Ain't no saint without a past, ain't no sinner without a future. - Saint Augustine

Don't give up hope - even if you have done worse things than you can imagine. It doesn't matter where you've been. It's where you are going that counts. You have potential for greatness. James had spent years in prison for drug trafficking. There he began his recovery from his addiction. When released he continued to go to AA meetings and worked a great daily program. Whenever I treated an addicted patient who had been imprisoned, I would ask James to talk to the patient. Because he had also been incarcerated, James was better able than I was to help former convicts find a new way of life.  


Today, I will remember not to give up faith in attaining greatness. I will measure greatness not by what I get, but by what I give. By hitting bottom, I can reach the top in helping others. I will not be afraid or ashamed. I will not be depressed. I will not be hopeless no matter how low I may have fallen. I will look to this day with hope and faith!