@anneactive 4 months, 2 weeks ago
June 19th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
When a man looks at his life and at the lives of others, it is clear that pain is part of life. We cannot escape this tragic truth; our growth and our wholeness must include it because our recovery stresses h…[Read more]
JUNE 19 Reflection for the Day
The Gamblers Anonymous Program teaches us that only one consideration should qualify our desire to completely disclose the damage we’ve done. And that’s where a full revelation would seriously harm the one to whom we’re making amends – or, just as important, others close to that person. We can hardly unload a d…[Read more]
I am new. Just joined. Looking for a starting point to stop my gambling habits.
Glad you are here jboy
Suggest you find a counselor to work with and also find a GA meeting near.
And make daily visits to the chat room here and even if no one is around
share your thoughts and feelings and your day went.
And if you are interested I send out a couple of daily recovery
focused messages to start the day off. If you want to try…[Read more]
June 18th Hazelden Thought of the Day
Part of recovery means learning to share ourselves with other people. We learn to admit our mistakes and expose our imperfections – not so that others can fix us, rescue us, or feel sorry for us, but so we can love and accept ourselves. This sharing is a catalyst in healing and…[Read more]
JUNE 18 Reflection for the Day
I believe today that I have a right to make spiritual progress. I have a right to be emotionally mature. I have a right to take pleasure in my own company, and that makes me more pleasant to be with. I also have a right to become willing – deeply willing, entirely willing – to make amends to all those I’ve harmed.…[Read more]
June 17th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Wisdom never kicks at the iron walls it can’t bring down.
God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change. Many times – yesterday, last week, today, and even tomorrow – we’ll come face-to-face with a seemingly intolerable situation. The compulsion to change the s…[Read more]
June 17 Reflection for the Day
Readiness to take the full consequences of our past acts,and to take responsibility for the well-being of others at the same time,is the very spirit of Step Nine.A casual apology,on the one hand,will rarely suffice in making amends to one we have harmed;a true change of attitude,in contrast,can do wonders to make up…[Read more]
Did you ever feel robotic while gambling? I think that feeling is surely ‘addiction’.
June 16th Hazelden Thought for the Day
It’s not hard. When I’m not hittin’, I don’t hit nobody. But when I’m hittin’, I hit anybody!
It seems like some days everything goes our way. Everything falls together in a way that makes life easier for us. Other days are just the opposite; on a bad day we seem to be all thumbs. In our s…[Read more]
June 16 Reflection for the Day
The Ninth Step of the Gamblers Anonymous Program is:”Made direct amends to such people wherever possible,except when to do so would injure them or others.”To make restitution for the wrongs we’ve done can be extremely difficult,to say the least;if nothing else,it deflates our egos and batters our pride.Yet that in…[Read more]
If you or I feel badly emotionally and go to drown sorrows in a gambling exp. It only gets worse. If you or I feel optimal or are celebrating and we engage in gambling to stay on that high we fall down miserably left with nothing to celebrate. If you or I are compulsive gamblers, this is how it always will pan out.
June 15th Hazelden Thought for the Day
A father is a thousand schoolmasters.
We carry our fathers within us in ways we may not notice. When we do notice this in our thoughts and actions, we can use this relationship as a source of strength. When we hear a critical mental message saying we didn’t perform well enough, is it a f…[Read more]
June 15 Reflection for the Day
Learning how to live in peace and partnership – with all men and women – is a fascinating and often very moving adventure. But each of us in Gamblers Anonymous has found that we’re not able to make much headway in our new adventure of living until we first take the time to make an accurate and unsparing survey of…[Read more]
June 14th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Fear not that life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.
–J. H. Newman
Our fears lock us up if we let them. They can prevent us from tasting adventure, from experiencing new wonders. We are often terrified of unknowns and fret about what might happen if we try…[Read more]
June 14 Reflection for the Day
Somewhere along the line, as we become more involved in the Gamblers Anonymous Program, we reach a sharp awareness of the growth-value of honesty and candour. When this happens, one of the first things we’re able to admit is that our past behavior has been far from sane or even reasonable. As soon as we can make…[Read more]
June 13th Hazelden Thought of the Day
Everyday . . . life confronts us with new problems to be solved which force us to adjust our old programs accordingly.
—Dr. Ann Faraday
Facing the day straight on is occasionally difficult to do. There are those days we feel like crawling under the covers and staying there, certain that we can’t handle w…[Read more]
June 13 Reflection for the Day
I don’t believe that the Gamblers Anonymous Program and the Twelve Steps work because I read it in a book, or because I hear other people say so. I believe it because I see other people recovering and because I know that I, too, am recovering. No longer do I believe that I am “helpless and hopeless.” When I see the…[Read more]
June 12th Hazelden Thought for the Day
The more a diamond is cut, the more it sparkles.
There is something of value to be found even in the worst of things. Consider the oyster. When a grain of sand penetrates an oyster’s shell, it irritates the oyster, making it uncomfortable. The oyster relieves the pain by coating the sand w…[Read more]
JUNE 12 Reflection for the Day
Many of us have had difficulty ridding ourselves of the ravages of guilt. During the early days in the Gamblers Anonymous Program, I either misunderstood certain of the Steps, or tried to apply them too quickly and too eagerly. The result was that I increased my feelings of guilt and worthlessness, rather than…[Read more]
June 11th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.
—A. J. Cronin
There is always something to worry about. What if it rains tomorrow on the family picnic? What if the baby gets sick and we can’t go? What if we can’t find a shady spot for our lunch table? Will the water be too c…[Read more]
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