedure to calculate the number of seeds in an apple. But who among us can ever say how many apples are in a seed?' ~Dr. Wayne Dyer, Everyday Wisdom

Even though I feel very small when the stars come out at night, I remember that I, too, am made of stardust.


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In order to forgive, you have to have blamed.

I don't have to forgive people, places, and things, if I don't blame people, places, and things.


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We recommend that you take your Third Step every morning and turn your will over to the care of God, as you understand God. Then at night, take a Tenth Step to see how God is doing.

I talk often to my Higher Power. S/He understands better than most people.



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'Always remember that each day as you look at your world and see millions upon millions of flowers opening up, God does it all without using any force.' ~Dr. Wayne Dyer (P 91, Everyday Wisdom)

If I have to force the solution, then it's not the solution.

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Probably any one of us can get along with perfect people, but our task is to get along with imperfect people. The worst part of trying to get along with imperfect people is that they refuse to change into what we want.

When I think about how hard it is to change myself, I know how hard it will be to change others.


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Treat your family like you would a newcomer. Give them the same latitude for mistakes, give them the same love, the same gentleness, the same priority and care. This makes for a well-nourished family.

When I ask 'How can I be of service?' my family is at the head of the line.


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What you are feeling today is not the way you will always feel. Happy or sad, mad, glad, or bad, the one thing you can always count on is that everything changes.

Even though I resist change, there's no way to progress without it.


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What lies ahead of you and what lies behind you is insignificant compared to what lies within you.

The thing that's so great about recovery today is that no matter where I am, I'm here.

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Sometimes it is heard around the tables that there's 'us alkies and addicts' and then there's the so-called 'normal people. So-called 'normal' people are simply people that you haven't gotten to know very well.

'Normal' is a cycle on my washing machine, not a cycle in my life.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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They say that when you are angry or resentful at someone, your best course of action is to pray for them. That's difficult when you'd rather bop the bastard. Say it like you mean it, until you mean to say it.

Whenever I want to get even, I get even worse.




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People may off handedly say 'Have a nice day,' and you don't see anything 'nice' about today. Maybe they should say, 'Have a nice day, unless you have other plans.'

I don't 'have' a nice day, I 'make� a nice day!



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White lies, little lies, and unimportant lies are still all lies. Even small dishonesties will make your life uncomfortable. Is it worth it?

If I always tell the truth, I never have to remember what I have said.


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Emotions are influenced by our interactions with others. How we signal others greatly influences how they respond to us.

If I am constantly being mistreated, I am probably co-operating with the treatments.


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'We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are.' ~Talmudic Saying

I need to put things in perspective because I have a disease of perception.


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As we learn to accept our disease, our circumstances and what we must do to recover, we come to realize that although we may not have control over these situations, we do have control over how we react to them. Bill W., co-founder of the Twelve-Step programs, wrote 'We neither ran nor fought. But accept we did. And then we were free.'

Am I finished with fighting?

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Not knowing, is not the problem. Not being OK with not knowing is the problem.

I don't need to figure it out. I just need to do it.


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When you're being nice, it's OK to over do it. During the HALT moments, when you're too hungry, angry, lonely, and tired, it's not.

When I go too far, it is seldom in the right direction.




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Don't try to clear away the wreckage of your future.

I stay in today and forget about jumpstarting tomorrow.


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We not only attempt geographical 'cures' while drinking, but often while clean and sober too. When you make a move 'for the better,' unless you can honestly say you are running to something positive, then you are running from something that you haven't faced.

No matter how fast or how far I go, I can't outrun myself.


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We not only attempt geographical 'cures' while drinking, but often while clean and sober too. When you make a move 'for the better,' unless you can honestly say you are running to something positive, then you are running from something that you haven't faced.

No matter how fast or how far I go, I can't outrun myself.


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A temper will get us into trouble and pride will keep us there.

I can't save my face and my butt at the same time.


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The people you most need to give love to will seem like the ones who deserve it the least.

It begins with me.



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Honesty without kindness is cruel and kindness without honesty is co-dependence.

If I can't say it kindly, I needn't say it at all.


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It is better to have some-one sober and hating you because you told them the truth, rather than have someone drunk and liking you because you told them a lie.

I don't heap on the bullshit when the truth is like Miracle Grow


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We may have empathy for your situation but we will not pity you. We know that pitying you leads to you pitying yourself which leads to mind-affecting chemicals. Rather than pity you, if you need an attitude adjustment, it's very likely a fellow group member will let you know.

Attitudes are contagious. Is mine worth catching?


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When working Steps Six and Seven we honestly have to ask ourselves 'Do I really want to give up the defect? Or do I just want to give up the result of the defect?�

Being an alcoholic does not give me the excuse to act alcoholically.


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Reputation: what others are not thinking about you.

What others think about me is never as important as what I think about them.

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'Imagine if at every moment we each embraced the world as the gift it is: An apple is a gift; the color pink is a gift; the blue sky is a gift; the scent of honeysuckle is a gift. Hidden in every experience is a gift,' ~Marcia Prager, The Path of Blessing: Experiencing the Energy and Abundance of the Divine

What is my gift right now?

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There are no magic wands or burning bushes in our program. Just footwork and faith.

As I feed my faith, my doubts will starve to death.



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We make two great decisions in life: one, the decision to get clean and sober; the other, the decision to stay that way. Never make the decision not to stay that way when you are depressed or unhappy.

'Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time.' ~Robert Schuller


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Is your ideal to be clean and whole? If so, ask yourself: What sort of neighbor is a clean and sober person? What sort of family member is a clean and sober person? What sort of Twelve Step program will a clean and sober person work?

Sober is as sober does.


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Positive clean thoughts of ourselves are a must. Picture yourself speaking at meetings, greeting newcomers, laughing, sponsoring others, and holding your head high. Clean and sober thoughts help counter years of drunk and dirty thoughts.

I picture myself laughing and sharing with others



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According to the martial arts, Akido, the best way to win a fight is not to be there in the first place. Think of this the next time you are invited to a bar, to ride in vehicle with a pot smoker, or to celebrate at the office party.

My best path to cease fighting anybody or anything, is not to be in the ring in the first place.


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Sweat the small stuff. The big stuff we can handle, it's the day to day crap that gets us. How do we attend to the small stuff? Steps Ten and Eleven.

Today I treat myself to quiet time in order to review the small stuff.

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How important are the slogans? Sometimes, these are the only things we can bring to mind when we stand at a turning point, the thresh-hold of a crisis.

The slogans work much better for me when I decorate my life with them rather than decorating the walls with them.


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'When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the new worlds which open for us.' ~Alexander Graham Bell

God wants for me what I would want for myself, IF I had all the facts.


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There are a lot more reasons for working the Ninth Step than freedom, serenity, and moral responsibility. Making amends is a good way of having the last word.

I take my program seriously and myself lightly.


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Doing the next right thing in the face of a tricky situation is not a choice you can run away from. As the saying goes: Wherever you go, there you are.

I do the next right thing first, so the 'situation� doesn't last.

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'We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.' ~Helen Keller

My adversities are opportunities in disguise.

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Some people do not have to have a program to stop drinking and using. But for us, we remember untreated abstinence will make our past our future.

I don't work the program to get my life back; I work the program to get my life forward.


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The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention. The smallest kindness is better than the best pitch.

It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice.


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"Come forward and join hands with us in this great work for the Creator."--Traditional Circle of Elders, NORTHERN CHEYENNE

The Elders have spent years learning to pray and communicate with the Great Spirit. Their job is to pass this knowledge onto the young people. The Elders have told us we are now in a great time of healing. The Creator is guiding them to help the young people figure this out. We must get involved and participate. We should pray and see what it is the Great Spirit wants us to do. We need to sacrifice our time to help the people and to be of maximum use to the Creator. Every person is needed to accomplish this great healing.

Creator, whisper what You want me to do.


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At the start of meeting we always ask, 'Is there anybody new or coming back?' We should also ask, 'Is there anybody old and going out?�

I remember that the 'still suffering alcoholic' can include old timers too!

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There is no completion for the circle of recovery. A circle has no beginning and no end. It is suggested that recovery begins when you have learned enough from those before you and pass it along to those behind. Love is the process that keeps the circle moving.

Standing hand in hand or arm in arm after a meeting I absorb the love that travels our circle of recovery.


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They say, 'When all else fails, read the directions.' In recovery, we say, 'When all else fails, only then are you ready to read the directions.� It takes what it takes.

I do not wait to hit the bottom of a problem before I hit the books for directions.


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The law of physics says there is only one way to coast: down hill.

If I am not moving forward, I am moving backward. There is no coasting in recovery.


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Pure and simple: Fear is the absence of Faith. Whether your fears are the Frantic Efforts to Appear Recovered or the F*ck Everything And Run type, one thing is guaranteed to alleviate them, the Fear Ain't In This House type of faith.

My fear no longer owns me.


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In working with others, remember that no one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

I love the unloveables.



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In working with others, remember that no one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

I love the unloveables.

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Some program members get stuck on rules of what one can and can't say and what dependency qualifies one to be in what recovery group. They demand that newcomers follow traditions as interpreted by them. This can drive newcomers away before they even find out what recovery means.

I carry the message, not the mess.




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When we feel that fate has dealt us a bad hand with chemical dependency, we simply remember that many people have MS, cancer, diabetes, lupus, or a myriad of maladies that are not so easily put into remission.

Because I count my blessings, my blessings count.


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Everyone has problems. Your problem though, is not the real problem. The real problem is how you deal with the original problem.

I work the program, not the problem.

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It is remarkable how often we run across this feeling of 'uniqueness' as we recover. We may brag that we used more, had worse contacts, spent more in bars, treated our family worse, were younger, older, blacker, gayer, more sensitive--whatever.

I am the only �me' there is ever going to be. I do not try to convince others that I am a better me than they.

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The reason people blame other people is because there is only one alternative.

I do not point a finger at another because there are always three pointing back at me.


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If you are clean and sober, the miracle has already happened. Stick around, the impossibilities take a little longer.

Nothing is impossible in God's world.


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The sole purpose of AA is to help the alcoholic stop drinking. The sole purpose of NA is to help the addict stop using. The sole purpose of CDA is to help the chemically dependent give up mind affecting chemicals. The soul purpose of all these fellowships is service, unity, and recovery.

'I do not put the sole purpose of any fellowship above the soul purpose.' ~Shelly Marshall

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".because if you believe in something, and believe in it long enough, it will come into being."
-- Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE

We are created by the Great One to accomplish His will through our mental pictures or visions. Our thoughts are three dimensional: words, pictures and feelings. We create the vision by thinking the words and we create feeling for the vision by feeling enthusiasm, desire, commitment and other strong beliefs. Once we create the vision, we move toward and become like that which we think about. All visions are tested by our self talk; for example, "This isn't going to happen, where is the money coming from anyway?" When this happens, we need to let go of the test and focus on belief in the vision. Why? Because God said if we believe it long enough, He will guarantee it!!!

Great One, let my beliefs be strong today. Help me to have faith in my visions.



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When we pray for strength, the Universe gives us difficulties to make us strong. When we pray for courage, the Universe gives us danger to overcome. When we pray for patience, the Universe gives us long lines and traffic jams. What are you praying for?

I may ask for favors but the Universe gives me opportunities.

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'This time, like all times, is a very good one if we but know what to do with it.' ~Ralph Waldo Emerson. Every thought you have can be part of a continuous prayer and everything you do can be your practice of healing.

If I'm not happy today, what am I waiting for?


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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'There are more things in heaven and earth... than are dreamt of in your philosophy.' ~William Shakespeare. Hold on to the knowledge that more good is occurring on this hunk of rock floating through space than you can ever imagine.

I ask for all things that I might enjoy life, I am given life that I might enjoy all things.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Seemingly 'bad days are usually the days in which we don't get our own way. This is a Third Step problem. If you are having a 'bad� day, read the Third Step from your basic recovery text and ask yourself what part of your life today has not been turned over.

Today I work toward matching my will to my Higher Power's, not my Higher Power's to mine.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Gaining our strength in recovery by admitting our powerlessness in addiction is a mystery to us. But, the First Step says we are powerless over 'our drug of choice� and not powerless over 'our recovery.' Don't limit yourself.

I am powerfully recovering.

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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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There is no right way to do the wrong thing. Whatever you were thinking of doing, you can not rationalize it into 'right' action by saying, 'yes but this' or 'no but that.' You know what's right and you know what's wrong�that gut feeling guides you.

When things go wrong, I don't go with them.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Service is sacred; our sometimes smoke-filled, coffee-filled, talk-filled clubs, meetings, and social gatherings are the basis for a lot more than laughter�they add up to a major part of our recovery.� May 29, Day By Day

Am I contributing to the fellowship?


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Us addicts are often hyper-vigilant about others 'talking behind our backs' or slandering us. Our sponsors tell us that what 'they� think of us is none of our business. It can still be hard to take.

It matters not if someone speaks badly of me; I live so no one will believe it.

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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Us addicts are often hyper-vigilant about others 'talking behind our backs' or slandering us. Our sponsors tell us that what they think of us is none of our business. It can still be hard to take.

It matters not if someone speaks badly of me; I live so no one will believe it.



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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Everybody makes mistakes. Fools repeat them, the weak excuse them, only the wise admit and profit from them.

If I really want to find a solution to my current quandary, I will. If not, I will find an excuse.



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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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'For a time we are living inside a scream where there seems to be no exit, only echoes. The small cares that seemed so important yesterday seem like nothing, and our daily concerns become petty and irrelevant. When we finally reclaim ourselves, as we ultimately do, we are changed.' -Kent Nerburn, Simple Truths

Cooperating with God is the easier softer way.

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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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'Nothing contributes more to the peace of the soul than having no opinion at all.' -George Christopher Lichtenberg

When I have no opinion on outside issues, I cannot be drawn into controversy. (Tradition Ten)

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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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You are an exceptional human being. There has never been anyone with your personality, ability, and unique way of seeing things. Take the world by storm because you have what it takes!

I used to feel impending doom. Now I feel impending good.

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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Let go or be dragged.

I pray for the willingness to be willing to be willing to let go absolutely. (P 97, Meeting Wisdom)


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Egoism isn't necessarily thinking a lot of yourself--just thinking of yourself a lot.

I begin this day by thinking of another first. Who is distressed or frightened that I may offer words of comfort?


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Many meetings, many chances; few meetings, few chances; no meetings, no chances.

The trouble with staying home and isolating is I get a lot of bad advice.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Anger is one letter away from danger.

If I am right, I don't need to be angry. If I am wrong, I can't afford to be angry.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Life on earth is one of polarity. We feel the comfort of love because we know the pain of rejection; we know the satisfaction of a full belly because we know the emptiness of hunger. Without darkness we can't appreciate the light; without cold we can't cherish the warmth. We know the joy of recovery because we came from the depths of despair.

I am not what I am in spite of my disease; I am what I am because of it.



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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. The truth is that your Spiritual Source doesn't deal with time, clocks, and calendars. Your Source put you in today because your Source is in today.

Because God (Allah, Krishna, Kahuna, Creator, Divine Intelligence) is in the NOW, then �Just for Today' I stay here too.



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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Try to live your life without adding to your Eight Step list. You have enough wreckage to clear up from the past without creating wreckage in the now.

When I feel my worst, I try my best.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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When you work with others, you allow Divine Intelligence to speak and smile through you. You allow the Divine to reach out and hug the drunk, the junkie, and the dope head.

All people smile in the same language.

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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Do not ask what your Higher Power can do for you, but rather what you can do for your Higher Power. This gets us out of self.

Dear God, what can I do for you today?


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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People who seek a sponsor without faults, will be without a sponsor.

I know that my sponsor is willing to make mistakes, if I am willing to learn from them.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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Our disease had so much control over our lives, that it not only made us do things we did not want to do, but would not let us do things that we wanted to.

My disease used to make my choices. Now I do.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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If people don't agree with you, so what? If people do agree with you, so what? Our program is one of suggestions, not conformity.

I do not need to conform to be comfortable. 'Comfortable' is conscious contact, not conscious copycat.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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All of us chemical dependents have come from the same place, no where. We all enter the world of recovery by changing our place to now here. No Where to Now Here. It works.

NOW is the working unit of my life.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
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He who laughs, lasts! 'But why shouldn't we laugh? We have recovered.� (P 132, AA Big Book)

My laughter is good medicine.


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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Slice on March 09, 2012, 12:24:13 PM
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If you are not happy with what you have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?

Happiness is not having what I want but wanting what I have.
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Post by: Slice on March 09, 2012, 12:31:01 PM
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One way to tell how well you are practicing the principles in all your affairs is to notice how you treat people who can be of no service to you.

I go out of my way to be kind to the very next person I encounter, regardless of what they can or cannot do for me.
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Post by: Slice on March 10, 2012, 11:16:26 AM
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It is our experience in recovery that a Power greater then ourselves places the answers before us that we need to hear when we need to hear them. Often we don't like the answers and practice self-will by trying to force our solution. Forcing solutions is the same as ignoring Step Three.

When I force the solution, the solution becomes the problem.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote March 10 , 2012
Post by: CD on March 11, 2012, 07:40:43 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote

It is our experience in recovery that a Power greater then ourselves places the answers before us that we need to hear when we need to hear them. Often we don't like the answers and practice self-will by trying to force our solution. Forcing solutions is the same as ignoring Step Three.

When I force the solution, the solution becomes the problem.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote March 10 , 2012
Post by: CD on March 11, 2012, 07:43:27 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote

It is our experience in recovery that a Power greater then ourselves places the answers before us that we need to hear when we need to hear them. Often we don't like the answers and practice self-will by trying to force our solution. Forcing solutions is the same as ignoring Step Three.

When I force the solution, the solution becomes the problem.
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Post by: Monkey on March 11, 2012, 04:46:12 PM
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Whatever spiritual values you adopt are unique to you. You may adopt a strong religious stance or a more intimate spiritual philosophy from within. In any case, the spiritual path you seek is up to you and not those around you. Be comfortable with your spiritual choices and don't try to please others.

The more I have on the inside, the less I need on the outside.
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Post by: Slice on March 13, 2012, 12:08:32 PM
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All our suggestions are free. The ones you don't take are the ones you end up paying for.

When all else fails, I take the suggestions.
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Post by: CD on March 14, 2012, 11:26:02 AM
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We find that the winners do what they have to do and the losers do what they want to do.

The winners are stuck with me.
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Post by: CD on March 15, 2012, 08:50:52 AM
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There are two times when you need to go to a meeting, when you think you need one and when you know you don't.

Rather than thinking about going to a meeting, I go to the meeting, and then think about it.
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Post by: Slice on March 16, 2012, 12:29:45 PM
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Opportunities are often disguised as problems and this is why we miss them. With the next problem you encounter, ask, 'What can I learn from this?'

I watch for big problems; they disguise big opportunities.
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Post by: CD on March 17, 2012, 09:33:42 AM
They say you need newcomers to tell you where you came from, old-timers to tell you where you could go, and a sponsor to tell you where you are at.

The most important word in my Steps is the first one... 'WE'
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Post by: CD on March 18, 2012, 08:03:03 AM
Grateful alcoholics/addicts don't drink and drug and drinking and drugging alcoholics/addicts aren't grateful.

My gratitude is not the word but my desire to say the word. My desire to say the word is a corner stone of my recovery.

      
   
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Post by: CD on March 19, 2012, 09:42:10 AM
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'To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.' -Jules Henri Poincsre

I question myself, 'Am I a nay sayer to all suggestions?' or equally destructive 'Am I a disciple of a God Squad, blindly following a hard and inflexible line of thought?'
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Post by: CD on March 20, 2012, 09:32:44 AM
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If you think you can or you think you can't, you're probably right.

The state of my world is a reflection of the state of my mind.
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Post by: CD on March 21, 2012, 11:59:07 AM
Pocket Sponsor  March 21,2012   'It is time to speak your Truth. Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader. This could be a good time!' Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation

I enjoy the Fellowship of the Spirit.
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Post by: CD on March 22, 2012, 10:20:31 AM
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Listen to the message, not the messenger! This is what Tradition Twelve is all about, looking past the personality to the principle behind the message. There are some mighty slick personalities out there talking trash and some Big Book thumpers (irritating as they are) that have a true message of hope.

The slicker, the sicker.
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Post by: CD on March 23, 2012, 01:56:06 PM
They say you don't have to like your sponsor; they just have to have something you want; like a life. It is your sponsor's job to give you a program to work until you develop a program of your own.

People who sponsor themselves have fools for sponsors.         
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Post by: CD on March 24, 2012, 10:55:00 AM
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When one door closes, another door opens. It's waiting in the hallway that's hell.

I am not a slow learner. I am just, sometimes, a slow accepter.
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Post by: CD on March 25, 2012, 09:08:27 AM
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Many people think that the Twelve Steps are the work. But they are not. The Twelve Steps are the preparation for doing the real work. The real work is in reaching out to the still suffering alcoholic and addict.  'God has no hands but yours.' (attributed to Mother Theresa).

I become the hands of my Higher Power.
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Post by: CD on March 26, 2012, 09:02:35 AM
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Most of our growth in recovery takes time. You may, like many of us, want to be restored to wholeness yesterday. However, you can afford to be patient. After all, when the Universe made time, it made plenty of it.
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Post by: CD on March 27, 2012, 09:16:18 AM
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Do not be quick to call all therapy 'psyco-babble' and think that mental health experts do not understand. Therapy can be the guide that leads you to the discovery of your anchor amidst the surrounding storms of life.

In the words of Bill Wilson, I should 'never belittle a good doctor or psychiatrist'.
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Post by: Slice on March 28, 2012, 10:39:49 AM
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In the words of Wayne Dyer 'You will be happy to know that the universal law that created miracles has not been repealed.'

I Expect a Miracle today.
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Post by: CD on March 28, 2012, 12:51:00 PM
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In the words of Wayne Dyer 'You will be happy to know that the universal law that created miracles has not been repealed.'

I Expect a Miracle today.

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Post by: CD on March 29, 2012, 08:27:14 AM
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We came here for our drinking/drugging and stay in part for thinking/hugging.

Hugs are one way the fellowship demonstrates to me that it isn't 'me' and 'you' anymore, it's 'we' and 'us.'
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Post by: CD on March 30, 2012, 12:32:26 PM
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The person you were will drink again. That is why you must 'smash all your old ideas; so that the new you is a member of the program, not the person you were. The person you were was a practicing alcoholic. The person you are is not.

Some people say that the 12 Steps brain wash us. Thank God, because that's how I got clean and sober!
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Post by: CD on March 31, 2012, 09:10:01 AM
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The best remedy for anger is delay.

I don't use my 'claws when agitated,' I learn to 'pause when agitated.' (P 87, AA Big Book)
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Post by: CD on April 01, 2012, 08:03:58 AM
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Some people quote the Bible, Qur'an, Torah, or some other holy text claiming that it is your only road to recovery. You may or may not find that comforting. Whether or not it is comforting you, remember it is comforting them. Be tolerant and gracious.

I may not find something personally helpful, but I find it helpful to be personable.
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Post by: CD on April 02, 2012, 09:23:06 AM
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When things go wrong, they are not particularly anyone's fault. You can't expect every meeting to be perfect and your sponsor to have every answer. You know you can't control or fix everything that goes wrong and neither can 'they.'

When things go wrong, I don't let them get too far.
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Post by: CD on April 03, 2012, 09:04:11 AM
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The diversity of people seeking recovery is extraordinary. Whether an old salty dog, young gang member, grandparent, or teen with attitude, we remember: as cancer is no respecter of victims, neither is addiction. Same disease, same recovery.

'We all came on different ships, but we're all on the same boat now.' ~Martin Luther King

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Post by: CD on April 04, 2012, 10:35:09 AM
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In our fellowship, there are always those who feel they have the ultimate wisdom to impart to you. These highly verbose people may set your nerves on edge with incredibly self-serving 'words of wisdom.' They may be full of themselves, but they are probably not trying to hurt you.

If I judge people, I have no time to love them.
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Post by: CD on April 05, 2012, 04:47:59 PM
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In order to grasp recovery we must learn, not accumulate knowledge, but really learn. Accumulating knowledge is moving from the known to the known, but learning is moving from the known to the unknown.

Each time I say, 'Thy will, not mine, be done,' I move from the known to the unknown and I can learn.
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Post by: CD on April 06, 2012, 10:13:01 AM
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People are always blaming their circumstances for being what they are. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.' ~George Bernard Shaw

As long as I blame my past, I'm not free to claim my future.
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Post by: CD on April 07, 2012, 10:12:02 AM
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People will tell you to 'work' the steps and that may lead you to believe that the steps are our work in recovery. Working the steps is not doing our work, they are the foundation for doing our work. Our work is getting into the trenches and helping others.

When my life is not working the way I want it to, I find I may not be doing my real work.
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Post by: CD on April 08, 2012, 09:21:20 AM
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One of the joys of this program is the path it provides us with to do the right thing. Our steps don't give us a whole lot of room for justifications. There is no right way to do the wrong thing.

I learn to do the next right thing, not the next 'me' thing.
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Post by: CD on April 09, 2012, 10:42:14 AM
  April 9 , 2012          Forgive yourself because your Spiritual Source already has. Who are you to argue about this?

T.G.I.F.: Thank God I'm Forgiven.
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Post by: CD on April 10, 2012, 08:43:40 AM
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Sobriety is a grant, not a gift. A gift is something we get to keep forever. A grant is contingent on us doing something to keep it.

I work steps because my recovery is 'contingent on the maintenance of {my} spiritual program.  (P 85, AA Book)
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Post by: CD on April 11, 2012, 10:03:52 AM
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As you question your Higher Power on what can be done about the wreckage of your past, HP already has you working on the problem.  You cannot possibly right all your past.  In our program, you learn to clear away what wreckage you can and then you have to let it go.

I let God do for me what i cannot do for myself.
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Post by: CD on April 12, 2012, 09:13:19 AM
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'This time, like all times, is a very good one if we but know what to do with it.' ~Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Every thought you have can be part of a continuous prayer and everything you do can be your practice of healing.

If I'm not happy today, what am I waiting for?
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Post by: CD on April 13, 2012, 05:39:29 PM
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Everyday in our lives is not going to be perfect just because we are not drinking or drugging. The best way we know of to treat PMS (Poor Me Syndrome) is get rid of the words 'It ain't fair and 'Why me?'

God does not owe me happiness because I no longer am an intolerant, abusive, self-centered, practicing alcoholic/addict.
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Post by: CD on April 14, 2012, 10:26:11 AM
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You must learn to pick up a program, not just set down a drink! They call this foot work. Your Higher Power wants to make a deal with you. You do the foot work and He'll take care of the results.

If I have one hand in the fellowship and one hand in God's, I can't pick up today.
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Post by: CD on April 15, 2012, 09:28:42 AM
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There will be many times when nothing anyone does, including yourself, seems right. But these 'nothing is ever right' times pass like a cloud over-head. Do not make decisions until the cloud passes, so that you make them in the full light of your good senses.

I do not make decisions when 'nothing is going right.  How can my decision be right if nothing else is?
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Post by: CD on April 17, 2012, 09:05:57 AM
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Don't allow anger, bitterness, and other character defects to affect your family, friends, and fellowship. It is all too easy to lash out at ones close to you who will 'understand' your hostility and give you room because you are in recovery. Treat them as you would a newcomer for they deserve as much.

Harsh words break no bones but they do break hearts.
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Post by: CD on April 18, 2012, 09:55:32 AM
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Although romance and relationships are an important aspect of balance in our lives--it is never the solution to drinking and other drug taking. It is sometimes easier to focus on passion, rather than trudge through the steps!

I practice these principles in all my affairs, (pun intended).
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Post by: CD on April 19, 2012, 11:45:42 AM
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Although a bit of compassion might be nice now and again, you sure don't need anyone's pity! Compassion is laced with understanding while pity reflects a diminished picture of yourself. With gut level honesty, you will evoke compassion; by denying, hiding, and blaming, you are likely to evoke pity from others.

If I am genuine about my recovery with others, they will be genuine in their compassion with me.
            
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Post by: CD on April 20, 2012, 08:57:15 AM
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This is a 'We' program, not a 'Me' program. We do this together. Look at our steps. They all say 'We admitted' or 'We came to believe. Doing it together makes us stronger and less likely to fool ourselves with dysfunctional ways of thinking.

This is a self-help program that I can't do by myself.
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Post by: CD on April 21, 2012, 09:45:53 AM
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Seven days without a meeting, makes one weak.

Just as I am not independently wealthy and need to work to stay solvent, I am not independently healthy and need meetings to stay soulvent.
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Post by: CD on April 22, 2012, 09:55:41 AM
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'Smile facts: It is 2.5 times easier to smile than to frown. It takes 43 muscles to frown, but only 17 to smile. Smiling stimulates our nervous system to produce 'cerebral morphine.' This hormone give us a pleasant feeling and it has an anesthetic effect.  ~Karlynn Baker Scharlau, A Thoughtful Moment

When I meet someone today who
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Post by: CD on April 23, 2012, 10:49:51 AM
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Recovery is not the absence of conflict but the ability to cope with it.

My recovery comes from new daily habits I form in seconds, minutes, and hours of simple Twelve-Step living.
            
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Post by: CD on April 24, 2012, 03:13:05 PM
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Sobriety often brings us effects we never expected, like becoming the person we used to resent!

I used to resent people whose standards I could not live up to. Now, by the Grace of God, I am one!
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Post by: CD on April 25, 2012, 09:39:23 AM
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Being lonely gets in the way of learning how to live alone. You are not alone even though you may have felt alone in a crowd in the past. The remedy for loneliness is service. Show up to a meeting 30 minutes early tonight and help set up. We promise you will not be lonely!

I never have to be alone again.
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Post by: CD on April 26, 2012, 08:57:05 AM
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Having a God of our own under-standing does not mean we have to withhold saying 'God' around non-believers. People who try to get the word 'God' out of the Twelve Steps in order not to offend others, are missing the point. The point is, no one has to say 'God' in order to recover; it does not mean others can't call their Higher Power 'God.'
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Post by: CD on April 27, 2012, 03:17:07 PM
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Have you ever found yourself saying, 'I can't believe this!' because things have gotten out of hand? You can't believe it because it's gotten out of your hand. This is the time to laugh at yourself for trying to control again; poke fun at the situation, your beliefs, whatever. Have fun.

'When things get goofy beyond belief, it's time to stop believing and get goofy.' ~Pat Samples, Daily Comforts for Caregivers
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Post by: CD on April 28, 2012, 09:00:20 AM
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It is not your duty to solve other people's problems, arbitrate their disputes and raise their children. If you believe this is Twelve Step work, you will only be hurt when they reject your advice and shocked when they blame you for their troubles.

My job is to carry the message, not deliver the drunk.
               
   

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Post by: CD on April 29, 2012, 08:46:58 AM
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If you don't stand for something, they say you will fall for anything. Do you stand up for recovery? Do you stand up for principle? Do you stand up for the Traditions, Steps, and Fellowship?
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Post by: CD on April 30, 2012, 10:47:52 AM
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Although thoughts are things, they are not actions; although feelings are real, they are not facts. They only have the power we give them through our actions.

When I act kindly, I give power to loving thoughts and feelings; when I use harsh words and 'get even' I give power to angry thoughts and feelings.
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Post by: CD on May 01, 2012, 09:48:58 AM
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They say that young people don't get sober, they get caught. Getting caught is a great way to find recovery. We don't care how you get here, whether it is your parents that force you, a school counselor, the courts, or a guilty conscious--you're here. So decide not to get recaught, but to recover instead.

If I'm young, I am respectful of the old farts. If I'm an old fart I don't recite platitudes to the young.
            
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Post by: CD on May 02, 2012, 07:50:28 AM
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Although there are no Twelve Step gurus, and God knows we are not saints, there are times when the words and actions of some members touch us so much that we practically consider them saints. We never forget though, that they are human and still suffer. So we reach out to them as they reach out to others.

I remember that the 'alcoholic that still suffers' could just as well be an old-timer as it is a newcomer, my sponsor as my sponsee.
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Post by: CD on May 03, 2012, 01:23:12 PM
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'Suit up, Show up, Sit up, Shut up' is what we used to tell newcomers. We used to say this for darn good reason. Drunk drunks and newly clean addicts shouldn't be running at the mouth about recovery when they don't understand recovery. Unfortunately 'Politically Correct' (or rather, 'Therapeutically Correct') often hijacks our meetings. Do not be afraid to take our meetings back.
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Post by: CD on May 04, 2012, 03:23:31 PM
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The old timers used to say that the world's most difficult prayer was 'O, Lord, be as good to me today, as I was to my fellowman, yesterday.'

I say what I mean, mean what I say, and don't say it mean.
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Post by: CD on May 05, 2012, 09:23:38 AM
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If God is your co-pilot, switch seats! (Anonymous Sage) There is something special waiting for you to do today that won't get done if you are flying around doing your own thing.

When I let my Higher Power pilot my life, I know that inspiration will guide my actions and that 'special something' will get done.

            
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Post by: CD on May 06, 2012, 08:26:44 AM
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Don't ever think you have nothing left to learn in the fellowship and that everyone wants to hear you talk incessantly because you are so wise. You can not have an open mouth and an open mind at the same time.

When I do all the talking, I can only hear what I already know.
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Post by: CD on May 07, 2012, 07:48:41 AM
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We are now learning to keep our thoughts in recovery and not in the insanity of the past. The program fixes it so we don't have to suffer from insanity anymore. Now we can enjoy it!

Crazy-making is what I make of it.
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Post by: CD on May 08, 2012, 02:54:44 PM
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Few of us realize that God is all we need until God is all we have.

If I can't find God, I know who moved.
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Post by: CD on May 09, 2012, 09:46:09 AM
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If you rely on meetings alone to keep you sober, then you must find a 24 hour meeting. Meetings are for identifying and sharing. People in the meetings will tell you what they did and suggest what you can do, but they can't do it for you.

I can pray for a good harvest, but I still have to plow.
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Post by: CD on May 10, 2012, 01:41:19 PM
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Don't let your starting point in recovery ever discourage you. Don't let your starting point today put a frown on your face. Anyone who gets to be an old-timer had to be a newcomer first. Smile and start.

My journey of a thousand smiles begins with the First Step.
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Post by: CD on May 11, 2012, 01:23:53 PM
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'When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.' ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gifts From the Sea 1955

I cannot touch others if I am not in touch with myself. I keep in touch with myself through Step Ten.

            
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Post by: CD on May 12, 2012, 12:30:19 PM
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The most convincing message we can carry to other chemical dependents is our own example of a contented recovery. And kindness. To the desolate alcoholic/addict, an act of kindness can be the difference between getting 'better' or getting 'bitter.'

I remember that I may be the only Big Book some people ever see.
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Post by: CD on May 13, 2012, 06:26:43 AM
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If you don't deal with your feelings, they'll deal with you. Whatever you are thinking right now is creating how you feel. One of the best ways to deal with the way you feel is to create positive thoughts.

I create positive feelings by thinking positive thoughts.
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Post by: CD on May 14, 2012, 09:35:03 AM
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Knowing what to do with this moment, is as simple as doing the next right thing so that your Spiritual Source can act in your best interests.

When my Higher Power is for me, what can be against me?
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Post by: CD on May 15, 2012, 01:04:30 PM
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Now and then with a little time, we stop working one through nine. The price of recovery is eternal vigilance. Steps Ten, Eleven, and Twelve insure that we keep working One through Nine.

