• Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 16 hours, 15 minutes ago

    MAY 31 Reflection for the Day

    Giving love is a fulfillment in itself. It must not matter whether love is returned or not. If I give love only to get a response on my terms, my love is canceled out by my motives. If I have the capacity to give love, then any return I get for it is a special bonus. It is through giving love, freely and without…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 17 hours ago

    MAY 30 Reflection for the Day

    Since I’ve been in Gamblers Anonymous, I’ve learned to redefine love. I’ve come to understand, for example, that sometimes it’s necessary to place love ahead of indiscriminate “factual honesty.” No longer, under the guise of “perfect honesty,” can I cruelly and unnecessarily hurt others. Today, I must always ask…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 16 hours ago

    MAY 29 Reflection for the Day

    When we first reached Gamblers Anonymous and for the first time in our lives stood among people who seemed to understand, the sense of belonging was exhilarating. We felt that the problem of isolation had been solved. We soon discovered however, that while we weren’t alone anymore in a social sense, we still suffered…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 days, 17 hours ago

    MAY 28 Reflection for the Day
    We’ve all had times when we felt alienated, when it seemed we had nowhere to turn and no one to turn to. When we don’t know which way to turn, when there seems to be no one to help us, even then we’re not alone or without help; the presence of God is always with us. When we need strength or courage or comfort, God is…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 days, 10 hours ago

    MAY 27 Reflection for the Day

    When I have only myself to talk to, the conversation gets sort of one-sided. Trying to talk myself out of a “small wager” or “just one hand” is like trying self-hypnosis. It simply doesn’t work; most of the time, it’s about as effective as trying to talk myself out of a case of flu. When my heart is heavy and my…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 16 hours ago

    MAY 26 Reflection for the Day
    I know today that I no longer have to proceed on my own. I’ve learned that it’s safer, more sensible, and surer to move forward with friends who are going in the same direction as I. None of us need feel shame at using help, since we all help each other. It’s no more a sign of weakness to use help in recovering from…[Read more]

  • sarah22 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 3 hours ago

    Not sure if my boyfriend is a problem gambler. Is it normal for them to disappear for a few days? Also mood swings?

    • Sarah, I am not an expert, but are there other signs he gambles? Scratchers, receipts, tokens? He may be up to something else.

      • Yes! He has a bookie, he owns a racing horse, he also is horse betting 24/7. All vacations are based on Las Vegas or horse tracks. When he is loosing or broke he is very moody.

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 10 hours ago

    MAY 25 Reflection for the Day

    When we’re new in Gamblers Anonymous, we’re novices at reaching out for friendship – or even accepting it when it’s offered. Sometimes we’re not quite sure how to do it or, indeed, whether it will actually work. Gradually, however, we become restored; we become teachable. We learn, for example, as Moliere wrote, “The…[Read more]

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

    MAY 23 Reflection for the Day
    When newcomers to Gamblers Anonymous experience the first startling feeling that they’re truly among friends, they also wonder – with almost a sense of terror – if the feeling is real. Will it last? Those of us who’ve been in the Program a few years can assure any newcomer at a meeting that it is very real indeed, and…[Read more]

  • blossom75 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 2 days ago

    This site needs to monitor who is in here more closely. I keep seeing in appropriate ads, fake messages and have already been private email by someone pretending to be a compulsive gambler trying to get personal info from me. Watch what you post and say about yourself. I don’t feel safe in here and will be reporting this to someone

    • I got a email from someone to tonight wich is very odd,Not to many people wanna talk with me.
      But i did respond to it,Hopefully the person is sincere in their intentions.

    • I also got a private email few hours ago from someone claiming they saw my profile and want to be friends, please be careful and dont reply to any of these emails as they usually are scammers or trying to sell something, and yes i agree this site needs to be monitored carefully

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

    MAY 22 Reflection for the Day
    When I first listened to people in Gamblers Anonymous talking freely and honestly about themselves, I was stunned. Their stories of their own gambling escapades, of their own secret fears, and of their own gnawing loneliness were literally mind-blowing for me. I discovered – and hardly dared believe it at first – that…[Read more]

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

    MAY 21 Reflection for the Day

    “The language of friendship is not words, but meanings,”wrote Thoreau. Life indeed takes on new meanings, as well as new meaning in the Gamblers Anonymous Program. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a Fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends – this is…[Read more]

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

    May 20 Reflection for the Day

    Compulsive gambling is a lonely disease;although it may have seemed that we were part of the lights-and-action crowd,we were often tortured by loneliness.Even before the end of our gambling days – before the debts and the guilt showed us how unmanageable our lives had become – nearly all of us felt that we didn’t…[Read more]

  • blossom75 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 4 days ago

    I have been gambling since 1998. I have tried stopping too many times to count and have attended G.A. Meetings off and on for over 7 years. Including this sight, so not my first rodeo. Would love a community that understands.

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

    May 19 Reflection for the Day

    “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us,”wrote Oliver Wendell Holmes.I was never able to look at what was within me until I came to Gamblers Anonymous and I heard my story told.Then I no longer had my “uniqueness” to hide behind.What was more,the person seemed a…[Read more]

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

    MAY 18 Reflection for the Day

    I considered myself a “loner” in the days when I was gambling. Although I was often with other people – saw them, heard them, touched them – most of my important dialogues were with my inner self. I was certain that nobody else would ever understand. Considering my former opinion of myself, it’s likely that I didn’t…[Read more]

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

    MAY 17 Reflection for the Day

    If we felt guilty, degraded, or ashamed of either our addiction itself or the things we did while “in action,” that served to magnify our feelings of being outcasts. On occasion, we secretly feared or actually believed that we deserved every painful feeling; we thought, at times, that we truly were outsiders. The…[Read more]

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

    MAY 16 Reflection for the Day

    Many of us in the Gamblers Anonymous Program share the memory that we originally gambled to “belong,” to “be a big shot,” or to “be a part of the crowd.” Others of us fueled our addictions in order to “get in” – to feel, at least for a short time, that we fitted in with the rest of the human race. Sometimes, our…[Read more]

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

    May 15 Reflection for the Day

    Looking back at those last desperate days before I came to Gamblers Anonymous, I remember more than anything the feelings of loneliness and isolation. Even when I was surrounded by people, including my own family, the sense of “aloneness” was overwhelming. Even when I tried to act sociable and wore the mask of…[Read more]

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