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Sorry, I know this isn’t a book, but I didn’t know where else to put it (and didn’t want to start a new thread just for this). Tessa / Cheryl / Fiendish – please move or delete if needs be.

A few people have commented on my signature (the text below each of my posts) and wanted to share this with everyone.

The following are lyrics to one of my favourite songs ever. It’s called Invincible by a band called Muse. I first heard it a couple of years ago when my life was at an all time low, and I felt I was completely alone. Yet on hearing the words I broke down in tears and realised this was not the case – it felt like I had the whole world on my side.
Whenever I’m feeling a little drawn or depressed I think of these words.

So here we are people, this is my life signature! I hope it puts a smile on your face like it does on mine :D (Chorus is in bold)

“Follow through
Make your dreams come true
Don't give up the fight
You will be alright
‘Cause there's no one like you in the universe

Don't be afraid
What your mind consumes
You should make a stand
Stand up for what you believe
And tonight
We can truly say
Together we're invincible

During the struggle
They will pull us down
But please, please
Let’s use this chance
To turn things around
And tonight
We can truly say
Together we're invincible


Do it on your own
It makes no difference to me
What you leave behind
What you choose to be
And whatever they say
Your souls unbreakable”
Together we're invincible

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Fiendish, what a great idea!

I loved 'Kite Flyer" and the Authors next book.

James I though those words were really lovely. I think the written word is the best.

I have never thought of ready comedy but I love Peter Kay so am def' going to try that one.

My general preferance is for fiction with a factual base (hence I love kite flyer). What does everyone else go for?
I read ' arabian princess' recently and it was so riviting I took it to work to pass on to a collegue, it is still doing the rounds and have not got it back. So eye opening , a must for every women west and east (banned in Saudi ).

Happy reading

Julie :D
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Thank you very much fiendish. It sounds fun.

I have decided to post one - positive quote per day. I love the book.

What is success?
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the apprecaiation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch
Or a redeemed social condition.
To know that one life breathed easier because yuo have lived;
This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo emerson 1803 – 1882 – American essayist, poet and philosopher.
:)
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Hi everyone,

Yes I agree a book thread is a great idea. It really helps with staying off the booze cause I can't read when drinking (or if I do I can't remember what I read the next day so have to start again!!). I love reading crime novels. At the moment I am reading a book called Dead Simple by Peter James. Its really exciting and I can never put his books down once started. He had also written Not Dead Enough and Looking Good Dead which are brilliant too.

You have to have a clear head when reading a book to take it all in and to set the sceen in your head so they are a great way to help with shutting out the evil AF!!!

Thanks everyone,

Emma x x
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HI james and what a beautiful verse i envy folk who can put feelings into words like that and hello Fiendish i have read alot of Terry Pratchet , I love learning about different cultures and beliefs through reading , i also like historical facts and i do love to loose myself in stories about life in the 40, 50, 60,and the seventies bring back teen memories , I will look and see what books i have that some may enjoy.
take care Farrel

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Hi all,

Im loving this thread, so many good reads to try. just finished one book, not great so not going to recommend , am now staring ' A girl could stand up' by Leslie Marshall, about a girls survival of a dysfunctional family.

ok Another from my little book of inspirational quotes:. (it was a great xmas pressy)

What is right for one soul may not be right
for another. It may mean having to stand on your
own and do something strange in the eyes of others.
But do not be daunted. Do whatever it is because
you know within it is right for you.

Eileen Caddy - Co founder of the findhorn foundation Scotland.

Im keeping a notebook of recommended books here and am going to work through them. Definately good for keepingEAF away.

Julie
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forgot to say,

James,

I look at the lyrics to the song you put down at least every other day. Lovely.

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This is for Icarus,and any others interested:
FOOTPRINTS

One night a man had a dream,
He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord,
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene,he noticed two sets of footprints
in the sand;one belonging to him,and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life
there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest
and saddest times of his life.

This really bothered him,and he questioned the Lord about it
"Lord,you said that once I decided to follow you,
you'd walk with me all the way,
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times
of my life,there is only one set of footprints.
I dont understand why,when I
needed you most,you would leave me"

The Lord replied "My precious precious child,I love you,
and would never leave you.
During your trials and times of suffering,
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you"...

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I know that one Cheryl and every time I read it I get goose bumps - beautiful.

I want to put this here - Its about the time in-between and relates to us giving up alcohol. (dont know who wrote it).

Sometimes, to get from where we are to where we are going, we have to be willing to be in-between.

One of the hardest parts of recovery is the concerpt of letting go of what is old and familiar, but what we don't want, and being willing to stand with our hands empty while we wait for God to fill them.

This may apply to feelings. We may have been fulll of hurt and anger. In some ways, these feeling may have become comfortably familiar. When we finally face and relinquish our grief, we feel empty for a time. We are in between pain and the joy of serenity and acceptance.

Being in-between can apply to relationships. To prepare ourselves for the new, we need to first let go of the old. This can be frightening. We may feel empty and lost for a time. We may feel alone, wondering what is wrong with us for letting go of the proverbial bird in the hand, when there is nothing in the bush.