No matter how much time I have from my last drink or drug, I am only Twelve Steps away from the next.
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Post by: CD on May 16, 2012, 09:19:36 AM
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Whatever our problems, when we dwell on the problem, the problem gets bigger. When we dwell on the solution, the solution gets bigger.

I don't tell my Higher Power how big my problem is, I tell my problem how big my Higher Power is.
            
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Post by: CD on May 17, 2012, 05:24:38 PM
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Our recovery has less to do with our thinking and much more to do with our actions. If you don't believe this, stop going to meetings, stop looking at where you're wrong, stop making amends, and stop doing service work. You will soon see that no matter how good your 'thoughts' are, your life won't be worth a hoot in very short order.

My recovery works better when I utilize, not analyze.

   
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Post by: CD on May 18, 2012, 09:55:40 AM
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The next time a newcomer tells you, 'The program isn't working for me,' agree with them. They are right. Then explain to them that the only people who stay clean and sober are the ones who work the program, not the ones who wait for the program to work for them.

I must do the work or it doesn't get done.
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Post by: CD on May 19, 2012, 08:36:37 AM
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'If you are humble, nothing can touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know who you are.' ~Mother Theresa

Humility is that virtue which reduces me to the proper size without degrading me, and increases me in statue without inflating me.
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Post by: CD on May 20, 2012, 11:11:39 AM
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Frequently, addicts and alcoholics who experience difficulties will isolate in order to lick their wounds like an injured animal. You may not want to bother us, you may be embarrassed by your blunders, or you may think it's not our business. When you don't use our friendship, we can't do our job.

Friends are God's way of taking care of me.
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Post by: CD on May 22, 2012, 09:05:07 AM
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There will be times when people around you act like absolute jerks. If they are a jerk and the problem is with them, time will reveal it. Likewise, if you are the jerk and the problem is with you, time will reveal it. Do the next right thing and give time time.

Today, I don't let jerks rent space in my head.
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Post by: CD on May 23, 2012, 10:01:09 AM
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You may not always know what is right but you sure know what is wrong. Anytime you have to give excuses for why you do what you do, it's wrong.

If I have to explain or excuse it, then I can do without it.
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Post by: CD on May 24, 2012, 11:51:59 AM
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One thing recovery teaches us, is that you can keep going long after you think you can't. This is because you are stronger than you think. You have the accumulated strength of millions of clean and sober Twelve-Step members to bolster you.

I keep on keep on; I keep on trudging.
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Post by: CD on May 25, 2012, 12:53:24 PM
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Relief Lies in Two Four Letter Words that Begin with F: Steps Four and Five. (P 29, Young, Sober, & Free)

I Uncover to Recover in Four and Five.

            
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Post by: CD on May 26, 2012, 10:45:42 AM
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Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

My sponsor's mistakes become my gifts when I listen.
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Post by: CD on May 27, 2012, 09:06:56 AM
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Living life on life's terms,' just what does this mean to us? It doesn't mean we will get a brownie button for every day we stay abstinent. It simply means life can be tough and we can stay sober if we chose to live by principle.
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Post by: CD on May 28, 2012, 04:58:49 PM
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To err is human but you need to admit it.

I accept that having all the answers is not the answer.
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Post by: CD on May 29, 2012, 11:15:14 AM
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Although loving and being loved is an important aspect of balance in our lives, relationships are never the solution to drinking and other drug taking. We sometimes focus on the strong emotion of love from another rather than face loving ourselves by working the program.

Today I 'act as if' I am worth loving.
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Post by: CD on May 30, 2012, 08:10:09 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      5/30/2012

It's not your Higher Power's Will that makes you miserable. It's your resistance to HP's Will that causes the damage. Turning it over will set you right again.

God's will is when I turn it over. Self-will is when I've over turned it.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on May 31, 2012, 11:18:18 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      5/31/2012

If you meet more than three jerks in one day, you need a meeting. If you meet more than four, you need a meeting and to call your sponsor. Any more than that and you better be reviewing Steps One, Two and Three real hard.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 01, 2012, 11:49:51 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      6/1/2012

What comes after ninety days? Ninety-one! 'Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.' ~Will Rogers

There are only two times I have to diligently work this program, the first 90 days and every day after that!
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 02, 2012, 06:37:31 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/2/2012

Rather than getting even with those that hurt you, the challenge is to get even with those that help you.

I can't be resentful and grateful at the same time.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 03, 2012, 12:28:14 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/3/2012

Humility is not so much thinking less of yourself as it is thinking of yourself less.

True humility is accepting myself without embellishment and without embarrassment.

            
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 04, 2012, 11:16:35 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       6/4/2012

Don't get 'seeking serenity' con-fused with 'seeking utopia.' The Twelve-Step programs do not open the gates of heaven to let us in, they open the gates of hell to let us out.

I feel lighter and better about myself when I don't expect a perfect world simply because I am clean and sober.

               
   
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 05, 2012, 08:43:47 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      6/5/2012

You must be prepared to make some unpopular decisions when you live by principle. You will not be able to please everyone. Be firm with others as you chose the principle and not the personality; be firm with your personality as it butts heads with your principles.

By practicing principles in all my affairs, I learn not to 'people please' but to 'Higher Power Please.'
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 06, 2012, 09:49:01 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/6/2012

We need special people in our lives so that we can travel the path of recovery. The special people are easy to find, they are right in front of you. They are called 'winners.'

I stick with the winners and win with the stickers.

            
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 07, 2012, 02:33:06 PM
Progress, not perfection.  No matter how long you have been in recovery, no matter how long you have worked the steps, you will never raise above the level of human being.

I claim spiritual progress today, not spiritual perfection.      6/7/2012
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 08, 2012, 11:39:40 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/7/2012

People in our fellowships who think they are too big to do little things are perhaps too little to be asked to do big things.

I remember where I came from.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 09, 2012, 12:23:30 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/9/2012

Many problems will be averted with a very simple code for behavior. This is called 'kindness.' Kindness is more then politeness; it means a warm concern for the other person's feelings.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 10, 2012, 09:48:24 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Jun 10, 2012 - Happy Founders' Day!!
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'Take the cotton out of your ears and put it in your mouth' applies to the old-timer as well as the beginner; anyone who is too fond of their own voice.

I listen to learn and learn to listen.

            
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 11, 2012, 09:01:35 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/11/12

If there is someone weaker than you, be kind to them. If there is someone stronger than you, be kind to yourself.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 12, 2012, 01:56:32 PM
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Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/12/2012

You don't have to eat, breathe, and bathe in our fellowship, but you do need to eat, breathe, and bathe in program. This is because you must practice these principles in all your affairs. The only way to do it in all your affairs is to DO IT in all your affairs.

If I'm working my program, I needn't worry about others working theirs.

            
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 13, 2012, 10:06:31 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/13/2012

This too shall pass. Sometimes it passes like a gentle breeze and sometimes it passes kinda like a kidney stone. Whichever, we can promise that whatever vexes you now, shall pass.

I give time, time because I know that when God made time, He/She made plenty of it.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 14, 2012, 02:17:51 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/14/12

In the ups and downs of life, remember that the most productive ups and downs are getting up for a meeting and down to the steps.

When I'm down, I take a Step and then the Step takes me.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 15, 2012, 12:26:51 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  6/15/2012

There are many times when crying is the appropriate thing to do. Tears let us know that you need to be supported and consoled. Do not be afraid to cry. Do not be afraid to support others when they cry.

Tears are liquid prayers.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 16, 2012, 08:28:34 AM
6/16/2012
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote

There will always be people who did worse than you and always people who do better. You can use comparison to prove anything you want: that you lack thus and such or that you are better than so and so. We learn not to compare our selves and our stories, but to identify.

I identify, I don't compare.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 17, 2012, 11:21:52 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  6/17/12

Take heart. There is no situation too difficult to be bettered and no unhappiness too great to be lessened. This is because the spiritual tools you require reside within -- within that heart you 'take.'

What lies in front of me and what lies behind me is insignificant compared to what lies within me.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 18, 2012, 10:20:49 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/18/12

Ramana Marhrshi talks about life's journey and likens it to a train trip. He says that you can carry your baggage on your head or set it on the floor beside you. Either way, both you and your baggage arrive at your destination. This is because the train carries your baggage, not you. If you prefer to carry your burdens on your head, it doesn't change the destination, it simply gives you a head ache.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 19, 2012, 08:33:07 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/19/12

Trying to pray is praying, even when we aren't sure exactly what God wants from us. Trying means we have the desire to communicate with the Divine Source. Even if no words come, just hitting your knees means a prayer has occurred.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 20, 2012, 09:14:04 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/20/12

There is a difference between sharing our experience and imposing our opinions on someone. A sure way to set yourself up for a 'slip' is to be convinced that others will slip if they don't listen to your opinion.

When my opinion means more to me than my sobriety, I set myself up for a SLIP (Sobriety Loses Its Priority).
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 21, 2012, 10:09:12 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  6/21/12


Almost all anger is some form of control; either you trying to control people, places, or things or them trying to control you. If it's you controlling them, stop it. If it's them controlling you, stop it.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 22, 2012, 02:21:09 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     6/22/12

There may be some people who want you to be perfect. But thanks to our fellowship, to God, and the Twelve Steps, you don't have to be one of them!

I claim progress, not perfection.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 23, 2012, 10:07:01 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  6/23/12

Our program does not teach us how to handle drinking and drugging. It teaches us how to handle recovery.

Another day, another recovery!
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 24, 2012, 12:08:43 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/24/12

It really is a daily program. Think about it, if you only quit one day at a time, every day that you don't pick up will be an accomplishment. If you quit forever, you won't have accomplished anything until you're dead.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 25, 2012, 08:48:10 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/25/2012

Safety is not something freely granted by the world. More people are hungry, homeless, sick, and in violent situations, than we care to admit. There are more lives ruined by chemical dependency that we care to admit. Yet the impermanence and insecurity of the earth plane is matched equally with the permanence and safety of the Divine Realm.

My Higher Power gave me a kit of spiritual tools; I use them to build a durable shelter.

               
   
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 26, 2012, 10:07:26 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/26/12

I People often protest when they don't get their prayers answered as if the Divine Source is not listening. What they fail to understand is that prayer is not intended to change the situation you are praying about; it is intended to change you.

Life is fragile; I 'Handle with Prayer.'
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 27, 2012, 11:50:14 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/27/12

As you work to solve different dilemmas that arise in your life, don't stay so focused on your troubles that you miss discovering the solutions. Give your attention to your Spiritual Source in prayer, meditation, or service to others. By taking your focus off the situation, soulutions have a way of finding you.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 28, 2012, 09:21:38 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  6/28/12

'It works,' is the shortest sentence in the AA Big Book and pretty much sums up what the book can do for you. But there's a catch. Keep in mind, the program does not work. The program does not work. Just like alcohol doesn't get you drunk. You have to drink alcohol in order to get drunk. You have to work the program in order for it to work.

It works if I work it.

               
   

Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 29, 2012, 10:12:23 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/29/12

Sitting at a meeting and sharing how much you love everyone in the room is meaningless if you fail to help cleanup, talk to the newcomer, inquire after the old-timer, and make sure everyone has a ride home.

My well done is better than my well said.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on June 30, 2012, 11:52:24 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  6/30/12


'You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. ...You must do the thing you cannot do.' -Eleanor Roosevelt

I do the thing I cannot do as I overcome F.E.A.R.
I Face Everything And Recover.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 01, 2012, 12:09:20 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/1/12

Don't let the therapeutically 'correct' way to run a group hijack your meeting. Leaders are reluctant to cut a newcomer off for fear of shaming their inner child, rejecting them, or appearing to be mean. We are not therapy and we can't share with them if they can't listen.

I do not let the newcomer's inner child run our meetings. This is not play therapy.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 02, 2012, 09:44:00 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/2/12

When you start the day with quiet meditation, you create a consciousness of serenity and peace. At anytime during the day you can bring your mind back to this moment.

When things get hectic or stressful, I bring my awareness back to the peace that I create now.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 03, 2012, 11:31:33 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  7/3/12

We make two great choices in life: one, the decision to get clean and sober; the other, the choice to stay that way.

God, as I understand You, help me stay away from that first fix, pill, drink, smoke, or snort for this hour.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 04, 2012, 10:52:04 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/4/12

Try broadening your spiritual path by making your relationship with the Divine proactive. Ask not what the Universe can do for you, but rather what you can do for the Universe! Begin the morning with: Hi World, what can I do for You today?

Asking what I can do for the Creative Source will serve us both better than simply seeking what can be done for me.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 05, 2012, 10:04:15 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/5/12

Since life is 10% actuality and 90% reactuality you must chose your reactions carefully. The program has given you choice and how you choose to react to this day can make the difference between simply being dry or being sober.

I live today as I want to remember my life.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 06, 2012, 11:19:27 AM
to Jackie
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     7/6/12

Deal with the small stuff or it will deal with you. Do not allow the small stuff to pile up on the camel's back. Take each situation that bothers you and deal with that as one unit, not as the straw that breaks the camel's back.

When I feel it, I deal with it and then can heal from it.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 07, 2012, 11:57:18 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/7/12

It doesn't pay to argue with 'slippers' about the proper way of getting clean and sober. Why should people who are still drinking and drugging tell those who are sober why it can't be done! We learn not to get in a pissing contest with a skunk. (or should we say drunk!)

The only thing I need to tell a drunk is how I got sober. I can't tell him or her how they will get sober, because I don't know.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 08, 2012, 10:28:29 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/8/12

A main theme in most spiritual traditions states that the best way to get what you want is to provide it for another. If you want serenity, make it peaceful and serene for another. Do you want a feeling of safety? Provide a safe place for another. Do you want to understand what has happened? Help another to understand.

I teach best what I most need to learn.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 09, 2012, 10:19:19 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote 7/9/12

If you have one hand in the fellowship and one hand in your Higher Power's, you can't pick up today.

I put my hand in my Higher Power's by saying. 'Thy will not mine be done;' I put my hand in the fellowship by saying 'I'll be there, at the next meeting.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 10, 2012, 09:11:32 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/10/12

90 meetings in 90 days is not nearly enough. Tell newcomers to always catch a ride or give a ride to their daily meeting. This way they get a meeting on the way to the meeting, a meeting during the meeting, and a meeting on the way home. That makes 270 meetings in the first 90 days!

Who am I taking to a meeting tonight?
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 11, 2012, 06:30:07 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/11/12

No one wants to hear the Sermon on the Mount or Zen philosophy when they're trying to save their ass. They want to know what to do�not hear words of wisdom. Tell them what you did.

I do not get so spiritual, that I am of no earthly value.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Slice on July 13, 2012, 02:21:02 PM
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We are often surprised by who we can count on when the going gets tough. Someone we did not expect to come through might and others whom we thought we could count on may fall short of our expectations. We do not blame the ones that fall short and are grateful for the ones who go the extra mile.

I measure others by their best moments, not their worst.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 14, 2012, 12:07:13 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/14/12

Pissing contests about who drank/used how much and who acted bad are ego trips in reverse. 'It doesn't matter what or how much we drank/used. Staying sober/clean has to come first. We realize that we cannot [drink/use] and live.

When I brag about how much I drank/used, how bad it was, and how much damage I did, I am doing one of two things, trying to make myself look larger or them smaller.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Basic Rex on July 15, 2012, 12:20:30 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/15/12

Do not become one of these people who have two excuses for everything: one excuse for what you don't do and another for what you don't have.

Excuses are simply my lack of faith ...
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 16, 2012, 08:52:58 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/16/12

Do not become one of these people who have two excuses for everything: one excuse for what you don't do and another for what you don't have.

Excuses are simply my lack of faith ...
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 17, 2012, 09:52:02 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/17/12

Sponsors are lighthouses, not foghorns. We look to them to see how they do it, not depend on them to tell us what not to do. We already know.

I cannot improve if I only have myself as a model.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 18, 2012, 02:18:43 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  7/18/12

Don't "but" your program around.  "Yes, but..." means you don't mean yes.  "I'm working the step, but..." means you are not working the step. Everything after the word, "But" cancels out everything before it.

I put my buts where they belong; in the ashtrays or the seats at meetings.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 19, 2012, 02:47:01 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/19/12

Through the Fourth and Fifth steps we learn who we really are. Once we know who and what we are, we don't have to be what we were.

Today, I am myself. I am perfect for the part.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 20, 2012, 07:20:57 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/20/12

How to get honest:  If it's not yours--don't take it.  If it's not true--don't say it.  If it's not right--don't do it.

I don't have the capacity to be honest, I make the capacity to be honest.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 21, 2012, 11:23:50 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/21/2012

Earth Angels dwell among us and they will find you at the moment you need them. These are the people who know just the right thing to say and do to keep you focused on recovery and principle.

Some of my Higher Power's best work is done anonymously.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 22, 2012, 01:39:21 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/22/12

'Each place along the way is somewhere you had to be to be here.' ~Wayne Dyer

I cannot get ahead until I learn to be here.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 23, 2012, 11:13:13 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/23/12

Resentment is from the Latin, meaning to 'feel again.' Rather than feeling that again, think of how it could have been worse, then be grateful it isn't. Once you get to the grateful part, you can't be resentful.

I cannot be grateful and resentful at the same time; I can't serve two masters.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 24, 2012, 10:03:17 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/24/12

Like the song says, 'I'll bet you think this song is about you?' You need to get over yourself if you want to get over feeling sorry for yourself.

They're just doing it; they're not doing it to me.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 25, 2012, 08:54:23 AM
 7/25/12                             The AA Big Book, The NA Basic Text, and the CDA First Edition do not need to be rewritten. They need to be reread.

I begin this day by reading at least one page from my program's basic book.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 26, 2012, 09:16:08 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/26/12

Unity in our program does not mean conformity. Unity means joining for a common purpose, despite our differences.

I can disagree without being disagreeable.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 27, 2012, 10:34:44 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/27/12

The Twelve Steps: One to Three: Clear up; Four to Nine: Clean up; Ten to Twelve: Contact up. These are also called the Foundation Steps, the Action Steps, and the Maintenance Steps respectively. Are you looking for something easier?

The easier, softer way is the Twelve Steps.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 28, 2012, 10:26:14 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/28/12

We do not believe in lemming recovery. Clement wrote 'faith must go hand in hand with inquiry.' If you do not 'get' something, ASK. Ask at meetings, ask a clean and sober friend, ask your sponsor, or ask your Higher Power in prayer.

The only stupid question is the one I don't ask.

            
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 29, 2012, 09:21:24 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/29/12

Some members of the fellowship say 'Our mind is a dangerous neighborhood to be in alone.' But together we can be on block watch! Don't let your mind get the better of you. Turn that 'M' in me upside down, like we are asked to turn it over, and make a 'We' out of that 'Me.'

It isn't 'me' and 'you' anymore; it's 'we' and 'us.'
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 30, 2012, 11:37:05 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/30/12

You don't have to pretend to be someone you are not. You don't have to pretend to be strong (if you're a man) or fem (if you're a woman). You don't have to pretend that you don't want to use, if you do. Share what is real. The real you is enough.

I am enough; there is enough.
            
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 31, 2012, 09:01:19 AM
to Jackie
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/31/12

No matter how hard you attempt to control the people in your life, you will not find your fulfillment there. If they don't change, you will be frustrated; if they do change under your pressure, they will be frustrated.

If I look to others for fulfillment, I will never be fulfilled.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on August 01, 2012, 09:44:40 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   8/1/12

Do you have so many skeletons in the closet that you had to build a walk-in? Share the load. The AA Big Book says that, we 'should be willing to bring former mistakes, no matter how grievous, out of their hiding places.' (P 124) Not to do so is being self-centered and selfish.

I am only as sick as my secrets.
            
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on August 02, 2012, 11:06:25 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/2/12

Our feelings don't define us, our actions do. We are not bad because we have a quick temper--but we learn that expressing that anger hurts others. The longer we keep our temper the more it improves.

I am only as big as the smallest thing that makes me angry.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on August 03, 2012, 11:24:13 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   8/3/2012

You will be receiving many gifts from people in the programs: gifts of help, time, energy, possibly money, talents, and knowledge. You will never be able to pay them all back. You are not obligated to pay them back. You are obligated to pay them forward by giving away what you have when you can.

I appreciate the generosity of others and pay it forward when I am able.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on August 04, 2012, 10:48:33 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   8/4/12

When egos collide, use kind words, do what you have control over, and do what you think is right. Surrender what you don't have control over, even if you think what others are doing is wrong. Others have the right to be wrong.

I define myself by what I do and how I do it, not by who wins.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on August 05, 2012, 09:06:04 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  8/5/12

Before our recovery we used people and loved things and given recovery we learn to love people and use things. Things are not important, people are.

I treat others the way I would be treated.

            
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on August 06, 2012, 06:33:52 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  8/6/12

Who knows why they are chemically dependent? The answer will not change the fact, and yet many continue to question, why? Indeed, they need an answer, but they are asking the wrong question. The real question is, 'How can I become free?'
Free of the fear. Free of the pain. Free of the bondage.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on August 08, 2012, 11:17:49 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  8/8/12

'Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.' ~Martin Luther King
Undoubtedly, there are many on your list to forgive. There is only one whom you must forgive; that is yourself.

Because my Higher Power forgives me, I forgive myself.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on August 09, 2012, 09:28:20 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   8/9/12

We find that the smallest deed is better than the grandest intention.

My actions speak louder than words. What are my actions saying now?
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: Slice on August 10, 2012, 10:19:02 AM
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If you have never experienced the results of working the Twelve Steps, no explanation is sufficient. If you have experienced the results of working the Twelve Steps, then no explanation is necessary.

I am the poster child for the miracles I cannot explain.
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Post by: CD on August 10, 2012, 10:21:07 AM
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If you have never experienced the results of working the Twelve Steps, no explanation is sufficient. If you have experienced the results of working the Twelve Steps, then no explanation is necessary.

I am the poster child for the miracles I cannot explain
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Post by: Monkey on August 11, 2012, 09:55:54 AM
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When you continually don't like the way people treat you, it is usually because you are cooperating with the treatments.

The difference between me being a victor or a victim is ability. Response ability.
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Post by: CD on August 12, 2012, 09:57:15 AM
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People in our society stress that we ought to be happy. If you're not happy something is wrong, we are lead to believe. Yet, unhappiness is not a symptom of sickness, it is an expression of life, a natural reaction to situations we don't like. When shit happens, you don't have to like it.

I will not be unhappy about being unhappy.
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Post by: CD on August 13, 2012, 09:02:10 AM
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Going to a lot of meetings is important, supportive, and full of fellowship. However, our program is not about meetings but what happens in between meetings.

Do I align my actions with the picture I paint of myself in meetings?
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Post by: CD on August 14, 2012, 11:04:04 AM
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Sanskrit saying 'God sleeps in the mineral, awakens in the plants, walks in the animals, and thinks in you.' The Universal Source of life actually thinks in you. Use this well.

Every bad choice I ever made began with a single thought. Every good choice I ever made began with a single thought. I choose my thoughts carefully.

            
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Post by: CD on August 15, 2012, 12:17:17 PM

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Another day of recovery begins and we start this day with surrender. 'From that point, each of us is reminded that a day clean/sober is a day won.'


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Post by: CD on August 16, 2012, 12:06:11 PM
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How to share what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now. Be sincere. Be brief. Be seated.

When I share, I share to draw attention to the message, not the messenger.
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Post by: CD on August 17, 2012, 11:31:03 AM
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Don't "but" your program around.  "Yes, but..." means you don't mean yes.  "I'm working the step, but..." means you are not working the step. Everything after the word, "But" cancels out everything before it.

I put my buts where they belong; in the ashtrays or the seats at meetings.
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Post by: CD on August 18, 2012, 08:34:42 AM
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'Resentment' is when you didn't get your way yesterday. 'Anger' is when you don't get your way today. 'Fear' is that you won't get your way tomorrow.

There are no good reasons for resentment, anger, and fear-- just good excuses.
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Post by: CD on August 19, 2012, 09:38:07 AM
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God didn't do it!

God doesn't do anything to me, but always through me.
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Post by: CD on August 21, 2012, 11:15:42 AM
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Embrace all of your emotions for they are what make you, you. 'Hold them in an embrace of total acceptance and in that embrace you will not be agonized any more. Do you think the Christ never cried? Do you think the Buddha never ached? You are not going to be less human, you are going to be wholly human.' ~Bartholomew, I Come as a Brother

I become one with myself by embracing all of me, because I am all of me and I won't be less!
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Post by: CD on August 22, 2012, 10:39:49 AM
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The birth of resentment is blame. Often from the center of your bad feelings you seek someone to blame and yet if you 'find' this someone, it can only serve to increase your misery. Blame increases misery because it gives you something to focus on again and again. 'Resentment' is from Latin, meaning to 'feel again.'

By eliminating blame, I don't allow 'them' to live rent free in my head.

               
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Post by: CD on August 23, 2012, 09:52:01 AM
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Sporadically, even with a strong program, you may feel spiritually dead or emotionally empty. We're alcoholics, it happens! No matter how dead or empty you sometimes feel, this too shall pass.

It came to pass; it didn't come to stay.
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Post by: CD on August 24, 2012, 10:40:10 AM
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We hug a lot. This can make newcomers uncomfortable because they are not used to being given love and attention without serious strings attached. By your example, you can teach them there are no strings to this love.

A hug is a great gift. One size fits all.
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Post by: CD on August 25, 2012, 10:34:55 AM
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In light of your recovery, when dealing with family and friends, you may have to make some unpopular decisions and enforce them. Be open to moving toward the middle of issues that don't com-promise your principles and going to any length for those that do.

My recovery is Twelve Steps past any lengths.
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Post by: CD on August 26, 2012, 09:25:25 AM
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Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen To Good People said that pain is the price we pay for being alive. So instead of wondering why we feel pain, more correctly we should ask, 'What can I do to make my pain mean something more than suffering?'

A No Pain; No Gain/Know Pain; Know Gain

         
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Post by: CD on August 27, 2012, 09:31:36 AM
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When you are having trouble doing one day at a time and it feels as though several days have attacked you at once, realize that nothing except your own thoughts can really attack. In fact, it is only your own thoughts that can prove to you that you have not been attacked or singled out unfairly.

I counter thoughts of 'unfairness' with the realization that I am very lucky the world has not paid me back for all the wrongs I've caused.
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Post by: CD on August 28, 2012, 02:01:25 PM
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There may be a great temptation to believe that some sort of sacrifice is being asked of you when you are told you must accept reality. After all, isn't it reality that keeps messing up your fantasies? Do reality; it is the easier softer way.

Reality check: I am here'X'
            
   
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Post by: CD on August 29, 2012, 09:15:58 AM
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Did you know that the word 'share' derives from the Old English word for 'shear' which means to cut or divide? To share with others means to divide your burden. Each time you share, you leave another little piece of the weight of your burden with them.

By sharing, I divide; by dividing, I lighten my load.
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Post by: CD on August 30, 2012, 01:15:14 PM
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Relapse is part of recovery: NOT! What the fellowships say is keep coming back SOBER. Members warn of the very real danger of that last relapse: stepping in front of a car or bus, overdosing, being institutionalized, and death! The truth is, any relapse can be your last. Never kid yourself, relapse is part of the disease process, not part of our recovery process.

I do not help people work on their recovery by OKing working on their disease. OK
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Post by: CD on August 31, 2012, 11:25:19 AM
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Your life works FOR you. It hones you, teaches you, and makes you a better person. Nothing in your life happens to you, but for you.

This isn't happening to me, but for me.
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Post by: CD on September 01, 2012, 11:50:43 AM
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Recovery is not an event; it is a process. The disease of addiction affects all three aspects of our physical, mental, and spiritual selves by changing our behavior (to self-destruction), thinking (to self-serving), and allegiance (to no purpose). It was a slow debilitating process. Recovery is the same slow process in reverse.

I am in the process of changing my behavior to self-construction, my thoughts to service, and my allegiance from 'no purpose' to a higher purpose.
         
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Post by: CD on September 02, 2012, 02:16:18 PM
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Although we must be of service to our fellow drunk and junkie, although we want the hand of recovery to be there when they reach out, although we must give back what was so freely given to us, we cannot do for them what they must do for themselves.

I carry the message, I don't carry the drunk; however, if necessary, I carry the drunk to the message.
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Post by: CD on September 03, 2012, 10:16:31 AM
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Road rage and recovery rage are closely associated. People, places, and things get in our way and we freak. When the rage begins, quickly ask yourself, 'What would my guardian angel do now?'

My DUI's are no longer under the influence of alcohol. Today, I Drive Under the Influence of Angels.
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Post by: CD on September 04, 2012, 01:03:19 PM
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'There are no deals being offered here. You cannot trade the courage needed to live every moment for immunity from life's sorrows.' ~Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation.

To gain that worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
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Post by: CD on September 05, 2012, 11:10:18 AM
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Anger can be a source of personal power for people. When you get angry at God or others, even yourself, you feel the energy and you feel strong, not the helplessness of tears. Anger is a form of emotional denial.

Anger 'may be the dubious luxury of normal men' but it is not for me. (P 66, AA Big Book)
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Post by: CD on September 06, 2012, 09:48:53 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    9/6/12

Even though you are a unique human being, you are not so unique that your recovery is any different then thousands before you. If you think we don't understand something about your situation, then your disease is playing tricks on you.

I am unique, just like everyone else.
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Post by: CD on September 07, 2012, 11:41:24 AM
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Daily meditation for about 20 minutes is recommended for all in recovery, unless of course, you're very busy; then you should meditate for an hour.

May I be blessed with a slow recovery.
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Post by: CD on September 08, 2012, 07:27:41 AM
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Take a breath and hold it. Take another and hold, hold, hold. You can see that you can't live on the inhale alone. The inhale is the breath of the program bringing you life. The exhale is you working with others.

I inhale healing for my soul and exhale hope for others.
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Post by: CD on September 09, 2012, 10:15:25 AM
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In the words of Father Joe Martin, 'You can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. But you sure as hell can make them thirsty!'.

Just living my new, free life is often enough to make others 'thirsty' for recovery. I don't always have to carry the message; I am the message.
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Post by: CD on September 10, 2012, 05:24:40 PM
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We are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I cannot feel my way into better behavior, I must behave my way into better feelings.
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Post by: CD on September 11, 2012, 10:31:56 AM
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Friends and loved ones don't always behave as we expect them to. But this is a good thing. If friends and loved ones were absolutely predictable, that would mean they are not changing and if they are not changing, they are not growing.

I don't have to change friends if I understand that friends change
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Post by: CD on September 12, 2012, 10:12:42 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   9/12/12

'If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.' ~ Zen Proverb

I don't have to understand how the Steps work, just that they do.
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Post by: CD on September 13, 2012, 12:38:34 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   9/13/12

They say that you need only one meeting a week but it might be a good idea to go to one every night so you don't miss the one you need!

Seven days without a meeting makes one weak.
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Post by: CD on September 14, 2012, 04:44:05 PM
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Egotism is that certain something that enables a man in a rut to think he's in a groove.

I am never in a rut when I can answer this question, 'What Step am I working now?'
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Post by: CD on September 15, 2012, 12:16:10 PM
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Abstinence, honesty and the willingness "to turn it over" are the only ways to fight the Four Horsemen of mind-affecting chemicals:  Terror, Frustration, Bewilderment and Despair.

The battle is no longer mine if I begin the day with the Third Step.
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Post by: CD on September 16, 2012, 08:35:28 AM
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Whatever vexes you currently, imagine for a moment what could make it worse. What can make it worse than that? Again. Imagine it, feel it, and come back to now. If you can make it worse, then you can make it better. Remember this: you are not helpless before your feelings.

I am stronger at what I'm doing, than my feelings are at what they're doing.
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Post by: CD on September 17, 2012, 01:33:50 PM
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Whether you pray, petition, plead, protest, prod, or praise your Spiritual Source, whether you sing songs of gratitude or whisper words of doubt, this is prayer.

Got prayer?
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Post by: CD on September 18, 2012, 10:24:54 AM
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One of your greatest resources can be your pets. Animals are wonderful companions and better listeners. They give undivided and devoted attention--long past the time when others have exited. They do not judge and they love unconditionally.

I work toward becoming the person my dog thinks I am .
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Post by: CD on September 19, 2012, 09:33:44 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    9/19/12

When you are having a bad day, lower your expectations and start over!

The more I work on me - the better most people behave.
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Post by: CD on September 20, 2012, 02:25:58 PM
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Do you like being lied to? Didn't think so. Yet how many times have you said, 'I'm fine' or 'Everything's OK' when it's not? When your friends ask how you are, they deserve not to be lied to. When you lie to others, you lie to yourself.

I am authentic with others and thus myself.
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Post by: CD on September 21, 2012, 09:19:45 AM
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'When adversity strikes, my message is always, Even this will pass...and better days than we have ever experienced will come.' ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

I can't run from God, so I let God run me.
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Post by: CD on September 22, 2012, 11:02:26 AM
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Courage is more complex than spontaneous reactions to traumatic events. It may take courage to rush into a burning building or jump in a river to save a life, but they are almost instinctual. Sharing your deep feelings might be an act of courage far beyond gallant feats.

My courage is my fear in action.
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Post by: CD on September 23, 2012, 11:18:57 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   9/23/12

Emotional pain is not a character defect. It is a part of life and must be attended to like all our feelings. Feelings are not facts. They are bio-feedback on how we are doing today and what needs attention inside. How are you doing today?

Feelings won't kill me, but killing my feelings will.
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Post by: CD on September 24, 2012, 10:48:32 AM
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"We don't see things as they are.  We see things as we are."
--Talmudic Saying
 
I need to put things in perspective because I have a disease of perception.
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Post by: CD on September 25, 2012, 09:29:58 AM
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The best tool we have for staying clean and sober today is choice.  We can choose to hold on to past ideals or we can choose this new life.  According to Webster's, choice is:  an alternative, an option, a preference.
 
The choices I make today, definitely affect tomorrow.
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Post by: CD on September 26, 2012, 10:40:36 AM
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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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Post by: CD on September 27, 2012, 11:04:41 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   9/27/12

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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Post by: CD on September 28, 2012, 11:25:57 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   9/28/12

You spend more time with yourself than with anyone else. Doesn't it make sense to put something into that relationship?

I am my own best friend and value my own companionship.
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Post by: CD on September 29, 2012, 09:11:49 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   9/29/12

People think that 'nobility' is something special. But when you study the word, you come to realize that 'nobles' were simply those who served the King. Nobles were servants. In the Twelve-Step programs, we are all nobility.

The highest office I can attain in our fellowship, is Chief Servant.
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Post by: CD on September 30, 2012, 08:34:40 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   9/30/12

When you place your sponsor on a pedestal you are like a child bragging to the other kids, 'Nah, nah, nah, my sponsor is better than your sponsor!'

I don't place my sponsor on a pedestal. It is only from a high place that they can fall.
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Post by: CD on October 01, 2012, 10:20:20 AM
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The greatest fault of all is to be conscious of none.

Referring to my list again, I put out of my mind the wrongs others have done, and look at what my part is. (adapted from the AA Big Book, P 67)
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Post by: CD on October 02, 2012, 01:48:58 PM


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Stop looking for the differences. People who matter, don't mind; people who mind, don't matter.

No matter my age, race, religion or chemical, I am more alike my fellow alcoholics/addicts than different.
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Post by: CD on October 03, 2012, 10:22:46 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/3/12

It's easy to see the difference between ourselves and 'jerks', unless, at the moment, we're the 'jerk'.

I have got to get out of my own way.
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Post by: CD on October 04, 2012, 10:14:35 AM
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Our greatest strengths taken too far become our greatest defects and our greatest defects tamed, become our virtues. Wrongly used, honesty can become brutal confrontation, nurturing can become 'I'll fix you,' and consistency can become inflexibility.

