Sadly — and, of course, this is my opinion only and therefore right — newcomers in any 12-step program can be so inundated with “how to stay clean and sober” messages, they miss all the good stuff. And so, I decided that it’s not prison, divorce or amputation that are the best reasons to remain sober, but rather the “AA Humor/Insight” that is so unique to meetings. Here is a compilation of anonymous quotes that I have either heard myself, or stolen from sources who make me look good — the obvious goal of most recovering people.

    God made people because he loves a good story. And God made alcoholics because they have really good stories.

    What if I forgave myself even though I had done some things I shouldn’t have? What if I was sorry, but if I could go back in time I wouldn’t do anything differently? What if yes was the right answer instead of no? What if the composite of my past is what got me here? What if I was never redeemed?  What if I already was?

    My name is _____. I am sober today in spite of myself.

    My name and my problem is _______.

    My name is _____. And I am a hopeless dope fiend who is now a beautiful child of God come to deliver the message. **

    I knew I could get sober whenever I wanted to. I just couldn’t figure out why I never wanted to.

    While I may have extended mine, it’s never too late to have a happy, carefree childhood.

   For what it’s worth … it’s never too late, or too early, to be who you were meant to be. Start wherever you can. You can always change or stay the same. There are no rules to this game. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you and feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have different points of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, that you find the courage to start all over again.***

** This gets really old, really fast.

*** OK.  I have liberally edited this quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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