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Jan. 4, 2016 – The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Monday, Jan. 4, 2016

Pride in ancestry has kept many alcoholics from the humbleness that is a prime requisite of success in our program. The deeper one is in his cups, the greater in his remorse for his condition – not because of his descent to the level of the animal, but because of his betrayal of his noble family traditions.

Ancestry is good only when it inspires living up to its traditions. When it becomes a throne built on other men’s accomplishments, it is nothing.

We alcoholics should be reminded of Voltaire’s words when he said: “He who serves well has no need of ancestors.”

Let us think less of our ancestors and more about what kind of ancestors we will make.

Hazelden Foundation

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