I examine my Fourth Step list and see how, properly used, each fault becomes a feature I desire.
         
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Post by: CD on October 05, 2012, 11:36:47 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/5/12

'The choice is up to you. It can either be 'Good morning, God!' or 'Good God, morning.' ~Dr. Wayne Dryer, Everyday Wisdom

Choice, not chance, determines my day.
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Post by: CD on October 06, 2012, 02:08:04 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  10/6/12

Why wonder why? Why ask why? The 'why' questions spring from only one place inside: self-pity. The questions to ask are the 'how' questions. The right questions contain clues to the answers we need.

When I ask the right question, I get the right answer.
            
   
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Post by: CD on October 07, 2012, 10:59:40 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/7/12

If you think you are a victim of the universe, you are probably right. If you think of yourself as becoming whole from your experience, you are probably right.

I am the victor, not the victim. It took all of my past to make this person I love today.
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Post by: CD on October 08, 2012, 11:12:18 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/8/12

Life is too short to spend it miserable. An excellent way to abate misery is to look at what you are blessed with. Unclench your angry fist, hold it up, and use your fingers to name five things you are grateful for.

(P.S. we mean now!)
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Post by: CD on October 09, 2012, 10:48:42 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    10/9/12

Few of us realize that God is all we need until God is all we have.
 
If I can’t find God, I know who moved.
 
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Post by: CD on October 10, 2012, 02:25:01 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  10/10/12

'We can do no great things, only small things with great love.' ~Mother Teresa

God does not want me to do extraordinary things; S/He wants me to do ordinary things extraordinarily well.
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Post by: CD on October 11, 2012, 12:45:59 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/11/12

'A boxer was in his corner on his knees praying, and someone asked a minister, 'Will that help him?' The minister replied, 'Not if he can't box.' ~Fr Joe M., (P 105, Alkiespeak)

God works with me, not for me.
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Post by: CD on October 12, 2012, 11:49:33 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    10/12/12

Some members believe that our program is too idealistic and doesn't really apply in the 'real' world. They don't get the 'in all our affairs' part. If it works in any place, then it works in every place.

If I work my program in only one place, then I'm not working my program.
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Post by: CD on October 13, 2012, 10:05:18 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/13/12

Do not pay any attention if people accuse you of inconsistency. Of course you are! How else can you change? You cannot progress if you can't change and you can't change if you're always consistent. Practicing new behaviors is sometimes seen as inconsistent; be proud.

Practice makes progress.
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Post by: CD on October 14, 2012, 09:33:08 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    10/14/12

You will be happy to know that the universal law that created miracles has not been repealed.

I am a realist. I count on miracles.
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Post by: CD on October 15, 2012, 10:09:02 AM
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True morality is what we do when no one is watching. Growth is demonstrated by doing the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing.

I judge my growth by how good I am to people who can do nothing for me.
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Post by: CD on October 16, 2012, 10:42:34 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/16/12

Before spiritual awakening...work steps, make coffee, carry the message. After spiritual awakening...keep working steps, keep making coffee, keep carrying the message. -Zen for the 12 Steps-

Enlightment is my ego's greatest disappointment.
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Post by: CD on October 17, 2012, 10:22:46 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/17/12

Want to know about your Spiritual Source? 'It is a simple procedure to calculate the number of seeds in an apple. But who among us can ever say how many apples are in a seed?' ~Dr. Wayne Dyer, Everyday Wisdom

Even though I feel very small when the stars come out at night, I remember that I, too, am made of stardust.
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Post by: CD on October 18, 2012, 08:27:29 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  10/18/12

In order to forgive, you have to have blamed.

I don't have to forgive people, places, and things, if I don't blame people, places, and things.
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Post by: CD on October 19, 2012, 09:22:58 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  10/19/12

We recommend that you take your Third Step every morning and turn your will over to the care of God, as you understand God. Then at night, take a Tenth Step to see how God is doing.

I talk often to my Higher Power. S/He understands better than most people.
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Post by: CD on October 20, 2012, 11:54:44 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  10/20/12

Sarcasm is derived from a Greek word meaning 'to tear flesh!' We know that the only weapon that gets sharper with use is the tongue.

I use my wit to amuse and not to abuse.
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Post by: CD on October 21, 2012, 11:12:04 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/21/12

It has been said that we are not human beings having a spiritual experience but spiritual beings having a human experience. As a dream is to your human experience, addiction is to your spiritual experience. When you awake, you realize it no longer has power over you.

Sometimes I need a rude awakening before I can have a spiritual awakening.
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Post by: CD on October 22, 2012, 10:02:02 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  10/22/12

The possibilities in this world are endless and abundant even when they appear impossible. Watch a tiny bird lift itself into the air by flapping fragile wings. See a pollywog transform into a frog, a seedling into an oak. Many wonders exist in God's world and you are one of them.

My Higher Power does the impossible, after I've done what is possible.
         
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Post by: CD on October 23, 2012, 10:17:10 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    10/23/12

You cannot go back and make new choices or change the outcome of the past. But you can face the demons of your past and change your destiny.

Not everything I face can be changed, but nothing can be changed until I face it.
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Post by: CD on October 24, 2012, 09:02:23 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/24/12

On the way to becoming an old-timer, there are those who glow in their growing and those who are slow in their growing. The person who glows is always able to see the larger picture and the one who doesn't stays focused in their own little world. See yourself as a small part of a magnificent whole and do not see self as the whole.

The fellowship is not my whole world but my world wouldn't be whole without it.
         
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Post by: CD on October 25, 2012, 10:12:46 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    10/25/12

'Always remember that each day as you look at your world and see millions upon millions of flowers opening up, God does it all without using any force.' ~Dr. Wayne Dyer (P 91, Everyday Wisdom)

If I have to force the solution, then it's not the solution.
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Post by: CD on October 26, 2012, 05:19:53 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/26/12

Probably any one of us can get along with perfect people, but our task is to get along with imperfect people. The worst part of trying to get along with imperfect people is that they refuse to change into what we want.

When I think about how hard it is to change myself, I know how hard it will be to change others.
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Post by: CD on October 27, 2012, 09:22:22 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote 10/27/12

'Laughter has something in it in common with the ancient winds of faith and inspiration; it unfreezes pride and unwinds secrecy; it makes people forget themselves in the presence of something greater than themselves; something that they cannot resist.' ~G.K. Chesterton

I cannot feel sorry for myself and laugh at the same time, so I take my levity seriously.
            
   
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Post by: CD on October 28, 2012, 09:55:36 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  10/28/12

Treat your family like you would a newcomer. Give them the same latitude for mistakes, give them the same love, the same gentleness, the same priority and care. This makes for a well-nourished family.

When I ask 'How can I be of service?' my family is at the head of the line.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on October 29, 2012, 07:22:07 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/29/12

Treat your family like you would a newcomer. Give them the same latitude for mistakes, give them the same love, the same gentleness, the same priority and care. This makes for a well-nourished family.

When I ask 'How can I be of service?' my family is at the head of the line.
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Post by: CD on October 30, 2012, 01:47:53 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/30/12

What lies ahead of you and what lies behind you is insignificant compared to what lies within you.

The thing that's so great about recovery today is that no matter where I am, I'm here.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on October 31, 2012, 08:47:13 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/31/12

Sometimes it is heard around the tables that there's 'us alkies and addicts' and then there's the so-called 'normal people. So-called 'normal' people are simply people that you haven't gotten to know very well.

'Normal' is a cycle on my washing machine, not a cycle in my life.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 01, 2012, 08:31:12 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/1/12

They say that when you are angry or resentful at someone, your best course of action is to pray for them. That's difficult when you'd rather bop the bastard. Say it like you mean it, until you mean to say it.

Whenever I want to get even, I get even worse.
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Post by: CD on November 02, 2012, 10:01:54 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/2/12

People may off handedly say 'Have a nice day,' and you don't see anything 'nice' about today. Maybe they should say, 'Have a nice day, unless you have other plans.'

I don't 'have' a nice day, I 'make' a nice day!
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Post by: CD on November 03, 2012, 10:33:24 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    11/3/12

White lies, little lies, and unimportant lies are still all lies. Even small dishonesties will make your life uncomfortable. Is it worth it?

If I always tell the truth, I never have to remember what I have said.
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Post by: CD on November 04, 2012, 08:18:15 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    11/4/12

Emotions are influenced by our interactions with others. How we signal others greatly influences how they respond to us.

If I am constantly being mistreated, I am probably co-operating with the treatments.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 05, 2012, 09:09:44 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    11/5/12

'We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are.' ~Talmudic Saying

I need to put things in perspective because I have a disease of perception.
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Post by: CD on November 06, 2012, 08:07:52 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/6/12

Eventually, in everyone's recovery comes the day when reason doesn't cut it and we hit a wall. At this point, you either have a break down or a break through. If you've been doing Step Eleven, you'll have the break through.

Sometimes I have to get on my knees to rise.
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Post by: CD on November 07, 2012, 02:02:59 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  11/7/12

As we learn to accept our disease, our circumstances and what we must do to recover, we come to realize that although we may not have control over these situations, we do have control over how we react to them. Bill W., co-founder of the Twelve-Step programs, wrote 'We neither ran nor fought. But accept we did. And then we were free.'

Am I finished with fighting?
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Post by: CD on November 08, 2012, 10:50:51 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  11/8/12

'The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.' ~Albert Einstein

When my problems are significant and my program isn't working, I work my sponsor's program for awhile.
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Post by: CD on November 09, 2012, 11:28:37 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/9/12

Not knowing, is not the problem. Not being OK with not knowing is the problem.

I don't need to figure it out. I just need to do it.
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Post by: CD on November 10, 2012, 08:23:27 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    11/10/12

When you're being nice, it's OK to over do it. During the HALT moments, when you're too hungry, angry, lonely, and tired, it's not.

When I go too far, it is seldom in the right direction.
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Post by: CD on November 11, 2012, 09:32:48 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/11/12

Each person you meet is in a specific stage of their life, a stage you may have passed through or not yet reached. Judging them by your standards and experience is therefore not only unfair, but could lead to unnecessary anger and frustration. (P 135, Alkiespeak)

I practice tolerance by putting up with those I'd like to put down
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 12, 2012, 10:07:37 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/12/12

Don't try to clear away the wreckage of your future.

I stay in today and forget about jumpstarting tomorrow.
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Post by: CD on November 13, 2012, 08:22:25 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/13/12

You may very well under-stand your demons, defects, compulsions, and fear. You have an arsenal of information about recovery to overcome them. Why then is it all so difficult? Deep inside you know what you always have known: knowledge alone is not enough.

I know that 'no-ing' is not enough and 'knowing' is not enough. I must do.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 14, 2012, 10:29:18 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/14/12

We not only attempt geographical 'cures' while drinking, but often while clean and sober too. When you make a move 'for the better,' unless you can honestly say you are running to something positive, then you are running from something that you haven't faced.

No matter how fast or how far I go, I can't outrun myself.
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Post by: CD on November 15, 2012, 09:40:49 AM
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A temper will get us into trouble and pride will keep us there.

I can't save my face
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Post by: CD on November 16, 2012, 10:58:35 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/16/12

The people you most need to give love to will seem like the ones who deserve it the least.

It begins with me.
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Post by: CD on November 17, 2012, 12:58:15 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    11/17/12

Honesty without kindness is cruel and kindness without honesty is co-dependence.

If I can't say it kindly, I needn't say it at all.
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Post by: CD on November 18, 2012, 10:00:02 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/18/12

It is better to have some-one sober and hating you because you told them the truth, rather than have someone drunk and liking you because you told them a lie.

I don't heap on the bullsh*t when the truth is like Miracle Grow .
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Post by: CD on November 19, 2012, 08:30:23 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/19/2012

We may have empathy for your situation but we will not pity you. We know that pitying you leads to you pitying yourself which leads to mind-affecting chemicals. Rather than pity you, if you need an attitude adjustment, it's very likely a fellow group member will let you know.

Attitudes are contagious. Is mine worth catching.
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Post by: CD on November 20, 2012, 08:14:28 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/20/12

When working Steps Six and Seven we honestly have to ask ourselves 'Do I really want to give up the defect? Or do I just want to give up the result of the defect?'

Being an alcoholic does not give me the excuse to act alcoholically
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Post by: CD on November 22, 2012, 09:08:08 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    11/22/12

'Imagine if at every moment we each embraced the world as the gift it is: An apple is a gift; the color pink is a gift; the blue sky is a gift; the scent of honeysuckle is a gift. Hidden in every experience is a gift,' ~Marcia Prager, The Path of Blessing: Experiencing the Energy and Abundance of the Divine

What is my gift right now ?
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 23, 2012, 09:10:21 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    11/23/12

There are no magic wands or burning bushes in our program. Just footwork and faith.

As I feed my faith, my doubts will starve to death.
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Post by: CD on November 24, 2012, 09:05:02 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11?24/12

We make two great decisions in life: one, the decision to get clean and sober; the other, the decision to stay that way. Never make the decision not to stay that way when you are depressed or unhappy.

'Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time.' ~Robert Schuller
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Post by: CD on November 25, 2012, 09:01:09 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  11/25/12

Is your ideal to be clean and whole? If so, ask yourself: What sort of neighbor is a clean and sober person? What sort of family member is a clean and sober person? What sort of Twelve Step program will a clean and sober person work?

Sober is as sober does.
   
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Post by: CD on November 26, 2012, 10:46:59 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/26/12

Positive clean thoughts of ourselves are a must. Picture yourself speaking at meetings, greeting newcomers, laughing, sponsoring others, and holding your head high. Clean and sober thoughts help counter years of drunk and dirty thoughts.

I picture myself laughing and sharing with others.
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Post by: CD on November 27, 2012, 09:05:31 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/27/12

According to the martial arts, Akido, the best way to win a fight is not to be there in the first place. Think of this the next time you are invited to a bar, to ride in vehicle with a pot smoker, or to celebrate at the office party.

My best path to cease fighting anybody or anything, is not to be in the ring in the first place.
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Post by: CD on November 28, 2012, 07:42:16 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  11/28/12

Sweat the small stuff. The big stuff we can handle, it's the day to day crap that gets us. How do we attend to the small stuff? Steps Ten and Eleven.

Today I treat myself to quiet time in order to review the small stuff.
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Post by: CD on November 29, 2012, 06:48:44 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  11/29/12

How important are the slogans? Sometimes, these are the only things we can bring to mind when we stand at a turning point, the thresh-hold of a crisis.

The slogans work much better for me when I decorate my life with them rather than decorating the walls with them.
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Post by: CD on November 30, 2012, 11:08:07 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  11/30/12

'When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the new worlds which open for us.' ~Alexander Graham Bell

God wants for me what I would want for myself, IF I had all the facts.
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Post by: CD on December 01, 2012, 11:16:02 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/1/12

There are a lot more reasons for working the Ninth Step than freedom, serenity, and moral responsibility. Making amends is a good way of having the last word.

I take my program seriously and myself lightly.
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Post by: CD on December 02, 2012, 11:27:18 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  12/2/2012

Some days you will be shocked at how nasty and short tempered you are. You'll think, 'This can't be me being so unreasonable.' Yet it is. You may deny it's really you by jostling the blame on another, 'If they hadn't....'   No, your bad behavior is your fault. You have no excuse. Now, can you love you anyway?

I learn to love me even when
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Post by: Slice on December 04, 2012, 12:58:19 AM
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'We weren't perfect at it. Sometimes we rebelled, and rejected our sponsors' feedback or the guidance of the Steps. Still, the recovery process was always there when we needed and accepted it.'  (P 80, CDA First Edition)

I worked my using hard, so now I work my recovery hard.
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Post by: Slice on December 04, 2012, 12:07:05 PM
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Doing the next right thing in the face of a tricky situation is not a choice you can run away from. As the saying goes: Wherever you go, there you are.

I do the next right thing first, so the 'situation' doesn't last.
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Post by: CD on December 06, 2012, 10:29:28 AM
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'We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.' ~Helen Keller

My adversities are opportunities in disguise.
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Post by: CD on December 07, 2012, 11:53:23 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/7/12

Some people do not have to have a program to stop drinking and using. But for us, we remember untreated abstinence will make our past our future.

I don't work the program to get my life back; I work the program to get my life forward.
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Post by: CD on December 08, 2012, 10:02:51 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/7/12

Do not be hung up on what you ought to be, what you were supposed to be or what you were going to be. You will never have time to be what you are.

I am the best me there is.
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Post by: CD on December 09, 2012, 01:45:58 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    12/9/2012

The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention. The smallest kindness is better than the best pitch.

It's nice to be important but it's more imp
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Post by: CD on December 10, 2012, 09:49:46 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  12/10/12

The consequences of being dishonest, of being a liar, is not so much that others will not believe you, as it is that you can not believe others.

'Does what I gain by lying balance out the integrity I lose?' (P 54, CDA First Ed
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Post by: CD on December 11, 2012, 08:51:56 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/11/12

'The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.' ~Max Lerner. That 'core of strength' is based on abstinence and spiritual principles.

I suit up; I show up: I grow up.
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Post by: CD on December 12, 2012, 07:34:14 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/12/12

At the start of meeting we always ask, 'Is there anybody new or coming back?' We should also ask, 'Is there anybody old and going out?

I remember that the 'still suffering alcoholic' can include old timers too!
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Post by: CD on December 13, 2012, 10:47:01 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/13/12

There is no completion for the circle of recovery. A circle has no beginning and no end. It is suggested that recovery begins when you have learned enough from those before you and pass it along to those behind. Love is the process that keeps the circle moving.
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Post by: CD on December 14, 2012, 11:40:49 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    12/14/12

They say, 'When all else fails, read the directions.' In recovery, we say, 'When all else fails, only then are you ready to read the directions. It takes what it takes.

I do not wait to hit the bottom of a problem before I hit the books for directions.
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Post by: CD on December 15, 2012, 09:32:47 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/15/12

Some of us change when we see the light, most of us change when we feel the heat. Are you waiting to get burned before you do what you need to?

If I don't change... my clean and sober date will.
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Post by: CD on December 19, 2012, 09:00:54 AM
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How long does it take to clear away the wreckage of our past? In the Northwest region of the U.S., Native Americans have a special saying, 'How long does it take to clear a landslide? One rock at a time.

I remove the landslide of my past,one rock at a time .
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Post by: Slice on December 26, 2012, 02:15:29 PM
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It is remarkable how often we run across this feeling of 'uniqueness' as we recover. We may brag that we used more, had worse contacts, spent more in bars, treated our family worse, were younger, older, blacker, gayer, more sensitive--whatever.

I am the only me' there is ever going to be. I do not try to convince others that I am a better me than they.
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Post by: CD on December 28, 2012, 09:48:45 AM
  Pocket Sponsor - Book Quote                                                                           If you are clean and sober,the miracle has already happened.Stick around,the  impossibilities take a little longer.                                                                       Nothing is impossible in God's world.    12/28/12
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Post by: Slice on January 04, 2013, 11:33:25 AM
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Wet the bed and blame the blanket that is the life we led. With the Twelve Steps, we learn that problems are basically of our own making.

At the end of BLAME is ME.
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Post by: Slice on January 05, 2013, 10:16:08 AM
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'This time, like all times, is a very good one if we but know what to do with it.' ~Ralph Waldo Emerson. Every thought you have can be part of a continuous prayer and everything you do can be your practice of healing.

If I'm not happy today, what am I waiting for?
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Post by: Slice on January 07, 2013, 01:54:35 PM
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Are you going to let tough times make you bitter or make you better?

I embrace 'tough' times because I get to practice my principles.
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Post by: Slice on January 08, 2013, 02:05:12 PM
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'There are more things in heaven and earth... than are dreamt of in your philosophy.' ~William Shakespeare. Hold on to the knowledge that more good is occurring on this hunk of rock floating through space than you can ever imagine.

I ask for all things that I might enjoy life, I am given life that I might enjoy all things.
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Post by: Slice on January 10, 2013, 11:51:19 AM
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Gaining our strength in recovery by admitting our powerlessness in addiction is a mystery to us. But, the First Step says we are powerless over 'our drug of choice and not powerless over 'our recovery.' Don't limit yourself.

I am powerfully recovering.
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Post by: Slice on January 11, 2013, 12:45:06 PM
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There is no right way to do the wrong thing. Whatever you were thinking of doing, you can not rationalize it into 'right' action by saying, 'yes but this' or 'no but that.' You know what's right and you know what's wrong that gut feeling guides you.

When things go wrong, I don't go with them.
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Post by: CD on January 12, 2013, 09:55:10 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     1/11/13

Service is sacred; our sometimes smoke-filled, coffee-filled, talk-filled clubs, meetings, and social gatherings are the basis for a lot more than laughter they add up to a major part of our recovery. May 29, Day By Day

Am I contributing to the fellowship?
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Post by: CD on January 13, 2013, 09:32:32 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    1/13/13

If you are looking for the perfect group before you join a home group, then you are going to be homeless.

My home group members are not perfect and neither am I, so we suit each other perfectly.
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Post by: CD on January 14, 2013, 07:38:29 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    1/14/13

It's hard to believe that this simple program can work for us. But it does. We see it each time an old timer celebrates a birthday, a newcomer picks up a token, or a former skid row drunk reaches out to help an alcoholic doctor that has hit his first meeting in desperation. Believe.

I make believe until I can believe.
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Post by: CD on January 15, 2013, 06:16:56 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   1/15/13

Self will and running the show' can be like the monkey who sticks his hand into the trap for food. He grasps the food tightly creating a fist that won't slide out the trap door. The monkey struggles but won't release the food and he is trapped. Holding tight to your will and your way can be the fist that traps you.
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Post by: CD on January 16, 2013, 06:46:33 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   1/16/13

Our program will work for people who believe in God. Our program will work for people who don't believe in God. Our program will not work for people who believe they are God.

A God of my understanding, a God not of my understanding. God can simply be a 'Group Of Drunks' if I choose!
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Post by: CD on January 17, 2013, 08:25:14 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    1/17/13

Us addicts are often hyper-vigilant about others 'talking behind our backs' or slandering us. Our sponsors tell us that what 'they think of us is none of our business. It can still be hard to take.

It matters not if someone speaks badly of me; I live so no one will believe it.
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Post by: Slice on January 28, 2013, 12:04:31 PM
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Many meetings, many chances; few meetings, few chances; no meetings, no chances.

The trouble with staying home and isolating is I get a lot of bad advice.
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Post by: Slice on January 31, 2013, 12:18:37 PM
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Anger is one letter away from danger.

If I am right, I don't need to be angry. If I am wrong, I can't afford to be angry.
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Post by: Slice on February 01, 2013, 12:50:39 PM
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Nothing happens by accident. There are no coincidences, they say, only God-incidences.

I believe that God can do for me what I can't do for myself. I believe in God-incidences.
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Post by: CD on February 02, 2013, 09:47:17 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/2/13

When do you begin helping a newcomer? When you see a newcomer. Don't sweat it; just do it.

When I work with a drunk, the drunk I'm working on is me.
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Post by: CD on February 03, 2013, 08:15:47 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    2/3/13

Life on earth is one of polarity. We feel the comfort of love because we know the pain of rejection; we know the satisfaction of a full belly because we know the emptiness of hunger. Without darkness we can't appreciate the light; without cold we can't cherish the warmth. We know the joy of recovery because we came from the depths of despair.

I am not what I am in spite of my disease; I am what I am because of it.
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Post by: CD on February 04, 2013, 07:57:57 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  2/4/13

We find that the difference between adventure and disaster usually boils down to attitude. It's like the glass half full or half empty. Is it a problem or an opportunity; an obstruction or a challenge for growth? The way you choose to see it makes all the difference.

I don't see thing as they are, I see things as I am.
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Post by: CD on February 05, 2013, 08:46:08 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/5/13

Practicing the principles can never be done from a pedestal of self-righteousness. The very act of judging, complaining or criticizing, demonstrates that we are spiritually out of whack--not the ones we judge. Oh, they may be out of whack too, but that's not our side of the street, is it?

My program does not work in principle. It only works in practice.
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Post by: CD on February 06, 2013, 10:49:03 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  2/6/13

Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. The truth is that your Spiritual Source doesn't deal with time, clocks, and calendars. Your Source put you in today because your Source is in today.

Because God (Allah, Krishna, Kahuna, Creator, Divine Intelligence) is in the NOW, then Just for Today' I stay here too.
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Post by: CD on February 07, 2013, 08:21:01 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote 2/7/13

Some recovering addicts take comfort in their complexity as if they are the exceptionally wounded. They worry their wounds and pick at their pain, giving themselves permission to be difficult, slow, and self-absorbed. Are you simply healing to your own internal rhythm or giving yourself excuses to be difficult?

I don't make the pity pot too comfortable.
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Post by: CD on February 08, 2013, 08:42:26 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/8/13

Try to live your life without adding to your Eight Step list. You have enough wreckage to clear up from the past without creating wreckage in the now.

When I feel my worst, I try my best.
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Post by: CD on February 09, 2013, 10:04:53 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/9/13

When you work with others, you allow Divine Intelligence to speak and smile through you. You allow the Divine to reach out and hug the drunk, the junkie, and the dope head.

All people smile in the same language.
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Post by: CD on February 10, 2013, 09:40:42 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/10/13

Do not ask what your Higher Power can do for you, but rather what you can do for your Higher Power. This gets us out of self.

Dear God, what can I do for you today?
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Post by: CD on February 11, 2013, 09:55:30 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/11/13

People who seek a sponsor without faults, will be without a sponsor.

I know that my sponsor is willing to make mistakes, if I am willing to learn from them.
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Post by: CD on February 12, 2013, 09:55:51 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  2/12/13

You are either progressing or regressing. There is no such thing as standing still; there is no such thing as simply 'gressing.'

 I can only coast one way, and that's downhill.
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Post by: CD on February 13, 2013, 08:25:58 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/13/13

As a general rule, questions that ask 'why' go in the wrong direction, seeking explanations that blame and shame. Questions that begin with 'How' and 'What' as in 'How do I start my Fourth? and 'What can I learn from this? lead to solutions, where the light bulb goes on in your head.

I ask questions that lead to exclamations not explanations.
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Post by: CD on February 14, 2013, 07:28:28 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    2/14/13

Sometimes you are the wind; sometimes you are the bug; sometimes you are the windshield.

Experience is what I get when I don't get what I want
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Post by: CD on February 15, 2013, 07:24:57 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/15/13

Often the difference between a bad attitude and a good one is simply what you call it. You can be lonely or enjoy blessed solitude. You can be burdened or building strength. People can use you or you can be of use to others.

Whether it is AA for Altered Attitude,' NA for New Attitude,' or CDA for Change D Attitude,' my attitude today is a direct reflection of my personal growth.
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Post by: CD on February 16, 2013, 10:51:15 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote 3/16/13

'Rather than put a label on yourself as Christian, Jew, Moslem, Buddhist, or whatever, instead make a commitment to be Christ-like, God-like, Buddha-like and Mohammed-like.' -Dr. Wayne Dryer

I make a commitment to be 'Twelve Step-like today.
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Post by: CD on February 17, 2013, 12:01:45 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  3/17/13

Recovery is a Process Not an Event. There will never be a graduation day for your new way of life. The more you learn and grow the more you will see that you have more to learn and grow. That is what Steps Ten, Eleven, and Twelve are all about.

I learn to grow and grow to learn. My day of graduation is when I die.
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Post by: CD on February 18, 2013, 10:27:39 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  2/18/13

When you are in the wrong place, the right place is empty.

Do I know my rightful place in recovery?
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Post by: CD on February 19, 2013, 11:24:25 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/19/13

Half measures do not avail us half, they avail us nothing.

Am I willing to go to any length?
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Post by: CD on February 19, 2013, 11:26:07 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  2/19/13

Half measures do not avail us half, they avail us nothing.

Am I willing to go to any length?
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Post by: CD on February 20, 2013, 07:00:33 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/20/13

We may have the right to be wrong, but our steps teach us that we don't have the right to do wrong.

When my only reason for doing something is 'because I have the right!' it usually turns out wrong.
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Post by: CD on February 21, 2013, 10:04:52 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote 2/21/13

We often hear 'turn it over.' This means turn over problems not under our control right now--whether they are with family, friends, work, or the law--we offer the things we cannot change to a Higher Power and LET GO.

If I turn it over and don't let go, I'll be upside down!
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Post by: CD on February 22, 2013, 08:56:47 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/22/2013

'You should not be esteemed by others if you have no real inner virtue. -Dogen, The Pocket Zen Reader You get esteem by doing something esteeming.

I never have to worry about low self-esteem when I do esteeming things.
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Post by: CD on February 23, 2013, 08:48:46 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     2/23/13


The safest banks fail, corporations fold, loved ones die, all things change. Your life now changes like the tides or the seasons. You are not alone in this change. Seek out others who have experienced relief from your problem of choice and let them guide you through it.

I can change my clothes and change my address but until I change myself, I cannot grow.
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Post by: CD on February 25, 2013, 09:45:06 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    2/25/13

The spiritual journey is one of continually falling on your face, getting up, brushing yourself off, looking sheepishly at God, and taking another step.

If I'm faced in the right direction, and fall on my face, I've still made progress.
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Post by: CD on February 26, 2013, 09:43:10 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/26/13

Whatever you are trying to avoid, we won't go away until you confront it.

When I see myself as others see me, do I deny it?
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Post by: CD on February 27, 2013, 09:57:49 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/27/13

It's a very interesting thing about human nature, when you stop treating yourself poorly, it will become unacceptable for others to do so.

If I don't take care of myself, why should anyone else?
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Post by: CD on February 28, 2013, 08:30:11 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/28/13

Do you think you deserve special treatment because you are clean and sober? Most of us do at one time or another. Treat us special and we feel normal; treat us normal and we feel rejected.

Do I want my ego to be the first thing people see when I walk into a room?
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Post by: CD on March 01, 2013, 10:46:33 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/1/13

Even when it hurts like hell, hold fast. The pain is the arrow coming out, not the arrow going in. Faith is not about trusting a God who will rescue you from arrows but trusting in the process. Faith will center you, not rescue you.

As the pain and fear pass, I hold fast.
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Post by: CD on March 02, 2013, 11:16:35 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  3/2/2013

If people don't agree with you, so what? If people do agree with you, so what? Our program is one of suggestions, not conformity.

I do not need to conform to be comfortable. 'Comfortable' is conscious contact, not conscious copycat.
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Post by: CD on March 03, 2013, 11:24:06 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/3/13

All of us chemical dependents have come from the same place, no where. We all enter the world of recovery by changing our place to now here. No Where to Now Here. It works.

NOW is the working unit of my life.
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Post by: CD on March 04, 2013, 07:13:05 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  3/4/13

There are no victims, only volunteers. When we cry, 'They did this to me. They did that to me.' what we are really saying, is I placed myself in a position for this or that to happen. I volunteered for it.

I volunteer for sobriety today.
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Post by: CD on March 05, 2013, 10:21:45 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/5/13

He who laughs, lasts! 'But why shouldn't we laugh? We have recovered.
 (P 132, AA Big Book)

My laughter is good medicine.
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Post by: CD on March 06, 2013, 10:24:27 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/6/13

You certainly are not good at every aspect of service to your group. You may be good at opening meetings, emptying ash trays, remembering to contact people, or going out on Twelve Step calls. Maybe you are lousy at greeting people at the door, holding office, getting birthday cakes, or paying the rent. Whatever you lack skills for, others can pick up; whatever you are good at, recognize!

For my shortcomings, I delegate; for my strengths, I congratulate.
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Post by: CD on March 07, 2013, 08:01:42 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/7/13

'Being angry at God won't hurt God, and neither will it provoke Him to take measures against us. If it makes us feel better to vent our anger at Him over a painful situation, we are free to do it. The only thing wrong with doing it is that what happened to us was not really God's fault.
-Harold S. Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Usually, things don't happen TO make me angry; things happen THAT make me angry.
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Post by: CD on March 08, 2013, 08:22:42 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/8/13

Life begins right outside your comfort zone. Start changing.

If I fail to change the person I was when I came in, that person will take me out!
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Post by: CD on March 09, 2013, 08:15:36 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/9/13

If you are not happy with what you have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?

Happiness is not having what I want but wanting what I have.
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Post by: CD on March 10, 2013, 10:44:33 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  3/10/13

One way to tell how well you are practicing the principles in all your affairs is to notice how you treat people who can be of no service to you.

I go out of my way to be kind to the very next person I encounter, regardless of what they can or cannot do for me.
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Post by: CD on March 11, 2013, 09:28:28 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/11/13

It is our experience in recovery that a Power greater then ourselves places the answers before us that we need to hear when we need to hear them. Often we don't like the answers and practice self-will by trying to force our solution. Forcing solutions is the same as ignoring Step Three.
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Post by: CD on March 12, 2013, 09:55:32 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/12/13

Whatever spiritual values you adopt are unique to you. You may adopt a strong religious stance or a more intimate spiritual philosophy from within. In any case, the spiritual path you seek is up to you and not those around you. Be comfortable with your spiritual choices and don't try to please others.

The more I have on the inside, the less I need on the outside.
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Post by: CD on March 13, 2013, 09:30:29 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  3/13/13

Prayer does not change what you are praying about. Prayer changes you.

I learn to 'hit' it with a prayer, not a chair and I change!
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Post by: CD on March 14, 2013, 10:43:56 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/14/13

All our suggestions are free. The ones you don't take are the ones you end up paying for.

When all else fails, I take the suggestions.
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Post by: Slice on March 15, 2013, 11:33:05 AM
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We find that the winners do what they have to do and the losers do what they want to do.

The winners are stuck with me.
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Post by: CD on March 17, 2013, 09:35:19 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/17/13

Opportunities are often disguised as problems and this is why we miss them. With the next problem you encounter, ask, 'What can I learn from this?'

I watch for big problems; they disguise big opportunities.
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Post by: CD on March 18, 2013, 09:24:00 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  3/18/13

They say you need newcomers to tell you where you came from, old-timers to tell you where you could go, and a sponsor to tell you where you are at.

The most important word in my Steps is the first one... 'WE'
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Post by: CD on March 19, 2013, 09:12:09 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/19/13

Grateful addicts don't drink and drug and drinking and drugging addicts aren't grateful.

My gratitude is not the word but my desire to say the word. My desire to say the word is a corner stone of my recovery.
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Post by: CD on March 20, 2013, 08:15:58 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/20/13

'To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.' -Jules Henri Poincsre

I question myself, 'Am I a nay sayer to all suggestions?' or equally destructive 'Am I a disciple of a God Squad, blindly following a hard and inflexible line of thought?
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Post by: CD on March 21, 2013, 08:34:51 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/21/13

If you think you can or you think you can't, you're probably right.

The state of my world is a reflection of the state of my mind.
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Post by: CD on March 22, 2013, 10:11:37 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/22/13

'It is time to speak your Truth. Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader. This could be a good time!' Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation

I enjoy the Fellowship of the Spirit.
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Post by: CD on March 25, 2013, 10:52:04 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/25/13

When one door closes, another door opens. It's waiting in the hallway that's hell.
I am not a slow learner. I am just, sometimes, a slow accepter.
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Post by: CD on March 26, 2013, 11:38:50 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/26/13

Many people think that the Twelve Steps are the work. But they are not. The Twelve Steps are the preparation for doing the real work. The real work is in reaching out to the still suffering alcoholic and addict.'God has no hands but yours.' (attributed to Mother Theresa).

