Inspirational Quotes

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  1. Minesawater 1 week ago

    Day of sobriety – I recently heard this quote in a Michael Jordan documentary -“Never project your past in to your future”. I think i’ve been doing those most of my adult live – hence my drink problem

  2. Minesawater 1 week ago

    Day of sobriety – I recently heard this quote in a Micheal Jordan documentary -“Never project your past in to your future”. I think i’ve been doing those most of my adult live – hence my drink problem

  3. chardy 3 weeks ago

    Hi. New to this. 3 days not drinking.
    Been through a lot.
    But my fog that have been in has lost a partner & family that means the world to me & now has come the time to sort my shit out!!

  4. Cindy9176 4 weeks ago

    The sea breeze is soothing my soul, to cleanse away the toxicity of my alcohol scream.

  5. SLMS 1 month ago

    First day here and 0 days sober. Today should be the first day of the rest of my life

    • Scolon 3 weeks ago

      How are you going? It is my first day on here too although have not had a drink for 2 days. Pretty nervous about the journey ahead.

  6. travelgal 2 months ago

    Hi from Sydney. Day 33 for us and we are hopeful this is for life.?

  7. Sunshinydays 3 months ago

    I Am Not Defined By My Relapses, But By My Decision To Remain In Recovery Despite Them.

  8. Dee Mac 4 months ago

    Looking at life with a clear view …
    Instead of through a fog …
    Makes human emotion a beautiful experience, in pain or pleasure, a lesson to be valued and memories to be cherished.

  9. roxy22 4 months ago

    Hi I’m new I’m back to my old drinking pattern hiding the wine topping the bottle up so it looks I have had one glass instead of a bottle and half.. I feel frightened not to have wine in my life…But I don’t want it in my life..

    • Sunshinydays 2 months ago

      It is a very addictive. You are not weak.

  10. Delta007 5 months ago

    Welcome to my sober and clean day 56 ! I am so grateful for my friends and the clinic family that have saved my life!

  11. Gojugirl75 5 months ago

    If I have just one I’ll be back where I started. Where I started is wishing I was where I am today.

  12. ozzie 5 months ago

    From another post (apologies, I didn’t note down the original poster):
    “No one regrets being sober”.

    • travelgal 2 months ago

      So true! Nothing to regret!?

      • houghton2020 1 week ago

        LOVE this!

  13. kristen2321 5 months ago

    Hi all. Brand new and 2 days sober. Scared and trying to be strong. A work in progress!!

    • Sunshinydays 2 months ago

      How did you go?

  14. swp 5 months ago

    Sixty days sober is a great day to say if I can do 60 then lets go for 90 but remember one day at a time matters most.

  15. Delta007 6 months ago

    Good morning world… today is day 18 of my brand new clean life ! My morning anthem is from Frankie goes to Hollywood… Relax don’t do it, when you wanna go do it… the rest of the words I can’t even admit to knowing !

  16. Linda 6 months ago

    This is one of my favorite quotes that reminds me how precious life is.
    THE PRESENT
    Yesterday was history, tomorrow is a mystery,
    life is a gift that’s why it’s called the present!

  17. KateA 7 months ago

    My favourite saying at the moment is a Chinese proverb: ‘The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.’ It makes me feel really positive about changes that I am making at the moment in my life and not regret the past.

    • Picklepod 5 months ago

      I love your Inspirational Quote! So true… Thank you for posting 🙂

  18. Lynn 7 months ago

    From Jason Vale’s book “Kick the Drink… Easily”:
    “A craving is nothing more than an internal expression of they way you perceive a product; perceive it [alcohol] for what it really is and you won’t have the craving.”

    • Lynn 7 months ago

      *the* not *they*

  19. RB2019 7 months ago

    Just read this in the Sober Stories:

    Matt: Be kind to yourself. You might slip up. You might question yourself. But remember why you made the decision to quit and keep going towards your goal. Be patient. It takes time but gradually things get easier. You can do it!

  20. dswilson1209@yahoo.com 8 months ago

    You cannot control others but you can control whether or not you drink. This was said at a recent AA meeting and I say it every day!

