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.
Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles.
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.
Religion is for people who fear hell, spirituality is for people who have been there.
Each generation has to stand up for democracy. It can't take anything for granted and may have to fight fundamental battles anew.
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.
You cannot save everyone. Some people are going to destroy themselves no matter how much you try to help them.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely he will be to recover from trauma and thrive. Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.
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.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
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.
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Replace perfectionism with persistence. After all, in recovery and life, it's persistence that really pays off. Forget about perfection.
My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle.
Keep these concepts in mind: You've failed many times, although you don't remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim. Don't worry about failure. My suggestion to each of you: Worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try.
Nutrition is the only remedy that can bring full recovery and can be used with any treatment. Remember, food is our best medicine!
I feel very positive where I never did before, and I think that's all a direct result of getting sober.
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.
Don't wait. The time will never be just right.
When you can stop you don't want to, and when you want to stop, you can't.
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