• kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks, 1 day 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 3 weeks, 3 days 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 3 weeks, 5 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 3 weeks, 5 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 month 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 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month, 1 week 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 1 month, 1 week 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]

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

    OCTOBER 29 Reflection for the Day

    Virtually all of us suffered the defect of pride when we sought help through the Program, the Twelve Steps, and the Fellowship of recovering compulsive gamblers who truly understood what we felt and where we had been. We learned about our shortcomings – and of pride in particular – and began to replace…[Read more]

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

    OCTOBER 28 Reflection for the Day

    I never cease to be amazed at how appropriate the topic at meetings I attend seems to be in relation to my life at that particular time. We can only become students in the presence of a teacher – and when a student becomes ready, a teacher will appear. We can only learn if we are being taught, and we can only…[Read more]

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

    OCTOBER 27 Reflection for the Day

    The Gamblers Anonymous Program’s Fourth Step suggests that we make a fearless moral and financial inventory of ourselves. For many of us, especially newcomers, the task seems impossible. Each time we take pencil in hand and try to look inward, Pride says scoffingly, “You don’t have to bother to look.” And Fear…[Read more]

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

    OCTOBER 26 Reflection for the Day

    From time to time when I see the slogan “There, but for the Grace of God Go I,” I remember how I used to mouth those words when I saw others whose gambling addiction had brought them to what I considered a “hopeless and helpless” state. The slogan had long been a cop-out for me, reinforcing my denial of my own…[Read more]

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

    OCTOBER 26 Reflection for the Day

    From time to time when I see the slogan “There, but for the Grace of God Go I,” I remember how I used to mouth those words when I saw others whose gambling addiction had brought them to what I considered a “hopeless and helpless” state. The slogan had long been a cop-out for me, reinforcing my denial of my own…[Read more]

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