  21. Saoirse 8 months ago

    From “Taking the Leap” Pema Chodron.
    “There was a story widely circulated a few days after the attacks of Sep. 11 2001, that illustrates our dilemma. A Native American grandfather was speaking to his grandson about violence and cruelty in the world and how it comes about.He said it was a if two wolves were fighting in his heart. One wolf was vengeful and angry and the other wolf was understanding and kind. The young man asked his grandfather which wolf would win the fight in his heart. The grandfather answered “the one that wins will be the one I choose to feed”

    I so love that because it is so true of every situation we can come across, ultimately we choose how we will be. What we foster and nurture grows whether it is good or bad.

  22. memejacobs 9 months ago

    “You don’t lose if you get knocked down. You lose when you stay down”.
    Muhammad Ali

    • noboozeanymore 6 months ago

      Love this!!!!!

    • joaninha 8 months ago

      This was just what I needed to read today after a setback after two weeks to day one again. I will not give up on giving up! thanks for the inspiration ?

  23. Noora 9 months ago

    “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”

    • Tara Felker 8 months ago

      I love this! I’m sober going on 8 days now and I feel so great for the first time in 10 years without a bottle in my hand can I mean hard liquor. I feel wonderful already I know it could have been longer I relapsed. Thank you for sharing this and if you don’t mind I am sharing this.

  24. Noora 9 months ago

    Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light

    • sarahjd1973 6 months ago

      I like this – thank you

    • zodiacdebra 7 months ago

      How you act reveals who you are

      In my current distress that is helping me be honest with….myself.

  25. Rachieroo1984 9 months ago

    Shame is a soul eating emotion

  26. Firefly13 9 months ago

    I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
    Phillipians 4:13

  27. DaveH 9 months ago

    The grass appears greener on the other side because it is fertilized by bullshit.

  28. LauraLi 10 months ago

    From a book I finish a couple of days ago. It’s a good reminder for me.
    “Alcohol gives you wings, then takes away the sky.”
    ~Clare Pooley

    • wendyd 5 months ago

      That’s a great one thanks

    • Karin11 9 months ago

      Amazing and so true!

  29. JulieK 10 months ago

    “A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset.
    When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy.
    The moment you start acting like life is a blessing ,I assure you it will start to feel like one”

    • JM_be 2 months ago

      Yes so true, spend your morning focusing on the good and the beautiful, be kind to yourself and get through another day.

    • TinaPai 9 months ago

      Yes!!! I love this. Every morning I say how grateful am for waking up, to have another day and every day I actually hear the birdsong and smell the trees.

  30. suzkep 10 months ago

    Quotes from a book I’m currently reading.

    ” So it must be imagined. For it is in our imagination that we can dream across boundaries, deepen the narrative, and design alternative outcomes.”

    “Anger is a poison you mix for your friend but drink yourself”

    Eve Ensler – The Apology

  31. fasteddie 11 months ago

    The purpose of life is to be restored back to Love, moment to moment. To fulfill this purpose, the individual
    must acknowledge that he is 100 percent responsible for creating his life the way it is. He must come to see that it
    is his thoughts that create his life the way it is moment to moment.The problems are not people, places, and situations
    but rather the thoughts (interpretation) of them. He must come to appreciate that there is no such thing as “out there.”
    (It is all within)
    —Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len

  32. fasteddie 11 months ago

    Recovery is a Journey about the discovery of “Who Am I”. In that sense everybody shares that journey, irrespective of whether they have ever had problems with alcohol or drugs. Having abused alcohol and drugs is almost an advantage, as it forces one on that journey.

  33. E S BARNETT 11 months ago

    Physical sobriety is relatively easy — Emotional sobriety takes a good deal longer, and is very much the road to happiness, even though it takes a lot of forgiveness.

  34. ditchick 11 months ago

    Someone once told me..
    “I heard you finally got rid of your addiction”

    I smiled and said
    “NO addiction doesn’t work like that”
    “once you have it .. you will always have it”
    “i just choose not to feed it!”

    • Lucy 10 months ago

      Very true

    • Chaves 11 months ago

      Oh my. That does seem to be so.

  35. reallytrying 11 months ago

    You never fail until you stop trying

    It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in so doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility.

