Quotes, Poems, and Prayers that Helped Shape My Life

CNO_Head_Shot.jpg“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” Corrie ten Boom

“No one has the right to be an obstacle to another human being getting well.”  The Incomplete Skeptic

“Never get into a pissing contest with a skunk.”  Mary Jo R.

“First God throws a pebble, and then He throws a brick.”  Oprah

“Surrender Hugs” & “Set it up”.  Tricia Ireland

If you love someone, you will not hurt them.”  The Incomplete Skeptic

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”1 John 4 8

“If you don’t tell at least three people a day that you love them, you have probably wasted a day of your life.”  unknown

Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don’t say it mean. Unknown

In God’s Economy, nothing is wasted. Unknown

“God’s favorite word is “Impossible””.  Lombardi

“It’s not illegal to be crazy.  It’s only illegal to act crazy. Unknown

“Don’t worry, be happy.”  Bob Marley

“If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me.” WH Auden

“Be the change.”  Gandhi

“Take what you like and leave the rest.” Cy D. (heard my first day in AA)

“Acceptance is the answer to all my problems…” “…and we quit fighting everything and everybody…”  Big Book

“Find out who you are, and then be who you are.”  Henrietta, Al-Anon

Regarding the Serenity Prayer:  Serenity, courage and wisdom is granted when asked for and is not earned.  It’s a gift.  Anon

More important that having the courage of your convictions is to possess the courage to question your convictions.  This is a sound source of freedom.  Anon

"Ignis aurum probat, miseria fortes homines (Fire is the test of gold; adversity proves strong humans).  Seneca

“When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” Buddha

Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.  An Anonymous Friend

When I want to make God laugh, I just tell him my plans.”  An Anonymous Friend

“This too shall pass”.  Shakespeare

“We don't get ready to meet God, as much as we meet God to get ready.”  Mary Jo. R.

“Most of the corners we paint ourselves into are synthetic.”  Dr. Laura

“Change your mind and your life will follow”.  Karen Casey

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us...If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed.”  Marianne Williamson

“Be still and know that I Am, God”.  The Holy Bible

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”  Bruce Lee

Action & Intuition.  Love is a Verb & a Noun who got along. The Incomplete Skeptic

“Don’t serve time.  Make time serve you.”  The Incomplete Skeptic

Resting on Creator’s Heart, my life is God’s Medicine Bag.  I hear & feel Creators’ Heartbeat.  I pray my life & voice echo the sound of God heartbeat.  Creator, mold my life into the shape & sound of Your heart. The Incomplete Skeptic

“Looking for consciousness in the brain is like looking Inside a radio for the announcer.” Nassim Haramein

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”  Rumi

“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.”

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore, trust the physician and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility.” Kahlil Gibran

“'It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

“Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.”

Who pays any attention to the syntax of things will never wholly…”EE Cummings


“The More Loving One” by WH Auden and ‘Since Feeling is First’ by EE Cummings.


“Life is a Mystery”, and “What I needed Most” by Michael Monroe


The Serenity Prayer

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

The Set Aside Prayer (God, help me forget everything I know,

that I may be open to learning, for being Teachable is the essence of recovery).

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