I become the hands of my Higher Power.
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Post by: CD on March 27, 2013, 10:11:09 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      3/27/2013

Most of our growth in recovery takes time. You may, like many of us, want to be restored to wholeness yesterday. However, you can afford to be patient. After all, when the Universe made time, it made plenty of it.

I give time, time.
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Post by: CD on March 28, 2013, 09:50:21 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/28/13

Do not be quick to call all therapy 'psyco-babble' and think that mental health experts do not understand. Therapy can be the guide that leads you to the discovery of your anchor amidst the surrounding storms of life.

In the words of Bill Wilson, I should 'never belittle a good doctor or psychiatrist'.
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Post by: CD on March 29, 2013, 12:29:30 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     3/29/13

In the words of Wayne Dryer 'You will be happy to know that the universal law that created miracles has not been repealed.'

I Expect a Miracle today.
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Post by: Slice on March 30, 2013, 10:54:12 AM
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We came here for our drugging and stay in part for hugging.

Hugs are one way the fellowship demonstrates to me that it isn't 'me' and 'you' anymore, it's 'we' and 'us.'
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Post by: CD on March 31, 2013, 10:25:47 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/31/13

The person you were will use again. That is why you must 'smash all your old ideas so that the new you is a member of the program, not the person you were. The person you were was a practicing alcoholic. The person you are is not.

Some people say that the 12 Steps brain wash us. Thank God, because that's how I got clean!
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Post by: CD on April 01, 2013, 01:50:44 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/1/13

The best remedy for anger is delay.

I don't use my 'claws when agitated,' I learn to 'pause when agitated.' (P 87, AA Big Book)
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Post by: CD on April 02, 2013, 11:24:59 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      4/2/13

Some people quote the Bible, Qur'an, Torah, or some other holy text claiming that it is your only road to recovery. You may or may not find that comforting. Whether or not it is comforting you, remember it is comforting them. Be tolerant and gracious.

I may not find something personally helpful, but I find it helpful to be personable.
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Post by: CD on April 03, 2013, 10:39:38 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  4/3/13

When things go wrong, they are not particularly anyone's fault. You can't expect every meeting to be perfect and your sponsor to have every answer. You know you can't control or fix everything that goes wrong and neither can 'they.'

When things go wrong, I don't let them get too far.
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Post by: CD on April 04, 2013, 12:13:03 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     4/4/13

The diversity of people seeking recovery is extraordinary. Whether an old salty dog, young gang member, grandparent, or teen with attitude, we remember: as cancer is no respecter of victims, neither is addiction. Same disease, same recovery.

'We all came on different ships, but we're all on the same boat now.' ~Martin Luther King
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Post by: CD on April 05, 2013, 11:21:15 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     4/5/13

In our fellowship, there are always those who feel they have the ultimate wisdom to impart to you. These highly verbose people may set your nerves on edge with incredibly self-serving 'words of wisdom.' They may be full of themselves, but they are probably not trying to hurt you.

If I judge people, I have no time to love them.
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Post by: CD on April 06, 2013, 12:15:29 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/6/13

In order to grasp recovery we must learn, not accumulate knowledge, but really learn. Accumulating knowledge is moving from the known to the known, but learning is moving from the known to the unknown.

Each time I say, 'Thy will, not mine, be done,' I move from the known to the unknown and I can learn.
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Post by: CD on April 07, 2013, 12:28:14 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  4/7/13

People are always blaming their circumstances for being what they are. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.' ~George Bernard Shaw

As long as I blame my past, I'm not free to claim my future.
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Post by: CD on April 08, 2013, 11:37:04 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/8/13

People will tell you to 'work' the steps and that may lead you to believe that the steps are our work in recovery. Working the steps is not doing our work, they are the foundation for doing our work. Our work is getting into the trenches and helping others.

When my life is not working the way I want it to, I find I may not be doing my real work.
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Post by: CD on April 09, 2013, 12:30:02 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     4/9/13

One of the joys of this program is the path it provides us with to do the right thing. Our steps don't give us a whole lot of room for justifications. There is no right way to do the wrong thing.

I learn to do the next right thing, not the next 'me' thing.
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Post by: CD on April 11, 2013, 02:57:17 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/11/13

Sobriety is a grant, not a gift. A gift is something we get to keep forever. A grant is contingent on us doing something to keep it.

I work steps because my recovery is 'contingent on the maintenance of {my} spiritual program. (P 85, AA Book
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Post by: CD on April 12, 2013, 03:29:42 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/12/13

We not only attempt geographical 'cures' while drinking, but often while clean and sober too. When you make a move 'for the better,' unless you can honestly say you are running to something positive, then you are running from something that you haven't faced.

No matter how fast or how far I go, I can't outrun myself.
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Post by: CD on April 13, 2013, 01:46:49 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  4/13/13

'You can't laugh and think at the same time! So every time you laugh you're getting a break from you.' ~Ken D. (P 153, Alkiespeak)

I take my program seriously, not myself.
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Post by: CD on April 14, 2013, 12:51:47 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/14/13

Everyday in our lives is not going to be perfect just because we are not drinking or drugging. The best way we know of to treat PMS (Poor Me Syndrome) is get rid of the words 'It ain't fair and 'Why me?'

God does not owe me happiness because I no longer am an intolerant, abusive, self-centered, practicing addict.
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Post by: CD on April 15, 2013, 12:27:47 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/15/13

You must learn to pick up a program, not just set down a drink! They call this foot work. Your Higher Power wants to make a deal with you. You do the foot work and He'll take care of the results.

If I have one hand in the fellowship and one hand in God's, I can't pick up today.

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Post by: CD on April 16, 2013, 11:31:31 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     4/16/13

There will be many times when nothing anyone does, including yourself, seems right. But these 'nothing is ever right' times pass like a cloud over-head. Do not make decisions until the cloud passes, so that you make them in the full light of your good senses.

I do not make decisions when 'nothing is going right. How can my decision be right if nothing else is?
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Post by: CD on April 18, 2013, 08:17:41 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     4/18/13

Don't allow anger, bitterness, and other character defects to affect your family, friends, and fellowship. It is all too easy to lash out at ones close to you who will 'understand' your hostility and give you room because you are in recovery. Treat them as you would a newcomer for they deserve as much.

Harsh words break no bones but they do break hearts.
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Post by: CD on April 19, 2013, 02:17:46 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  4/19/13

Although romance and relationships are an important aspect of balance in our lives--it is never the solution to drinking and other drug taking. It is sometimes easier to focus on passion, rather than trudge through the steps!

I practice these principles in all my affairs, (pun intended).
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Post by: CD on April 21, 2013, 01:07:19 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/21/13

This is a 'We' program, not a 'Me' program. We do this together. Look at our steps. They all say 'We admitted' or 'We came to believe. Doing it together makes us stronger and less likely to fool ourselves with dysfunctional ways of thinking.

This is a self-help program that I can't do by myself.
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Post by: CD on April 22, 2013, 07:00:20 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/22/13

Seven days without a meeting, makes one weak.

Just as I am not independently wealthy and need to work to stay solvent, I am not independently healthy and need meetings to stay soulvent.
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Post by: CD on April 23, 2013, 10:57:30 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/23/13

'Smile facts: It is 2.5 times easier to smile than to frown. It takes 43 muscles to frown, but only 17 to smile. Smiling stimulates our nervous system to produce cerebral morphine.' This hormone gives us a pleasant feeling and it has an anesthetic effect.
~Karlynn Baker Scharlau, A Thoughtful Moment

When I meet someone today who isn't wearing a smile, I give them mine.
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Post by: CD on April 24, 2013, 10:07:38 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/24/13

Recovery is not the absence of conflict but the ability to cope with it.

My recovery comes from new daily habits I form in seconds, minutes, and hours of simple Twelve-Step living.
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Post by: CD on April 25, 2013, 01:16:54 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     4/25/13

Sobriety often brings us effects we never expected,
like becoming the person we used to resent!

I used to resent people whose standards I could not live up to.
Now, by the Grace of God, I am one!
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Post by: CD on April 26, 2013, 08:48:09 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/26/13

Being lonely gets in the way of learning how to live alone. You are not alone even though you may have felt alone in a crowd in the past. The remedy for loneliness is service. Show up to a meeting 30 minutes early tonight and help set up. We promise you will not be lonely!

I never have to be alone again.
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Post by: CD on April 27, 2013, 08:47:43 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/27/13

Having a God of our own under-standing does not mean we have to withhold saying 'God' around non-believers. People who try to get the word 'God' out of the Twelve Steps in order not to offend others, are missing the point. The point is, no one has to say 'God' in order to recover it does not mean others can't call their Higher Power 'God.'

God is the answer. Now what is my problem?
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Post by: CD on April 29, 2013, 08:20:18 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/29/13

It is not your duty to solve other people's problems, arbitrate their disputes and raise their children. If you believe this is Twelve Step work, you will only be hurt when they reject your advice and shocked when they blame you for their troubles.

My job is to carry the message, not deliver the drunk.
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Post by: CD on April 30, 2013, 09:04:39 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/30/13

If you don't stand for something, they say you will fall for anything. Do you stand up for recovery? Do you stand up for principle? Do you stand up for the Traditions, Steps, and Fellowship?

United we stand; divided we stagger.
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Post by: CD on May 01, 2013, 12:49:06 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/1/13

Although thoughts are things, they are not actions; although feelings are real, they are not facts. They only have the power we give them through our actions.

When I act kindly, I give power to loving thoughts and feelings; when I use harsh words and 'get even I give power to angry thoughts and feelings.
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Post by: CD on May 02, 2013, 11:09:56 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/2/13

They say that young people don't get sober, they get caught. Getting caught is a great way to find recovery. We don't care how you get here, whether it is your parents that force you, a school counselor, the courts, or a guilty conscious--you're here. So decide not to get recaught, but to recover instead.

If I'm young, I am respectful of the old farts. If I'm an old fart I don't recite platitudes to the young.
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Post by: CD on May 03, 2013, 05:32:31 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/3/13

Although there are no Twelve Step gurus, and God knows we are not saints, there are times when the words and actions of some members touch us so much that we practically consider them saints. We never forget though, that they are human and still suffer. So we reach out to them as they reach out to others.

I remember that the 'alcoholic that still suffers' could just as well be an old-timer as it is a newcomer, my sponsor as my sponsee.
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Post by: CD on May 05, 2013, 10:02:34 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/5/13

The old timers used to say that the world's most difficult prayer was 'O, Lord, be as good to me today, as I was to my fellowman, yesterday.'

I say what I mean, mean what I say, and don't say it mean.
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Post by: CD on May 06, 2013, 10:39:29 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  5/6/13

If God is your co-pilot, switch seats! (Anonymous Sage) There is something special waiting for you to do today that won't get done if you are flying around doing your own thing.

When I let my Higher Power pilot my life, I know that inspiration will guide my actions and that 'special something' will get done.
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Post by: CD on May 07, 2013, 08:40:35 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/7/13

Don't ever think you have nothing left to learn in the fellowship and that everyone wants to hear you talk incessantly because you are so wise. You can not have an open mouth and an open mind at the same time.

When I do all the talking, I can only hear what I already know.
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Post by: CD on May 08, 2013, 08:12:51 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/8/13

We are now learning to keep our thoughts in recovery and not in the insanity of the past. The program fixes it so we don't have to suffer from insanity anymore. Now we can enjoy it!

Crazy-making is what I make of it.
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Post by: CD on May 09, 2013, 08:59:44 AM
Few of us realize that God is all we need until God is all we have.

If I can't find God, I know who moved.
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Post by: CD on May 10, 2013, 09:10:17 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote 5/10/13

If you rely on meetings alone to keep you sober, then you must find a 24 hour meeting. Meetings are for identifying and sharing. People in the meetings will tell you what they did and suggest what you can do, but they can't do it for you.

I can pray for a good harvest, but I still have to plow
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Post by: CD on May 11, 2013, 10:21:27 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote

Don't let your starting point in recovery ever discourage you. Don't let your starting point today put a frown on your face. Anyone who gets to be an old-timer had to be a newcomer first. Smile and start.

My journey of a thousand smiles begins with the First Step.
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Post by: CD on May 12, 2013, 12:15:48 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  5/12/13

'When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.'
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gifts From the Sea 1955

I cannot touch others if I am not in touch with myself. I keep in touch with myself through Step Ten.
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Post by: CD on May 13, 2013, 11:39:18 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/13/13

The most convincing message we can carry to other chemical dependents is our own example of a contented recovery. And kindness. To the desolate alcoholic/addict, an act of kindness can be the difference between getting 'better' or getting 'bitter.'

I remember that I may be the only Big Book some people ever see.
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Post by: CD on May 14, 2013, 04:04:05 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  5/14/13

If you don't deal with your feelings, they'll deal with you. Whatever you are thinking right now is creating how you feel. One of the best ways to deal with the way you feel is to create positive thoughts.

I create positive feelings by thinking positive thoughts.
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Post by: CD on May 15, 2013, 01:08:29 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/15/13

Knowing what to do with this moment, is as simple as doing the next right thing so that your Spiritual Source can act in your best interests.

When my Higher Power is for me, what can be against me?
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Post by: CD on May 16, 2013, 05:03:05 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/16/13

Now and then with a little time, we stop working one through nine. The price of recovery is eternal vigilance. Steps Ten, Eleven, and Twelve insure that we keep working One through Nine.

No matter how much time I have from my last drink or drug, I am only Twelve Steps away from the next
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Post by: CD on May 18, 2013, 10:40:16 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/18/13

Our recovery has less to do with our thinking and much more to do with our actions. If you don't believe this, stop going to meetings, stop looking at where you're wrong, stop making amends, and stop doing service work. You will soon see that no matter how good your 'thoughts' are, your life won't be worth a hoot in very short order.

My recovery works better when I utilize, not analyze.
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Post by: CD on May 21, 2013, 09:41:09 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/21/13

Frequently, addicts and alcoholics who experience difficulties will isolate in order to lick their wounds like an injured animal. You may not want to bother us, you may be embarrassed by your blunders, or you may think it's not our business. When you don't use our friendship, we can't do our job.

Friends are God's way of taking care of me.
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Post by: CD on May 22, 2013, 11:55:50 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/22/13

God is the answer, now what is the problem? Problem with the word 'God?' According to Random House Dictionary--Life, Truth, Love, Mind, Soul, Spirit, and Principle are all synonymous for 'God.' The above statement could just as easily be 'Life, Truth, Love, Mind, Soul, Spirit, and Principle are the answers. Now what is the problem?

Today, I let go of the labels that stand between me and my understanding of God.
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Post by: CD on May 23, 2013, 11:29:35 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/23/13

There will be times when people around you act like absolute jerks. If they are a jerk and the problem is with them, time will reveal it. Likewise, if you are the jerk and the problem is with you, time will reveal it. Do the next right thing and give time time.

Today, I don't let assholes rent space in my head.
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Post by: CD on May 24, 2013, 12:39:14 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/24/13

You may not always know what is right but you sure know what is wrong. Anytime you have to give excuses for why you do what you do, it's wrong.

If I have to explain or excuse it, then I can do without it
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Post by: CD on May 25, 2013, 01:58:57 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/25/13

One thing recovery teaches us, is that you can keep going long after you think you can't. This is because you are stronger than you think. You have the accumulated strength of millions of clean and sober Twelve-Step members to bolster you.

I keep on keep'n on; I keep on trudging.
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Post by: CD on May 27, 2013, 12:02:56 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/27/13

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

My sponsor's mistakes become my gifts when I listen
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Post by: CD on May 28, 2013, 03:38:09 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/28/13

Living life on life's terms,' just what does this mean to us? It doesn't mean we will get a brownie button for every day we stay abstinent. It simply means life can be tough and we can stay sober if we chose to live by principle.

'Don't you worry none, just take it like it comes, one day at a time.
 Song, One Day at a Time
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Post by: CD on May 29, 2013, 06:28:25 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/29/13

To err is human but you need to admit it.

I accept that having all the answers is not the answer.
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Post by: CD on May 30, 2013, 12:15:17 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/30/13

Although loving and being loved is an important aspect of balance in our lives relationships are never the solution to drinking and other drug taking. We sometimes focus on the strong emotion of love from another rather than face loving ourselves by working the program.

Today I 'act as if I am worth loving.
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Post by: CD on May 31, 2013, 12:44:41 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/31/13

It's not your Higher Power's Will that makes you miserable. It's your resistance to HP's Will that causes the damage. Turning it over will set you right again.

God's will is when I turn it over. Self-will is when I've over turned it.
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Post by: CD on June 01, 2013, 01:02:29 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/1/13

If you meet more than three assholes in one day, you need a meeting. If you meet more than four, you need a meeting and to call your sponsor. Any more than that and you better be reviewing Steps One, Two and Three real hard.

When too many assholes get in my way, it means I need a check-up from the neck up.
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Post by: CD on June 02, 2013, 10:15:00 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/2/13

What comes after ninety days? Ninety-one! 'Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.' ~Will Rogers

There are only two times I have to diligently work this program, the first 90 days and every day after that!
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Post by: CD on June 04, 2013, 10:48:54 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/4/13

Humility is not so much thinking less of yourself as it is thinking of yourself less.

True humility is accepting myself without embellishment and without embarrassment.
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Post by: CD on June 06, 2013, 08:44:02 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/6/13

You must be prepared to make some unpopular decisions when you live by principle. You will not be able to please everyone. Be firm with others as you chose the principle and not the personality; be firm with your personality as it butts heads with your principles.

By practicing principles in all my affairs, I learn not to 'people please but to 'Higher Power Please.'
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Post by: CD on June 08, 2013, 12:18:13 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/8/13

Progress, not perfection! No matter how long you have been in recovery, no matter how long you have worked the steps, you will never raise above the level of human being.

I claim spiritual progress today, not spiritual perfection.
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Post by: CD on June 09, 2013, 12:32:58 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/9/13

People in our fellowships who think they are too big to do little things are perhaps too little to be asked to do big things.

I remember where I came from.
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Post by: CD on June 10, 2013, 02:56:57 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      6/10/13

Many problems will be averted with a very simple code for behavior. This is called 'kindness.' Kindness is more then politeness; it means a warm concern for the other person's feelings.

I let my kindness be a gift to another and the tag reads, 'Please handle with tender loving care.
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Post by: CD on June 11, 2013, 02:09:25 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/11/13

'Take the cotton out of your ears and put it in your mouth applies to the old-timer as well as the beginner anyone who is too fond of their own voice.

I listen to learn and learn to listen.
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Post by: CD on June 13, 2013, 09:37:23 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     6/13/13

You don't have to eat, breathe, and bathe in our fellowship, but you do need to eat, breathe, and bathe in program. This is because you must practice these principles in all your affairs. The only way to do it in all your affairs is to DO IT in all your affairs.

If I'm working my program, I needn't worry about others working theirs.
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Post by: CD on June 14, 2013, 10:20:19 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote 6/14/13

This too shall pass. Sometimes it passes like a gentle breeze and sometimes it passes kinda like a kidney stone. Whichever, we can promise that whatever vexes you now, shall pass.

I give time, time because I know that when God made time, He/She made plenty of it.
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Post by: CD on June 15, 2013, 11:07:20 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/15/13

In the ups and downs of life, remember that the most productive ups and downs are getting up for a meeting and down to the steps.

When I'm down, I take a Step and then the Step takes me.
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Post by: CD on June 17, 2013, 04:34:20 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     6/17/13

There will always be people who did worse than you and always people who do better. You can use comparison to prove anything you want: that you lack thus and such or that you are better than so and so. We learn not to compare our selves and our stories, but to identify.

I identify, I don't compare.
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Post by: CD on June 18, 2013, 12:21:34 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/18/13

Take heart. There is no situation too difficult to be bettered and no unhappiness too great to be lessened. This is because the spiritual tools you require reside within, within that heart you 'take.'

What lies in front of me and what lies behind me is insignificant compared to what lies within me.
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Post by: CD on June 19, 2013, 09:56:41 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/19/13

Ramana Marhrshi talks about life's journey and likens it to a train trip. He says that you can carry your baggage on your head or set it on the floor beside you. Either way, both you and your baggage arrive at your destination. This is because the train carries your baggage, not you. If you prefer to carry your burdens on your head, it doesn't change the destination, it simply gives you a head ache.

I chose to let my Higher Power carry my baggage and my burdens.
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Post by: CD on June 20, 2013, 10:47:00 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/20/13

Trying to pray is praying, even when we aren't sure exactly what God wants from us. Trying means we have the desire to communicate with the Divine Source. Even if no words come, just hitting your knees means a prayer has occurred.

My healing begins in kneeling.
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Post by: CD on June 21, 2013, 10:13:22 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/21/13

There is a difference between sharing our experience and imposing our opinions on someone. A sure way to set yourself up for a 'slip' is to be convinced that others will slip if they don't listen to your opinion.

When my opinion means more to me than my sobriety, I set myself up for a SLIP (Sobriety Loses Its Priority).
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Post by: CD on June 22, 2013, 12:32:56 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/22/13

Almost all anger is some form of control, either you trying to control people, places, or things or them trying to control you. If it's you controlling them, stop it. If it's them controlling you, stop it.

I can't do HP's will, my way.
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Post by: CD on June 24, 2013, 10:37:48 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/24/13

Our program does not teach us how to handle drinking and drugging. It teaches us how to handle recovery.

Another day, another recovery!
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Post by: CD on June 25, 2013, 08:25:00 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/25/13

It really is a daily program. Think about it, if you only quit one day at a time, every day that you don't pick up will be an accomplishment. If you quit forever, you won't have accomplished anything until you're dead.

Today, my one day.
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Post by: CD on June 26, 2013, 10:20:20 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/26/13

Safety is not something freely granted by the world. More people are hungry, homeless, sick, and in violent situations, than we care to admit. There are more lives ruined by chemical dependency that we care to admit. Yet the impermanence and insecurity of the earth plane is matched equally with the permanence and safety of the Divine Realm.

My Higher Power gave me a kit of spiritual tools; I use them to build a durable shelter.
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Post by: CD on June 27, 2013, 12:13:00 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/27/13

I, People often protest when they don't get their prayers answered as if the Divine Source is not listening. What they fail to understand is that prayer is not intended to change the situation you are praying about; it is intended to change you.

Life is fragile; I 'Handle with Prayer.'
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Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/28/13

As you work to solve different dilemmas that arise in your life, don't stay so focused on your troubles that you miss discovering the solutions. Give your attention to your Spiritual Source in prayer, meditation, or service to others. By taking your focus off the situation, soulutions have a way of finding you.

Through conscious contact, I allow soulutions to find me.
   

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Post by: CD on June 29, 2013, 09:46:27 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/29/13

'It works, is the shortest sentence in the AA Big Book and pretty much sums up what the book can do for you. But there's a catch. Keep in mind, the program does not work. The program does not work, just like alcohol doesn't get you drunk. You have to drink alcohol in order to get drunk. You have to work the program in order for it to work.

It works if I work it.
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Post by: CD on July 03, 2013, 10:44:06 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/3/13

When you start the day with quiet meditation, you create a consciousness of serenity and peace. At anytime during the day you can bring your mind back to this moment.

When things get hectic or stressful, I bring my awareness back to the peace that I create now.
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Post by: CD on July 04, 2013, 10:15:48 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/4/13

We make two great choices in life: one, the decision to get clean and sober; the other, the choice to stay that way.

God, as I understand You, help me stay away from that first fix, pill, drink, smoke, or snort for this hour
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Post by: CD on July 05, 2013, 09:02:28 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/5/13

Try broadening your spiritual path by making your relationship with the Divine proactive. Ask not what the Universe can do for you, but rather what you can do for the Universe! Begin the morning with: Hi World, what can I do for You today?

Asking what I can do for the Creative Source will serve us both better than simply seeking what can be done for me.
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Post by: CD on July 06, 2013, 09:01:09 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/6/13

Since life is 10% actuality and 90% reactuality you must chose your reactions carefully. The program has given you choice and how you choose to react to this day can make the difference between simply being dry or being sober.
I live today as I want to remember my life.
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Post by: CD on July 07, 2013, 12:01:20 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/7/13

Deal with the small stuff or it will deal with you. Do not allow the small stuff to pile up on the camel's back. Take each situation that bothers you and deal with that as one unit, not as the straw that breaks the camel's back.

When I feel it, I deal with it and then can heal from it.
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Post by: CD on July 08, 2013, 11:09:18 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/8/13

It doesn't pay to argue with 'slippers' about the proper way of getting clean and sober. Why should people who are still drinking and drugging tell those who are sober why it can't be done! We learn not to get in a pissing contest with a skunk. (or should we say drunk!)

The only thing I need to tell a drunk is how I got sober. I can't tell him or her how they will get sober, because I don't know.
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Post by: CD on July 09, 2013, 09:14:19 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/9/13

A main theme in most spiritual traditions states that the best way to get what you want is to provide it for another. If you want serenity, make it peaceful and serene for another. Do you want a feeling of safety? Provide a safe place for another. Do you want to understand what has happened? Help another to understand.

I teach best what I most need to learn.
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Post by: CD on July 10, 2013, 09:10:14 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/10/13

If you have one hand in the fellowship and one hand in your Higher Power's, you can't pick up today.

I put my hand in my Higher Power's by saying. 'Thy will not mine be done;' I put my hand in the fellowship by saying 'I'll be there, at the next meeting.
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Post by: CD on July 11, 2013, 12:54:00 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/11/13

90 meetings in 90 days is not nearly enough. Tell newcomers to always catch a ride or give a ride to their daily meeting. This way they get a meeting on the way to the meeting, a meeting during the meeting, and a meeting on the way home. That makes 270 meetings in the first 90 days!

Who am I taking to a meeting tonight?
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Post by: CD on July 12, 2013, 11:25:07 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/12/13

No one wants to hear the Sermon on the Mount or Zen philosophy when they're trying to save their ass. They want to know what to do not hear words of wisdom. Tell them what you did.

I do not get so spiritual, that I am of no earthly value.
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Post by: CD on July 13, 2013, 12:15:05 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/13/13

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.

I never trust my tongue when my heart is bitter.
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Post by: CD on July 15, 2013, 08:12:51 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/15/13

Pissing contests about who used how much and who acted bad are ego trips in reverse. 'It doesn't matter what or how much we used. In NA, staying clean has to come first. We realize that we cannot use drugs and live.' (P 19, NA Basic Text).

When I brag about how much I used, how bad it was, and how much damage I did, I am doing one of two things, trying to make myself look larger or them smaller.
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Post by: CD on July 16, 2013, 09:54:39 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/16/13

Do not become one of these people who have two excuses for everything: one excuse for what you don't do and another for what you don't have.

Excuses are simply my lack of faith in me.
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Post by: CD on July 17, 2013, 09:06:49 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/17/13

No God; No Peace. Know God; Know Peace.

My program teaches me that I will have peace of mind in the exact proportion of the peace of mind I bring into the lives of others.
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Post by: CD on July 18, 2013, 08:55:52 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/18/13

Sponsors are lighthouses, not foghorns. We look to them to see how they do it, not depend on them to tell us what not to do. We already know.

I cannot improve if I only have myself as a model.
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Post by: CD on July 19, 2013, 08:07:25 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/19/13

Our program won't keep you from going to hell nor is it a ticket to heaven. But it will keep you clean and sober long enough for you to make up your mind which way you want to go.

My journey is my destination.
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Post by: CD on July 21, 2013, 07:54:51 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/21/13

Through the Fourth and Fifth steps we learn who we really are. Once we know who and what we are, we don't have to be what we were.

Today, I am myself. I am perfect for the part.
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Post by: CD on July 22, 2013, 09:40:06 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/22/13

Earth Angels dwell among us and they will find you at the moment you need them. These are the people who know just the right thing to say and do to keep you focused on recovery and principle.

Some of my Higher Power's best work is done anonymously.
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Post by: CD on July 23, 2013, 11:26:51 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/23/13

'Each place along the way is somewhere you had to be to be here. ~Wayne Dyer

I cannot get ahead until I learn to be here
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Post by: CD on July 24, 2013, 05:40:00 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     7/24/13

Resentment is from the Latin, meaning to 'feel again.' Rather than feeling that again, think of how it could have been worse, then be grateful it isn't. Once you get to the grateful part, you can't be resentful.

I cannot be grateful and resentful at the same time; I can't serve two masters.
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Post by: CD on July 25, 2013, 10:36:36 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/25/13

Like the song says, 'I'll bet you think this song is about you? You need to get over yourself if you want to get over feeling sorry for yourself.

They're just doing it; they're not doing it to me.
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Post by: CD on July 26, 2013, 11:48:06 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/26/13

The AA Big Book, The NA Basic Text, and the CDA First Edition do not need to be rewritten. They need to be reread.

I begin this day by reading at least one page from my program's basic book.
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Post by: CD on July 27, 2013, 12:54:31 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      7/27/13

Unity in our program does not mean conformity. Unity means joining for a common purpose, despite our differences.

I I can disagree without being disagreeable.
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Post by: CD on July 29, 2013, 08:21:27 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/29/13

We do not believe in lemming recovery. Clement wrote 'faith must go hand in hand with inquiry.' If you do not 'get' something, ASK. Ask at meetings, ask a clean and sober friend, ask your sponsor, or ask your Higher Power in prayer.

The only stupid question is the one I don't ask.
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Post by: CD on July 31, 2013, 01:07:18 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/31/13

You don't have to pretend to be someone you are not. You don't have to pretend to be strong (if you're a man) or fem (if you're a woman). You don't have to pretend that you don't want to use, if you do. Share what is real. The real you is enough.

I am enough; there is enough.
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Post by: CD on August 01, 2013, 08:27:29 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/1/13

No matter how hard you attempt to control the people in your life, you will not find your fulfillment there. If they don't change, you will be frustrated; if they do change under your pressure, they will be frustrated.

If I look to others for fulfillment, I will never be fulfilled
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Post by: CD on August 02, 2013, 07:21:30 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/2/13

Do you have so many skeletons in the closet that you had to build a walk-in? Share the load. The AA Big Book says that, we 'should be willing to bring former mistakes, no matter how grievous, out of their hiding places.' (P 124) Not to do so is being self-centered and selfish.

I am only as sick as my secrets.
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Post by: CD on August 03, 2013, 01:44:29 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/3/13

Our feelings don't define us, our actions do. We are not bad because we have a quick temper--but we learn that expressing that anger hurts others. The longer we keep our temper the more it improves.

I am only as big as the smallest thing that makes me angry.
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Post by: CD on August 06, 2013, 10:45:08 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/6/13

Before our recovery we used people and loved things and given recovery we learn to love people and use things. Things are not important, people are.

I treat others the way I would be treated.
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Post by: CD on August 07, 2013, 11:32:19 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/7/13

Who knows why they are chemically dependent? The answer will not change the fact, and yet many continue to question, why? Indeed, they need an answer, but they are asking the wrong question. The real question is, 'How can I become free? Free of the fear. Free of the pain. Free of the bondage.

I do not receive the right answer when I ask the wrong question.
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Post by: CD on August 11, 2013, 12:04:07 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   8/11/13

If you have never experienced the results of working the Twelve Steps, no explanation is sufficient. If you have experienced the results of working the Twelve Steps, then no explanation is necessary.

I am the poster child for the miracles I cannot explain.
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Post by: CD on August 12, 2013, 10:20:26 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   8/12/13

When you continually don't like the way people treat you, it is usually because you are cooperating with the treatments.

The difference between me being a victor or a victim is ability. Response ability.
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Post by: CD on August 13, 2013, 10:42:20 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/13/13

People in our society stress that we ought to be happy. If you're not happy something is wrong, we are lead to believe. Yet, unhappiness is not a symptom of sickness, it is an expression of life, a natural reaction to situations we don't like. When shit happens, you don't have to like it.

I will not be unhappy about being unhappy.
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Post by: CD on August 14, 2013, 08:48:12 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/14/13

Going to a lot of meetings is important, supportive, and full of fellowship. However, our program is not about meetings but what happens in between meetings.

Do I align my actions with the picture I paint of myself in meetings?
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Post by: CD on August 17, 2013, 09:51:40 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   8/17/13

How to share what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now. Be sincere. Be brief. Be seated.

When I share, I share to draw attention to the message, not the messenger.
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Post by: CD on August 18, 2013, 10:50:09 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   8/18/13

'Resentment' is when you didn't get your way yesterday. Anger' is when you don't get your way today. Fear' is that you won't get your way tomorrow.

There are no good reasons for resentment, anger, and fear-- just good excuses.
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Post by: CD on August 19, 2013, 12:38:06 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/19/13

If you stop doing the things that keep you in the program, you will go back to doing the things that brought you to the program.

The price of my recovery is eternal vigilance.
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Post by: CD on August 20, 2013, 01:21:58 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/20/13

God didn't do it!

God doesn't do anything to me, but always through me.
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Post by: CD on August 23, 2013, 11:35:56 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/23/13

The birth of resentment is blame. Often from the center of your bad feelings you seek someone to blame and yet if you 'find' this someone, it can only serve to increase your misery. Blame increases misery because it gives you something to focus on again and again. 'Resentment' is from Latin, meaning to 'feel again.'

By eliminating blame, I don't allow 'them to live rent free in my head.
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Post by: CD on August 24, 2013, 07:03:50 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/24/13

Sporadically, even with a strong program, you may feel spiritually dead or emotionally empty. We're addicts, it happens! No matter how dead or empty you sometimes feel, this too shall pass.

It came to pass it didn't come to stay.
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Post by: CD on August 25, 2013, 10:00:47 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/25/13

We hug a lot. This can make newcomers uncomfortable because they are not used to being given love and attention without serious strings attached. By your example, you can teach them there are no strings to this love.

A hug is a great gift. One size fits all.
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Post by: CD on August 26, 2013, 10:47:51 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   8/26/13

In light of your recovery, when dealing with family and friends, you may have to make some unpopular decisions and enforce them. Be open to moving toward the middle of issues that don't compromise your principles and going to any length for those that do.

My recovery is Twelve Steps past any lengths.
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Post by: CD on August 27, 2013, 08:29:50 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   8/27/13

Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen To Good People said that pain is the price we pay for being alive. So instead of wondering why we feel pain, more correctly we should ask, 'What can I do to make my pain mean something more than suffering?'

A No Pain; No Gain/Know Pain; Know Gain
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Post by: CD on August 28, 2013, 01:07:41 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/28/13

When you are having trouble doing one day at a time and it feels as though several days have attacked you at once, realize that nothing except your own thoughts can really attack. In fact, it is only your own thoughts that can prove to you that you have not been attacked or singled out unfairly.

I counter thoughts of 'unfairness' with the realization that I am very lucky the world has not paid me back for all the wrongs I've caused.
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Post by: CD on August 29, 2013, 02:23:03 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  8/29/13

There may be a great temptation to believe that some sort of sacrifice is being asked of you when you are told you must accept reality. After all, isn't it reality that keeps messing up your fantasies? Do reality; it is the easier softer way.

Reality check: I am here'X'
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Post by: CD on August 30, 2013, 09:20:27 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/30/13

Did you know that the word 'share' derives from the Old English word for 'shear' which means to cut or divide? To share with others means to divide your burden. Each time you share, you leave another little piece of the weight of your burden with them.

By sharing, I divide; by dividing, I lighten my load.
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Post by: CD on August 31, 2013, 01:15:15 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/31/13

Relapse is part of recovery: NOT! What the fellowships say is keep coming back SOBER. Members warn of the very real danger of that last relapse: stepping in front of a car or bus, overdosing, being institutionalized, and death! The truth is, any relapse can be your last. Never kid yourself, relapse is part of the disease process, not part of our recovery process.

