Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.
The goal of spiritual practice is full recovery, and the only thing you need to recover from is a fractured sense of self.
I got sober. I stopped killing myself with alcohol. I began to think: 'Wait a minute - if I can stop doing this, what are the possibilities?' And slowly it dawned on me that it was maybe worth the risk.
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
Replace perfectionism with persistence. After all, in recovery and life, it's persistence that really pays off. Forget about perfection.
Religion is for people who fear hell, spirituality is for people who have been there.
Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.
Wherever you are is always the right place. There is never a need to fix anything, to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul and start at some higher place. Start right where you are.
You cannot save everyone. Some people are going to destroy themselves no matter how much you try to help them.
The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.
I had to Derrick Rose the knee up before I got the re-up
No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who's always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don't exist.
When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.
Shame was an emotion he had abandoned years earlier. Addicts know no shame. You disgrace yourself so many times you become immune to it.
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
I believe in recovery, and I believe that as a role model I have the responsibility to let young people know that you can make a mistake and come back from it.
Sobriety was the greatest gift I ever gave myself.
When you can stop you don't want to, and when you want to stop, you can't...
A recovery of the old sense of sin is essential to Christianity. Christ takes it for granted that men are bad. Until we really feel this assumption of His to be true, though we are part of the world He came to save, we are not part of the audience to whom His words are addressed.
My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle.
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.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
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