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29 Short Messages Of Hope For Anyone In Recovery, Or Fighting An Addiction

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Chester Wade

Sometimes I don’t have the right words. Sometimes when I try to talk to someone I love about something so heavy, so important, I feel at a loss. How can I convey my love? How can I show that person his or her strength? How can I urge them to fight, to continue, to live?

How can I show someone I care for that they matter, and that each day they survive, each day that choose not to use/drink/etc. they are winning?

Sometimes when I’m at a loss, I turn to the words of others. Here are little tidbits of hope. Whether you are a family member or friend of an addict, or perhaps struggling/fighting/in recovery yourself, my wish is that you hear these words. That you write them on your heart. That you remember each day, each hour, each minute, you are getting stronger. And that you can, and will, overcome.

1.

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, you just have to take the first step.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.

2.

“I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”
— Charlotte Brontë

3.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
— Chinese Proverb

4.

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
— Harriet Beecher Stowe

5.

“It’s not about the man that has the most, it’s about the man that needs the least.”
— Proverb

6.

“Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.”
— Carrie Fisher

7.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

8.

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
— Jimmy Dean

9.

“Don’t live life like a chameleon. Be you.”
— Unknown

10.

“Resistance is the first step to change.”
— Louise Hay

11.

“The fact that you exist is a highly statistically improbable event, and if you are not perpetually surprised by the fact that you exist you don’t deserve to be here.”
10% Happier, Dan Harris

12.

“Some things pass, and some things pass like a kidney stone.”
— Unknown

13.

“It’s no good to be unhappy about the things you can’t change, but also no good to be unhappy about the things you can.”
— Unknown

14.

“You might not be able to change the world, but you can change your corner of it.”
— Unknown

15.

“The greatest gifts you’ll ever open are your eyes.”
— Unknown

16.

“Those who are caught up in their thoughts only have their thoughts to think about.”
— Unknown

17.

“Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’”
— Audrey Hepburn

18.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.”
— Zig Ziglar

19.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

20.

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
— Robert Collier

21.

“Stop and feel the roses.”
— Patrick Cushing

22.

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
— Henry Ford

23.

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.”
— Zen Proverb

24.

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
— Carl Bard

25.

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
— Muhammad Ali

26.

“If you don’t like being a doormat, get off the floor.”
— Al Anon

27.

“If things go wrong, don’t go with them.”
— Roger Babson

28.

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

29.

“Rock bottom can be the foundation on which you rebuild your life.”
— J.K. RowlingTC mark

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