I do not help people work on their recovery by OKing working on their disease. OK
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Post by: CD on September 01, 2013, 02:08:12 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   9/1.13

Your life works FOR you. It hones you, teaches you, and makes you a better person. Nothing in your life happens to you, but for you.

This isn't happening to me, but for me.
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Post by: CD on September 02, 2013, 10:34:00 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  9/2/13

Recovery is not an event; it is a process. The disease of addiction affects all three aspects of our physical, mental, and spiritual selves by changing our behavior (to self-destruction), thinking (to self-serving), and allegiance (to no purpose). It was a slow debilitating process. Recovery is the same slow process in reverse.

I am in the process of changing my behavior to self-construction, my thoughts to service, and my allegiance from no purpose' to a higher purpose.
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Post by: CD on September 03, 2013, 04:16:59 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    9/3/13

Although we must be of service to our fellow drunk and junkie, although we want the hand of recovery to be there when they reach out, although we must give back what was so freely given to us, we cannot do for them what they must do for themselves.

I carry the message, I don't carry the drunk; however, if necessary, I carry the drunk to the message.
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Post by: CD on September 06, 2013, 10:49:56 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    9/6/13

Anger can be a source of personal power for people. When you get angry at God or others, even yourself, you feel the energy and you feel strong, not the helplessness of tears. Anger is a form of emotional denial.

Anger 'may be the dubious luxury of normal men' but it is not for me. (P 66, AA Big Book)
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Post by: CD on September 09, 2013, 02:53:41 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     9/9/13

Take a breath and hold it. Take another and hold, hold, hold. You can see that you can't live on the inhale alone. The inhale is the breath of the program bringing you life. The exhale is you working with others.

I inhale healing for my soul and exhale hope for others.
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Post by: CD on September 10, 2013, 03:26:38 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    9/10/13

In the words of Father Joe Martin, "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. But you sure as hell can make them thirsty!".

Just living my new, free life is often enough to make others 'thirsty' for recovery. I don't always have to carry the message; I am the message.
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Post by: CD on September 11, 2013, 09:02:11 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     9/11/13

We are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I cannot feel my way into better behavior, I must behave my way into better feelings.
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Post by: CD on September 12, 2013, 08:30:17 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote

Friends and loved ones don't always behave as we expect them to. But this is a good thing. If friends and loved ones were absolutely predictable, that would mean they are not changing and if they are not changing, they are not growing.

I don't have to change friends if I understand that friends change
   

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Post by: CD on September 13, 2013, 10:45:41 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    9/13/13

'If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.'~ Zen Proverb

I don't have to understand how the Steps work, just that they do.
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Post by: CD on September 15, 2013, 05:36:13 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   9/15/13

Egotism is that certain something that enables a man in a rut to think he's in a groove.

I am never in a rut when I can answer this question, 'What Step am I working now?'
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Post by: CD on September 16, 2013, 03:18:44 PM
Pocket Sponsor    9/16/13
 
 
You will respect yourself to the degree that you do not violate your own value system.

Self-respect is the most important respect I can earn.
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Post by: CD on September 17, 2013, 01:54:46 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   9/17/13

Whatever vexes you currently, imagine for a moment what could make it worse. What can make it worse than that? Again. Imagine it, feel it, and come back to now. If you can make it worse, then you can make it better. Remember this: you are not helpless before your feelings.

I am stronger at what I'm doing, than my feelings are at what they're doing.
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Post by: CD on September 18, 2013, 05:12:29 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   9/18/2013

Whether you pray, petition, plead, protest, prod, or praise your Spiritual Source, whether you sing songs of gratitude or whisper words of doubt, this is prayer.

Got prayer?
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Post by: CD on September 20, 2013, 03:39:17 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    9/20/13

When you are having a bad day, lower your expectations and start over!

The more I work on me - the better most people behave.
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Post by: CD on September 21, 2013, 01:34:55 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    9/21/13

Do you like being lied to? Didn't think so. Yet how many times have you said, 'I'm fine' or 'Everything's OK' when it's not? When your friends ask how you are, they deserve not to be lied to. When you lie to others, you lie to yourself.

I am authentic with others and thus myself.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on September 22, 2013, 04:30:09 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    9/22/13

'When adversity strikes, my message is always, Even this will pass...and better days than we have ever experienced will come.' ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

I can't run from God, so I let God run me.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on September 24, 2013, 04:12:46 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   9/24/13

Emotional pain is not a character defect. It is a part of life and must be attended to like all our feelings. Feelings are not facts. They are bio-feedback on how we are doing today and what needs attention inside. How are you doing today?

Feelings won't kill me, but killing my feelings will.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on September 28, 2013, 01:22:49 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    9/28/13

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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Post by: CD on September 29, 2013, 02:03:22 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    9/29/13

You spend more time with yourself than with anyone else. Doesn't it make sense to put something into that relationship?

I am my own best friend and value my own companionship.
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Post by: CD on September 30, 2013, 10:54:48 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   9/30/13

People think that 'nobility' is something special. But when you study the word, you come to realize that 'nobles were simply those who served the King. Nobles were servants. In the Twelve-Step programs, we are all nobility.

The highest office I can attain in our fellowship, is Chief Servant.
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Post by: CD on October 01, 2013, 02:26:52 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/1/13

When you place your sponsor on a pedestal you are like a child bragging to the other kids, 'Nah, nah, nah, my sponsor is better than your sponsor!

I don't place my sponsor on a pedestal. It is only from a high place that they can fall.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on October 04, 2013, 11:31:21 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    10/4/13

It's easy to see the difference between ourselves and assholes, unless, at the moment, we're the asshole.

I have got to get out of my own way.
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Post by: CD on October 05, 2013, 12:41:09 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     10/5/13

Our greatest strengths taken too far become our greatest defects and our greatest defects tamed, become our virtues. Wrongly used, honesty can become brutal confrontation, nurturing can become 'I'll fix you, and consistency can become inflexibility.

I examine my Fourth Step list and see how, properly used, each fault becomes a feature I desire.
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Post by: CD on October 07, 2013, 05:50:33 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    10/7/13

Why wonder why? Why ask why? The 'why' questions spring from only one place inside: self-pity. The questions to ask are the 'how' questions. The right questions contain clues to the answers we need.

When I ask the right question, I get the right answer
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Post by: CD on October 08, 2013, 06:06:09 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     10/8/13

If you think you are a victim of the universe, you are probably right. If you think of yourself as becoming whole from your experience, you are probably right.

I am the victor, not the victim. It took all of my past to make this person I love today.
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Post by: CD on October 09, 2013, 06:56:22 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    10/9/13

Life is too short to spend it miserable. An excellent way to abate misery is to look at what you are blessed with. Unclench your angry fist, hold it up, and use your fingers to name five things you are grateful for.

(P.S. we mean now!)
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Post by: CD on October 13, 2013, 02:39:14 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     10/13/13

Some members believe that our program is too idealistic and doesn't really apply in the 'real' world. They don't get the 'in all our affairs' part. If it works in any place, then it works in every place.

If I work my program in only one place, then I'm not working my progra
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Post by: CD on October 15, 2013, 09:22:46 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    10/15/13

You will be happy to know that the universal law that created miracles has not been repealed.

I am a realist. I count on miracles.
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Post by: CD on October 18, 2013, 11:42:02 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  10/18/13

Want to know about your Spiritual Source? 'It is a simple procedure to calculate the number of seeds in an apple. But who among us can ever say how many apples are in a seed?' ~Dr. Wayne Dyer, Everyday Wisdom

Even though I feel very small when the stars come out at night, I remember that I, too, am made of stardust.
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Post by: CD on October 19, 2013, 01:25:03 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     10/19/13

In order to forgive, you have to have blamed.

I don't have to forgive people, places, and things, if I don't blame people, places, and things.
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Post by: CD on October 20, 2013, 12:15:09 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    10/20/13

We recommend that you take your Third Step every morning and turn your will over to the care of God, as you understand God. Then at night, take a Tenth Step to see how God is doing.
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Post by: CD on October 25, 2013, 10:12:39 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      10/25/13

On the way to becoming an old-timer, there are those who glow in their growing and those who are slow in their growing. The person who glows is always able to see the larger picture and the one who doesn't stays focused in their own little world. See yourself as a small part of a magnificent whole and do not see self as the whole.

The fellowship is not my whole world but my world wouldn't be whole without it.
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Post by: CD on October 26, 2013, 01:05:18 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/26/13

'Always remember that each day as you look at your world and see millions upon millions of flowers opening up, God does it all without using any force.' ~Dr. Wayne Dyer (P 91, Everyday Wisdom)

If I have to force the solution, then it's not the solution.
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Post by: CD on October 28, 2013, 05:31:41 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     10/28/13

Probably any one of us can get along with perfect people, but our task is to get along with imperfect people. The worst part of trying to get along with imperfect people is that they refuse to change into what we want.

When I think about how hard it is to change myself, I know how hard it will be to change others.
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Post by: CD on October 31, 2013, 02:38:43 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    10/31/13

What lies ahead of you and what lies behind you is insignificant compared to what lies within you.

The thing that's so great about recovery today is that no matter where I am, I'm here.
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Post by: CD on November 02, 2013, 01:53:42 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       11/2/13

They say that when you are angry or resentful at someone, your best course of action is to pray for them. That's difficult when you'd rather bop the bastard. Say it like you mean it, until you mean to say it.

Whenever I want to get even, I get even worse.
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Post by: CD on November 03, 2013, 02:11:00 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     11/3/13

People may off handedly say 'Have a nice day,' and you don't see anything 'nice' about today. Maybe they should say, 'Have a nice day, unless you have other plans.'

I don't 'have' a nice day, I 'make a nice day!
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 04, 2013, 11:09:31 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/4/13

White lies, little lies, and unimportant lies are still all lies. Even small dishonesties will make your life uncomfortable. Is it worth it?

If I always tell the truth, I never have to remember what I have said.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 05, 2013, 12:32:22 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    11/5/13

Emotions are influenced by our interactions with others. How we signal others greatly influences how they respond to us.

If I am constantly being mistreated, I am probably co-operating with the treatments.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 06, 2013, 11:01:51 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/6/13

'We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are.' ~Talmudic Saying

I need to put things in perspective because I have a disease of perception.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 08, 2013, 07:32:59 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  11/8/13

As we learn to accept our disease, our circumstances and what we must do to recover, we come to realize that although we may not have control over these situations, we do have control over how we react to them. Bill W., co-founder of the Twelve-Step programs, wrote 'We neither ran nor fought. But accept we did. And then we were free.'

Am I finished with fighting?
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 10, 2013, 09:56:06 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  10/10/13

Not knowing, is not the problem. Not being OK with not knowing is the problem.

I don't need to figure it out. I just need to do it.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 11, 2013, 11:16:09 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          10/11/13

When you're being nice, it's OK to over do it. During the HALT moments, when you're too hungry, angry, lonely, and tired, it's not.

When I go too far, it is seldom in the right direction.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 16, 2013, 12:26:43 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      11/16/13

A temper will get us into trouble and pride will keep us there.

I can't save my face and my butt at the same time
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 19, 2013, 06:46:11 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/19/13

It is better to have some-one sober and hating you because you told them the truth, rather than have someone drunk and liking you because you told them a lie.

I don't heap on the bullshit when the truth is like Miracle Grow
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 20, 2013, 01:13:09 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/20/13

We may have empathy for your situation but we will not pity you. We know that pitying you leads to you pitying yourself which leads to mind-affecting chemicals. Rather than pity you, if you need an attitude adjustment, it's very likely a fellow group member will let you know.

Attitudes are contagious. Is mine worth catching?
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 22, 2013, 08:25:36 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     11/22/13

Reputation: what others are not thinking about you.

What others think about me is never as important as what I think about them.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 25, 2013, 09:38:10 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      11/25/13

We make two great decisions in life: one, the decision to get clean and sober; the other, the decision to stay that way. Never make the decision not to stay that way when you are depressed or unhappy.

'Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time.' ~Robert Schuller
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 27, 2013, 11:02:13 AM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/27/13


Positive clean thoughts of ourselves are a must. Picture yourself speaking at meetings, greeting newcomers, laughing, sponsoring others, and holding your head high. Clean and sober thoughts help counter years of drunk and dirty thoughts.

I picture myself laughing and sharing with others
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 28, 2013, 07:36:02 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   11/28/13

According to the martial arts, Akido, the best way to win a fight is not to be there in the first place. Think of this the next time you are invited to a bar, to ride in vehicle with a pot smoker, or to celebrate at the office party.

My best path to cease fighting anybody or anything, is not to be in the ring in the first place.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 29, 2013, 11:50:51 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     11/29/13

Sweat the small stuff. The big stuff we can handle, it's the day to day crap that gets us. How do we attend to the small stuff? Steps Ten and Eleven.

Today I treat myself to quiet time in order to review the small stuff.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 30, 2013, 01:37:06 PM

Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     11/30/13

How important are the slogans? Sometimes, these are the only things we can bring to mind when we stand at a turning point, the thresh-hold of a crisis.

The slogans work much better for me when I decorate my life with them rather than decorating the walls with them.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 01, 2013, 10:11:20 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    12/01/13

'When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the new worlds which open for us.' ~Alexander Graham Bell

God wants for me what I would want for myself, IF I had all the facts.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 03, 2013, 10:46:58 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/03/13

Some days you will be shocked at how nasty and short tempered you are. You'll think, 'This can't be me being so unreasonable.' Yet it is. You may deny it's really you by jostling the blame on another, 'If they hadn't.... No, your bad behavior is your fault. You have no excuse. Now, can you love you anyway?

I learn to love me even when I don't like me.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 05, 2013, 05:20:33 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/05/13


Doing the next right thing in the face of a tricky situation is not a choice you can run away from. As the saying goes: Wherever you go, there you are.

I do the next right thing first, so the 'situation doesn't last.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 06, 2013, 11:28:44 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/6/13


When the pain of where you were is worse than the discomfort of where you are going, then you'll move.

The pain of my growth is a good sign, not a stop sign
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 07, 2013, 11:05:31 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/07/13


'We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.' ~Helen Keller

My adversities are opportunities in disguise.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 08, 2013, 09:17:05 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/08/13


Some people do not have to have a program to stop drinking and using. But for us, we remember untreated abstinence will make our past our future.

I don't work the program to get my life back; I work the program to get my life forward.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 09, 2013, 10:00:06 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       12/09/13


Do not be hung up on what you ought to be, what you were supposed to be or what you were going to be. You will never have time to be what you are.

I am the best me there is.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 10, 2013, 11:37:38 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     12/10/13


The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention. The smallest kindness is better than the best pitch.

It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 11, 2013, 10:45:24 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      12/11/13


The consequences of being dishonest, of being a liar, is not so much that others will not believe you, as it is that you can not believe others.

'Does what I gain by lying balance out the integrity I lose? (P 54, CDA First Edition)
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 12, 2013, 07:03:53 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/12/13


'The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.' ~Max Lerner. That 'core of strength' is based on abstinence and spiritual principles.

I suit up; I show up: I grow up.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 13, 2013, 09:59:17 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    12/13/13


At the start of meeting we always ask, 'Is there anybody new or coming back?' We should also ask, 'Is there anybody old and going out?

I remember that the 'still suffering alcoholic' can include old timers too!
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 14, 2013, 01:35:56 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     12/14/13


There is no completion for the circle of recovery. A circle has no beginning and no end. It is suggested that recovery begins when you have learned enough from those before you and pass it along to those behind. Love is the process that keeps the circle moving.

Standing hand in hand or arm in arm after a meeting I absorb the love that travels our circle of recovery.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 15, 2013, 10:10:15 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    12/15/13


They say, 'When all else fails, read the directions.' In recovery, we say, 'When all else fails, only then are you ready to read the directions. It takes what it takes.

I do not wait to hit the bottom of a problem before I hit the books for directions.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 16, 2013, 01:28:00 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    12/16/2013


Some of us change when we see the light, most of us change when we feel the heat. Are you waiting to get burned before you do what you need to?

If I don't change... my clean and sober date will.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 17, 2013, 02:46:02 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    12/17/13


The law of physics says there is only one way to coast: down hill.

If I am not moving forward, I am moving backward. There is no coasting in recovery.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 18, 2013, 04:01:47 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    12/18/13


Which 'isms' affect you? Alcoholism: Incredibly Short Memory. Egoism: I, Self, and Me. Recidivism: I Sponsor Myself. Narcissism: InSide Me. Pessimism: I Sabotage Myself. Optimism: Incredibly Spiritual Moments.

Which 'ism' do I adopt for my life?
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 20, 2013, 11:02:15 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/20/13


How long does it take to clear away the wreckage of our past? In the Northwest region of the U.S., Native Americans have a special saying, 'How long does it take to clear a landslide? One rock at a time.

I remove the landslide of my past, one rock at a time
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 21, 2013, 02:57:36 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/21/13


In working with others, remember that no one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

I love the unloveables.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 22, 2013, 10:10:17 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/22/13


Some program members get stuck on rules of what one can and can't say and what dependency qualifies one to be in what recovery group. They demand that newcomers follow traditions as interpreted by them. This can drive newcomers away before they even find out what recovery means.

I carry the message, not the mess.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 23, 2013, 10:08:31 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    12/23/13


There is nothing about you that was not intended to be. You have an incredibly sacred purpose.

I am on purpose.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 25, 2013, 09:26:27 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/25/2013


As you sponsor others, remember this: If you are trying to recreate someone in your own image, then one of you will be redundant.

My job as a sponsor is to model, not mold, recovery for my sponsees.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 26, 2013, 03:42:40 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    12/26/13


Everyone has problems. Your problem though, is not the real problem. The real problem is how you deal with the original problem.

I work the program, not the problem.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 27, 2013, 03:59:09 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/27/13


It is remarkable how often we run across this feeling of 'uniqueness' as we recover. We may brag that we used more, had worse contacts, spent more in bars, treated our family worse, were younger, older, blacker, gayer, more sensitive--whatever.

I am the only me' there is ever going to be. I do not try to convince others that I am a better me than they.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 28, 2013, 02:41:25 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/28/13


The reason people blame other people is because there is only one alternative.

I do not point a finger at another because there are always three pointing back at me.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 30, 2013, 01:31:27 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   12/30/13


When you can't find the solution to a problem, look for the soulution to the problem.

I keep whispering my heart's desires because I never know when my angel is listening.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 31, 2013, 12:47:21 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     12/31/13


The sole purpose of AA is to help the alcoholic stop drinking. The sole purpose of NA is to help the addict stop using. The sole purpose of CDA is to help the chemically dependent give up mind affecting chemicals. The soul purpose of all these fellowships is service, unity, and recovery.

'I do not put the sole purpose of any fellowship above the soul purpose.' ~Shelly Marshall
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on January 02, 2014, 10:22:13 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    1/02/14


If you think you are having a problem with God, just try to imagine the problem He/She is having with you!

There is no way to know God's Will unless I do it.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on January 03, 2014, 03:54:22 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   1/3/14


When we pray for strength, the Universe gives us difficulties to make us strong. When we pray for courage, the Universe gives us danger to overcome. When we pray for patience, the Universe gives us long lines and traffic jams. What are you praying for?

I may ask for favors but the Universe gives me opportunities.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on January 05, 2014, 12:09:14 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   1/5/14


'This time, like all times, is a very good one if we but know what to do with it.' ~Ralph Waldo Emerson. Every thought you have can be part of a continuous prayer and everything you do can be your practice of healing.

If I'm not happy today, what am I waiting for?
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on January 07, 2014, 09:55:54 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    1/7/14


Are you going to let tough times make you bitter or make you better?

I embrace 'tough' times because I get to practice my principles.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on January 08, 2014, 11:30:14 AM
'There are more things in heaven and earth... than are dreamt of in your philosophy.' ~William Shakespeare. Hold on to the knowledge that more good is occurring on this hunk of rock floating through space than you can ever imagine.

I ask for all things that I might enjoy life, I am given life that I might enjoy all things.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on January 09, 2014, 04:23:41 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   1/9/14


Seemingly 'bad days are usually the days in which we don't get our own way. This is a Third Step problem. If you are having a 'bad day, read the Third Step from your basic recovery text and ask yourself what part of your life today has not been turned over.

Today I work toward matching my will to my Higher Power's, not my Higher Power's to mine.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on January 10, 2014, 11:55:13 AM

Pocket Sponsor   1/10/14

 
You can't change reality but you can change your attitude toward it.

When reality messes up my fantasies, I pause and ask my Higher Power to guide my thoughts.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on January 11, 2014, 11:03:14 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   1/11/14


There is no right way to do the wrong thing. Whatever you were thinking of doing, you can not rationalize it into 'right' action by saying, 'yes but this' or 'no but that.' You know what's right and you know what's wrong that gut feeling guides you.

When things go wrong, I don't go with them.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on January 13, 2014, 07:28:21 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   1/13/14


Service is sacred; our sometimes smoke-filled, coffee-filled, talk-filled clubs, meetings, and social gatherings are the basis for a lot more than laughter they add up to a major part of our recovery. May 29, Day By Day

Am I contributing to the fellowship?
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on January 14, 2014, 08:57:58 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   `1/14/14


It's hard to believe that this simple program can work for us. But it does. We see it each time an old timer celebrates a birthday, a newcomer picks up a token, or a former skid row drunk reaches out to help an alcoholic doctor that has hit his first meeting in desperation. Believe.

I make believe until I can believe.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on January 15, 2014, 01:31:47 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   1/15/14


Self will and running the show' can be like the monkey who sticks his hand into the trap for food. He grasps the food tightly creating a fist that won't slide out the trap door. The monkey struggles but won't release the food and he is trapped. Holding tight to your will and your way can be the fist that traps you.

I Let Go and Let God. What a relief.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on January 16, 2014, 10:13:27 AM
Good morning all I will be in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from the 15th to the 24th

PocketSponsor - Book - Quote   1/16/14

Our program will work for people who believe in God. Our program will work for people who don't believe in God. Our program will not work for people who believe they are God.

A God of my understanding, a God not of my understanding. God can simply be a 'Group Of Drunks' if I choose!
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on January 28, 2014, 04:01:21 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  1/27/14


Witness the miracle of recovery happening for others, and you come to believe that this miracle can happen for you as well. Look at the miracles around you, one month off drugs, three years, 20 years or more. You are surrounded by living miracles.

I do not believe in miracles, I rely on them.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on January 28, 2014, 09:25:18 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     1/28/14


Many meetings, many chances; few meetings, few chances; no meetings, no chances.

The trouble with staying home and isolating is I get a lot of bad advice.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on January 29, 2014, 08:53:48 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    1/29/14


If something is right, it can be done. If it is wrong, it can be done without.

I can do that!
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on January 30, 2014, 08:16:02 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    1/30/14


They say both, 'My best thinking got me drunk' and 'Think a drink through.' Which is it? Are our thoughts friend or foe? Both, and the difference between 'stink'n think'n and 'straight thinking is simply self-honesty. We find a good place to start in Step Four.

I have to think everything I believe, but I don't have to believe everything I think
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Post by: CD on January 31, 2014, 02:20:04 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     1/31/14


Anger is one letter away from danger.

If I am right, I don't need to be angry. If I am wrong, I can't afford to be angry.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on February 01, 2014, 10:32:31 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/1/14


Nothing happens by accident. There are no coincidences, they say, only God-incidences.

I believe that God can do for me what I can't do for myself. I believe in God-incidences.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on February 02, 2014, 11:14:54 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    2/2/14


When do you begin helping a newcomer? When you see a newcomer. Don't sweat it; just do it.

When I work with a drunk, the drunk I'm working on is me.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on February 03, 2014, 01:42:44 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    2/3/14


Life on earth is one of polarity. We feel the comfort of love because we know the pain of rejection; we know the satisfaction of a full belly because we know the emptiness of hunger. Without darkness we can't appreciate the light; without cold we can't cherish the warmth. We know the joy of recovery because we came from the depths of despair.

I am not what I am in spite of my disease; I am what I am because of it.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on February 04, 2014, 10:37:57 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/4/14


We find that the difference between adventure and disaster usually boils down to attitude. It's like the glass half full or half empty. Is it a problem or an opportunity; an obstruction or a challenge for growth? The way you choose to see it makes all the difference.

I don't see thing as they are, I see things as I am.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on February 06, 2014, 12:44:29 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/6/14


Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. The truth is that your Spiritual Source doesn't deal with time, clocks, and calendars. Your Source put you in today because your Source is in today.

Because God (Allah, Krishna, Kahuna, Creator, Divine Intelligence) is in the NOW, then Just for Today' I stay here too.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on February 07, 2014, 10:41:00 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    2/7/14


Some recovering addicts take comfort in their complexity as if they are the exceptionally wounded. They worry their wounds and pick at their pain, giving themselves permission to be difficult, slow, and self-absorbed. Are you simply healing to your own internal rhythm or giving yourself excuses to be difficult?

I don't make the pity pot too comfortable.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on February 08, 2014, 11:26:11 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    2/8/14


Try to live your life without adding to your Eight Step list. You have enough wreckage to clear up from the past without creating wreckage in the now.

When I feel my worst, I try my best.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on February 09, 2014, 03:40:13 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  2/9/14


When you work with others, you allow Divine Intelligence to speak and smile through you. You allow the Divine to reach out and hug the drunk, the junkie, and the dope head.

All people smile in the same language.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on February 10, 2014, 10:01:44 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/10/14


Do not ask what your Higher Power can do for you, but rather what you can do for your Higher Power. This gets us out of self.

Dear God, what can I do for you today?
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on February 11, 2014, 11:12:53 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/11/14


People who seek a sponsor without faults, will be without a sponsor.

I know that my sponsor is willing to make mistakes, if I am willing to learn from them.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on February 12, 2014, 11:38:28 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/12/14


You are either progressing or regressing. There is no such thing as standing still; there is no such thing as simply 'gressing.'

We, I can only coast one way, and that's downhill.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on February 13, 2014, 10:28:51 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/13/14


As a general rule, questions that ask 'why' go in the wrong direction, seeking explanations that blame and shame. Questions that begin with 'How' and 'What' as in 'How do I start my Fourth? and 'What can I learn from this? lead to solutions, where the light bulb goes on in your head.

I ask questions that lead to exclamations not explanations.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on February 15, 2014, 12:04:30 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/15/14


Often the difference between a bad attitude and a good one is simply what you call it. You can be lonely or enjoy blessed solitude. You can be burdened or building strength. People can use you or you can be of use to others.

Whether it is AA for Altered Attitude,' NA for New Attitude,' or CDA for Change D Attitude,' my attitude today is a direct reflection of my personal growth.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on February 16, 2014, 11:21:53 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/16/14


'Rather than put a label on yourself as Christian, Jew, Moslem, Buddhist, or whatever, instead make a commitment to be Christ-like, God-like, Buddha-like and Mohammed-like.' -Dr. Wayne Dryer

I make a commitment to be 'Twelve Step-like today.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on February 17, 2014, 09:05:25 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/17/14


Recovery is a Process Not an Event. There will never be a graduation day for your new way of life. The more you learn and grow the more you will see that you have more to learn and grow. That is what Steps Ten, Eleven, and Twelve are all about.

I learn to grow and grow to learn. My day of graduation is when I die.
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Post by: CD on February 18, 2014, 02:29:42 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  2/18/14


When you are in the wrong place, the right place is empty.

Do I know my rightful place in recovery?
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Post by: CD on February 20, 2014, 04:28:41 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/20/14


We may have the right to be wrong, but our steps teach us that we don't have the right to do wrong.

When my only reason for doing something is 'because I have the right!' it usually turns out wrong.
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Post by: CD on February 21, 2014, 06:22:53 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    2/21/14


We often hear 'turn it over.' This means turn over problems not under our control right now--whether they are with family, friends, work, or the law--we offer the things we cannot change to a Higher Power and LET GO.

If I turn it over and don't let go, I'll be upside down!
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Post by: CD on February 22, 2014, 11:58:28 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/22/14


'You should not be esteemed by others if you have no real inner virtue. -Dogen, The Pocket Zen Reader You get esteem by doing something esteeming.

I never have to worry about low self-esteem when I do esteeming things
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Post by: CD on February 24, 2014, 01:14:20 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/24/14


Our disease had so much control over our lives, that it not only made us do things we did not want to do, but would not let us do things that we wanted to.

My disease used to make my choices. Now I do.
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Post by: CD on February 25, 2014, 11:49:12 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/25/14


The spiritual journey is one of continually falling on your face, getting up, brushing yourself off, looking sheepishly at God, and taking another step.

If I'm faced in the right direction, and fall on my face, I've still made progress.
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Post by: CD on February 26, 2014, 01:54:12 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/25/14


Whatever you are trying to avoid, we won't go away until you confront it.

When I see myself as others see me, do I deny it?
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Post by: CD on February 27, 2014, 03:12:49 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   2/27/14


It's a very interesting thing about human nature, when you stop treating yourself poorly, it will become unacceptable for others to do so.

If I don't take care of myself, why should anyone else?
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Post by: CD on February 28, 2014, 06:43:24 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    2/28/14


Do you think you deserve special treatment because you are clean and sober? Most of us do at one time or another. Treat us special and we feel normal; treat us normal and we feel rejected.

Do I want my ego to be the first thing people see when I walk into a room?
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Post by: CD on March 01, 2014, 04:58:34 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  3/1/14


Do you think you deserve special treatment because you are clean and sober? Most of us do at one time or another. Treat us special and we feel normal; treat us normal and we feel rejected.

Do I want my ego to be the first thing people see when I walk into a room?
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Post by: CD on March 02, 2014, 06:40:38 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  3/2/2014


Even when it hurts like hell, hold fast. The pain is the arrow coming out, not the arrow going in. Faith is not about trusting a God who will rescue you from arrows but trusting in the process. Faith will center you, not rescue you.

As the pain and fear pass, I hold fast.
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Post by: CD on March 03, 2014, 07:45:00 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/3/14


All of us chemical dependents have come from the same place, no where. We all enter the world of recovery by changing our place to now here. No Where to Now Here. It works.

NOW is the working unit of my life.
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Post by: CD on March 04, 2014, 10:48:52 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/4/14


There are no victims, only volun-teers. When we cry, 'They did this to me. They did that to me.' what we are really saying, is I placed myself in a position for this or that to happen. I volunteered for it.

I volunteer for sobriety today.
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Post by: CD on March 05, 2014, 06:40:28 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/5/14


He who laughs, lasts! 'But why shouldn't we laugh? We have recovered.
 (P 132, AA Big Book)

My laughter is good medicine.
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Post by: CD on March 06, 2014, 01:19:48 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/6/14


You certainly are not good at every aspect of service to your group. You may be good at opening meetings, emptying ash trays, remembering to contact people, or going out on Twelve Step calls. Maybe you are lousy at greeting people at the door, holding office, getting birthday cakes, or paying the rent. Whatever you lack skills for, others can pick up; whatever you are good at, recognize!

For my shortcomings, I delegate; for my strengths, I congratulate.
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Post by: CD on March 07, 2014, 07:03:59 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/7/14


'Being angry at God won't hurt God, and neither will it provoke Him to take measures against us. If it makes us feel better to vent our anger at Him over a painful situation, we are free to do it. The only thing wrong with doing it is that what happened to us was not really God's fault.
 -Harold S. Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Usually, things don't happen TO make me angry; things happen THAT make me angry.
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Post by: CD on March 08, 2014, 08:22:04 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/8/14


Life begins right outside your comfort zone. Start changing.

If I fail to change the person I was when I came in, that person will take me out!
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Post by: CD on March 09, 2014, 02:31:32 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/9/14


If you are not happy with what you have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?

Happiness is not having what I want but wanting what I have.
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Post by: CD on March 10, 2014, 04:53:34 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       3/10/14


One way to tell how well you are practicing the principles in all your affairs is to notice how you treat people who can be of no service to you.

I go out of my way to be kind to the very next person I encounter, regardless of what they can or cannot do for me.
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Post by: CD on March 11, 2014, 03:27:14 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  3/11/14


It is our experience in recovery that a Power greater then ourselves places the answers before us that we need to hear when we need to hear them. Often we don't like the answers and practice self-will by trying to force our solution. Forcing solutions is the same as ignoring Step Three.

When I force the solution, the solution becomes the problem.
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Post by: CD on March 12, 2014, 12:46:09 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/12/14


Whatever spiritual values you adopt are unique to you. You may adopt a strong religious stance or a more intimate spiritual philosophy from within. In any case, the spiritual path you seek is up to you and not those around you. Be comfortable with your spiritual choices and don't try to please others.

The more I have on the inside, the less I need on the outside.
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Post by: CD on March 13, 2014, 02:57:09 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/13/14


Prayer does not change what you are praying about. Prayer changes you.

I learn to 'hit' it with a prayer, not a chair and I change!
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Post by: CD on March 14, 2014, 01:21:12 PM
Elder's Meditation of the Day      March 14,2014
"The concept that we are all related is one of the basic philosophies of D/Lakota religion."   
--Dr. A.C. Ross (Ehanamani), LAKOTA
The Medicine Wheel teaches the four directions of the races, Red people, Yellow people, Black people and White people. These four directions are symbolic of all races. Everything in the circle is connected and related. All races are brothers and sisters. If we are related to each other, then it is important to love one another as brother and sister, aunt and uncle, Fathers and Mothers, Grandfathers and Grandmothers. We need to care for each other and especially respect each other. We need to honor one another's differences whether that difference is the color of our skin or our opinions. We should respect differences.
My Creator, let me feel the connectedness to all things. Let me know the lessons I need to learn today. Above all, let me feel my connectedness to You.

 
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on March 15, 2014, 03:48:34 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  3/15 / 2014


We find that the winners do what they have to do and the losers do what they want to do.

The winners are stuck with me.
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Post by: CD on March 16, 2014, 02:12:53 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/16/14


There are two times when you need to go to a meeting, when you think you need one and when you know you don't.

Rather than thinking about going to a meeting, I go to the meeting, and then think about it.
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Post by: CD on March 17, 2014, 01:31:07 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/17/14


Opportunities are often disguised as problems and this is why we miss them. With the next problem you encounter, ask, 'What can I learn from this?'

I watch for big problems; they disguise big opportunities.
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Post by: CD on March 18, 2014, 02:57:10 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/18/14


They say you need newcomers to tell you where you came from, old-timers to tell you where you could go, and a sponsor to tell you where you are at.

The most important word in my Steps is the first one... 'WE'
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Post by: CD on March 19, 2014, 11:45:54 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/19/14


Grateful addicts don't drink and drug and drinking and drugging addicts aren't grateful.

My gratitude is not the word but my desire to say the word. My desire to say the word is a corner stone of my recovery.
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Post by: CD on March 20, 2014, 07:26:36 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       3/20/14


'To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.' -Jules Henri Poincsre

I question myself, 'Am I a nay sayer to all suggestions?' or equally destructive 'Am I a disciple of a God Squad, blindly following a hard and inflexible line of thought?
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Post by: CD on March 21, 2014, 12:25:55 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   3/21/14


If you think you can or you think you can't, you're probably right.

The state of my world is a reflection of the state of my mind.
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Post by: CD on March 22, 2014, 12:55:05 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/22/14


'It is time to speak your Truth. Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader. This could be a good time!' Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation

I enjoy the Fellowship of the Spirit.
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Post by: CD on March 23, 2014, 10:29:49 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/23/14


Listen to the message, not the messenger! This is what Tradition Twelve is all about, looking past the personality to the principle behind the message. There are some mighty slick personalities out there talking trash and some Big Book thumpers (irritating as they are) that have a true message of hope.

