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|05-22-2012, 06:54 AM||#1 (permalink)|
One of the things that are used in 12 step programs are slogans. I use slogans all the time. They are short but quick reminders for me to stay focused on my own recovery. Here are some of my favorites (or variations on them). Please feel free to add your own favorites!
- Live and let live
- Let go or be dragged
- Let go and let God
- One day at a time (or hour or minute or second if a day is too long)
- It works if you work it
- HALT. Don't get too hungry, angry, lonely or tired
- If you don't want to slip, stay away from slippery places (or slippery people)
- If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.
- Progress not perfection
- Recovery is a journey not a destination
- Easy does it
- Cultivate an attitude of gratitude
- Misery is optional
- Feelings are not facts
- Nothing changes if nothing changes
These simple little reminders keep me grounded and there are so many more. I will never be grateful that my dear son is addicted, but I will be eternally grateful for the things I have learned and the people I have met as a direct result of his addiction.
Have a great day everyone!
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|05-22-2012, 07:14 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Agreed! The slogans are sometimes the only thing that gets me through my day. Really love the one "let go or be dragged"! Never heard that before.
|05-22-2012, 07:22 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: North West, England
One day (minute!) at a time has dragged me through many a bad day! I'm FA so we don't use all of these but there are several I recognise
People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
|05-22-2012, 09:42 AM||#5 (permalink)|
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Join Date: Sep 2007
Insanity is doing the same things over and over, and expecting different results.
Hugs and prayers,
"I'm not where I want to be, but thank God I'm not where I used to be" - Joyce Meyer
"You got what it takes you can win, today is your day to begin. - Shania Twain
(Tinker, Elvis [RIP], Patches [RIP] and Mots - Mouth Of The South)
|05-22-2012, 12:38 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2009
Pain is inevitable but misery is an option.
Only the end of the world is the end of the world.
The only things you have to do are die and pay taxes (helpful when the alkie is trying to get you to do something NOW, dammit) which leads to...
An emergency on your part doesn't constitute a crisis on mine.
PurpleSquirrel, you would try to think your way out of a burning building. Who cares why it is burning - just get out! (for those who overanalyze everyhing - sometimes it is just better to leave the situation and worry about the why of it later)
|05-22-2012, 08:51 PM||#9 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2012
I love this one by George Carlin ~
Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn't mean the circus has left town.
You've got to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad, love what you've got, and remember what you had. Always forgive, but never forget. Learn from mistakes, but never regret. ♥
|05-23-2012, 05:22 AM||#10 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Appleton, WI
My sponsor recently told me when I was going on about why my AS is or is not attending meeting, still working for a pharmacy, etc. etc. "wasted energy" your energy is so much better spent concentrating on you.
|05-23-2012, 05:38 AM||#11 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: upstate NY - mentally under salt water
Your best thinking got you here.
Alcoholism is the only prison where the key is inside.
It's alcoholism, not alcoholwasm.
It's not an event - It's a process.
My brain is not my friend.
Look at what isn't happening to you anymore.
I am one thought away from a drink & one drink away from a drunk.
Sometimes I think about having a glass of wine with dinner. Then I
remember I have plans for Christmas.
-- Robert Downey, Jr.
Alcohol gave me wings, then it took away the sky.
I love the Carlin quote!!!!!
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
-- Maori Proverb
|05-23-2012, 06:09 AM||#12 (permalink)|
I loved all of these! Thank you for sharing!
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|05-23-2012, 06:16 AM||#13 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2005
Blog Entries: 12
Right now I'm living off of "if in doubt don't". My ex husband keeps texting me/emailing me wanting a response to "acknowledge his existence". I made the decision to go no contact and that means no contact. I almost broke down and responded that I am not going to respond and this slogan stopped me.
It's so easy to fall back into the insanity. Slogans have definitely helped my sanity.
"If I stay in the light of what I can do to make my life better, rather than in the darkness of anger, blame and fear of the problem, my path remains lit and my world is a better place."
|05-23-2012, 07:06 AM||#15 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Los Angeles
"stay on your side of the street"
"their choices are none of my business"
"is this acceptable behavior"
"thnk with your head not with your heart"
"this too shall pass"
I trust that life supports me in every way, every day!
|05-23-2012, 10:50 AM||#16 (permalink)|
Living in a Pinkful Place
Join Date: May 2006
This was a hand-out I picked up at an Al-Anon Convention ~ have it taped to my wall at work to keep me focused on my recovery. . .
SLOGANS IN ACTION
Just For Today,
I will Let It Begin with Me
And Think, How Important Is It
Before I lose my serenity
And if I Keep It Simple
When my mind wants to burst
I will remember Easy Does It
and place First Things First
And isn't it kind of Funny
When I feel I've bottomed out
I find hope and courage when
I finally Let Go and Let God
But For The Grace of God
I can Keep An Open Mind
And learn to Live and Let Live
One Day At A Time.
"Never let me imagine that my satisfaction with life depends on what someone else may do." ODAT in Al-Anon pg 234
PINK isn't just a color ~ it's my favorite attitude!
|05-24-2012, 09:25 PM||#17 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: "Happy Rock" (Gladstone) Oregon
Blog Entries: 4
The slogans really are awesome and help me too.
One drink is too many
A thousand is never enough
That's from AA and can be applied to Nar-Anon and Al-Anon too according to the circumstance
And then there's the Kindeyes quote in my signature that I love and helps me measure my behavior.
|05-25-2012, 03:57 AM||#19 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2010
Great thread and very helpful messages from all of the slogans!
Praying, reading faith-based books and magazines, and thinking about the message in Footprints in the Sand all give me hope and comfort.
W. Clement Stone
There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
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|05-25-2012, 05:58 AM||#20 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Washington, DC
Thanks for the thread!
Here are some of my favorite quotes/slogans I have collected over the years. Since I'm an ACA, many of them have an ACA slant.
There's a light at each end of this tunnel, you shout
'cause you're just as far in as you'll ever be out
And these mistakes you've made, you'll just make them again
If you'd only try turning around.
ANNA NALICK (Breathe)
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