    Albert Einstein

  36. docherjo 12 months ago

    I have been drinking 2 bottles of wine a night. Is it possible to manage your drinking as a social thing, maybe just drinking at weekends and only having 2-3 drinks a night at the most.

    • Sunshinydays 2 months ago

      Hi there
      Can you be honest with yourself and truely say you will only have a glass or 2. Even though you know that amount won’t give you the buzz you want. You will just frustrate yourself and feel weak. It’s like torturing yourself. Alcohol is addictive and your body and brain will crave more to reach the level you have created that it needs to reach before you get the feeling you crave. That level is not the bodies natural state and all your organs are suffering to maintain that false, unhealthy level you have created. You are poisoning yourself. That is a fact. If you could only have a glass or 2, don’t you think you would have already.

    • E S BARNETT 11 months ago

      I think you need at least a month of sobriety first before deciding if you can manage drinking, or even want to manage it ever again!

    • brendab 11 months ago

      Hi Some people can but for me once I crossed the line to drinking up to two bottles of wine couldn’t just have one or two occasionally, I just had no off switch once I put alcohol in my system, I find it so much easier to just not have it…its not an option for me because once I have one I just don’t know who will happen, the only time I can predict the outcome and feel at peace is with zero alcohol in my system, good luck I hope you find what works for you

      • ditchick 11 months ago

        Hi docherjo, i drink every weekend for 15 years can not stop blackouts, ect even though it is only one day of the week, i still do enough damage for a week lol. i know it’s so hard i went to AA and told everyone “hello my name is Shona i dont think im a alcoholic” they all just stared at me lol. i didn’t want to believe it because i only drink weekends but like i said i still do the damage of a week’s worth of drinking, I even told my alcohol counselor i just want to be a part time alcoholic… lol doesnt work ALL or NOTHING! Hate it as i love drinking its like a kid going to the Zoo.. All the best hun thoughts and prayers are with you. 🙂

  37. Phantom309 12 months ago

    It takes more than one human brain to create a human mind – Lisa Feldman Barrett

  38. kate3865 12 months ago

    If you put everything in God’s hands, you will see God’s hand in everything

  39. marioa. 1 year ago

    I like it:

    “Religion is for people who’re afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who’ve already been there.”

    ― Vine Deloria Jr.

    • Noodle71 11 months ago

      I love this x Religion isn’t for me either but appreciating nature, each other and spirituality is awesome x

  40. Shell 1 year ago

    The best way to predict the future is to create it

    • dingram4 4 months ago

      One of my favs. I have it typed and on my office board.

  41. Alliebean 1 year ago

    The anger and resentment you carry around never hurts the other person, it only poisons your heart and stalls the healing process. LET IT GO… ?❤️

  42. sheaney5 1 year ago

    Why go back to day 1 when you are looking forward to Day 100 – My son (15)

    • Tylee 1 year ago

      Amazing!

    • NoJudge 1 year ago

      What a beautiful boy! My son is also 15. I love this age. I love how we have our children to give us daily gifts of wisdom.

  43. Beasleyyy 1 year ago

    Day 1 of Sobriety I know its never easy an quiet often it is a Journey but I am looking forward to it,,,,Wish me luck,,,,I could use some support

    • zodiacdebra 7 months ago

      Day 3 for me. I’ve made so many empty promises. But the fact my family and some close friends know and watch me with suspicious minds….and fair enough….just made me more sneaky and a bald faced liar..tho more accountable also. I have woken up in jail…lost a good job for drinking at lunchtime….and ruined my last relationship with a fantastic man. And worse and more. I’ve been doing this for years and it only gets more and more out of control. I’m seeing physical problems for the first time. I’m completely sick of it all. I liked this quote I saw recently…..I dont drink. Because I drank it all.
      Used to be wine now its whatever I could get my hands on. Its madness. I really want to stop and am telling myself it will be easy…because I think that may help me worry less. This site and other books etc are really helping me. If others can attest to a better life af I can and so can others. They prove it’s possible. I may be optimistic on the easy bit!!!