The slicker, the sicker.
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Post by: CD on March 24, 2014, 10:32:20 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/24/14


They say you don't have to like your sponsor; they just have to have something you want like a life. It is your sponsor's job to give you a program to work until you develop a program of your own.

People who sponsor themselves have fools for sponsors.
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Post by: CD on March 25, 2014, 10:03:22 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/25/14


When one door closes, another door opens. It's waiting in the hallway that's hell. I am not a slow learner. I am just, sometimes, a slow accepter.
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Post by: CD on March 26, 2014, 10:42:39 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      3/26/14


Many people think that the Twelve Steps are the work. But they are not. The Twelve Steps are the preparation for doing the real work. The real work is in reaching out to the still suffering alcoholic and addict.'God has no hands but yours.' (attributed to Mother Theresa).

I become the hands of my Higher Power.
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Post by: CD on March 27, 2014, 09:40:32 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/27/14


Most of our growth in recovery takes time. You may, like many of us, want to be restored to wholeness yesterday. However, you can afford to be patient. After all, when the Universe made time, it made plenty of it.

I give time, time.
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Post by: CD on March 28, 2014, 04:46:20 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/28/14


Do not be quick to call all therapy 'psyco-babble' and think that mental health experts do not understand. Therapy can be the guide that leads you to the discovery of your anchor amidst the surrounding storms of life.

In the words of Bill Wilson, I should 'never belittle a good doctor or psychiatrist'.
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Post by: CD on March 29, 2014, 07:10:48 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/29/14


In the words of Wayne Dryer 'You will be happy to know that the universal law that created miracles has not been repealed.'

I Expect a Miracle today.
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Post by: CD on March 30, 2014, 01:20:13 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote 3/30/14


We came here for our drugging and stay in part for hugging.

Hugs are one way the fellowship demonstrates to me that it isn't 'me' and 'you' anymore, it's 'we' and 'us.'
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Post by: CD on March 31, 2014, 03:00:03 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     3/31/14


The person you were will use again. That is why you must 'smash all your old ideas so that the new you is a member of the program, not the person you were. The person you were was a practicing alcoholic. The person you are is not.

Some people say that the 12 Steps brain wash us. Thank God, because that's how I got clean!
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Post by: CD on April 01, 2014, 09:26:49 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      4/1/14


The best remedy for anger is delay.

I don't use my 'claws when agitated,' I learn to 'pause when agitated.' (P 87, AA Big Book)
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Post by: CD on April 03, 2014, 08:26:21 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/3/14


When things go wrong, they are not particularly anyone's fault. You can't expect every meeting to be perfect and your sponsor to have every answer. You know you can't control or fix everything that goes wrong and neither can 'they.'

When things go wrong, I don't let them get too far.
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Post by: CD on April 04, 2014, 11:51:32 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/4/14


The diversity of people seeking recovery is extraordinary. Whether an old salty dog, young gang member, grandparent, or teen with attitude, we remember: as cancer is no respecter of victims, neither is addiction. Same disease, same recovery.

'We all came on different ships, but we're all on the same boat now.' ~Martin Luther King
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Post by: CD on April 05, 2014, 12:02:02 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       4/5/14


In our fellowship, there are always those who feel they have the ultimate wisdom to impart to you. These highly verbose people may set your nerves on edge with incredibly self-serving 'words of wisdom.' They may be full of themselves, but they are probably not trying to hurt you.

If I judge people, I have no time to love them.
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Post by: CD on April 06, 2014, 03:11:49 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     4/6/14


In order to grasp recovery we must learn, not accumulate knowledge, but really learn. Accumulating knowledge is moving from the known to the known, but learning is moving from the known to the unknown.

Each time I say, 'Thy will, not mine, be done,' I move from the known to the unknown and I can learn.
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Post by: CD on April 07, 2014, 09:55:43 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/7/14


People are always blaming their circumstances for being what they are. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.' ~George Bernard Shaw

As long as I blame my past, I'm not free to claim my future.
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Post by: CD on April 08, 2014, 09:26:20 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/8/14


People will tell you to 'work' the steps and that may lead you to believe that the steps are our work in recovery. Working the steps is not doing our work, they are the foundation for doing our work. Our work is getting into the trenches and helping others.

When my life is not working the way I want it to, I find I may not be doing my real work.
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Post by: CD on April 09, 2014, 05:30:10 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/9/14


One of the joys of this program is the path it provides us with to do the right thing. Our steps don't give us a whole lot of room for justifications. There is no right way to do the wrong thing.

I learn to do the next right thing, not the next 'me' thing.
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Post by: CD on April 10, 2014, 10:36:06 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     4/10/14


Forgive yourself because your Spiritual Source already has. Who are you to argue about this?

T.G.I.F.: Thank God I'm Forgiven.
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Post by: CD on April 11, 2014, 07:52:39 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/11/14


Sobriety is a grant, not a gift. A gift is something we get to keep forever. A grant is contingent on us doing something to keep it.

I work steps because my recovery is 'contingent on the maintenance of {my} spiritual program. (P 85, AA Book)
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Post by: CD on April 12, 2014, 01:00:14 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     4/12/14

If you think you can or you think you can't, you're probably right.

The state of my world is a reflection of the state of my mind.
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Post by: CD on April 13, 2014, 09:49:05 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/13/14


'You can't laugh and think at the same time! So every time you laugh you're getting a break from you.' ~Ken D. (P 153, Alkiespeak)

I take my program seriously, not myself.
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Post by: CD on April 14, 2014, 11:01:14 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     4/14/14


Everyday in our lives is not going to be perfect just because we are not drinking or drugging. The best way we know of to treat PMS (Poor Me Syndrome) is get rid of the words 'It ain't fair and 'Why me?'

God does not owe me happiness because I no longer am an intolerant, abusive, self-centered, practicing addict.
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Post by: CD on April 15, 2014, 07:07:43 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/15/14


You must learn to pick up a program, not just set down a drink! They call this foot work. Your Higher Power wants to make a deal with you. You do the foot work and He'll take care of the results.

If I have one hand in the fellowship and one hand in God's, I can't pick up today.
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Post by: CD on April 16, 2014, 08:56:47 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/16/14


There will be many times when nothing anyone does, including yourself, seems right. But these 'nothing is ever right' times pass like a cloud over-head. Do not make decisions until the cloud passes, so that you make them in the full light of your good senses.

I do not make decisions when 'nothing is going right. How can my decision be right if nothing else is?
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Post by: CD on April 17, 2014, 12:45:03 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/17/14


It is not unusual for people to say something and then consider it done. They forget to actually do it. Do not say 'I will go to more meetings; I will get a sponsor soon; I must work with newcomers, then consider it done. You must actually do these things to have them work for you.

I let go of doing life in my head.
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Post by: CD on April 18, 2014, 03:12:59 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/18/14


Don't allow anger, bitterness, and other character defects to affect your family, friends, and fellowship. It is all too easy to lash out at ones close to you who will 'understand' your hostility and give you room because you are in recovery. Treat them as you would a newcomer for they deserve as much.

Harsh words break no bones but they do break hearts.
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Post by: CD on April 19, 2014, 03:38:01 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/19/14


Although romance and relationships are an important aspect of balance in our lives--it is never the solution to drinking and other drug taking. It is sometimes easier to focus on passion, rather than trudge through the steps!

I practice these principles in all my affairs, (pun intended).
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Post by: CD on April 20, 2014, 12:54:02 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/20/14


Although a bit of compassion might be nice now and again, you sure don't need anyone's pity! Compassion is laced with understanding while pity reflects a diminished picture of yourself. With gut level honesty, you will evoke compassion; by denying, hiding, and blaming, you are likely to evoke pity from others.

If I am genuine about my recovery with others, they will be genuine in their compassion with me.
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Post by: CD on April 21, 2014, 08:49:40 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/21/14


This is a 'We' program, not a 'Me' program. We do this together. Look at our steps. They all say 'We admitted' or 'We came to believe. Doing it together makes us stronger and less likely to fool ourselves with dysfunctional ways of thinking.

This is a self-help program that I can't do by myself.
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Post by: CD on April 22, 2014, 10:55:57 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/22/14


Seven days without a meeting, makes one weak.

Just as I am not independently wealthy and need to work to stay solvent, I am not independently healthy and need meetings to stay soulvent.
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Post by: CD on April 23, 2014, 07:26:46 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       4/23/14


'Smile facts: It is 2.5 times easier to smile than to frown. It takes 43 muscles to frown, but only 17 to smile. Smiling stimulates our nervous system to produce cerebral morphine.' This hormone give us a pleasant feeling and it has an anesthetic effect. ~Karlynn Baker Scharlau, A Thoughtful Moment

When I meet someone today who isn't wearing a smile, I give them mine.
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Post by: CD on April 23, 2014, 07:28:03 PM
April 23 , 2014

A God of our own understanding

“Many of us understand God to be simply whatever force keeps us clean.”

Basic Text, p. 25

––––=––––

Some of us enter recovery with a working understanding of a Higher Power.  For a lot of us, however, “God” is a troublesome word.  We may doubt the existence of any sort of Power greater than ourselves.  Or we may remember uncomfortable experiences with religion and shy away from “the God stuff.”

Starting over in recovery means we can start over in our spiritual life, too.  If we’re not comfortable with what we learned when we were growing up, we can try a different approach to our spirituality.  We don’t have to understand everything all at once or find the answers to all our questions right away.  Sometimes it’s enough just to know that other NA members believe and that their belief helps keep them clean.

––––=––––

Just for today:  All I have to know right now about my Higher Power is that it is the Power that helps keep me clean.

Copyright © 1991-2014 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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The following information is a reminder of your curren
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Post by: CD on April 24, 2014, 12:46:56 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/24/14


Recovery is not the absence of conflict but the ability to cope with it.

My recovery comes from new daily habits I form in seconds, minutes, and hours of simple Twelve-Step living.
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Post by: CD on April 25, 2014, 08:14:22 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/25/14


Sobriety often brings us effects we never expected, like becoming the person we used to resent!

I used to resent people whose standards I could not live up to. Now, by the Grace of God, I am one!
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Post by: CD on April 26, 2014, 11:39:31 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/26/14


Being lonely gets in the way of learning how to live alone. You are not alone even though you may have felt alone in a crowd in the past. The remedy for loneliness is service. Show up to a meeting 30 minutes early tonight and help set up. We promise you will not be lonely!

I never have to be alone again.
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Post by: CD on April 27, 2014, 12:59:41 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/27/14


Having a God of our own under-standing does not mean we have to withhold saying 'God' around non-believers. People who try to get the word 'God' out of the Twelve Steps in order not to offend others, are missing the point. The point is, no one has to say 'God' in order to recover it does not mean others can't call their Higher Power 'God.'

God is the answer. Now what is my problem?
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on April 28, 2014, 04:11:33 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/28/14


Have you ever found yourself saying, 'I can't believe this!' because things have gotten out of hand? You can't believe it because it's gotten out of your hand. This is the time to laugh at yourself for trying to control again poke fun at the situation, your beliefs, whatever. Have fun.

'When things get goofy beyond belief, it's time to stop believing and get goofy.' ~Pat Samples, Daily Comforts for Caregivers
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Post by: CD on April 29, 2014, 09:54:06 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/29/14


It is not your duty to solve other people's problems, arbitrate their disputes and raise their children. If you believe this is Twelve Step work, you will only be hurt when they reject your advice and shocked when they blame you for their troubles.

My job is to carry the message, not deliver the drunk.
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Post by: CD on April 30, 2014, 03:40:26 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/30/14


If you don't stand for something, they say you will fall for anything. Do you stand up for recovery? Do you stand up for principle? Do you stand up for the Traditions, Steps, and Fellowship?

United we stand; divided we stagger.
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Post by: CD on May 01, 2014, 05:33:49 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/1/14


Although thoughts are things, they are not actions; although feelings are real, they are not facts. They only have the power we give them through our actions.

When I act kindly, I give power to loving thoughts and feelings; when I use harsh words and 'get even I give power to angry thoughts and feelings.
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Post by: CD on May 02, 2014, 04:59:46 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     5/2/14


They say that young people don't get sober, they get caught. Getting caught is a great way to find recovery. We don't care how you get here, whether it is your parents that force you, a school counselor, the courts, or a guilty conscious--you're here. So decide not to get recaught, but to recover instead.

If I'm young, I am respectful of the old farts. If I'm an old fart I don't recite platitudes to the young.
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Post by: CD on May 03, 2014, 05:41:26 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/3/14


Although there are no Twelve Step gurus, and God knows we are not saints, there are times when the words and actions of some members touch us so much that we practically consider them saints. We never forget though, that they are human and still suffer. So we reach out to them as they reach out to others.

I remember that the 'alcoholic that still suffers' could just as well be an old-timer as it is a newcomer, my sponsor as my sponsee.
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Post by: CD on May 04, 2014, 10:52:02 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/4/14


'Suit up, Show up, Sit up, Shut up is what we used to tell newcomers. We used to say this for darn good reason. Drunk drunks and newly clean addicts shouldn't be running at the mouth about recovery when they don't understand recovery. Unfortunately 'Politically Correct' (or rather, 'Therapeutically Correct) often hijacks our meetings. Do not be afraid to take our meetings back.

In order to continue to help the newcomer, I Suit up, Show up, Sit up, and Speak up!
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Post by: CD on May 05, 2014, 10:16:57 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/5/14


The old timers used to say that the world's most difficult prayer was 'O, Lord, be as good to me today, as I was to my fellowman, yesterday.'

I say what I mean, mean what I say, and don't say it mean.
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Post by: CD on May 06, 2014, 11:09:48 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/6/14


If God is your co-pilot, switch seats! (Anonymous Sage) There is something special waiting for you to do today that won't get done if you are flying around doing your own thing.

When I let my Higher Power pilot my life, I know that inspiration will guide my actions and that 'special something' will get done.
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Post by: CD on May 07, 2014, 09:53:07 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     5/7/14


Don't ever think you have nothing left to learn in the fellowship and that everyone wants to hear you talk incessantly because you are so wise. You can not have an open mouth and an open mind at the same time.

When I do all the talking, I can only hear what I already know.
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Post by: CD on May 08, 2014, 11:42:29 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/8/14


We are now learning to keep our thoughts in recovery and not in the insanity of the past. The program fixes it so we don't have to suffer from insanity anymore. Now we can enjoy it!

Crazy-making is what I make of it.
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Post by: CD on May 09, 2014, 09:25:31 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     5/9/14


Few of us realize that God is all we need until God is all we have.

If I can't find God, I know who moved.
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Post by: CD on May 10, 2014, 12:26:17 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       5/10/14


If you rely on meetings alone to keep you sober, then you must find a 24 hour meeting. Meetings are for identifying and sharing. People in the meetings will tell you what they did and suggest what you can do, but they can't do it for you.

I can pray for a good harvest, but I still have to plow.
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Post by: CD on May 11, 2014, 12:23:01 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     5/11/14


Don't let your starting point in recovery ever discourage you. Don't let your starting point today put a frown on your face. Anyone who gets to be an old-timer had to be a newcomer first. Smile and start.

My journey of a thousand smiles begins with the First Step.
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Post by: CD on May 12, 2014, 05:21:33 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/12/14


Don't let your starting point in recovery ever discourage you. Don't let your starting point today put a frown on your face. Anyone who gets to be an old-timer had to be a newcomer first. Smile and start.

My journey of a thousand smiles begins with the First Step.
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Post by: CD on May 13, 2014, 01:41:09 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/13/14


'When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.' ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gifts From the Sea 1955

I cannot touch others if I am not in touch with myself. I keep in touch with myself through Step Ten.
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Post by: CD on May 14, 2014, 02:30:30 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/14/14


If you don't deal with your feelings, they'll deal with you. Whatever you are thinking right now is creating how you feel. One of the best ways to deal with the way you feel is to create positive thoughts.

I create positive feelings by thinking positive thoughts.
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Post by: CD on May 15, 2014, 11:21:21 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/15/14


Knowing what to do with this moment, is as simple as doing the next right thing so that your Spiritual Source can act in your best interests.

When my Higher Power is for me, what can be against me?
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Post by: CD on May 16, 2014, 11:03:39 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     5/16/14


Now and then with a little time, we stop working one through nine. The price of recovery is eternal vigilance. Steps Ten, Eleven, and Twelve insure that we keep working One through Nine.

No matter how much time I have from my last drink or drug, I am only Twelve Steps away from the next.
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Post by: CD on May 17, 2014, 12:28:31 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/17/14


Whatever our problems, when we dwell on the problem, the problem gets bigger. When we dwell on the solution, the solution gets bigger.

I don't tell my Higher Power how big my problem is, I tell my problem how big my Higher Power is.
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Post by: CD on May 18, 2014, 09:48:33 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     5/18/14


Our recovery has less to do with our thinking and much more to do with our actions. If you don't believe this, stop going to meetings, stop looking at where you're wrong, stop making amends, and stop doing service work. You will soon see that no matter how good your 'thoughts' are, your life won't be worth a hoot in very short order.

My recovery works better when I utilize, not analyze.
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Post by: CD on May 19, 2014, 12:22:47 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/19/14


The next time a newcomer tells you, 'The program isn't working for me, agree with them. They are right. Then explain to them that the only people who stay clean and sober are the ones who work the program, not the ones who wait for the program to work for them.

I must do the work or it doesn't get done.
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Post by: CD on May 20, 2014, 12:26:24 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        5/20/14


'If you are humble, nothing can touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know who you are.' ~Mother Theresa

Humility is that virtue which reduces me to the proper size without degrading me, and increases me in statue without inflating me.
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Post by: CD on May 21, 2014, 12:08:41 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/21/14


Frequently, addicts and alcoholics who experience difficulties will isolate in order to lick their wounds like an injured animal. You may not want to bother us, you may be embarrassed by your blunders, or you may think it's not our business. When you don't use our friendship, we can't do our job.

Friends are God's way of taking care of me.
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Post by: CD on May 22, 2014, 10:24:33 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/22/14


God is the answer, now what is the problem? Problem with the word 'God?' According to Random House Dictionary--Life, Truth, Love, Mind, Soul, Spirit, and Principle are all synonymous for 'God.' The above statement could just as easily be 'Life, Truth, Love, Mind, Soul, Spirit, and Principle are the answers. Now what is the problem?

Today, I let go of the labels that stand between me and my understanding of God.
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Post by: CD on May 23, 2014, 11:32:44 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     5/23/14


There will be times when people around you act like absolute jerks. If they are a jerk and the problem is with them, time will reveal it. Likewise, if you are the jerk and the problem is with you, time will reveal it. Do the next right thing and give time time.

Today, I don't let assholes rent space in my head.
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Post by: CD on May 24, 2014, 11:25:04 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/24/14


You may not always know what is right but you sure know what is wrong. Anytime you have to give excuses for why you do what you do, it's wrong.

If I have to explain or excuse it, then I can do without it.
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Post by: CD on May 25, 2014, 04:03:14 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/25/14


One thing recovery teaches us, is that you can keep going long after you think you can't. This is because you are stronger than you think. You have the accumulated strength of millions of clean and sober Twelve-Step members to bolster you.

I keep on keep'n on; I keep on trudging.
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Post by: CD on May 28, 2014, 01:56:28 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   5/28/14


Living life on life's terms,' just what does this mean to us? It doesn't mean we will get a brownie button for every day we stay abstinent. It simply means life can be tough and we can stay sober if we chose to live by principle.

'Don't you worry none, just take it like it comes, one day at a time. Song, One Day at a Time
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Post by: CD on May 29, 2014, 10:40:52 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/29/14


To err is human but you need to admit it.

I accept that having all the answers is not the answer.
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Post by: CD on May 30, 2014, 08:42:42 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/30/14


Although loving and being loved is an important aspect of balance in our lives relationships are never the solution to drinking and other drug taking. We sometimes focus on the strong emotion of love from another rather than face loving ourselves by working the program.

Today I 'act as if  I am worth loving.
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Post by: CD on May 31, 2014, 12:37:57 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    5/31/14


It's not your Higher Power's Will that makes you miserable. It's your resistance to HP's Will that causes the damage. Turning it over will set you right again.

God's will is when I turn it over. Self-will is when I've over turned it.
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Post by: CD on June 01, 2014, 10:15:44 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/1/14


If you meet more than three assholes in one day, you need a meeting. If you meet more than four, you need a meeting and to call your sponsor. Any more than that and you better be reviewing Steps One, Two and Three real hard.

When too many assholes get in my way, it means I need a check-up from the neck up.
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Post by: CD on June 02, 2014, 01:55:06 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     6/2/14


What comes after ninety days? Ninety-one! 'Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.' ~Will Rogers

There are only two times I have to diligently work this program, the first 90 days and every day after that!
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Post by: CD on June 03, 2014, 11:57:29 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/3/14


Rather than getting even with those that hurt you, the challenge is to get even with those that help you.

I can't be resentful and grateful at the same time.
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Post by: CD on June 04, 2014, 12:33:41 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/4/14


Humility is not so much thinking less of yourself as it is thinking of yourself less.

True humility is accepting myself without embellishment and without embarrassment.
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Post by: CD on June 05, 2014, 08:17:01 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/5/14


Don't get seeking serenity' confused with seeking utopia.' The Twelve-Step programs do not open the gates of heaven to let us in, they open the gates of hell to let us out.

I feel lighter and better about myself when I don't expect a perfect world simply because I am clean and sober.
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Post by: CD on June 06, 2014, 11:29:43 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     6/6/14


You must be prepared to make some unpopular decisions when you live by principle. You will not be able to please everyone. Be firm with others as you chose the principle and not the personality; be firm with your personality as it butts heads with your principles.

By practicing principles in all my affairs, I learn not to 'people please but to 'Higher Power Please.'
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Post by: CD on June 07, 2014, 02:00:34 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/7/14


We need special people in our lives so that we can travel the path of recovery. The special people are easy to find, they are right in front of you. They are called 'winners.'

I stick with the winners and win with the stickers.
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Post by: CD on June 08, 2014, 01:57:53 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/8/14


Progress, not perfection. No matter how long you have been in recovery, no matter how long you have worked the steps, you will never raise above the level of human being.

I claim spiritual progress today, not spiritual perfection.
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Post by: CD on June 10, 2014, 02:40:37 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/10/14


Many problems will be averted with a very simple code for behavior. This is called 'kindness.' Kindness is more then politeness; it means a warm concern for the other person's feelings.

I let my kindness be a gift to another and the tag reads, 'Please handle with tender loving care.
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Post by: CD on June 11, 2014, 02:11:09 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/11/14


'Take the cotton out of your ears and put it in your mouth applies to the old-timer as well as the beginner anyone who is too fond of their own voice.

I listen to learn and learn to listen.
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Post by: CD on June 13, 2014, 09:59:05 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/13/14


You don't have to eat, breathe, and bathe in our fellowship, but you do need to eat, breathe, and bathe in program. This is because you must practice these principles in all your affairs. The only way to do it in all your affairs is to DO IT in all your affairs.

If I'm working my program, I needn't worry about others working theirs.
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Post by: CD on June 17, 2014, 07:54:48 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/17/14


There will always be people who did worse than you and always people who do better. You can use comparison to prove anything you want: that you lack thus and such or that you are better than so and so. We learn not to compare our selves and our stories, but to identify.

I identify, I don't compare.
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Post by: CD on June 18, 2014, 09:44:08 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/18/14


Take heart. There is no situation too difficult to be bettered and no unhappiness too great to be lessened. This is because the spiritual tools you require reside within, within that heart you 'take.'

What lies in front of me and what lies behind me is insignificant compared to what lies within me.
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Post by: CD on June 19, 2014, 04:34:28 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/19/14


Ramana Marhrshi talks about life's journey and likens it to a train trip. He says that you can carry your baggage on your head or set it on the floor beside you. Either way, both you and your baggage arrive at your destination. This is because the train carries your baggage, not you. If you prefer to carry your burdens on your head, it doesn't change the destination, it simply gives you a head ache.

I chose to let my Higher Power carry my baggage and my burdens.
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Post by: CD on June 21, 2014, 10:45:19 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote             6/21/14


There is a difference between sharing our experience and imposing our opinions on someone. A sure way to set yourself up for a 'slip' is to be convinced that others will slip if they don't listen to your opinion.

When my opinion means more to me than my sobriety, I set myself up for a SLIP (Sobriety Loses Its Priority).
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Post by: CD on June 22, 2014, 05:01:16 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     6/22/14



Almost all anger is some form of control either you trying to control people, places, or things or them trying to control you. If it's you controlling them, stop it. If it's them controlling you, stop it.

I can't do HP's will, my way.
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Post by: CD on June 23, 2014, 08:17:45 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          6/23/14



There may be some people who want you to be perfect. But thanks to our fellowship, to God, and the Twelve Steps, you don't have to be one of them!

I claim progress, not perfection.
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Post by: CD on June 24, 2014, 02:09:00 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/24/14


Our program does not teach us how to handle drinking and drugging. It teaches us how to handle recovery.

Another day, another recovery!
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Post by: CD on June 26, 2014, 03:37:49 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/26/14


It really is a daily program. Think about it, if you only quit one day at a time, every day that you don't pick up will be an accomplishment. If you quit forever, you won't have accomplished anything until you're dead.

Today, my one day.
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Post by: CD on June 27, 2014, 03:58:01 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       6/27/14


I, People often protest when they don't get their prayers answered as if the Divine Source is not listening. What they fail to understand is that prayer is not intended to change the situation you are praying about; it is intended to change you.

Life is fragile; I 'Handle with Prayer.'
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Post by: CD on June 28, 2014, 01:56:51 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   6/28/14


As you work to solve different dilemmas that arise in your life, don't stay so focused on your troubles that you miss discovering the solutions. Give your attention to your Spiritual Source in prayer, meditation, or service to others. By taking your focus off the situation, soulutions have a way of finding you.

Through conscious contact, I allow soulutions to find me.
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Post by: CD on June 29, 2014, 02:03:42 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     6/27/14


'It works, is the shortest sentence in the AA Big Book and pretty much sums up what the book can do for you. But there's a catch. Keep in mind, the program does not work. The program does not work. Just like alcohol doesn't get you drunk. You have to drink alcohol in order to get drunk. You have to work the program in order for it to work.

It works if I work it.
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Post by: CD on June 30, 2014, 07:46:58 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    6/30/14


Sitting at a meeting and sharing how much you love everyone in the room is meaningless if you fail to help cleanup, talk to the newcomer, inquire after the old-timer, and make sure everyone has a ride home.

My well done is better than my well said.
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Post by: CD on July 01, 2014, 02:48:08 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  7/1/14



'You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. ...You must do the thing you cannot do.' -Eleanor Roosevelt

I do the thing I cannot do as I overcome F.E.A.R. I Face Everything And Recover.
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Post by: CD on July 03, 2014, 06:11:55 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    &/3/14


When you start the day with quiet meditation, you create a consciousness of serenity and peace. At anytime during the day you can bring your mind back to this moment.

When things get hectic or stressful, I bring my awareness back to the peace that I create now.
   
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Post by: CD on July 13, 2014, 09:09:34 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/13/14


Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.

I never trust my tongue when my heart is bitter.
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Post by: CD on July 14, 2014, 07:28:01 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  7/14/14


We are often surprised by who we can count on when the going gets tough. Someone we did not expect to come through might and others whom we thought we could count on may fall short of our expectations. We do not blame the ones that fall short and are grateful for the ones who go the extra mile.

I measure others by their best moments, not their worst.
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Post by: CD on July 15, 2014, 05:35:14 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  7/15/14


Pissing contests about who used how much and who acted bad are ego trips in reverse. 'It doesn't matter what or how much we used. In NA, staying clean has to come first. We realize that we cannot use drugs and live.' (P 19, NA Basic Text).

When I brag about how much I used, how bad it was, and how much damage I did, I am doing one of two things, trying to make myself look larger or them smaller.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on July 17, 2014, 02:03:07 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/17/14


No God; No Peace. Know God; Know Peace.

My program teaches me that I will have peace of mind in the exact proportion of the peace of mind I bring into the lives of others.
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Post by: CD on July 18, 2014, 03:15:08 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/18/14


Sponsors are lighthouses, not foghorns. We look to them to see how they do it, not depend on them to tell us what not to do. We already know.

I cannot improve if I only have myself as a model.
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Post by: CD on July 19, 2014, 03:37:06 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/19/14


Our program won't keep you from going to hell nor is it a ticket to heaven. But it will keep you clean and sober long enough for you to make up your mind which way you want to go.

My journey is my destination.
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Post by: CD on July 20, 2014, 02:57:41 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/20/14


Through the Fourth and Fifth steps we learn who we really are. Once we know who and what we are, we don't have to be what we were.

Today, I am myself. I am perfect for the part.
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Post by: CD on July 21, 2014, 10:48:28 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/21/14


When making amends, a subtle shift occurs in our thinking. We go from thinking we were a mistake to acknowledging we made a mistake.

I may make mistakes but my Higher Power doesn't and my Higher Power made me.
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Post by: CD on July 22, 2014, 09:55:58 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/22/14


Earth Angels dwell among us and they will find you at the moment you need them. These are the people who know just the right thing to say and do to keep you focused on recovery and principle.

Some of my Higher Power's best work is done anonymously.
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Post by: CD on July 23, 2014, 12:35:36 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/23/14


'Each place along the way is somewhere you had to be to be here. ~Wayne Dyer

I cannot get ahead until I learn to be here.
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Post by: CD on July 25, 2014, 09:18:33 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     7/25/14


Like the song says, 'I'll bet you think this song is about you? You need to get over yourself if you want to get over feeling sorry for yourself.

They're just doing it; they're not doing it to me.
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Post by: CD on July 27, 2014, 05:21:13 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/27/14


Unity in our program does not mean conformity. Unity means joining for a common purpose, despite our differences.

I can disagree without being disagreeable.
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Post by: CD on July 28, 2014, 08:09:56 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/28/14


The Twelve Steps: One to Three: Clear up; Four to Nine: Clean up; Ten to Twelve: Contact up. These are also called the Foundation Steps, the Action Steps, and the Maintenance Steps respectively. Are you looking for something easier?

The easier, softer way is the Twelve Steps.
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Post by: CD on July 29, 2014, 06:53:20 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/29/14


We do not believe in lemming recovery. Clement wrote 'faith must go hand in hand with inquiry.' If you do not 'get' something, ASK. Ask at meetings, ask a clean and sober friend, ask your sponsor, or ask your Higher Power in prayer.

The only stupid question is the one I don't ask.
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Post by: CD on July 30, 2014, 02:49:02 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/30/14


Some members of the fellowship say 'Our mind is a dangerous neighborhood to be in alone.' But together we can be on block watch! Don't let your mind get the better of you. Turn that 'M' in me upside down, like we are asked to turn it over, and make a 'We' out of that 'Me.'

It isn't 'me' and 'you' anymore; it's 'we' and 'us.'
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Post by: CD on July 31, 2014, 02:21:20 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/31/14


You don't have to pretend to be someone you are not. You don't have to pretend to be strong (if you're a man) or fem (if you're a woman). You don't have to pretend that you don't want to use, if you do. Share what is real. The real you is enough.

I am enough; there is enough.
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Post by: CD on August 01, 2014, 10:57:50 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   8/1/14


No matter how hard you attempt to control the people in your life, you will not find your fulfillment there. If they don't change, you will be frustrated; if they do change under your pressure, they will be frustrated.

If I look to others for fulfillment, I will never be fulfilled.
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Post by: CD on August 02, 2014, 02:35:46 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   8/2/2014


Do you have so many skeletons in the closet that you had to build a walk-in? Share the load. The AA Big Book says that, we 'should be willing to bring former mistakes, no matter how grievous, out of their hiding places.' (P 124) Not to do so is being self-centered and selfish.

I am only as sick as my secrets.
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Post by: CD on August 03, 2014, 11:53:16 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  8/3/14


Our feelings don't define us, our actions do. We are not bad because we have a quick temper--but we learn that expressing that anger hurts others. The longer we keep our temper the more it improves.

I am only as big as the smallest thing that makes me angry.
   
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Post by: CD on August 04, 2014, 01:25:54 PM
Elder's Meditation of the Day     August 4 , 2014
"Telling about our lives is important for those who come after as, for those who will see our experience as part of their own historical struggle."   
--Linda Hogan, CHICKASAW
How important it is for us to support one another? How important it is for us to know our culture and to share our experiences with one another? How powerful it is to be authentic? How important it is to hold no secrets? I am as sick as my secrets.
Grandfather, allow me today to be willing to share with my brother and sister. Let my eyes see You in their eyes. Let me not judge them but only love them. Grandfather, help me, for I am Your humble servant.

 
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Post by: CD on August 04, 2014, 01:27:21 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/4/14


You will be receiving many gifts from people in the programs: gifts of help, time, energy, possibly money, talents, and knowledge. You will never be able to pay them all back. You are not obligated to pay them back. You are obligated to pay them forward by giving away what you have when you can.

I appreciate the generosity of others and pay it forward when I am able.
   

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Post by: CD on August 05, 2014, 01:38:12 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/5/14


When egos collide, use kind words, do what you have control over, and do what you think is right. Surrender what you don't have control over, even if you think what others are doing is wrong. Others have the right to be wrong.
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Post by: CD on August 06, 2014, 12:53:03 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/6/14


Before our recovery we used people and loved things and given recovery we learn to love people and use things. Things are not important, people are.

I treat others the way I would be treated.
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Post by: CD on August 07, 2014, 05:02:15 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   8/7/14


Who knows why they are chemically dependent? The answer will not change the fact, and yet many continue to question, why? Indeed, they need an answer, but they are asking the wrong question. The real question is, 'How can I become free? Free of the fear. Free of the pain. Free of the bondage.

I do not receive the right answer when I ask the wrong question.
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Post by: CD on August 08, 2014, 08:23:55 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/8/14

A temper will get us into trouble and pride will keep us there.

I can't save my face and my butt at the same time.
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Post by: CD on August 09, 2014, 01:46:06 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   8/9/14


'Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.
~Martin Luther King.
Undoubtedly, there are many on your list to forgive. There is only one whom you must forgive that is yourself.'

Because my Higher Power forgives me, I forgive myself
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Post by: CD on August 10, 2014, 12:41:11 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      8/10/14


We find that the smallest deed is better than the grandest intention.

My actions speak louder than words. What are my actions saying now?
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Post by: CD on August 11, 2014, 12:48:45 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/11/14


If you have never experienced the results of working the Twelve Steps, no explanation is sufficient. If you have experienced the results of working the Twelve Steps, then no explanation is necessary.

I am the poster child for the miracles I cannot explain.
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Post by: CD on August 12, 2014, 02:17:19 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/12/14


When you continually don't like the way people treat you, it is usually because you are cooperating with the treatments.

The difference between me being a victor or a victim is ability. Response ability.
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Post by: CD on August 13, 2014, 02:44:54 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/13/14


People in our society stress that we ought to be happy. If you're not happy something is wrong, we are lead to believe. Yet, unhappiness is not a symptom of sickness, it is an expression of life, a natural reaction to situations we don't like. When shit happens, you don't have to like it.

I will not be unhappy about being unhappy.
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Post by: CD on August 14, 2014, 01:29:47 PM
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Post by: CD on August 15, 2014, 05:48:35 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/15/14


Sanskrit saying 'God sleeps in the mineral, awakens in the plants, walks in the animals, and thinks in you.' The Universal Source of life actually thinks in you. Use this well.

