From the novel "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave:
"... I ask you right here to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because, take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived."
If you survive alcoholism, you probably have some scars to show for it: Scarred spirits, scarred families, scarred minds... scarred brains and lives, livers and lovers.
And our scars are beautiful -- not just because they are a testament to our survival, but because they are a testament to our healing as well.
But they are not only beautiful -- they are powerful.
We share those scars so that others can heal also. That is the distilled essence of the 12 Step experience: One helping another like them. That is the medicine which transforms shame into esteem and leads people from isolation to fellowship.
If you're not there yet, take heart. Keep coming back and you will be.
And if you are, then you know this truth, and have felt its power. Remember to let the help in as much as you offer it -- share your beautiful scars, and let others share theirs with you, too.