    • Maxx 11 months ago

      Good luck good for you

    • Carolinaw 12 months ago

      It’s day 1 for me today. My birthday ( a big one) is in 113 days. On that day I am going to be on day 113. Wish me luck, I’ve tried and failed so many times. Not again. I have disappointed my family so much.

    • Shell 1 year ago

      Hi, I saw you posted this 4 weeks ago. How’s it going? I’m on day 4 today – I did get to one month once, I will do better this time 🙂

    • NoJudge 1 year ago

      BEST OF LUCK @beasleyyy Try to read about sober people’s lives and how awesome they sound. That’s what I’m trying. I need lots of support too. I binged on Day 12 AF, (that’s why I’m back to Day 3 today) but I learned a lot from it. Hangovers only get worse as we get older. Mine last for 3 days. So much is lost being hungover. For example today we are expecting rain rain rain. It only starts at 2:00pm. I woke up fresh and clear (no alarm) at 6:30am….. to a beautiful deep orange surprise of a sunrise! ❤️ And that was a gift I would not have seen if I was in a drunk slumber. Look for the gifts!! There are many! BEST

  44. Leese 1 year ago

    Hello, after so many years of being sober and then drinking again . i have started again now i am 10 days sober. today is the worst day yet. my body is not feeling good and my mind is playing games and my need for sugar is great , but even with all of this I dont want to drink because deep done i know it is the worst place for me. Sometimes i just get pissed off that i have to fight this all the time. Sorry for being so down but i think it will help. Thanks

    • NoJudge 1 year ago

      It sucks that our minds are so powerful, yet we are so powerless to the drink. The drink that makes us ugly, bloated, scared, unproductive, slow, stupid and useless. Congrats on day 10! Take all my negative words and flip them to positive words because that’s what you deserve for your efforts. You are human and life is constant learning experience. Don’t beat yourself up for learning. ❤️

      • Shell 1 year ago

        Oh Lord that made me laugh… It was pretty harsh (but true) the bloody Wine Witch has been in my ear too but im not listening to her anymore -such a lying Cow, promises everything, gives nothing but suffering .

  45. Danssurfin 1 year ago

    I quit drinking, started loving myself again, and now my girlfriend can’t stop yelling and showing me how much she loves me and is proud of my strength in giving it up. Just finished 7 night Carib cruise without one drop of alcohol. I feel blessed.

    • Danssurfin 1 year ago

      Can’t stop telling me and showing me I meant. Typo 🙂

      • bluesmum 10 months ago

        ?yelling…

  46. Livinglife 1 year ago

    If God seems far away….Who moved ?

  47. chrisfriedberg 1 year ago

    The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. -King

    • Chaves 1 year ago

      Such great words.

  48. Bella1126 1 year ago

    The only person I ever lost and needed back was myself…

    • Scared 10 months ago

      So much yes

    • Freelady 1 year ago

      How true. In fact my Higher Power is my inner self. The person I knew must be inside me somewhere, but was drowning in alcohol while I was drinking.

      Having recently been tested by family problems I can honestly say that speaking to my Higher Power and determined mindfulness got me through.

      Just recalculated my days of sobriety…………3152, more than 8 years.

      It works if you work it!

      • Maxx 11 months ago

        Mindfulness is a super power

      • NoJudge 1 year ago

        love love love this!! Thank you!

    • Julielynn 1 year ago

      Me too!!

    • Lillyz 1 year ago

      I love this.

  49. Alysaght 1 year ago

    Hi every-one, I haven’t been on living sober for about 3 months, time flys when things are going well. My daughter has come out of re-hab on the 4th of January. She had lost her job just before re-hab because of her drinking. She is going into a brand new field and setting up the office administration. She will shine!! Doing really well
    I want to thank you guys for your help and advice through the really hard days, weeks and months. I am just a mother who wanted good advice to help my daughter. Cheers

  50. Worthy 1 year ago

    It’s easier to stay sober,than to get sober!

    • NoJudge 1 year ago

      ❤️??

    • truthangel 1 year ago

      So true. I certainly don’t want to go through stopping again.

    • 20012015 1 year ago

      Love this…so true

      • jenl 1 year ago

        Absolutely. More difficult each and every time. Day 1 please.

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