SEPTEMBER 15 Reflection for the Day
No one welcomes pain with open arms, but it does have its uses. Just as physical pain serves as a warning that we may be suffering a bodily illness, so can emotional pain be a useful sign that something is wrong – as well as a warning that we need to make a change. When we can meet pain without panic, we can…[Read more]
SEPTEMBER 13 Reflection for the Day
We hear often in our Gamblers Anonymous meetings that pain is the touchstone of spiritual progress. We eventually realize that, just as the pains of compulsive gambling had to come before our abstinence, emotional turmoil comes before serenity. We no longer commiserate with all people who suffer, but only with…[Read more]
SEPTEMBER 12 Reflection for the Day
“At certain moments,” wrote Coleridge, “a single almost insignificant sorrow may, by association, bring together all the little relics of pain and discomfort, bodily and mental, that we have endured even from infancy.” The Gamblers Anonymous Program doesn’t teach us to pretend that hardships and sorrow are…[Read more]
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SEPTEMBER 11 Reflection for the Day
One thing, more than anything else, that can relieve my occasional feeling of depression is love. I have to keep myself “lovable” in the sense of being able to love others, rather than being concerned with whether others love me. In somehow losing myself in others, emotionally or spiritually, I usually find…[Read more]
SEPTEMBER 10 Reflection for the Day
Years ago, Dr. Alfred Adler prescribed this remedy for depression to a patient: “You can be healed if every day you begin the first thing in the morning to consider how you can bring a real joy to someone else. If you can stick to this for two weeks, you will no longer need therapy.” Adler’s…[Read more]
SEPTEMBER 9 Reflection for the Day
The longer I’m in the Gamblers Anonymous Program and the longer I try to practice its principles in all my affairs, the less frequently I become morose and depressed. Perhaps, too, there’s something to that cynical old saying,”Blessed is he that expecteth nothing, for he shall not be disappointed, but instead…[Read more]
Gambling is way to not deal with life or be responsible. The addiction sucks you in a numbs reality. If your reality is good it takes away from the joy. If your reality is poor it makes you believe that there is an escape. Some people can’t stop and I wanted to share some helpful techniques. Set a 10 minute timer on your phone make…[Read more]
SEPTEMBER 8 Reflection for the Day
We are told that no situation is hopeless. At first, of course, we find this hard to believe. The opposites – hope and despair – are human emotional attitudes. It is we who are hopeless, not the condition of our lives. When we give up hope and become depressed, it’s because we’re unable, for now, to believe in…[Read more]
September 7th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Powerless over Others
Stop making excuses for other people.
Stop making excuses for ourselves.
While it is our goal to develop compassion and achieve forgiveness, acceptance, and love, it is also our goal to accept reality and hold people accountable for their behavior. We can also hold ourselves…[Read more]
SEPTEMBER 7 Reflection for the Day
“If you’re not all right the way you are,” it’s been said, “it takes a lot of effort to get better. Realize you’re all right the way you are, and you’ll get better naturally.” Realize you’re all right the way you are, and you’ll get better naturally.” Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation so difficult…[Read more]
September 6th Hazelden Thought for the Day
I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.
The first good news each day is that we wake up. We are breathing. Our hearts are beating, our minds working. The adventure of living begins. What does the day hold in store? We have no way of knowing what surprises lie in w…[Read more]
SEPTEMBER 6 Reflection for the Day
As practicing compulsive gamblers, we were all too familiar with depression, that pile-up of dark feelings that seemed to close over our heads at regular intervals. Even now, when I am not making progress at the rate I expect I should be, when I expect a total turnaround in my spiritual self overnight, those…[Read more]
September 5th Hazelden Thought for the Day
He brought me out into an open place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
We know in this program that our recovery was not an accident. We may be mystified by it or surprised to be feeling better. Some of us call it a miracle. We have worked hard in our recovery. We have s…[Read more]
SEPTEMBER 5 Reflection for the Day
We’re often told that compulsive gamblers are perfectionists, impatient about any shortcomings-especially our own. We tend to set impossible goals for ourselves, struggling fiercely to reach our unattainable ideals. Then of course-since no person could possible meet the extremely high standards we demand of o…[Read more]
September 4th Hazelden Thought for the Day
For all the sadness of closure, there is a new and joyful unfolding in the process of becoming.
We must let go of people, places, memories, and move on to new experiences. The doors of the past must be closed before we can enter those that are opening to us today. However, no experience i…[Read more]
SEPTEMBER 4 Reflection for the Day
Though I have prayed at various times in my life, I realized after several months in Gamblers Anonymous that I’d never really prayed properly. I’d always tried to make deals with God, much like a foxhole atheist; I’d always pleaded, “Grant me my wishes,” instead of “Thy will-not mine-be done.” The resul…[Read more]
SEPTEMBER 3 Reflection for the Day
Sometimes, even when friends in and outside of the Gamblers Anonymous Program tell us how well we’re doing, we know deep down that we’re really not doing well enough. We still have trouble handling life and facing reality on reality’s terms. We suspect, at those times, that there must be a serious flaw in our s…[Read more]
September 2nd Hazelden Thought for the Day
A lot of what passes for depression these days is nothing more than a body saying that it needs work.
Exercise changes our thought patterns in beneficial ways. Often we may feel irritable or blue and see nothing we can do about the situation. Then we are amazed at what simply going f…[Read more]
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