Our theme is inspired by a reading on page 124 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous from the chapter, The Family Afterward.
“Henry Ford once made a wise remark to the effect that experience is the thing of supreme value in life. That is true only if one is willing to turn the past to good account. We grow by our willingness to face and rectify errors and convert them into assets. The alcoholic’s past thus becomes the principal asset of the family and frequently it is almost the only one!
This painful past may be of infinite value to other families still struggling with their problem. We think each family which has been relieved owes something to those who have not, and when the occasion requires, each member of it should be only too willing to bring former mistakes, no matter how grievous, out of their hiding places. Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the very thing which makes life seem so worthwhile to us now. Cling to the thought that, in God’s hands, the dark past is the greatest possession that you have – the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them. “
“Through these efforts we are well set on the road we so desperately chose for ourselves and every one we are associated with when we first walked through the open doors of Alcoholics Anonymous. They might not have chosen to walk with us, but knowing that we’ve made an effort can only enhance our personal well-being allowing us to hold that precious key as well.”