There have been millions and millions of
alcoholics stagger across the face of the earth. They've lived
and died in alcoholism. They have died, and they have carried
down in disgrace, families, friends and associates with them.
They have caused carnage in this world, and they have died hopelessly.
It's been a tragedy.
Out of all these millions of people, therefore,
why? You tell me why just a few thousand of us have this opportunity.
Why are you chosen for this? Why am I chosen for this? Why do
I get this chance? Why do you get this chance and thousands and
thousands and millions and millions of other people never had
this chance and there are probably millions around who never will
or never shall? Ask yourself this, sometime. It might put a new
value on your membership here.
These are things we ought to check ourselves
with once and awhile. I think it's a miracle that any of us are
here. 'Cause no one ever gets here until he's hopelessly lost.'
Clarence H. Snyder - Roanoke, Virginia