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

    OCTOBER 1 Reflection for the Day

    We can be surrounded by people and still feel lonely. We can be all by ourselves and still feel happy and content. What makes the difference? We feel lonely if we look to other people for something they really can’t provide. No one else can give US peace of mind, an inner sense of acceptance, and serenity. And w…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 30 Reflection for the Day

    No matter what other people do or don’t do, for ourselves we have to remain abstinent from gambling. When our program of recovery becomes contingent on the actions or inactions of another person – especially someone with whom we’re emotionally involved – the results are invariably disastrous. We also nee…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 29 Reflection for the Day

    In our first weeks or months in Gamblers Anonymous, our shaky emotional condition sometimes affects our feelings toward old friends and family. For many of us, these relationships heal quickly in the initial stages of our recovery. For others, a time of “touchiness” seems to persist; now that we’re no longer g…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 28 Reflection for the Day

    Now that we’re free from our compulsion to gamble, and living life one day at a time, we can begin to stop making unreasonable demands upon those we love. We can show kindness where we had shown none; we can take the time and initiative to be thoughtful, considerate, and compassionate. Even with people we…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 27 Reflection for the Day

    In times past, even as adults, many of us childishly insisted that people protect, defend, and care for us. We acted as if the world owed US a living. And then, when the people we most loved became fed up, pushing us aside or perhaps abandoning us completely, we were bewildered. We couldn’t see that our…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 26 Reflection for the Day

    Is freedom from compulsive gambling all that we’re to expect from a spiritual awakening? Not at all. Freedom from our addiction is only the bare beginning; it’s only the first gift of our first awakening. Obviously, if more gifts are to come our way, our awakening has to continue. As it does continue, we find…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 25 Reflection for the Day

    At the suggestion of a long-timer in Gamblers Anonymous, I began taking “recovery inventories” periodically. The results showed me – clearly and unmistakably – that the promises of the GA Program have been true for me. I am not the sick person I was in years past; I am no longer bankrupt in all areas; I have a…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 24 Reflection for the Day

    “Everyone wants to be somebody, nobody wants to grow,” wrote Goethe. I ask myself sometimes, as we all do: Who am I? Where am I? Where am I going? What’s it all about? The learning and growing process is usually slow. But eventually our seeking always brings a finding. What seem like great mysteries often turn…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 23 Reflection for the Day

    On studying the Twelve Steps of Recovery, many of us as newcomers to Gamblers Anonymous exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.” “Don’t be discouraged,” we’re told at meeting after meeting. “No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 22 Reflection for the Day

    For a considerable period of time after I reached Gamblers Anonymous, I let things I couldn’t do keep me from doing the things I could. If I was bothered by what a speaker or other people said, I retreated, sulking, into my shell. Now, instead of being annoyed or defensive when someone strikes a raw nerve, I…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 21 Reflection for the Day

    I’ve heard it said that when God closes a door, He opens a window. Since I started working the Twelve Steps of Recovery, much of the fear and pain that haunted my life is gone. Some of my defects have been lifted from me, though I’m still wrestling with others. I believe that if I continue to work the Twe…[Read more]

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

    Im going very insane ive tried i just cant stop gamlbing for over 10 years this is so painful for my soul..

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

    SEPTEMBER 20 Reflection for the Day

    “When a man has reached a condition in which he believed that a thing must happen when he does not wish it, and that which he wishes to happen can never be, this is really the state called desperation,” wrote Schopenhauer. The very real pain of emotional difficulties is sometimes very hard to take while we’re t…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 19 Reflection for the Day

    It’s still not exactly a “piece of cake” for me to accept today’s occasional pain and anxiety with any great degree of serenity, but I’m increasingly able to be thankful for a certain amount of pain. In the Gamblers Anonymous Program, we find the willingness to do this by going over the lessons learned from…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 18 Reflection for the Day

    In every story we hear from others in Gamblers Anonymous, pain has been the price of admission into a new life. But our admission price purchased far more than we expected. It led us to a degree of humility, which we soon discovered to be a healer of pain. And, in time, we began to fear pain less, and desire…[Read more]

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

    I pray for more people to come in too Ga that’s still out there gambling! It’s hard I just received my one year chip ! On (08/ 10/ 19) THANKS TOO GAMTALK YOU ARE THE RESON THAT I WENT TOO GA , you was the one that told me to go Ga , meeting so now it’s been one year since I made a bet , And thanks to this on line Gamtalk,I it was very hard to st…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 17 Reflection for the Day

    When I see new members come into Gamblers Anonymous, I am reminded first of the pain and the unmanageable mess I found myself in, and then the hope I felt once I became willing to accept the Gamblers Anonymous Program. When I see and hear the Old Timers, some with twenty years or more in GA, I am reminded that,…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 16 Reflection for the Day

    We learn from others in Gamblers Anonymous that the best way to deal with painful situations is to meet them head on, to deal with them honestly and realistically, and to try to learn from them and use them as springboards for growth. Through the GA Program and our contact with a Higher Power, we can find the…[Read more]

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

    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]

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

    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]

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