Recovery Sayings

  • A person singing her own praises is usually singing solo — and out of tune.
  • A smooth sea never made a good sailor.
  • ACA meetings are an archipelago of sanity in a lunatic sea.
  • Anger may identify a problem, but it will never solve one.
  • Any day above ground is a good day.
  • Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.
  • Don’t place a question mark where God has placed a period.
  • God doesn’t close one door without opening a better one….but… we’ve got to get our fingers out of the closing door.
  • God doesn’t close one door without opening a better one.
  • God loves me where I’m at, but “he” loves me too much to leave me there.
  • Gossip and criticism do not belittle the other person; they belittle me.
  • Gratitude can only be expressed in deeds, not words.
  • Gratitude is the hinge upon which an serene life swings.
  • Hatred destroys the hater.
  • He gave his almost.
  • How about letting three people off the hook today?
  • I came to ACA not only to start living, but to quit dying.
  • I don’t have relationships ~ I have Close Encounters.
  • I get lots of messages from God, but most are in my own handwriting.
  • I may not be responsible for being an Adult Child of an Alcoholic, but I *am* responsible for my recovery.
  • I need to stick with the winners, not with people who co-sign my bullshit.
  • I traded a lot of pain, fear, and despair for my seat in ACA.
  • I was always comparing my insides to someone else’s outsides.
  • I was giving permanent reality to temporary things.
  • I was living in the pollution instead of the solution.
  • I was pole vaulting over mouse turds.
  • I was sick and tired of the high cost of low living.
  • I’d better be careful when I say I’m grateful.
  • If I’m truly grateful for today’s serenity,  I’m making a down payment on tomorrow’s.
  • If you don’t take a chance, you don’t have one.
  • If you don’t want to follow time-honored guidance, you’re welcome to shop around for an opinion.
  • If you feel like taking something to feel better, take one of the Steps.
  • If you have to talk to more than three people about the same problem, you don’t want help, you want attention.
  • If you like everyone in ACA, you’re not going to enough meetings!!
  • If you want to see how grateful someone is, ask them to help you.  Some folks think God sets up the chairs and cleans up after the meeting.
  • If you want what the winners have, do what the winners do.
  • If you’re going to pray, don’t worry. If you’re going to worry, don’t pray.
  • If you’re not doing enough for ACA, you’re not doing enough for yourself.
  • If you’re too busy to go to ACA meetings,  you’re busier than God wants you to be.
  • If you’re working your own program properly, you won’t have time to work someone else’s!!
  • Instead of praying “God be with me,” I pray “God bear with me!”
  • It was one of those meetings where they carry the mess instead of the message.
  • It’s really hard for God to guide you if you keep running out ahead of him!!
  • I’ve been driven to a good attitude by being hit over the head by self-will.
  • Letting go of others will lift my own spirit high today.
  • Luck is: Living Under Correct Knowledge.
  • My life is none of my business. I just show up every morning and report for duty.
  • My relationship isn’t my problem and it isn’t my solution.
  • My serenity is inversely proportional to my expectations.
  • Once I admit that I cannot manage my own life (Step One),  I relinquish the right to try to manage someone else’s.
  • Only God can turn a mess into a message.
  • PAIN: The effort required to cling to old ideas and old behaviors.
  • Sometimes we don’t get what we want. Sometimes we don’t get what we need. Sometimes we get what we get.
  • Stop watering the weeds!!
  • Switching from one compulsion to another is like switching seats on the Titanic.
  • The disease is progressive.  So is recovery.
  • The reason I don’t say “no” when asked to do something for ACA is that invariably I’m being asked to do something that might save my life. If I say”no” often enough, they’ll stop asking.
  • The reason you’re in pain is because you have your fingers in a door God is trying to close.
  • There are two kinds of people in ACA ~ ~ those seeking the truth ~ ~ and those afraid of it
  • There’s no problem that cannot become a crisis and no crisis that cannot become a disaster — if I use my addiction/compulsion to try to escape it.
  • We aren’t bad people trying to get good.  We’re sick people trying to get well.
  • We cannot keep what we have based on what we gave away last year.
  • We earn today’s serenity today.  We can’t stay serene on meetings we attended last year, 12th Step calls we did last year, Steps we worked last year.
  • We get a *daily* reprieve, based on what we do *today* for our recovery.
  • We’d be surprised what people think of us if we knew how seldom they do!!
  • When you smile, your brain thinks you’re happy!!
  • You break bad habits by breaking bad habits. You form good habits by forming good habits.
  • You can complain about the same problem three times.  Then you’d better be in the solution.
  • You don’t have a problem.  You have a solution you don’t like.