We pray, read, write, plan, shop, cook, report, share, meditate, and commit. We take actions to make our recovery strong every day. Let’s remember to lighten up and not take life so seriously!
There are many ways to connect to your creative self and let it shine.
Slogans help us remember what we choose to focus on. Changing our thoughts and retraining our brain is easier when we are constantly reminded of what’s important for us.
When I was new to recovery, I heard this slogan: “Recovery First, No Matter What”. I completely fell in love with this phrase. It was exactly what I needed to hear every day, many times throughout the day. I made it the password on my computer and I typed and wrote it wherever I could. One of my recovery friends chose “A life time of abstinent recovery” as her email address.
Make a list of your favorite slogans. Add slogans to this list when you come across new ones. Keep the list in your bathroom (yes, you heard me correctly! Your bathroom) and get a set of colorful dry erase markers. Assuming that you have a mirror in your bathroom (otherwise, any mirror you frequently look into will work) write your top 3 slogans for the week on the mirror. Have fun with the colors and decorate it. (We only need a small space on our mirrors to see ourselves. The rest can be saved for things that are important for you to remember.) Every day, read the slogans out loud (hearing them spoken is effective) and make them your own. If you share the mirror with other people, no worries. They won’t mind some color, decorations, and inspiring words even if they don’t speak to them.
Here are some slogans for you to choose from:
Recovery first, no matter what
One day at a time
I let go, I let God
It works if you work it
Progress over perfection
Abstinence first, one day at a time
Just for today I choose abstinence
Half measures avail us nothing
Nothing tastes as good as abstinence
Today is all we have
Easy does it
The body knows
Please inspire others by sharing your own personal or favorite slogans. Write them down in the comments area. Thank you for your service. And have some fun!