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

    January 27 Reflection for the Day

    I can attain real dignity, importance, and individuality only by a dependence on a Power that is great and good, beyond anything I can imagine or understand. I will try my utmost to call on this Power in making all my decisions. Even though my human mind cannot forecast what the outcome will be, I will try to be…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 13 hours ago

    JANUARY 26 Reflection for the Day

    Personal freedom is mine for the taking. No matter how close the ties of love and concern that bind me to my family and friends, I must always remember that I am an individual, free to be myself and live my own life in serenity and joy. The key word in this realization is personal. For I can free myself from many…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 24 Reflection for the Day

    Among the many gifts that we are offered in the Gamblers Anonymous Program is the gift of freedom. Paradoxically, however, the gift of freedom is not without a price tag; freedom can be achieved only by paying the price called acceptance. Similarly, if we can surrender to God’s guidance, it will cost us our s…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 2 hours ago

    JANUARY 23 Reflection for the Day

    We must never be blinded by the futile philosophy that we are just the hapless victims of our inheritance, of our life experience, and of our surroundings – that these are the sole forces that make our decisions for us. This is not the road to freedom. We have to believe that we can really choose. As addictive p…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 22 Reflection for the Day
    In a very real sense, we are imprisoned by our inability or unwillingness to reach out for help to a Power greater than ourselves. But, in time, we pray to be relieved of the bondage of self, so that we can better do God’s will. In the words of Ramakrishna, “The sun and moon are not mirrored in cloudy waters, thu…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 21 Reflection for the Day

    Every person is a part of the Divine economy. We are all children of God, and it is unlikely that He intends to favor one over another. So it is necessary for all of us to accept whatever positive gifts we receive with a deep humility. We need always to bear in mind that our negative attitudes were first…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 20 Reflection for the Day

    I understand that, when I allow myself to dwell on the problem, the problem will worsen. But when I dwell on the solution, the situation will improve. My problems with money today have much less significance when I focus on my recovery and continued abstinence rather than spending my time wishing I had no debts.…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 19 Reflection for the Day
    It was far easier for me to accept my powerlessness over gambling than it was for me to accept the notion that some sort of Higher Power could accomplish what I had been unable to accomplish myself. Simply by seeking help and accepting the fellowship of others similarly afflicted, the craving left me. And I…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 18 Reflection for the Day

    If we are determined to stop gambling, there must be no reservations whatsoever, nor any lurking notion that our obsession will someday reverse itself. Our regeneration comes through the splendid paradox of the Twelve Steps: strength arises from complete defeat, and the loss of one’s old life is a condition for f…[Read more]

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

    Thanks … I should have mentioned I am getting counseling and will be starting “Intensive Outpatient” treatment for both the gambling and co-occurring disorders at the end of the month so that’s a positive. I swear my own head gets me into so much trouble, then manages to remind me how old I am, how much I’ve lost…. I am going to work on…[Read more]

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

    The good news: I signed on with a new Payee to manage my money / provide barriers. Bad news: As I’ve done before, I went into a panic and gambled my last paycheck AND also gambled a $500 draw I took out on my next one. So I’m deeper in the whole. The thought of someone taking control of my finances triggers me. As if I could control my…[Read more]

    • That’s unfortunate. Sometimes our gambling mind makes us do stuff like that. As you may have guessed, suicide is not really a good idea as it just makes more stress for your loved ones and they get to carry on without you. That raises more questions as to the future.

    • I suggest that you speak to your local public health and they can refer you to counseling. Also get to a Gamblers Anonymous meeting.

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

    JANUARY 17 Reflection for the Day

    I have been told over and over that I must constantly work to give up my old ideas. “That’s easy for you to say,” I’ve sometimes thought. All my life, I have been programmed, computer-style; specific inputs brought forth predictable responses. My mind still tends to react as a computer reacts, but I am learnin…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 16 Reflection for the Day

    When we first came to Gamblers Anonymous, whether for ourselves or under pressure from others, some of us were all but sickened by the concept of “surrender.” To admit defeat flew in the face of our lifelong beliefs. Some of us thought of the immortal rallying cries of Churchill at Dunkirk, or of FDR fol…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 15 Reflection for the Day

    I must never forget who and what I am and where I come from. I have to remember the nature of my illness and what it was like before I came to Gamblers Anonymous. I’ll try to keep the memory green, yet not spend time dwelling morbidly on the past. I won’t be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe tha…[Read more]

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

    January 14 Reflection for the Day

    I admitted that I couldn’t win the gambling battle on my own. So I finally begun to accept the critically important fact that dependence on a Higher Power could help me achieve what had always seemed impossible. I stopped running. I stopped fighting. For the first time, I began accepting. And for the first t…[Read more]

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

    January 13 Reflection for the Day

    The Gamblers Anonymous Program and my friends in the Fellowship have provided me with a whole new set of tools for living. If I use all of these tools regularly and well, they’ll also help rid me of such negative feelings as guilt, anxiety, rebellion, and pride.

    When I’m feeling depressed, do I use the tools tha…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 12 Reflection for the Day

    When I sit quietly and compare my life today with the way it used to be, the difference is almost beyond belief. But things aren’t always rosy; some days are a lot better than others. I tend to accept the bad days more easily on an intellectual level than I do emotionally, or at gut-level. There are no pat a…[Read more]

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

    January 11 Reflection for the Day

    The experiences of thousands upon thousands of people have proved that acceptance and faith are capable of producing freedom from gambling. When we apply the same principles of acceptance and faith to our emotional problems, however, we discover that only relative results are possible. Obviously, for example,…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 10 Reflection for the Day

    Since I came to Gamblers Anonymous, I’ve become increasingly aware of the Serenity Prayer. I see it on literature covers, the walls of meeting rooms, and in the homes of newfound friends. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to kno…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    JANUARY 9 Reflection for the Day

    In the past, and sometimes even now, I automatically have said, “Why me?” when I’m trying to learn that my first problem is to accept my present circumstances as they are, myself as I am, and the people around me as they are. Just as I finally accepted my powerlessness over gambling, so must I accept my power…[Read more]

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