have always appealed to me. I need things short and simple and, for me, slogans
and phrases get right to the point of the program. Over the years I have often
been touched by various sayings from my sponsor and from fellow CoDA members. I
have kept a notebook of these wise words and I refer to it whenever I need to
reconnect with their meaning. But I have been reminded that, like the program
itself, words need to be shared to be of use. Id like to share some of them
here. Perhaps you will find something special in them. I know I will!
The only normal people are the ones you
dont know very well.
You will never disappoint me. You dont have
that much power.
You cant breathe in without breathing out.
All I have to do is die. I dont have to pay
taxes; I can go to jail. I dont have to be black; I can use bleach.
What they say about me says a lot more about
them than it does about me.
Relationships are where we take our recovery
on the road.
Guilt is fear turned inward.
When you feel guilty, look for what you
Guilt makes it hard to set boundaries.
There are only two emotions: love and fear.
Reality is an acquired taste.
Whenever I am obsessing over something its
Oops. So what. Oh well.
What are you willing to do to be a part of the
I found out that everything thats happened
to me has happened to someone else.
I heard my story coming out of the mouths of
Recovery does not guarantee me anything but it
does give me options.
A boundary is not about punishment; its
about purpose, to take care of yourself.
Forgiveness is letting go of the expectation
that you can have a better yesterday.
Dont give up 5 minutes before the miracle.
Life is not an equation.
I dont need to prove to you that Im
right. I just need to own who I am.
There are not good things and bad things.
There are only things I like and things I dont like.
Nothing changes until something changes.
I learned the difference between acceptance
I am a lovable, fallible, worthwhile, precious
child of God.
What is the cost of maintaining a white horse?
I was reluctant to say I was codependent
because so much of it looked normal.
(On going to meetings) I have to stay in those
places that help me.
I dont get to be perfect but in the end I
get to take care of myself.
Recovery is a learned skill, kind of like
learning a foreign language, and if I dont practice, I forget some of the
Im not waiting for the other shoe to drop
anymore. God doesnt wear shoes.
As tightly knit as my bond is with my higher
power is how tightly knit my bond is in my relationship with my partner.
Chips are a piece of reality when youre not
at a meeting.
It aint gonna get no better til its OK
just the way it is.
Denial is to continue the illusion. Acceptance
is to end it.
I can ask for my character defects to be
removed, but I dont get to decide when and which ones will be removed.
Say what you mean and mean what you say but
dont say it mean.
Go ahead and take his inventory. Youll just
Being able to predict how somebody is going to
react is not the same thing as causing their reaction.
I didnt get to these meetings by doing
Its easy to fix somebody elses problems.
Thats why theyre not your problems.
I dont have to confront; Im not going to
change the world, but I dont have to participate.
Codependency: Taking your temperature to see
how I feel
Gods never in a hurry but Hes always on
A candle loses nothing by lighting another
Its never a bad idea to go to a meeting.
Submitted by Allison