Being in-between can apply to many areas of life and recovery. We can be in between jobs, careers, homes, or goals. We can be in between behaviours as we let go of the old and are not certain what we will replace it with. This can apply to behaviours that have protected and served us well all our life, such as caretaking and controlling.

We may have many feelings going on when we're in-between: spurts of grief about what we have let go of or lost, and feelings of anxiety, fear, and apprehension about what's ahead. These are normal feeling for the in-between place. Accept them. Feel them. Release them.

Being in-between isn't fun, but it's necessary. It will not last forever. It may feel like we're standing still, but we're not. We're standing at the in-between place. It's how we get from here to there. It's not the destination.

We are moving forward, even when we're in-between.

Today, I will accept where I am as the ideal place for me. If I am in- between, I will strive for the faith that this place is not without purpose, that it is moving me toward something good.

anon. (i saw it last week and asked for a copy tonight because i thought it so poigniont).

j
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That is so true....
Sometimes we lose sight of the things in life that mean so much to us,but accepting we are indeed in between is the key to recovery....
It applies to everything we do and think....

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Lots of down people today so this:.

I think these difficult times
have helped me to understand better than before
how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way
and that so many things one goes around worrying about
are of no importance whatsoever.

(isak dinesen Danish writer)

Problems are a major part of life,
Dont whinge about why you always have problems....
Get on with the solving.
Take it from someone who has been there-
the solving gets easier as you go along.

Sara Henderson - Outback station manager and writer.

Keep positive everyone we are all on a journey to a new and wonderful life......
Julie
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Hi all
I am a bit weird when it comes to poems and things....i find beauty in things that would typically be considered sad, so here is something i find beautiful, but sad at the same time. Its my favourite poem of all time, and i keep it in my purse. Its sad maybe, but i find it also has another meaning.

Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?
That is the land of lost content,
I see it, shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again....

Tessa xx
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Hi Tessa

I am a newbie, I posted this the other night in a different part of the site
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Hi All

I am new just going through the post and can't believe how supportive everyone is, saw your post James and can relate, I wrote this poem when I woke up at three in the morning on Sunday which describes how I feel right now, I haven't stopped yet but plan to 'go through it' tomorrow and I am sure from what I have read there is real support and help to be had here. Good luck to all! Any hows here's my poem, maybe I can write a happier one once I get sober.

Falling

Fast asleep, but I'm awake
Mind feels gone, body broken

Can't seem to control this frenzy in my mind
This is it! The very last time

All around me, holding me up
"I can only fail" and then, even worse thoughts erupt

You see I have a dream, it's to be normal

But unfortunately I'm me

Still

Falling

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Hi all,
This was particularly meaningful for me (being an instant gratification kinda girl!), so I just wanted to share it.
Tash x

Patience
Patience is a virtue and a power too.
Patience tells us that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and that we get over there one step at a time.
Patience teaches us not to rush.
Knowing that there is a reason and a season for everything it enables us to smile at the challenges, realizing that there is an answer to every problem.
And, even though we cannot see it, yet there is awareness that within every crisis lies an opportunity.
Believe in the power of believing. Say "I believe", and believe it. Believe in something, anything, that gives you the courage and strength to continue when it would be so easy to give up. Believe me when I tell you 'you deserve to be happy'.

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natasha <:)>

i loved that. thank you.
julie
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Camel prayer:

The camel each day goes twice to his knees
He picks up his load with the greatest of ease
He walks through the day with his head held high
And stays for the day completely dry.


We are each of us angels with only one wing and we can only fly by embracing one another.


Everyone Matters - Making a Difference - One Life At a Time.

A little boy walked carefully along a crowded beach,
Where starfish by the hundreds lay there within his reach,
They washed up with each wave, far as the eye could see,
And each would surely die if they were not set free.
So one by one he rescued them, then heard a stranger call,
"It won't make a difference...you cannot save them all."
But as he tossed another back toward the ocean's setting sun,
He said with deep compassion, "I made a difference to that one!"

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skm - you've given me goosebumps!
I love the starfish one, and the one winged angels........ :)
Thank you for sharing those!
Tash x
Believe in the power of believing. Say "I believe", and believe it. Believe in something, anything, that gives you the courage and strength to continue when it would be so easy to give up. Believe me when I tell you 'you deserve to be happy'.

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Hi everyone.

Just wanted to really recommend the Allen Carr book on giving up alcohol; I'm finding it really helpful. I've just reached the chapter on choosing whether to cut down or stop and it seems pretty obvious that stopping is the only sensible thing to do. He tackles the issue of "I can't have fun without alcohol" and "it's so depressing to think I can never have another drink" really well. Maybe see if you can get hold of a copy?

Best wishes,
Angel's Mummy xx

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Ive ordered it and looking forward to a good read :)
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angel's mummy wrote:Hi everyone.

Just wanted to really recommend the Allen Carr book on giving up alcohol
I wondered why an openly gay, camp <ahem> "comedian" had written a self - help guide to alcohol. Now after reading Mike's post tonight I've only just realised it's by Allen Carr and not Alan Carr :roll:
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