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As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. —Andrew Carnegie— Doing something with our lives, not just talking about it, is important. When we were sick with our addiction, what we did was drink or use other drugs. We only talked about what we wanted […]

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The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.—Frank Lloyd Wright— For many for us, life was a burden while using alcohol and other drugs. As our illness went on, life was more ugly. We grew further from our friends, family, and Higher Power. In recovery, our eyes and hearts open a little more each […]

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The only way to speak truth is to speak lovingly. —Thoreau— Recovery teaches us to tell the truth. We must be honest if we want to save our lives. We must learn to speak with care—care for ourselves and for others. To be honest means to speak in a fair and truthful way. To be […]

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So live that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.—Will Rogers— Secrets help keep us sick. In our drinking and using days, we did things we weren’t proud of. We lived in a secret world we were ashamed of. This part of the power of addiction. Our behavior and […]

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Anyone who follows a middle course is called a sage. — Maimonides— Much of the wisdom of our program is about how to live in the middle. We learn how to pause and think before we act. We ask, “What is the best way to handle this?” We look for the smooth part of the […]

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Forgiveness is all-powerful. Forgiveness heals all ills. —Catherine Ponder— We need to forgive so we can heal. Forgiveness means¬† not wanting to get even. Forgiveness¬† means letting go of self-will. Anger and hate are forms of self-will take up room in our heart. Yet, a still, small voice inside of us wants to forgive. Just […]

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I am the greatest. —Muhammad Ali— We need to believe in ourselves. We’re sober. We’re honest. We’re trustworthy. We’re not making so many problems for other people anymore We do our share. We can even help others sometimes. We’re glad that others help us. We thank our Higher Power every day. But we also give […]

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When I have listened to my mistakes, I have grown. —Hugh Prather— Everyone makes mistakes. We all know that. So why is it so hard to admit our own? We seem to think we have to be prefect. We have a hard time looking at our mistakes. But our mistakes can be very good teachers. […]

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Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ––Eleanor Roosevelt— Most of us want to be happy. We just don’t know how. We aren’t sure what happiness is. We’ve learned the hard way that some things we wanted didn’t make us happy. We’re learning that happiness comes when we live the way our Higher […]

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Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. —Step Five— Step Five can be scary. we’re to take the wrongs we listed in our Fourth Step and share them with God, ourselves, and another person. We may look for an easier, softer way. But Step Five stops […]