Every bad choice I ever made began with a single thought. Every good choice I ever made began with a single thought. I choose my thoughts carefully
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Post by: CD on August 16, 2014, 02:05:13 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/16/14


Another day of recovery begins and we start this day with surrender. 'From that point, each of us is reminded that a day clean is a day won.
(P 86, NA Basic Text)

When I surrender; I win.
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Post by: CD on August 17, 2014, 12:28:11 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/17/14


How to share what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now. Be sincere. Be brief. Be seated.

When I share, I share to draw attention to the message, not the messenger
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Post by: CD on August 18, 2014, 02:15:51 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/18/14


'Resentment' is when you didn't get your way yesterday. Anger' is when you don't get your way today. Fear' is that you won't get your way tomorrow.

There are no good reasons for resentment, anger, and fear-- just good excuses.
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Post by: CD on August 19, 2014, 12:00:42 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       8/19/14


If you stop doing the things that keep you in the program, you will go back to doing the things that brought you to the program.

The price of my recovery is eternal vigilance.
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Post by: CD on August 20, 2014, 03:58:14 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/20/14


God didn't do it!

God doesn't do anything to me, but always through me.
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Post by: CD on August 21, 2014, 11:46:01 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/21/14


Do it right the first time. If you don't have the time to do something right, when will you have the time to do it over?

It takes less time for me to do something right, than to explain to my sponsor why I did it wrong.
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Post by: CD on August 22, 2014, 11:36:54 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/22/14


Embrace all of your emotions for they are what make you, you. 'Hold them in an embrace of total acceptance and in that embrace you will not be agonized any more. Do you think the Christ never cried? Do you think the Buddha never ached? You are not going to be less human, you are going to be wholly human.' ~Bartholomew, I Come as a Brother

I become one with myself by embracing all of me, because I am all of me and I won't be less!
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Post by: CD on August 23, 2014, 09:53:13 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/23/14


The birth of resentment is blame. Often from the center of your bad feelings you seek someone to blame and yet if you 'find' this someone, it can only serve to increase your misery. Blame increases misery because it gives you something to focus on again and again. 'Resentment' is from Latin, meaning to 'feel again.'

By eliminating blame, I don't allow 'them to live rent free in my head
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Post by: CD on August 24, 2014, 04:44:23 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/24/14


Sporadically, even with a strong program, you may feel spiritually dead or emotionally empty. We're addicts, it happens! No matter how dead or empty you sometimes feel, this too shall pass.

It came to pass it didn't come to stay.
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Post by: CD on August 25, 2014, 06:32:47 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      8/25/14


We hug a lot. This can make newcomers uncomfortable because they are not used to being given love and attention without serious strings attached. By your example, you can teach them there are no strings to this love.

A hug is a great gift. One size fits all.
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Post by: CD on August 26, 2014, 12:10:59 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      8/26/14


In light of your recovery, when dealing with family and friends, you may have to make some unpopular decisions and enforce them. Be open to moving toward the middle of issues that don't com-promise your principles and going to any length for those that do.

My recovery is Twelve Steps past any lengths.
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Post by: CD on August 27, 2014, 01:47:59 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/27/14


Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen To Good People said that pain is the price we pay for being alive. So instead of wondering why we feel pain, more correctly we should ask, 'What can I do to make my pain mean something more than suffering?'

A No Pain; No Gain/Know Pain; Know Gain
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Post by: CD on August 28, 2014, 05:20:53 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/28/14


When you are having trouble doing one day at a time and it feels as though several days have attacked you at once, realize that nothing except your own thoughts can really attack. In fact, it is only your own thoughts that can prove to you that you have not been attacked or singled out unfairly.

I counter thoughts of 'unfairness' with the realization that I am very lucky the world has not paid me back for all the wrongs I've caused.
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Post by: CD on August 29, 2014, 02:17:42 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      8/29/14


There may be a great temptation to believe that some sort of sacrifice is being asked of you when you are told you must accept reality. After all, isn't it reality that keeps messing up your fantasies? Do reality; it is the easier softer way.

Reality check: I am here'X'
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Post by: CD on August 30, 2014, 04:27:51 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/30/14


Did you know that the word 'share' derives from the Old English word for 'shear' which means to cut or divide? To share with others means to divide your burden. Each time you share, you leave another little piece of the weight of your burden with them.

By sharing, I divide; by dividing, I lighten my load.
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Post by: CD on August 31, 2014, 03:12:52 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/31/14


Relapse is part of recovery: NOT! What the fellowships say is keep coming back SOBER. Members warn of the very real danger of that last relapse: stepping in front of a car or bus, overdosing, being institutionalized, and death! The truth is, any relapse can be your last. Never kid yourself, relapse is part of the disease process, not part of our recovery process.

I do not help people work on their recovery by OKing working on their disease. OK
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Post by: CD on September 01, 2014, 03:46:56 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       9/1/14


Your life works FOR you. It hones you, teaches you, and makes you a better person. Nothing in your life happens to you, but for you.

This isn't happening to me, but for me.
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Post by: CD on September 02, 2014, 10:46:38 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       9/2/14


Recovery is not an event; it is a process. The disease of addiction affects all three aspects of our physical, mental, and spiritual selves by changing our behavior (to self-destruction), thinking (to self-serving), and allegiance (to no purpose). It was a slow debilitating process. Recovery is the same slow process in reverse.

I am in the process of changing my behavior to self-construction, my thoughts to service, and my allegiance from no purpose' to a higher purpose.
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Post by: CD on September 03, 2014, 05:38:35 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     9/3/14


Although we must be of service to our fellow drunk and junkie, although we want the hand of recovery to be there when they reach out, although we must give back what was so freely given to us, we cannot do for them what they must do for themselves.

I carry the message, I don't carry the drunk; however, if necessary, I carry the drunk to the message.
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Post by: CD on September 04, 2014, 02:53:39 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      9/4/14


Road rage and recovery rage are closely associated. People, places, and things get in our way and we freak. When the rage begins, quickly ask yourself, 'What would my guardian angel do now?'

My DUI's are no longer under the influence of alcohol. Today, I Drive Under the Influence of Angels.
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Post by: CD on September 05, 2014, 02:11:56 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      9/5/14


'There are no deals being offered here. You cannot trade the courage needed to live every moment for immunity from life's sorrows.' ~Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation.

To gain that worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
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Post by: CD on September 06, 2014, 03:25:25 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      9/6/14


Anger can be a source of personal power for people. When you get angry at God or others, even yourself, you feel the energy and you feel strong, not the helplessness of tears. Anger is a form of emotional denial.

Anger 'may be the dubious luxury of normal men' but it is not for me. (P 66, AA Big Book)
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Post by: CD on September 07, 2014, 02:00:08 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    9/7/14


Even though you are a unique human being, you are not so unique that your recovery is any different then thousands before you. If you think we don't understand something about your situation, then your disease is playing tricks on you.

I am unique, just like everyone else.
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Post by: CD on September 08, 2014, 06:21:25 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       9/8/14


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

May I be blessed with a slow recovery.
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Post by: CD on September 09, 2014, 02:16:39 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       9/9/14


Take a breath and hold it. Take another and hold, hold, hold. You can see that you can't live on the inhale alone. The inhale is the breath of the program bringing you life. The exhale is you working with others.

I inhale healing for my soul and exhale hope for others.
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Post by: CD on September 10, 2014, 04:01:01 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     9/10/14


In the words of Father Joe Martin, 'You can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. But you sure as hell can make them thirsty!.

Just living my new, free life is often enough to make others 'thirsty' for recovery. I don't always have to carry the message; I am the message.
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Post by: CD on September 11, 2014, 03:16:24 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       9/11/14


We are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I cannot feel my way into better behavior, I must behave my way into better feelings.
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Post by: CD on September 12, 2014, 05:00:04 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       9/12/14


Friends and loved ones don't always behave as we expect them to. But this is a good thing. If friends and loved ones were absolutely predictable, that would mean they are not changing and if they are not changing, they are not growing.

I don't have to change friends if I understand that friends change
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Post by: CD on September 13, 2014, 02:28:01 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     9/13/14


'If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.'~ Zen Proverb

I don't have to understand how the Steps work, just that they do.
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Post by: CD on September 15, 2014, 01:36:09 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     9/15/14


Egotism is that certain something that enables a man in a rut to think he's in a groove.

I am never in a rut when I can answer this question, 'What Step am I working now?'
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Post by: CD on September 16, 2014, 01:55:03 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     9/16/14


You will respect yourself to the degree that you do not violate your own value system.

Self-respect is the most important respect I can earn.
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Post by: CD on September 17, 2014, 06:13:04 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       9/17/14


Whatever vexes you currently, imagine for a moment what could make it worse. What can make it worse than that? Again. Imagine it, feel it, and come back to now. If you can make it worse, then you can make it better. Remember this: you are not helpless before your feelings.

I am stronger at what I'm doing, than my feelings are at what they're doing.
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Post by: CD on September 18, 2014, 04:16:41 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      9/18/14


Whether you pray, petition, plead, protest, prod, or praise your Spiritual Source, whether you sing songs of gratitude or whisper words of doubt, this is prayer.

Got prayer?
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Post by: CD on September 19, 2014, 07:39:18 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      9/19/14


One of your greatest resources can be your pets. Animals are wonderful companions and better listeners. They give undivided and devoted attention--long past the time when others have exited. They do not judge and they love unconditionally.

I work toward becoming the person my dog thinks I am
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Post by: CD on September 21, 2014, 02:38:50 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      9/21/14


Do you like being lied to? Didn't think so. Yet how many times have you said, 'I'm fine' or 'Everything's OK' when it's not? When your friends ask how you are, they deserve not to be lied to. When you lie to others, you lie to yourself.

I am authentic with others and thus myself.
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Post by: CD on September 22, 2014, 04:01:52 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     9/22/14


'When adversity strikes, my message is always, Even this will pass...and better days than we have ever experienced will come.' ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

I can't run from God, so I let God run me.
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Post by: CD on September 23, 2014, 04:08:15 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      9/23/14


Courage is more complex than spontaneous reactions to traumatic events. It may take courage to rush into a burning building or jump in a river to save a life, but they are almost instinctual. Sharing your deep feelings might be an act of courage far beyond gallant feats.

My courage is my fear in action.
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Post by: CD on September 25, 2014, 03:34:27 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          9/25/14

Friends and loved ones don't always behave as we expect them to. But this is a good thing. If friends and loved ones were absolutely predictable, that would mean they are not changing and if they are not changing, they are not growing.

I don't have to change friends if I understand that friends change
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Post by: CD on September 26, 2014, 02:49:44 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      9/26/14

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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Post by: CD on September 27, 2014, 07:35:59 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      9/27/14


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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Post by: CD on September 28, 2014, 05:37:57 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      9/28/14


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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Post by: CD on September 29, 2014, 04:23:26 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        9/29/14


You spend more time with yourself than with anyone else. Doesn't it make sense to put something into that relationship?

I am my own best friend and value my own companionship.
   

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Post by: CD on October 02, 2014, 11:45:18 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        10/2/14


The greatest fault of all is to be conscious of none.

Referring to my list again, I put out of my mind the wrongs others have done, and look at what my part is. (adapted from the AA Big Book, P 67)
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Post by: CD on October 03, 2014, 03:01:13 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote            10/3/14


Stop looking for the differences. People who matter, don't mind; people who mind, don't matter.

No matter my age, race, religion or chemical, I am more alike my fellow addicts than different.
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Post by: CD on October 04, 2014, 04:57:04 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      10/4/14


It's easy to see the difference between ourselves and assholes, unless, at the moment, we're the asshole.

I have got to get out of my own way.
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Post by: CD on October 05, 2014, 12:42:59 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      10/5/14


Our greatest strengths taken too far become our greatest defects and our greatest defects tamed, become our virtues. Wrongly used, honesty can become brutal confrontation, nurturing can become 'I'll fix you, and consistency can become inflexibility.

I examine my Fourth Step list and see how, properly used, each fault becomes a feature I desire.
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Post by: CD on October 06, 2014, 06:00:23 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       10/6/14


'The choice is up to you. It can either be 'Good morning, God!' or 'Good God, morn-ing.' ~Dr. Wayne Dryer, Everyday Wisdom
Choice, not chance, determines my day.
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Post by: CD on October 07, 2014, 03:04:39 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     10/7/14


Why wonder why? Why ask why? The 'why' questions spring from only one place inside: self-pity. The questions to ask are the 'how' questions. The right questions contain clues to the answers we need.

When I ask the right question, I get the right answer.
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Post by: CD on October 08, 2014, 05:37:54 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      10/8/14


If you think you are a victim of the universe, you are probably right. If you think of yourself as becoming whole from your experience, you are probably right.

I am the victor, not the victim. It took all of my past to make this person I love today.
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Post by: CD on October 09, 2014, 04:09:17 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote           10/9/14


Life is too short to spend it miserable. An excellent way to abate misery is to look at what you are blessed with. Unclench your angry fist, hold it up, and use your fingers to name five things you are grateful for.

(P.S. we mean now!)
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Post by: CD on October 10, 2014, 05:07:19 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          10/10/14

It's not your Higher Power's Will that makes you miserable. It's your resistance to HP's Will that causes the damage. Turning it over will set you right again.

God's will is when I turn it over. Self-will is when I've over turned it.
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Post by: CD on October 11, 2014, 06:38:50 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     10/11/13


'We can do no great things, only small things with great love. ~Mother Teresa

God does not want me to do extraordinary things; S/He wants me to do ordinary things extraordinarily well.
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Post by: CD on October 12, 2014, 06:12:29 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      10/12/14


'A boxer was in his corner on his knees praying, and someone asked a minister, Will that help him?' The minister replied, Not if he can't box.' ~Fr Joe M., (P 105, Alkiespeak)

God works with me, not for me.
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Post by: CD on October 13, 2014, 02:59:35 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       10/13/14


Some members believe that our program is too idealistic and doesn't really apply in the 'real' world. They don't get the 'in all our affairs' part. If it works in any place, then it works in every place.

If I work my program in only one place, then I'm not working my program.
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Post by: CD on October 14, 2014, 01:21:26 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     10/14/14


Do not pay any attention if people accuse you of inconsistency. Of course you are! How else can you change? You cannot progress if you can't change and you can't change if you're always consistent. Practicing new behaviors is sometimes seen as inconsistent be proud.

Practice makes progress.
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Post by: CD on October 15, 2014, 05:26:41 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       10/15/14


You will be happy to know that the universal law that created miracles has not been repealed.

I am a realist. I count on miracles.
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Post by: CD on October 16, 2014, 02:39:47 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/16/14


True morality is what we do when no one is watching. Growth is demonstrated by doing the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing.

I judge my growth by how good I am to people who can do nothing for me
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Post by: CD on October 17, 2014, 05:32:18 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote            10/17/14


Before spiritual awakening...work steps, make coffee, carry the message. After spiritual awakening...keep working steps, keep making coffee, keep carrying the message. -Zen for the 12 Steps-

Enlightment is my ego's greatest disappointment.
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Post by: CD on October 18, 2014, 02:03:13 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote         10/18/14


Want to know about your Spiritual Source? 'It is a simple procedure to calculate the number of seeds in an apple. But who among us can ever say how many apples are in a seed?' ~Dr. Wayne Dyer, Everyday Wisdom

Even though I feel very small when the stars come out at night, I remember that I, too, am made of stardust.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on October 19, 2014, 04:45:26 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      10/19/14


In order to forgive, you have to have blamed.

I don't have to forgive people, places, and things, if I don't blame people, places, and things.
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Post by: CD on October 20, 2014, 06:16:17 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote            10/20/14


We recommend that you take your Third Step every morning and turn your will over to the care of God, as you understand God. Then at night, take a Tenth Step to see how God is doing.

I talk often to my Higher Power. S/He understands better than most people.
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Post by: CD on October 21, 2014, 04:40:42 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          10/21/14


Sarcasm is derived from a Greek word meaning 'to tear flesh!' We know that the only weapon that gets sharper with use is the tongue.

I use my wit to amuse and not to abuse .
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on October 22, 2014, 06:48:58 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      10/22/14


It has been said that we are not human beings having a spiritual experience but spiritual beings having a human experience. As a dream is to your human experience, addiction is to your spiritual experience. When you awake, you realize it no longer has power over you.

Sometimes I need a rude awakening before I can have a spiritual awakening.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on October 24, 2014, 12:12:45 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       10/24/14


You cannot go back and make new choices or change the outcome of the past. But you can face the demons of your past and change your destiny.

Not everything I face can be changed, but nothing can be changed until I face it.
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Post by: CD on October 25, 2014, 01:20:12 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       10/25/14


On the way to becoming an old-timer, there are those who glow in their growing and those who are slow in their growing. The person who glows is always able to see the larger picture and the one who doesn't stays focused in their own little world. See yourself as a small part of a magnificent whole and do not see self as the whole.

The fellowship is not my whole world but my world wouldn't be whole without it.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on October 26, 2014, 01:16:58 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       10/26/14


'Always remember that each day as you look at your world and see millions upon millions of flowers opening up, God does it all without using any force.' ~Dr. Wayne Dyer (P 91, Everyday Wisdom)

If I have to force the solution, then it's not the solution.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on October 27, 2014, 03:43:33 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        10/27/14


Probably any one of us can get along with perfect people, but our task is to get along with imperfect people. The worst part of trying to get along with imperfect people is that they refuse to change into what we want.

When I think about how hard it is to change myself, I know how hard it will be to change others.
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Post by: CD on October 28, 2014, 05:24:31 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      10/28/14


'Laughter has something in it in common with the ancient winds of faith and inspiration; it unfreezes pride and unwinds secrecy; it makes people forget themselves in the presence of something greater than themselves; something that they cannot resist.' ~G.K. Chesterton

I cannot feel sorry for myself and laugh at the same time, so I take my levity seriously.
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Post by: CD on October 29, 2014, 04:30:17 PM

October 29 , 2014

Living in the now

 “Living just for today relieves the burden of the past and the fear of the future.”

Basic Text, pp. 94

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Thoughts of how bad it was—or could be—can consume our hopes for recovery.  Fantasies of how wonderful it was—or could be—can divert us from taking action in the real world.  That’s why, in Narcotics Anonymous, we talk about living and recovering “just for today.”

In NA, we know that we can change.  We’ve come to believe that our Higher Power can restore the soundness of our minds and hearts.  The wreckage of our past can be dealt with through the steps.  By maintaining our recovery, just for today, we can avoid creating problems in the future.

Life in recovery is no fantasy.  Daydreams of how great using was or how we can use successfully in the future, delusions of how great things could be, overblown expectations that set us up for disappointment and relapse—all are stripped of their power by the program.  We seek God’s will, not our own.  We seek to serve others, not ourselves.  Our self-centeredness and the importance of how great things could or should be for us disappears.  In the light of recovery, we perceive the difference between fantasy and reality.

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Just for today: I am grateful for the principles of recovery and the new reality they’ve given me.

Copyright © 1991-2014 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on October 30, 2014, 03:29:44 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    10/30/14


What you are feeling today is not the way you will always feel. Happy or sad, mad, glad, or bad, the one thing you can always count on is that everything changes.

Even though I resist change, there's no way to progress without it.
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Post by: CD on October 31, 2014, 04:46:15 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote         10/31/14


What lies ahead of you and what lies behind you is insignificant compared to what lies within you.

The thing that's so great about recovery today is that no matter where I am, I'm here.
   
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Post by: CD on November 01, 2014, 06:58:47 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        11/01/14


Sometimes it is heard around the tables that there's 'us alkies and addicts' and then there's the so-called 'normal people. So-called 'normal' people are simply people that you haven't gotten to know very well.

'Normal' is a cycle on my washing machine, not a cycle in my life.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 02, 2014, 12:00:00 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote         11/02/14


They say that when you are angry or resentful at someone, your best course of action is to pray for them. That's difficult when you'd rather bop the bastard. Say it like you mean it, until you mean to say it.

Whenever I want to get even, I get even worse.
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Post by: CD on November 03, 2014, 04:35:37 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    11/03/14


People may off handedly say 'Have a nice day,' and you don't see anything 'nice' about today. Maybe they should say, 'Have a nice day, unless you have other plans.'

I don't 'have' a nice day, I 'make a nice day!
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Post by: CD on November 04, 2014, 06:28:40 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       11/04/14


White lies, little lies, and unimportant lies are still all lies. Even small dishonesties will make your life uncomfortable. Is it worth it?

If I always tell the truth, I never have to remember what I have said.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 05, 2014, 04:40:42 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        11/05/14


Emotions are influenced by our interactions with others. How we signal others greatly influences how they respond to us.

If I am constantly being mistreated, I am probably co-operating with the treatments.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 06, 2014, 05:14:49 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote         11/06/14


'We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are.' ~Talmudic Saying

I need to put things in perspective because I have a disease of perception.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 07, 2014, 01:19:34 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        11/07/14


Eventually, in everyone's recovery comes the day when reason doesn't cut it and we hit a wall. At this point, you either have a break down or a break through. If you've been doing Step Eleven, you'll have the break through.

Sometimes I have to get on my knees to rise.
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Post by: CD on November 09, 2014, 09:02:01 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote               11/09/14


'The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.' ~Albert Einstein

When my problems are significant and my program isn't working, I work my sponsor's program for awhile.
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Post by: CD on November 10, 2014, 01:32:28 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     11/10/14


Not knowing, is not the problem. Not being OK with not knowing is the problem.

I don't need to figure it out. I just need to do it.
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Post by: CD on November 11, 2014, 02:43:41 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     11/11/14


When you're being nice, it's OK to over do it. During the HALT moments, when you're too hungry, angry, lonely, and tired, it's not.

When I go too far, it is seldom in the right direction.
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Post by: CD on November 12, 2014, 04:02:45 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          11/12/14


Each person you meet is in a specific stage of their life, a stage you may have passed through or not yet reached. Judging them by your standards and experience is therefore not only unfair, but could lead to unnecessary anger and frustration. (P 135, Alkiespeak)

I practice tolerance by putting up with those I'd like to put down.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 13, 2014, 03:07:52 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       11/13/14


Don't try to clear away the wreckage of your future.

I stay in today and forget about jump starting tomorrow.
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Post by: CD on November 15, 2014, 12:59:32 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      11/15/14


We not only attempt geographical 'cures' while drinking, but often while clean and sober too. When you make a move 'for the better,' unless you can honestly say you are running to something positive, then you are running from something that you haven't faced.

No matter how fast or how far I go, I can't outrun myself.
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Post by: CD on November 16, 2014, 11:37:17 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        11/16/14


A temper will get us into trouble and pride will keep us there.

I can't save my face and my butt at the same time.
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Post by: CD on November 17, 2014, 11:20:05 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      11/17/14


The people you most need to give love to will seem like the ones who deserve it the least.

It begins with me.
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Post by: CD on November 18, 2014, 01:42:38 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       11/18/14


Honesty without kindness is cruel and kindness without honesty is co-dependence.

If I can't say it kindly, I needn't say it at all.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 19, 2014, 02:08:49 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote         11/19/14


It is better to have some-one sober and hating you because you told them the truth, rather than have someone drunk and liking you because you told them a lie.

I don't heap on the bullshit when the truth is like Miracle Grow
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Post by: CD on November 20, 2014, 10:33:05 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote                 11/20/14


We may have empathy for your situation but we will not pity you. We know that pitying you leads to you pitying yourself which leads to mind-affecting chemicals. Rather than pity you, if you need an attitude adjustment, it's very likely a fellow group member will let you know.

Attitudes are contagious. Is mine worth catching?
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Post by: CD on November 21, 2014, 01:21:17 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote                  11/21/14


When working Steps Six and Seven we honestly have to ask ourselves 'Do I really want to give up the defect? Or do I just want to give up the result of the defect?

Being an alcoholic does not give me the excuse to act alcoholically.
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Post by: CD on November 22, 2014, 07:00:45 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote              11/22/14


Reputation: what others are not thinking about you.

What others think about me is never as important as what I think about them.
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Post by: CD on November 23, 2014, 12:43:18 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      11/23/14


'Imagine if at every moment we each embraced the world as the gift it is: An apple is a gift; the color pink is a gift; the blue sky is a gift; the scent of honeysuckle is a gift. Hidden in every experience is a gift,' ~Marcia Prager, The Path of Blessing: Experiencing the Energy and Abundance of the Divine

What is my gift right now?
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Post by: CD on November 23, 2014, 12:44:24 PM
~ Successful Recovery ~       11/23/14
I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery
at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: 'Here lies Jack
Williams. He done his damnedest.' I think that is
the greatest epitaph a man can have.

Harry S. Truman


No matter what their drug of choice, compulsives all have one thing in common. If we don't practice our program, we run the risk of relapsing back into the disease.

What separates those who find recovery and those who don't is this: those who don't find recovery slip and fall, and don't get up again. They figure, "I've already relapsed, so why not just continue using my drug of choice? Why not wallow in my disease?"

Those who recover are like Jack Williams...they do their damnedest. They continue to read program literature, they continue to do service, they continue to reach out to others and to their Higher Power. The winners in this program don't wallow...they pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and keep on keeping on.

One day at a time... . . .
I will do my damnedest. I will work my program to the best of my ability, and if I fall, I won't stay down.



Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 24, 2014, 05:36:42 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       11/24/14


There are no magic wands or burning bushes in our program. Just footwork and faith.

As I feed my faith, my doubts will starve to death.
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Post by: CD on November 25, 2014, 04:21:24 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote           11/25/14


We make two great decisions in life: one, the decision to get clean and sober; the other, the decision to stay that way. Never make the decision not to stay that way when you are depressed or unhappy.

'Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time.' ~Robert Schuller
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on November 26, 2014, 03:19:45 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      11/26/14


Is your ideal to be clean and whole? If so, ask yourself: What sort of neighbor is a clean and sober person? What sort of family member is a clean and sober person? What sort of Twelve Step program will a clean and sober person work?

Sober is as sober does.
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Post by: CD on December 07, 2014, 02:05:08 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        12/07/14


'We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.' ~Helen Keller

My adversities are opportunities in disguise.
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Post by: CD on December 08, 2014, 03:11:07 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote            12/08/14


Some people do not have to have a program to stop drinking and using. But for us, we remember untreated abstinence will make our past our future.

I don't work the program to get my life back; I work the program to get my life forward.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 09, 2014, 01:55:35 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       12/09/14


Do not be hung up on what you ought to be, what you were supposed to be or what you were going to be. You will never have time to be what you are.

I am the best me there is.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 10, 2014, 05:58:48 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     12/10/14


The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention. The smallest kindness is better than the best pitch.

It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice.
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Post by: CD on December 11, 2014, 12:31:28 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      12/11/14


The consequences of being dishonest, of being a liar, is not so much that others will not believe you, as it is that you can not believe others.

'Does what I gain by lying balance out the integrity I lose? (P 54, CDA First Edition)
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Post by: CD on December 12, 2014, 04:12:43 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      12/12/14


'The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.' ~Max Lerner. That 'core of strength' is based on abstinence and spiritual principles.

I suit up; I show up: I grow up.
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Post by: CD on December 13, 2014, 01:00:40 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      12/13/14


At the start of meeting we always ask, 'Is there anybody new or coming back?' We should also ask, 'Is there anybody old and going out?

I remember that the 'still suffering alcoholic' can include old timers too!
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 14, 2014, 01:48:05 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      12/14/14


There is no completion for the circle of recovery. A circle has no beginning and no end. It is suggested that recovery begins when you have learned enough from those before you and pass it along to those behind. Love is the process that keeps the circle moving.

Standing hand in hand or arm in arm after a meeting I absorb the love that travels our circle of recovery.
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Post by: CD on December 14, 2014, 01:48:57 PM
WORD FOR THE DAY
Sunday, Dec. 14
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
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 15, 2014, 05:47:48 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        12/15/14


They say, 'When all else fails, read the directions.' In recovery, we say, 'When all else fails, only then are you ready to read the directions. It takes what it takes.

I do not wait to hit the bottom of a problem before I hit the books for directions
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 16, 2014, 05:45:25 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       12/16/14


Some of us change when we see the light, most of us change when we feel the heat. Are you waiting to get burned before you do what you need to?

If I don't change... my clean and sober date will.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 17, 2014, 04:23:48 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          12/17/14


The law of physics says there is only one way to coast: down hill.

If I am not moving forward, I am moving backward. There is no coasting in recovery.
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Post by: CD on December 18, 2014, 01:59:14 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote         12/18/14


Which 'isms' affect you? Alcoholism: Incredibly Short Memory. Egoism: I, Self, and Me. Recidivism: I Sponsor Myself. Narcissism: In Side Me. Pessimism: I Sabotage Myself. Optimism: Incredibly Spiritual Moments.

Which 'ism' do I adopt for my life?
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Post by: CD on December 19, 2014, 06:10:43 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     12/19/14


Pure and simple: Fear is the absence of Faith. Whether your fears are the Frantic Efforts to Appear Recovered or the F*ck Everything And Run type, one thing is guaranteed to alleviate them, the Fear Ain't In This House type of faith.

My fear no longer owns me.
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Post by: CD on December 20, 2014, 02:53:05 PM
How long does it take to clear away the wreckage of our past? In the Northwest region of the U.S., Native Americans have a special saying, 'How long does it take to clear a landslide? One rock at a time.

I remove the landslide of my past, one rock at a time.        !2/20/14
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 21, 2014, 03:09:03 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      12/21/14


In working with others, remember that no one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

I love the unloveables.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 22, 2014, 12:24:06 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       12/22/14


Some program members get stuck on rules of what one can and can't say and what dependency qualifies one to be in what recovery group. They demand that newcomers follow traditions as interpreted by them. This can drive newcomers away before they even find out what recovery means.

I carry the message, not the mess.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 23, 2014, 10:50:09 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     12/23/14


There is nothing about you that was not intended to be. You have an incredibly sacred purpose.

I am on purpose.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 24, 2014, 01:43:53 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      12/24/14


When we feel that fate has dealt us a bad hand with chemical dependency, we simply remember that many people have MS, cancer, diabetes, lupus, or a myriad of maladies that are not so easily put into remission.

Because I count my blessings, my blessings count.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 25, 2014, 12:32:49 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote             12/25/14


As you sponsor others, remember this: If you are trying to recreate someone in your own image, then one of you will be redundant.

My job as a sponsor is to model, not mold, recovery for my sponsees.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 26, 2014, 03:28:39 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        12/25/14


Everyone has problems. Your problem though, is not the real problem. The real problem is how you deal with the original problem.

I work the program, not the problem.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 27, 2014, 02:43:13 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote                12/27/14


It is remarkable how often we run across this feeling of 'uniqueness' as we recover. We may brag that we used more, had worse contacts, spent more in bars, treated our family worse, were younger, older, blacker, gayer, more sensitive--whatever.

I am the only me' there is ever going to be. I do not try to convince others that I am a better me than they.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 28, 2014, 01:34:05 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      12/28/14


The reason people blame other people is because there is only one alternative.

I do not point a finger at another because there are always three pointing back at me.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 29, 2014, 03:34:33 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     12/29/14


If you are clean and sober, the miracle has already happened. Stick around, the impossibilities take a little longer.

Nothing is impossible in God's world.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on December 30, 2014, 06:09:28 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    12/30/14


When you can't find the solution to a problem, look for the solution to the problem.

I keep whispering my heart's desires because I never know when my angel is listening.
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Post by: CD on December 31, 2014, 05:23:26 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       12/31/14


The sole purpose of AA is to help the alcoholic stop drinking. The sole purpose of NA is to help the addict stop using. The sole purpose of CDA is to help the chemically dependent give up mind affecting chemicals. The soul purpose of all these fellowships is service, unity, and recovery.

'I do not put the sole purpose of any fellowship above the soul purpose.' ~Shelly Marshall
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Post by: CD on January 01, 2015, 11:13:51 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    1/1/15


Do not regret the past. 'The past is but the beginning of a beginning/and all that is and has been/is but the twilight of the dawn.' ~H. G. Wells from Beside Prayers. Your past is the beginning of this beginning.

I 'will not regret the past nor wish to close the door on it. (P 83, AA Big Book)
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Post by: CD on January 02, 2015, 01:27:05 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       1/2/15


If you think you are having a problem with God, just try to imagine the problem He/She is having with you!

There is no way to know God's Will unless I do it.
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Post by: CD on January 03, 2015, 02:57:41 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote         1/3/15


When we pray for strength, the Universe gives us difficulties to make us strong. When we pray for courage, the Universe gives us danger to overcome. When we pray for patience, the Universe gives us long lines and traffic jams. What are you praying for?

I may ask for favors but the Universe gives me opportunities.
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Post by: CD on January 04, 2015, 12:37:35 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          1/4/15


Wet the bed and blame the blanket that is the life we led. With the Twelve Steps, we learn that problems are basically of our own making.

At the end of BLAME is ME.
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Post by: CD on January 05, 2015, 05:27:06 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        1/5/15


'This time, like all times, is a very good one if we but know what to do with it.' ~Ralph Waldo Emerson. Every thought you have can be part of a continuous prayer and everything you do can be your practice of healing.

If I'm not happy today, what am I waiting for?
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Post by: CD on January 06, 2015, 03:04:47 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      1/6/15


You can't change reality but you can change your attitude toward it.

When reality messes up my fantasies, I pause and ask my Higher Power to guide my thoughts.
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Post by: CD on January 07, 2015, 12:51:20 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      1/7/15


Are you going to let tough times make you bitter or make you better?

I embrace 'tough' times because I get to practice my principles.
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Post by: CD on January 08, 2015, 01:59:14 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      1/8/15


'There are more things in heaven and earth... than are dream't of in your philosophy.' ~William Shakespeare. Hold on to the knowledge that more good is occurring on this hunk of rock floating through space than you can ever imagine.

I ask for all things that I might enjoy life, I am given life that I might enjoy all things.
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Post by: CD on January 08, 2015, 02:00:18 PM
    1/8/15            RESENTMENT
"You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts
of resentment are cherished in the mind."
Buddha


It was not until I came into the program that I learned that resentment is just another name for anger. There are some areas in which letting go of resentment is not so easy, especially when dealing with hurtful words. Word wounds have a tendency to fester. The program shows me how to approach someone and make amends to them for saying something hurtful. That can be extremely healing. Unfortunately, there is no step in the program which makes provisions for others to make amends to me when my feelings are hurt.

I have learned something that has helped: telling others how I feel when my feelings are hurt. Instead of internalizing my feelings, I am beginning to speak up and ask, “Why did you say that? I felt hurt when you said that.”

Doing this releases the negativity and turns it into a positive action for me. Rather than just reacting to a bad situation, I am taking positive action. When I begin to take positive action, I find myself surrounded with positive influences and I am letting go of those friendships which are unhealthy.

One day at a time...
I will take positive action and surround myself with positive influences.


~ Marilyn S.
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Post by: CD on January 09, 2015, 05:39:07 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       1/9/15


Seemingly 'bad days are usually the days in which we don't get our own way. This is a Third Step problem. If you are having a 'bad day, read the Third Step from your basic recovery text and ask yourself what part of your life today has not been turned over.

Today I work toward matching my will to my Higher Power's, not my Higher Power's to mine.
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Post by: CD on January 10, 2015, 02:07:09 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       1/10/15


Gaining our strength in recovery by admitting our powerlessness in addiction is a mystery to us. But, the First Step says we are powerless over 'our drug of choice and not powerless over 'our recovery.' Don't limit yourself.
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Post by: CD on January 11, 2015, 12:09:12 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          1/11/15


There is no right way to do the wrong thing. Whatever you were thinking of doing, you can not rationalize it into 'right' action by saying, 'yes but this' or 'no but that.' You know what's right and you know what's wrong that gut feeling guides you.

