• kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 48 minutes ago

    NOVEMBER 20 Reflection for the Day

    I’ve come to measure success in a whole new way. My success today isn’t limited by social or economic benchmarks. Success is mine today, no matter what the undertaking, when I tap the power of God within me and allow myself to be an open channel for the expression of His good. The spirit of success works thr…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 1 hour ago

    NOVEMBER 19 Reflection for the Day

    I no longer argue with people who believe that satisfaction of our natural desires is the primary purpose of life. It’s not our business in Gamblers Anonymous to knock material achievement. When we stop and think about it, no group of people ever made a worse mess of trying to live by that “la dolce vita” formu…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 3 hours ago

    NOVEMBER 18 Reflection for the Day

    “Nothing is enough to the man for whom enough is too little,” wrote the Greek philosopher Epicurus. Now that we’re free from gambling, and are building our self-respect and winning back the esteem of family and friends, we have to avoid becoming smug about our new-found success. For most of us success has alway…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 13 hours ago

    NOVEMBER 17 Reflection for the Day

    Many of us recovering compulsive gamblers stubbornly cling to false ideas and positions simply because we fear we’d be left defenseless if we admitted having been wrong. The thought of “backing down” still seems distasteful to some of us. But we come to learn that our self-esteem soars when we’re able to push pr…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 days, 2 hours ago

    NOVEMBER 16 Reflection for the Day

    We sometimes hear humility defined as the state of being “teachable.” In that sense, most of us in the Gamblers Anonymous Fellowship who are able to stay free of gambling have acquired at least a smattering of humility, or we never would have learned to stay away from that first bet. Humility, I have come to kno…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 1 hour ago

    NOVEMBER 15 Reflection for the Day

    As a newcomer to Gamblers Anonymous, I was told that my admission of my powerlessness over gambling was my first step toward freedom from its deadly grip; I soon came to realize the truth of that fact. In that regard, surrender was a dire necessity. But for me that was only a small beginning toward acquiring…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days ago

    NOVEMBER 14 Reflection for the Day

    First search for a little humility, my sponsor urged me. If you don’t, he said, you’re greatly increasing the risk of going out there again. After a while, in spite of my lifelong rebelliousness, I took his advice; I began to try to practice humility, simply because I believed it was the right thing to do. I…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week ago

    November 13 Reflection for the Day

    All progress can be boiled down and measured by just two words: humility and responsibility. It’s said that our entire spiritual development can be precisely measured by our degree of adherence to those standards. Only by abandoning my self-centeredness and maintaining contact with a Higher Power can I achieve…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 2 days ago

    NOVEMBER 11 Reflection for the Day

    What, exactly, is humility? Does it mean that we are to be submissive, accepting everything that comes our way, no matter how humiliating? Does it mean surrender to ugliness and a destructive way of life? On the contrary. The basic ingredient of all humility is simply a desire to seek and do God’s will.

    Am I c…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 3 days ago

    NOVEMBER 10 Reflection for the Day

    When I first came to Gamblers Anonymous, I thought humility was just another word for weakness. But gradually I learned that there’s nothing incompatible between humility and intellect, just as long as I place humility first. As soon as I began to do that, I was told, I would receive the gift of faith – a fai…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 4 days ago

    NOVEMBER 9 Reflection for the Day

    As time passes, daily communion with God is becoming as essential to me as breathing in and out. I don’t need a special place to pray, because God always hears my call. I don’t need special words with which to pray, because God already knows my thoughts and my needs. I have only to turn my attention to God, awa…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 5 days ago

    NOVEMBER 8 Reflection for the Day

    My conscious contact with God depends entirely on me and on my desire for it. God’s power is available for me to use at all times; whether I decide to use it or not is my choice. It has been said that “God is present in all His creatures, but all are not equally aware of His presence.” I’ll try to remind myself…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 6 days ago

    NOVEMBER 7 Reflection for the Day

    There are those in the Gamblers Anonymous Program who, at the beginning, shun meditation and prayer as they would avoid a pit filled with rattlesnakes. When they do finally take the first tentative and experimental step, however, and unexpected things begin to take place, they begin to feel different. Invariably,…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 6 days ago

    NOVEMBER 6 Reflection for the Day

    There are no boundaries to meditation. It has neither width, depth, nor height, which means that it can always be further developed without limitation of any sort. Meditation is an individual matter; few of us meditate in the same way, and in that sense, it is truly a personal adventure. For all of us who…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    NOVEMBER 4 Reflection of the Day

    In the words of Teilhard de Chardin, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Even though we acknowledge in theory that we are spiritual beings, most compulsive gamblers had to experience some sort of spiritual awakening before we were willing to…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    NOVEMBER 3 Reflection for the Day

    The Gamblers Anonymous Red Book says: “The word spiritual can be said to describe those characteristics of the human mind that represent the highest and finest qualities, such as kindness, generosity, honesty, and humility. Inasmuch as the Gamblers Anonymous Fellowship advocates consideration of these p…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    NOVEMBER 2 Reflection for the Day

    The more self-searching we do, the more we realize how often we react negatively because our “pride has been hurt.” Pride is at the root of most of my personal problems. When my pride is “hurt,” for example, I almost invariably experience resentment and anger – sometimes to the point where I’m unable to talk or…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    OCTOBER 31 Reflection for the Day

    The mystery of ego: painful when inflated and painful to deflate, often keeping me from wholeheartedly working the Gamblers Anonymous Program. Even armed with the truth, I too often fall back on the old, familiar ideas that led me to the edge of despair. It takes such work to shrink the ego, and sometimes it…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks ago

    OCTOBER 30 Reflection for the Day

    When I’m motivated by pride – by bondage of self – I become partly or even wholly blind to my liabilities and shortcomings. At that point, the last thing I need is comfort. Instead I need an understanding friend in the Gamblers Anonymous Program – a friend who’ll unhesitatingly chop a hole through the wall my ego…[Read more]

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