“Vulnerability is the birthplace of connection and the path to the feeling of worthiness. If it doesn’t feel vulnerable, the sharing is probably not constructive.”

Brené Brown

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”

Karen Lamb

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. … Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Share your weaknesses. Share your hard moments. Share your real side. It’ll either scare away every fake person in your life or it will inspire them to finally let go of that mirage called ‘perfection,’ which will open the doors to the most important relationships you’ll ever be a part of.”

Dan Pearce, “Single Dad Laughing”

“If you are an addict you are either using, clean or dead. There is nothing in between. …”

Gary Ipswich, U.K., six years clean

“Who wants to die? Everything struggles to live. Look at that tree growing up there out of that grating. It gets no sun, and water only when it rains. It’s growing out of sour earth. And it’s strong because its hard struggle to live is making it strong. My children will be strong that way.”

Betty Smith, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”

“Just because you’re scarred for life doesn’t mean you should be scared to live.”

Brian Celio

“No matter how small and unimportant what we are doing may seem, if we do it well, it may soon become the step that will lead us to better things.”

Channing Pollock

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens.”

Mandy Hale

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.”

Alexandra K. Trenfor

“Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”

Miguel Ángel Ruiz

“When you challenge other people’s ideas of who or how you should be, they may try to diminish and disgrace you. It can happen in small ways in hidden places, or in big ways on a world stage. You can spend a lifetime resenting the tests, angry about the slights and the injustices. Or, you can rise above it.”

Carly Fiorina

“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
“If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise
“If you can dream — and not make dreams your master;
If you can think — and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
“If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools
“If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
“If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
“If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings — nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
“If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
“Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son!”

Rudyard Kipling, “If: A Father’s Advice to His Son”

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

Audrey Hepburn

“With ideas it is like with dizzy heights you climb: At first they cause you discomfort and you are anxious to get down, distrustful of your own powers; but soon the remoteness of the turmoil of life and the inspiring influence of the altitude calm your blood; your step gets firm and sure and you begin to look — for dizzier heights.”

Nikola Tesla

“When a train goes through a tunnel and gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.”

Corrie ten Boom

“A new world is not made simply by trying to forget the old. A new world is made with a new spirit, with new values.”

Henry Miller

“In winter, in the dark hours, when others
were asleep, I found these words and put them
together by their appetites and respect for
each other. In stillness, they jostled. They traded
meanings while pretending to have only one.
“Monstrous alliances never dreamed of before
began. Sometimes they last. Never again
do they separate in this world. They die
together. They have a fidelity that no
purpose or pretense can ever break.
“And all of this happens like magic to the words
in those dark hours when others sleep.”

William Stafford, “How These Words Happened”

“Everyone will not favor you or respect your beliefs, passion and purpose — so be it. But do not allow the views of others to hinder your quest. Remain steadfast.”

Terry A. O’Neal

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

Abraham Lincoln

“Your time is limited; don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Steve Jobs

“I cannot change what I am unwilling to face.”

James Baldwin

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”

Dalai Lama

“The maxim ‘Nothing but perfection’ may be spelled ‘Paralysis.’”

Winston Churchill

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people.”

Carl Jung

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.”

Kurt Cobain

“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength.”

Marcus Aurelius

“The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.”

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.”

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Sovereign Health Group Alumni Services staff considers spiritual health an important part of maintaining recovery. We believe in providing our alumni with comforting principles to live by. Check back here every week for new and enlightening weekly meditations. Also feel free to contact us anytime for advice about your specific situation at 866-501-9425.