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.
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.
Each generation has to stand up for democracy. It can't take anything for granted and may have to fight fundamental battles anew.
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.
Nutrition is the only remedy that can bring full recovery and can be used with any treatment. Remember, food is our best medicine!
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.
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
Character is much easier kept than recovered.
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.
You cannot save everyone. Some people are going to destroy themselves no matter how much you try to help them.
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.
Replace perfectionism with persistence. After all, in recovery and life, it's persistence that really pays off. Forget about perfection.
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.
Shame was an emotion he had abandoned years earlier. Addicts know no shame. You disgrace yourself so many times you become immune to it.
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.
A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.
When you can stop you don't want to, and when you want to stop, you can't.
I feel very positive where I never did before, and I think that's all a direct result of getting sober.
A hard beginning maketh a good ending.
Suffering isn't ennobling, recovery is.
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