AA Thought for the Day
April 4, 2021
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The Dark Past
Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the very
thing which makes life seem so worth while to us now. Cling to
the thought that, in God’s hands, the dark past is the greatest
possession you have—the key to life and happiness for others.
With it you can avert death and misery for them.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Family Afterward) p. 124
Thought to Ponder
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
E S H = Experience, Strength, Hope.
A Member Shares:
Hello family, I'm Mike, an alcoholic. There are some things that I wish I had not done or done differently, like going to jail or being evicted from my apartment and loosing all my valuables that were in that apartment. But it does not eat my lunch anymore. I think that maybe those things I still remember and have not found total peace are suppose to be that way so I can help others and really feel and relate to other alcoholics. Maybe those things that I carry God wants me to for some reason, like helping others. "We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it." That is how I feel. That is in the promises in the BB between the completion of Step 9 going into Step 10. It's through the sharing of our pain that we find healing and it is by sharing of our pain that we can help others find healing for themselves. Sharing about the past is part of how we get to the solution. That's called identifying and until we can do that with another alcoholic little or nothing can be accomplished. I needed to hear the 'before' and the now so I could feel hope. Because when I walked in there was not much hope in my heart. I do agree that excessive sharing on the past is not always a good thing but when I was newer I did some of that because I did not have the solution yet. The longer I stayed sober the longer the recovery experience grew. Today it is hard to share about that past but that is a must if I am going to reach another alcoholic. Love you all.
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