When things go wrong, I don't go with them.
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Post by: CD on January 12, 2015, 05:37:44 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      1/12/15


Service is sacred; our sometimes smoke-filled, coffee-filled, talk-filled clubs, meetings, and social gatherings are the basis for a lot more than laughter they add up to a major part of our recovery. May 29, Day By Day

Am I contributing to the fellowship?
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Post by: CD on January 13, 2015, 12:54:45 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       1/13/15


If you are looking for the perfect group before you join a home group, then you are going to be homeless.

My home group members are not perfect and neither am I, so we suit each other perfectly.
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Post by: CD on January 14, 2015, 02:32:21 PM
s hard to believe that this simple program can work for us. But it does. We see it each time an old timer celebrates a birthday, a newcomer picks up a token, or a former skid row drunk reaches out to help an alcoholic doctor that has hit his first meeting in desperation. Believe.

I make believe until I can believe.
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Post by: CD on January 15, 2015, 05:28:41 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      1/15/15


Self will and running the show' can be like the monkey who sticks his hand into the trap for food. He grasps the food tightly creating a fist that won't slide out the trap door. The monkey struggles but won't release the food and he is trapped. Holding tight to your will and your way can be the fist that traps you.

I Let Go and Let God. What a relief.
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Post by: CD on January 16, 2015, 06:06:51 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      1/16/15


Our program will work for people who believe in God. Our program will work for people who don't believe in God. Our program will not work for people who believe they are God.

A God of my understanding, a God not of my understanding. God can simply be a 'Group Of Drunks' if I choose!
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Post by: CD on January 17, 2015, 05:06:17 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      1/17/15


Us addicts are often hyper-vigilant about others 'talking behind our backs' or slandering us. Our sponsors tell us that what 'they think of us is none of our business. It can still be hard to take.

It matters not if someone speaks badly of me; I live so no one will believe it.
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Post by: CD on January 18, 2015, 03:50:29 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     1/18/15


And so our very best thoughts won't save us. When we are given a program of action, it tells us what to DO, not what to think. Think anything you want, just DO the suggestions (your thoughts will change).

What can I do this moment to have an awesome day?
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Post by: CD on January 19, 2015, 02:45:56 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       1/19/15


Everybody makes mistakes. Fools repeat them, the weak excuse them, only the wise admit and profit from them.

If I really want to find a solution to my current quandary, I will. If not, I will find an excuse.
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Post by: CD on January 20, 2015, 02:12:58 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      1/20/15


'Thoroughly have we seen a person fail who has rarely followed our path.' This is an interesting slip of the tongue from Chapter Five of Alcoholic's Anonymous. Yet it contains a lot of wisdom.

I cannot work the steps too soon, because I do not know how soon it may be too late.
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Post by: CD on January 21, 2015, 05:13:50 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       1/21/15


Today you are leading a life. When you were drinking and drugging, you were a life being led.

It is God's job to make miracles and I am one of them.
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Post by: CD on January 22, 2015, 02:12:00 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote         1/22/15


'For a time we are living inside a scream where there seems to be no exit, only echoes. The small cares that seemed so important yesterday seem like nothing, and our daily concerns become petty and irrelevant. When we finally reclaim ourselves, as we ultimately do, we are changed.' -Kent Nerburn, Simple Truths

Cooperating with God is the easier softer way.
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Post by: CD on January 25, 2015, 12:49:56 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      1/25/15


Let go or be dragged
I pray for the willingness to be willing to be willing to let go absolutely.
(P 97, Meeting Wisdom)
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Post by: CD on January 26, 2015, 08:51:15 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      1/26/15


Egoism isn't necessarily thinking a lot of yourself--just thinking of yourself a lot.

I begin this day by thinking of another first. Who is distressed or frightened that I may offer words of comfort?
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Post by: CD on January 27, 2015, 10:52:18 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          1/27/15


Witness the miracle of recovery happening for others, and you come to believe that this miracle can happen for you as well. Look at the miracles around you, one month off drugs, three years, 20 years or more. You are surrounded by living miracles.

I do not believe in miracles, I rely on them.
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Post by: CD on January 28, 2015, 03:56:18 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       1/28/15


Many meetings, many chances; few meetings, few chances; no meetings, no chances.

The trouble with staying home and isolating is I get a lot of bad advice.
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Post by: CD on January 29, 2015, 03:12:20 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      1/29/15


If something is right, it can be done. If it is wrong, it can be done without.

I can do that!
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Post by: CD on January 30, 2015, 04:58:52 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        1/30/15


They say both, 'My best thinking got me drunk' and 'Think a drink through.' Which is it? Are our thoughts friend or foe? Both, and the difference between 'stink'n think'n and 'straight thinking is simply self-honesty. We find a good place to start in Step Four.

I have to think everything I believe, but I don't have to believe everything I think.
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Post by: CD on January 31, 2015, 06:16:47 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      1/31/15


Anger is one letter away from danger.

If I am right, I don't need to be angry. If I am wrong, I can't afford to be angry.
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Post by: CD on February 01, 2015, 01:08:56 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      2/1/15


Nothing happens by accident. There are no coincidences, they say, only God-incidences.

I believe that God can do for me what I can't do for myself. I believe in God-incidences.
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Post by: CD on February 02, 2015, 08:18:27 PM
     Pocket   Sponsor  Book Quote           2/2/15


When do you begin helping a newcomer? When you see a newcomer. Don't sweat it; just do it.

When I work with a drunk, the drunk I'm working on is me.
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Post by: CD on February 03, 2015, 09:52:47 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote         2/3/15


Life on earth is one of polarity. We feel the comfort of love because we know the pain of rejection; we know the satisfaction of a full belly because we know the emptiness of hunger. Without darkness we can't appreciate the light; without cold we can't cherish the warmth. We know the joy of recovery because we came from the depths of despair.

I am not what I am in spite of my disease; I am what I am because of it.
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Post by: CD on February 04, 2015, 01:51:20 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     2/4/15


We find that the difference between adventure and disaster usually boils down to attitude. It's like the glass half full or half empty. Is it a problem or an opportunity; an obstruction or a challenge for growth? The way you choose to see it makes all the difference.

I don't see thing as they are, I see things as I am.
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Post by: CD on February 05, 2015, 04:27:38 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     2/5/15


Practicing the principles can never be done from a pedestal of self-righteousness. The very act of judging, complaining or criticizing, demonstrates that we are spiritually out of whack--not the ones we judge. Oh, they may be out of whack too, but that's not our side of the street, is it?

My program does not work in principle. It only works in practice.
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Post by: CD on February 06, 2015, 06:13:26 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       2/6/15


Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. The truth is that your Spiritual Source doesn't deal with time, clocks, and calendars. Your Source put you in today because your Source is in today.

Because God (Allah, Krishna, Kahuna, Creator, Divine Intelligence) is in the NOW, then Just for Today' I stay here too.
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Post by: CD on February 07, 2015, 02:34:50 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     2/7/15


Some recovering addicts take comfort in their complexity as if they are the exceptionally wounded. They worry their wounds and pick at their pain, giving themselves permission to be difficult, slow, and self-absorbed. Are you simply healing to your own internal rhythm or giving yourself excuses to be difficult?

I don't make the pity pot too comfortable.
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Post by: CD on February 08, 2015, 04:05:05 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     2/8/15


Try to live your life without adding to your Eight Step list. You have enough wreckage to clear up from the past without creating wreckage in the now.

When I feel my worst, I try my best.
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Post by: CD on February 09, 2015, 02:29:22 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      2/9/15


When you work with others, you allow Divine Intelligence to speak and smile through you. You allow the Divine to reach out and hug the drunk, the junkie, and the dope head.

All people smile in the same language.
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Post by: CD on February 10, 2015, 05:32:32 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      2/10/15


Do not ask what your Higher Power can do for you, but rather what you can do for your Higher Power. This gets us out of self.

Dear God, what can I do for you today?
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Post by: CD on February 11, 2015, 01:40:38 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        2/11/15


People who seek a sponsor without faults, will be without a sponsor.

I know that my sponsor is willing to make mistakes, if I am willing to learn from them.
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Post by: CD on February 12, 2015, 04:57:55 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       2/12/15


You are either progressing or regressing. There is no such thing as standing still; there is no such thing as simply 'gressing.'

We I can only coast one way, and that's downhill.
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Post by: CD on February 13, 2015, 01:35:06 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote           2/13/15


As a general rule, questions that ask 'why' go in the wrong direction, seeking explanations that blame and shame. Questions that begin with 'How' and 'What' as in 'How do I start my Fourth? and 'What can I learn from this? lead to solutions, where the light bulb goes on in your head.

I ask questions that lead to exclamations not explanations.
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Post by: CD on February 14, 2015, 04:39:07 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     2/14/15


Sometimes you are the wind; sometimes you are the bug; sometimes you are the windshield.

Experience is what I get when I don't get what I want.
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Post by: CD on February 15, 2015, 02:59:54 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       2/15/15


Often the difference between a bad attitude and a good one is simply what you call it. You can be lonely or enjoy blessed solitude. You can be burdened or building strength. People can use you or you can be of use to others.

Whether it is AA for Altered Attitude,' NA for New Attitude,' or CDA for Change D Attitude,' my attitude today is a direct reflection of my personal growth.
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Post by: CD on February 16, 2015, 03:11:11 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       2/16/15


'Rather than put a label on yourself as Christian, Jew, Moslem, Buddhist, or whatever, instead make a commitment to be Christ-like, God-like, Buddha-like and Mohammed-like.' -Dr. Wayne Dryer

I make a commitment to be 'Twelve Step-like today.
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Post by: CD on February 17, 2015, 02:46:04 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      2/17/15


Recovery is a Process Not an Event. There will never be a graduation day for your new way of life. The more you learn and grow the more you will see that you have more to learn and grow. That is what Steps Ten, Eleven, and Twelve are all about.

I learn to grow and grow to learn. My day of graduation is when I die.
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Post by: CD on February 18, 2015, 04:27:02 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      2/18/15


When you are in the wrong place, the right place is empty.

Do I know my rightful place in recovery?
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Post by: CD on February 19, 2015, 04:04:09 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      2/19/15


Half measures do not avail us half, they avail us nothing.

Am I willing to go to any length?
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Post by: CD on February 21, 2015, 12:02:47 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      2/21/15


We often hear 'turn it over.' This means turn over problems not under our control right now--whether they are with family, friends, work, or the law--we offer the things we cannot change to a Higher Power and LET GO.

If I turn it over and don't let go, I'll be upside down!
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Post by: CD on February 23, 2015, 06:21:57 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       2/23/15


The safest banks fail, corporations fold, loved ones die, all things change. Your life now changes like the tides or the seasons. You are not alone in this change. Seek out others who have experienced relief from your problem of choice and let them guide you through it.

I can change my clothes and change my address but until I change myself, I cannot grow.
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Post by: CD on February 24, 2015, 03:20:43 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          2/24/15


Our disease had so much control over our lives, that it not only made us do things we did not want to do, but would not let us do things that we wanted to.

My disease used to make my choices. Now I do.
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Post by: CD on February 25, 2015, 01:54:01 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      2/25/15


The spiritual journey is one of continually falling on your face, getting up, brushing yourself off, looking sheepishly at God, and taking another step.

If I'm faced in the right direction, and fall on my face, I've still made progress
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Post by: CD on February 27, 2015, 02:29:42 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     2/27/15


It's a very interesting thing about human nature, when you stop treating yourself poorly, it will become unacceptable for others to do so.

If I don't take care of myself, why should anyone else?
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Post by: CD on March 01, 2015, 01:31:32 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote         3/1/15


Even when it hurts like hell, hold fast. The pain is the arrow coming out, not the arrow going in. Faith is not about trusting a God who will rescue you from arrows but trusting in the process. Faith will center you, not rescue you.

As the pain and fear pass, I hold fast.
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Post by: CD on March 02, 2015, 04:57:03 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       3/2/15


If people don't agree with you, so what? If people do agree with you, so what? Our program is one of suggestions, not conformity.

I do not need to conform to be comfortable. 'Comfortable' is conscious contact, not conscious copycat.
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Post by: CD on March 03, 2015, 01:21:15 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      3/3/15


All of us chemical dependents have come from the same place, no where. We all enter the world of recovery by changing our place to now here. No Where to Now Here. It works.

NOW is the working unit of my life.
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Post by: CD on March 04, 2015, 04:29:14 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/4/15


There are no victims, only volunteers. When we cry, 'They did this to me. They did that to me.' what we are really saying, is I placed myself in a position for this or that to happen. I volunteered for it.

I volunteer for sobriety today.
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Post by: CD on March 05, 2015, 05:03:39 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      3/5/15


He who laughs, lasts! 'But why shouldn't we laugh? We have recovered.
 (P 132, AA Big Book)

My laughter is good medicine.
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Post by: CD on March 06, 2015, 03:31:56 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     3/6/15


You certainly are not good at every aspect of service to your group. You may be good at opening meetings, emptying ash trays, remembering to contact people, or going out on Twelve Step calls. Maybe you are lousy at greeting people at the door, holding office, getting birthday cakes, or paying the rent. Whatever you lack skills for, others can pick up; whatever you are good at, recognize!

For my shortcomings, I delegate; for my strengths, I congratulate.
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Post by: CD on March 07, 2015, 05:47:41 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       3/7/15


'Being angry at God won't hurt God, and neither will it provoke Him to take measures against us. If it makes us feel better to vent our anger at Him over a painful situation, we are free to do it. The only thing wrong with doing it is that what happened to us was not really God's fault. -Harold S. Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Usually, things don't happen TO make me angry; things happen THAT make me angry.
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Post by: CD on March 08, 2015, 11:51:42 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     3/8/15


Life begins right outside your comfort zone. Start changing.

If I fail to change the person I was when I came in, that person will take me out!
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Post by: CD on March 09, 2015, 02:38:01 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/9/15


If you are not happy with what you have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?

Happiness is not having what I want but wanting what I have.
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Post by: CD on March 11, 2015, 02:33:14 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      3/11/15


It is our experience in recovery that a Power greater then ourselves places the answers before us that we need to hear when we need to hear them. Often we don't like the answers and practice self-will by trying to force our solution. Forcing solutions is the same as ignoring Step Three.

When I force the solution, the solution becomes the problem.
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Post by: CD on March 12, 2015, 04:27:47 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          3/11/15


Whatever spiritual values you adopt are unique to you. You may adopt a strong religious stance or a more intimate spiritual philosophy from within. In any case, the spiritual path you seek is up to you and not those around you. Be comfortable with your spiritual choices and don't try to please others.

The more I have on the inside, the less I need on the outside.
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Post by: CD on March 13, 2015, 06:56:29 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      3/13/15


Prayer does not change what you are praying about. Prayer changes you.

I learn to 'hit' it with a prayer, not a chair and I change!
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Post by: CD on March 14, 2015, 02:46:18 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     3/14/15


All our suggestions are free. The ones you don't take are the ones you end up paying for.

When all else fails, I take the suggestions.
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Post by: CD on March 15, 2015, 07:17:40 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      3/15/15


We find that the winners do what they have to do and the losers do what they want to do.

The winners are stuck with me.
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Post by: CD on March 16, 2015, 01:52:44 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     3/16/15


There are two times when you need to go to a meeting, when you think you need one and when you know you don't.

Rather than thinking about going to a meeting, I go to the meeting, and then think about it.
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Post by: CD on March 17, 2015, 03:03:53 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      3/17/15


Opportunities are often disguised as problems and this is why we miss them. With the next problem you encounter, ask, 'What can I learn from this?'

I watch for big problems; they disguise big opportunities.
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Post by: CD on March 19, 2015, 12:30:01 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     3/19/15


Grateful addicts don't drink and drug and drinking and drugging addicts aren't grateful.

My gratitude is not the word but my desire to say the word. My desire to say the word is a corner stone of my recovery.
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Post by: CD on March 20, 2015, 03:04:49 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      3/20/15


'To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.' -Jules Henri Poincsre

I question myself, 'Am I a nay sayer to all suggestions?' or equally destructive 'Am I a disciple of a God Squad, blindly following a hard and inflexible line of thought?
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Post by: CD on March 22, 2015, 03:23:49 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     3/22/15


'It is time to speak your Truth. Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader. This could be a good time!'
Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation

I enjoy the Fellowship of the Spirit.
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Post by: CD on March 23, 2015, 04:42:23 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/23/15


Listen to the message, not the messenger! This is what Tradition Twelve is all about, looking past the personality to the principle behind the message. There are some mighty slick personalities out there talking trash and some Big Book thumpers (irritating as they are) that have a true message of hope.

The slicker, the sicker.
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Post by: CD on March 24, 2015, 04:33:46 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/24/15


They say you don't have to like your sponsor; they just have to have something you want like a life. It is your sponsor's job to give you a program to work until you develop a program of your own.

People who sponsor themselves have fools for sponsors.
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Post by: CD on March 25, 2015, 02:07:35 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      3/25/15


When one door closes, another door opens. It's waiting in the hallway that's hell.
I am not a slow learner. I am just, sometimes, a slow accepter.
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Post by: CD on March 26, 2015, 04:31:05 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          3/26/15


Many people think that the Twelve Steps are the work. But they are not. The Twelve Steps are the preparation for doing the real work. The real work is in reaching out to the still suffering alcoholic and addict.'God has no hands but yours.'
(attributed to Mother Theresa).

I become the hands of my Higher Power.
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Post by: CD on March 28, 2015, 06:43:23 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    3/28/15


Do not be quick to call all therapy 'psyco-babble' and think that mental health experts do not understand. Therapy can be the guide that leads you to the discovery of your anchor amidst the surrounding storms of life.

In the words of Bill Wilson, I should 'never belittle a good doctor or psychiatrist'.
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Post by: CD on March 29, 2015, 05:29:25 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      3/29/15


In the words of Wayne Dryer 'You will be happy to know that the universal law that created miracles has not been repealed.'

I Expect a Miracle today.
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Post by: CD on March 31, 2015, 05:54:17 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      3/31/2015


The person you were will use again. That is why you must 'smash all your old ideas so that the new you is a member of the program, not the person you were. The person you were was a practicing alcoholic. The person you are is not.

Some people say that the 12 Steps brain wash us. Thank God, because that's how I got clean!
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Post by: CD on April 01, 2015, 06:20:43 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     4/1/15


The best remedy for anger is delay.

I don't use my 'claws when agitated,' I learn to 'pause when agitated.'
(P 87, AA Big Book)
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Post by: CD on April 04, 2015, 04:46:57 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     4/4/15


The diversity of people seeking recovery is extraordinary. Whether an old salty dog, young gang member, grandparent, or teen with attitude, we remember: as cancer is no respecter of victims, neither is addiction. Same disease, same recovery.

'We all came on different ships, but we're all on the same boat now.'
~Martin Luther King
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Post by: CD on April 09, 2015, 02:01:19 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     4/9/15


One of the joys of this program is the path it provides us with to do the right thing. Our steps don't give us a whole lot of room for justifications. There is no right way to do the wrong thing.

I learn to do the next right thing, not the next 'me' thing.
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Post by: CD on April 16, 2015, 07:54:47 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       4/16/15


There will be many times when nothing anyone does, including yourself, seems right. But these 'nothing is ever right' times pass like a cloud over-head. Do not make decisions until the cloud passes, so that you make them in the full light of your good senses.

I do not make decisions when 'nothing is going right. How can my decision be right if nothing else is?
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Post by: CD on July 03, 2015, 08:21:12 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      7/3/15


When you start the day with quiet meditation, you create a consciousness of serenity and peace. At anytime during the day you can bring your mind back to this moment.

When things get hectic or stressful, I bring my awareness back to the peace that I create now.
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Post by: CD on July 04, 2015, 05:53:11 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       7/4/15


We make two great choices in life: one, the decision to get clean and sober; the other, the choice to stay that way.

God, as I understand You, help me stay away from that first fix, pill, drink, smoke, or snort for this hour.
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Post by: CD on July 05, 2015, 04:28:40 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      7/5/15


Try broadening your spiritual path by making your relationship with the Divine proactive. Ask not what the Universe can do for you, but rather what you can do for the Universe! Begin the morning with: Hi World, what can I do for You today?

Asking what I can do for the Creative Source will serve us both better than simply seeking what can be done for me.
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Post by: CD on July 07, 2015, 08:29:29 AM
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Deal with the small stuff or it will deal with you. Do not allow the small stuff to pile up on the camel's back. Take each situation that bothers you and deal with that as one unit, not as the straw that breaks the camel's back.

When I feel it, I deal with it and then can heal from it.
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Post by: CD on July 08, 2015, 10:24:07 PM
7/8/15       Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote


It doesn't pay to argue with 'slippers' about the proper way of getting clean and sober. Why should people who are still drinking and drugging tell those who are sober why it can't be done! We learn not to get in a pissing contest with a skunk. (or should we say drunk!)

The only thing I need to tell a drunk is how I got sober. I can't tell him or her how they will get sober, because I don't know.
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Post by: CD on July 09, 2015, 11:35:31 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          7/9/ 15


A main theme in most spiritual traditions states that the best way to get what you want is to provide it for another. If you want serenity, make it peaceful and serene for another. Do you want a feeling of safety? Provide a safe place for another. Do you want to understand what has happened? Help another to understand.

I teach best what I most need to learn.
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Post by: CD on July 10, 2015, 09:32:55 PM
7/10/15               Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote


If you have one hand in the fellowship and one hand in your Higher Power's, you can't pick up today.

I put my hand in my Higher Power's by saying. 'Thy will not mine be done;' I put my hand in the fellowship by saying 'I'll be there, at the next meeting.
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Post by: CD on July 11, 2015, 02:27:58 PM
7/11/15            Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote


90 meetings in 90 days is not nearly enough. Tell newcomers to always catch a ride or give a ride to their daily meeting. This way they get a meeting on the way to the meeting, a meeting during the meeting, and a meeting on the way home. That makes 270 meetings in the first 90 days!

Who am I taking to a meeting tonight?
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Post by: CD on July 12, 2015, 09:06:38 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       7/12/15


No one wants to hear the Sermon on the Mount or Zen philosophy when they're trying to save their ass. They want to know what to do not hear words of wisdom. Tell them what you did.

I do not get so spiritual, that I am of no earthly value.
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Post by: CD on July 17, 2015, 05:57:02 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       7/17/15


No God; No Peace. Know God; Know Peace.

My program teaches me that I will have peace of mind in the exact proportion of the peace of mind I bring into the lives of others.
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Post by: CD on July 18, 2015, 01:46:05 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     7/18/15


Sponsors are lighthouses, not foghorns. We look to them to see how they do it, not depend on them to tell us what not to do. We already know.

I cannot improve if I only have myself as a model.
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Post by: CD on July 19, 2015, 04:10:13 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/19/15


Our program won't keep you from going to hell nor is it a ticket to heaven. But it will keep you clean and sober long enough for you to make up your mind which way you want to go.

My journey is my destination.
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Post by: CD on July 20, 2015, 12:15:04 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    7/20/15


Through the Fourth and Fifth steps we learn who we really are. Once we know who and what we are, we don't have to be what we were.

Today, I am myself. I am perfect for the part.
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Post by: CD on July 21, 2015, 07:14:49 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       7/21/15


When making amends, a subtle shift occurs in our thinking. We go from thinking we were a mistake to acknowledging we made a mistake.

I may make mistakes but my Higher Power doesn't and my Higher Power made me.
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Post by: CD on July 22, 2015, 07:20:37 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      7/22/15


Earth Angels dwell among us and they will find you at the moment you need them. These are the people who know just the right thing to say and do to keep you focused on recovery and principle.

Some of my Higher Power's best work is done anonymously.
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Post by: CD on July 23, 2015, 04:32:56 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       7/23/15


Each place along the way is somewhere you had to be to be here.
 ~Wayne Dyer

I cannot get ahead until I learn to be her
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Post by: CD on July 24, 2015, 11:14:54 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/24/15


Resentment is from the Latin, meaning to 'feel again.' Rather than feeling that again, think of how it could have been worse, then be grateful it isn't. Once you get to the grateful part, you can't be resentful.

I cannot be grateful and resentful at the same time; I can't serve two masters
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Post by: CD on July 25, 2015, 04:08:23 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      7/25/15


Like the song says, 'I'll bet you think this song is about you? You need to get over yourself if you want to get over feeling sorry for yourself.

They're just doing it; they're not doing it to me.
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Post by: CD on July 26, 2015, 09:17:05 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   7/26/15


The AA Big Book, The NA Basic Text, and the CDA First Edition do not need to be rewritten. They need to be reread.

I begin this day by reading at least one page from my program's basic book.
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Post by: CD on July 27, 2015, 03:58:53 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       7/27/15


Unity in our program does not mean conformity. Unity means joining for a common purpose, despite our differences.

I can disagree without being disagreeable.
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Post by: CD on July 29, 2015, 08:06:23 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote         7/29/15


We do not believe in lemming recovery. Clement wrote 'faith must go hand in hand with inquiry.' If you do not 'get' something, ASK. Ask at meetings, ask a clean and sober friend, ask your sponsor, or ask your Higher Power in prayer.

The only stupid question is the one I don't ask.
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Post by: CD on July 29, 2015, 05:28:02 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     7/29/15


We do not believe in lemming recovery. Clement wrote 'faith must go hand in hand with inquiry.' If you do not 'get' something, ASK. Ask at meetings, ask a clean and sober friend, ask your sponsor, or ask your Higher Power in prayer.

The only stupid question is the one I don't ask.
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Post by: CD on July 30, 2015, 03:21:39 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          7/30/15


Some members of the fellowship say 'Our mind is a dangerous neighborhood to be in alone.' But together we can be on block watch! Don't let your mind get the better of you. Turn that 'M' in me upside down, like we are asked to turn it over, and make a 'We' out of that 'Me.'

It isn't 'me' and 'you' anymore; it's 'we' and 'us.'
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Post by: CD on July 31, 2015, 08:00:28 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     7/31/15


You don't have to pretend to be someone you are not. You don't have to pretend to be strong (if you're a man) or fem (if you're a woman). You don't have to pretend that you don't want to use, if you do. Share what is real. The real you is enough.

I am enough; there is enough.
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Post by: CD on August 01, 2015, 09:55:00 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       8/1/15


No matter how hard you attempt to control the people in your life, you will not find your fulfillment there. If they don't change, you will be frustrated; if they do change under your pressure, they will be frustrated.

If I look to others for fulfillment, I will never be fulfilled.
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Post by: CD on August 03, 2015, 03:15:41 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      8/3/15


Our feelings don't define us, our actions do. We are not bad because we have a quick temper--but we learn that expressing that anger hurts others. The longer we keep our temper the more it improves.

I am only as big as the smallest thing that makes me angry.
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Post by: CD on August 04, 2015, 08:29:10 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote              8/4/15


You will be receiving many gifts from people in the programs: gifts of help, time, energy, possibly money, talents, and knowledge. You will never be able to pay them all back. You are not obligated to pay them back. You are obligated to pay them forward by giving away what you have when you can.

I appreciate the generosity of others and pay it forward when I am able.
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Post by: CD on August 06, 2015, 06:46:36 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      8/6/15


Before our recovery we used people and loved things and given recovery we learn to love people and use things. Things are not important, people are.

I treat others the way I would be treated.
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Post by: CD on August 07, 2015, 10:31:04 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/7/15


Who knows why they are chemically dependent? The answer will not change the fact, and yet many continue to question, why? Indeed, they need an answer, but they are asking the wrong question. The real question is, 'How can I become free? Free of the fear. Free of the pain. Free of the bondage.

I do not receive the right answer when I ask the wrong question.
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Post by: CD on August 08, 2015, 05:18:49 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/8/15


Our lives become very different once we learn to magnify our blessings the way we have our troubles.

What I think about enlarges. Am I enlarging my blessings or my troubles?
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Post by: CD on August 09, 2015, 04:23:50 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/9/15


'Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.
 ~Martin Luther King.
Undoubtedly, there are many on your list to forgive. There is only one whom you must forgive that is yourself.'

Because my Higher Power forgives me, I forgive myself.
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Post by: CD on August 10, 2015, 07:01:51 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote                8/10/15


We find that the smallest deed is better than the grandest intention.

My actions speak louder than words. What are my actions saying now?
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Post by: CD on August 11, 2015, 02:08:04 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       8/11/15


If you have never experienced the results of working the Twelve Steps, no explanation is sufficient. If you have experienced the results of working the Twelve Steps, then no explanation is necessary.

I am the poster child for the miracles I cannot explain.
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Post by: CD on August 12, 2015, 05:54:49 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       8/12/15


When you continually don't like the way people treat you, it is usually because you are cooperating with the treatments.

The difference between me being a victor or a victim is ability. Response ability.
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Post by: CD on August 13, 2015, 08:21:43 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      8/13/15


People in our society stress that we ought to be happy. If you're not happy something is wrong, we are lead to believe. Yet, unhappiness is not a symptom of sickness, it is an expression of life, a natural reaction to situations we don't like. When shit happens, you don't have to like it.

I will not be unhappy about being unhappy.
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Post by: CD on August 14, 2015, 03:34:34 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/14/15


Going to a lot of meetings is important, supportive, and full of fellowship. However, our program is not about meetings but what happens in between meetings.

Do I align my actions with the picture I paint of myself in meetings?
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Post by: CD on August 15, 2015, 04:28:19 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  8/15/15


Sanskrit saying 'God sleeps in the mineral, awakens in the plants, walks in the animals, and thinks in you.' The Universal Source of life actually thinks in you. Use this well.

Every bad choice I ever made began with a single thought. Every good choice I ever made began with a single thought. I choose my thoughts carefully.
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Post by: CD on August 16, 2015, 05:43:28 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/16/15


Another day of recovery begins and we start this day with surrender. 'From that point, each of us is reminded that a day clean is a day won. (P 86, NA Basic Text)

When I surrender; I win.
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Post by: CD on August 17, 2015, 10:55:09 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        8/17/15


How to share what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now. Be sincere. Be brief. Be seated.

When I share, I share to draw attention to the message, not the messenger
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Post by: CD on August 26, 2015, 07:38:27 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       8/26/15


In light of your recovery, when dealing with family and friends, you may have to make some unpopular decisions and enforce them. Be open to moving toward the middle of issues that don't com-promise your principles and going to any length for those that do.

My recovery is Twelve Steps past any lengths.
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Post by: CD on August 27, 2015, 11:23:06 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/27/15


Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen To Good People said that pain is the price we pay for being alive. So instead of wondering why we feel pain, more correctly we should ask, 'What can I do to make my pain mean something more than suffering?'

A No Pain; No Gain/Know Pain; Know Gain
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Post by: CD on August 28, 2015, 01:11:36 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/28/15


When you are having trouble doing one day at a time and it feels as though several days have attacked you at once, realize that nothing except your own thoughts can really attack. In fact, it is only your own thoughts that can prove to you that you have not been attacked or singled out unfairly.

I counter thoughts of 'unfairness' with the realization that I am very lucky the world has not paid me back for all the wrongs I've caused.
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Post by: CD on August 31, 2015, 11:33:27 AM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        8/31/15


Relapse is part of recovery: NOT! What the fellowships say is keep coming back SOBER. Members warn of the very real danger of that last relapse: stepping in front of a car or bus, overdosing, being institutionalized, and death! The truth is, any relapse can be your last. Never kid yourself, relapse is part of the disease process, not part of our recovery process.

I do not help people work on their recovery by OKing working on their disease. OK
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Post by: CD on September 01, 2015, 12:06:04 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    9/1/15


Your life works FOR you. It hones you, teaches you, and makes you a better person. Nothing in your life happens to you, but for you.

This isn't happening to me, but for me.
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Post by: CD on September 02, 2015, 02:40:06 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     9/2/15


Recovery is not an event; it is a process. The disease of addiction affects all three aspects of our physical, mental, and spiritual selves by changing our behavior (to self-destruction), thinking (to self-serving), and allegiance (to no purpose). It was a slow debilitating process. Recovery is the same slow process in reverse.

I am in the process of changing my behavior to self-construction, my thoughts to service, and my allegiance from no purpose' to a higher purpose.
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Post by: CD on September 03, 2015, 05:53:30 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     9/3/15


Although we must be of service to our fellow drunk and junkie, although we want the hand of recovery to be there when they reach out, although we must give back what was so freely given to us, we cannot do for them what they must do for themselves.

I carry the message, I don't carry the drunk; however, if necessary, I carry the drunk to the message.
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Post by: CD on September 04, 2015, 05:22:21 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     9/4/15


Road rage and recovery rage are closely associated. People, places, and things get in our way and we freak. When the rage begins, quickly ask yourself, 'What would my guardian angel do now?'

My DUI's are no longer under the influence of alcohol. Today, I Drive Under the Influence of Angels.
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Post by: CD on September 05, 2015, 02:11:02 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote         9/5/15


'There are no deals being offered here. You cannot trade the courage needed to live every moment for immunity from life's sorrows.' ~Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation.

To gain that worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
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Post by: CD on September 06, 2015, 06:47:08 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     9/6/15


Anger can be a source of personal power for people. When you get angry at God or others, even yourself, you feel the energy and you feel strong, not the helplessness of tears. Anger is a form of emotional denial.

Anger 'may be the dubious luxury of normal men' but it is not for me. (P 66, AA Big Book)
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Post by: CD on September 07, 2015, 03:57:00 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       9/7/15


Even though you are a unique human being, you are not so unique that your recovery is any different then thousands before you. If you think we don't understand something about your situation, then your disease is playing tricks on you.

I am unique, just like everyone else.
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Post by: CD on September 07, 2015, 03:57:54 PM

September 7  , 2015

Resentment and forgiveness

“Where there has been wrong, the program teaches us the spirit of forgiveness.”

Basic Text, p. 12

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In NA, we begin to interact with the world around us.  We no longer live in isolation.  But freedom from isolation has its price:  The more we interact with people, the more often we’ll find someone stepping on our toes.  And such are the circumstances in which resentments are often born.

Resentments, justified or not, are dangerous to our ongoing recovery.  The longer we harbor resentments, the more bitter they become, eventually poisoning us.  To stay clean, we must find the capacity to let go of our resentments, the capacity to forgive.  We first develop this capacity in working Steps Eight and Nine, and we keep it alive by regularly taking the Tenth Step.

Sometimes when we are unwilling to forgive, it helps to remember that we, too, may someday require another person’s forgiveness.  Haven’t we all, at one time or another, done something that we deeply regretted?  And aren’t we healed in some measure when others accept our sincere amends?

An attitude of forgiveness is a little easier to develop when we remember that we are all doing the very best we can.  And someday we, too, will need forgiveness.

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Just for today:  I will let go of my resentments.  Today, if I am wronged, I will practice forgiveness, knowing that I need forgiveness myself.

Copyright © 1991-2015 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on September 08, 2015, 06:10:10 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       9/8/15


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

May I be blessed with a slow recovery.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on September 09, 2015, 12:42:21 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     9/9/15


Take a breath and hold it. Take another and hold, hold, hold. You can see that you can't live on the inhale alone. The inhale is the breath of the program bringing you life. The exhale is you working with others.

I inhale healing for my soul and exhale hope for others.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on September 11, 2015, 07:54:49 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   9/11/15


We are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I cannot feel my way into better behavior, I must behave my way into better feelings.
Title: Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
Post by: CD on September 12, 2015, 05:25:02 PM
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    9/12/15



Friends and loved ones don't always behave as we expect them to. But this is a good thing. If friends and loved ones were absolutely predictable, that would mean they are not changing and if they are not changing, they are not growing.

I don't have to change friends if I understand that friends change