We’re told that we should forget the past when we come into AA. Since we can’t change it, we should not waste time and energy reliving it.
Let’s be careful, however, not to take this advice too literally. There was much in our past that was good, even when we were drinking. We have a right and a need to treasure these important things.
The real dangers of living in the past come either from brooding about its mistakes or from thinking that our best days are already behind us. We can think of the past as a foundation for the good we expect today and in all the days ahead.
I’ll preserve the best in my memories of the past, knowing that these helped bring me to my present state of recovery.
© 1996 by Hazelden Foundation
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