Talk about a realistic view of oneself. St. Francis never lost sight of his past, but that didn’t determine his future. His humility was rooted in the miracle of his transformation. And, we might say his transformation was facilitated by his humility.
His was a life marked by peeling away all that did not serve. And he served all along his way, not waiting to reach some perfect state.
For those in recovery, we know all too well where we’ve come from, which helps keep us suitably humble and teachable. We know how our past can serve as fruitful ground for our own transformation. And, we know that even on Day 1, something we say or do can be of service to others. “No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.”