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

    March 22 Reflection for the Day
    Once in a great while, I find myself thinking perhaps things weren’t quite so bad as they seemed to be. At such moments, I force myself to realize that my illness is talking to me, trying to tempt me into denying that I am, in fact, afflicted with an illness. One of the key action steps of the Gamblers Anonymous P…[Read more]

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

    March 21 Reflection for the Day

    The Gamblers Anonymous Program teaches us that we have an incurable illness. We always get worse, never better. But we’re fortunate in that our incurable illness can be arrested, one day at a time, as long as we don’t place that first bet. High-toned academic research and ivory-tower studies to the contrary, we kno…[Read more]

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

    March 20 Reflection for the Day

    The longer I’m in Gamblers Anonymous, the more important becomes the slogan “First Things First.” I used to believe that my family came first, that my home life came first, that my job came first. But I know today, in the depths of my heart, that if I can’t stay clean, I’ll have nothing. “First Things First,” to…[Read more]

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

    MARCH 19 Reflection for the Day

    Placing one last bet will never again be for me simply killing a few minutes and leaving a nickel for the bookmaker. In exchange for the first bet, what I’d plunk down now would be my bank account, my family, our home, our car, my job, my sanity and probably my life. It’s too big a price, and too big a ris…[Read more]

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

    MARCH 18 Reflection for the Day

    In the old days, we often had such devastating experiences that we fervently swore, “Never again.” We were absolutely sincere in those moments of desperation. Yet, despite our intentions, the outcome was inevitably the same. Eventually, the memory of our suffering faded, as did the memory of our “pledge.” So we d…[Read more]

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

    MARCH 17 Reflection for the Day

    “Lead us not into temptation,” we pray, for we know with certainty that temptation lurks around the corner. Temptation is cunning, baffling, powerful – and patient; we never know when it will catch us with our guard down. Temptation could come in the siren song of a four-color advertisement or a radio comme…[Read more]

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

    MARCH 16 Reflection for the Day

    Gamblers Anonymous teaches us that we are emotionally and mentally different from our fellows. We are reminded that the great obsession of every compulsive gambler is to prove that somehow, someday, we will be able to control our gambling. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing, and many pursue it to the…[Read more]

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

    MARCH 15 Reflection for the Day

    There have been days during my recovery when just about everything seemed bleak and even hopeless. I allowed myself to become depressed and angry. I see now that it doesn’t matter what I think, and it doesn’t matter how I feel. It’s what I do that counts. So when I become anxious or upset, I try to stay in recov…[Read more]

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

    Hi, sunflower

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

    MARCH 14 Reflection for the Day

    One thing that keeps me on the right track today is a feeling of loyalty to other members of Gamblers Anonymous, no matter where they may be. We depend on each other. I know, for example, that I’d be letting them down if I ever gambled. When I came to GA, I found a group of people who were not only helping each o…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    MARCH 13 Reflection for the Day

    All my life, I looked to others for comfort, security, and all the other things that add up to what I now call serenity. But I’ve come to realize that I was always looking in the wrong place. The source of serenity is not outside, but within myself. The kingdom is within me, and I already have the key. All I have t…[Read more]

    • MARCH 12 Reflection for the Day
      If we examine every disturbance we have, great or small, we’ll find at the root of it some unhealthy dependency and its consequent unhealthy demand. So let us, with God’s help, continually surrender these crippling liabilities. Then we can be set free to live and love. We may then be able to Twelfth Step our…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    March 11 Reflection for the Day

    Since I came to Gamblers Anonymous, I’ve begun to recognize my previous inability to form a true partnership with another person. It seems that my egomania created two disastrous pitfalls. Either I insisted upon dominating the people I knew, or I depended on them far too much. My friends in the Program have t…[Read more]

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

    March 11 Reflection for the Day

    Since I came to Gamblers Anonymous, I’ve begun to recognize my previous inability to form a true partnership with another person. It seems that my egomania created two disastrous pitfalls. Either I insisted upon dominating the people I knew, or I depended on them far too much. My friends in the Program have t…[Read more]

  • ready posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 weeks ago

    i need help. I am exhausted in every way, tired and in financial trouble.

    • Hi Ready
      17 years ago I was in the same situation as you.
      When I crashed I called GA and found some counseling.
      With the support and network of recovering friends in
      Gamblers Anonymous I am a few ODAAT away from not
      gambling for 18 years. Hope you will find a meeting.
      Also if you are interested I send out a couple of recovery
      focused messages…[Read more]

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

    MARCH 9 Reflection for the Day

    We learn in Gamblers Anonymous that, as we grow spiritually, we find that our old attitudes towards our instinctual drives need to undergo drastic revisions. Our demands for emotional security and wealth, for personal prestige and power, all have to be tempered and redirected. We learn that the full satisfaction of…[Read more]

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

    MARCH 8 Reflection for the Day

    Merely changing my behavior, and what I say and do, doesn’t prove there’s been a change in my actual inner attitude. I’m deceiving myself if I believe I can somehow completely disguise my true feelings. They’ll somehow come through, prolonging the difficulties in my relationships with others. I have to avoid half-me…[Read more]

  • listeninglaura posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 month ago

    Been awhile since I have checked in…Shame on me…Nothing should interfere with me staying gamble free…as a result…I gambled when feeling defeated by all my hard work…It was a quick slide…back on doing what I know works…Being human is alot of work….lol

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

    MARCH 6 Reflection for the Day
    There is no advantage, no profit, and certainly no growth when I deceive myself merely to escape the consequences of my own mistakes. When I realize this, I know I’ll be making progress. “We must be true inside, true to ourselves, before we can know a truth that is outside us,” wrote Thomas Merton in No Man Is an Is…[Read more]

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

    MARCH 3 Reflection for the Day
    I’ve begun to understand myself better since I’ve come to Gamblers Anonymous. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that opinions aren’t facts. Just because I feel that a thing is so doesn’t necessarily make it so. “Men are not worried by things,” wrote the Greek philosopher Epictetus, “but by their ideas…[Read more]

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

    MARCH 2 Reflection for the Day

    Why don’t I spend part of today thinking about my assets, rather than my liabilities? Why not think about victories, instead of defeats – about the ways in which I am gentle and kind? It’s always been my tendency to fall into a sort of cynical self-hypnosis, putting derogatory labels on practically everything I’ve…[Read more]

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