July 1, 2020

Dear Hope Nation,

I just attended the noontime all-recovery meeting behind Hope. Like cold orange juice first thing in the morning, spending time with folks in early-ish recovery opens my eyes and makes me happy to be alive. Among the many things we talked about that challenge of waiting for changes to happen. As folks leaving addiction, we tend to want what we want when we want it, if not a little bit earlier. Patience often seems like an unattainable virtue.  We also talked of bits of wisdom we’ve found walking the path of recovery—or at least the things that sound like wisdom to us.

In honor of the joy of that meeting, I’d like to share with you a collection of quotations. While I’d prefer to write a heart-to-heart letter every single day, reader feedback shows quote letters are very meaningful for many folks, each of whom matters, just like

You matter. I matter. We matter.


Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Aristotle

Trust the process. Your time is coming. Just do the work and the results will handle themselves. –Tony Gaskins

Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy. —Saadi

Be patient. Everything is coming together.

Patience is also a form of action.

Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in your mind. –David G. Allen

Our patience will achieve more than our force. –Edmund Burke

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness, they are signs of strength.

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. –Leo Tolstoy

To lose patience is to lose the battle. –Mahatma Gandhi

The true mark of maturity is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back.

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. –Albert Einstein

The 3 C’s of Life: Choices, Chances, Changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change. –Zig Ziglar

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.–Greek Proverb

Do what is right. Not what is easy.

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.–Aristotle

Lessons in life will be repeated until they are learned.–Frank Sonnenberg

Wise men talk because they have something to say; Fools , because they have to say something–Plato

Learn how to take criticism seriously but not personally–Hillary Clinton

Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud.

Be humble, you could be wrong

Remember, you don’t need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends you can be certain of.

Encourage instead of complain

Be careful with your words. Once they are said, they can be only forgiven, not forgotten.

Try being informed instead of just opinionated.

Attract what you expect, reflect what you desire, become what you respect, mirror what you admire.

Don’t promise when you are happy. Don’t reply when you’re angry and don’t decide when you are sad.

Ignoring the signs is a good way to end up at the wrong destination.

Life becomes easier when you learn to accept apology you never got–Robert Brault

Running away from your problems is a race you’ll never win.

What you think you become. What you feel you attract. What you imagine, you create. –Buddha

Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not able to tell the difference. –Mark Twain

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