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AUGUST 10 Reflection for the Day
We’ve been our own worst enemies most of our lives, and we’ve often injured ourselves seriously as a result of a “justified” resentment over a slight wrong. Doubtless there are many causes for resentment in the world, most of them providing “justification.” But we can never begin to settle all the world’s griev…[Read more]
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August 9th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Asking for What We Need
Decide what it is you want and need, and then go to the person you need it from and ask for it.
Sometimes, it takes hard work and much energy to get what we want and need. We have to go through the pains of identifying what we want, then struggle to believe that we deserve it.…[Read more]
AUGUST 9 Reflection for the Day
On numerous occasions, I’ve found that there’s a strong connection between my fears and my resentments. If I secretly fear that I’m inadequate, for example, I’ll tend to resent deeply anybody whose actions or words expose my imagined inadequacy. But it’s usually too painful to admit that my own fears and doubts ab…[Read more]
Thursday August 8th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Yesterday we talked about learning to say no. Today, let’s discuss another important word: Yes.
We can learn to say yes to things that feel good, to what we want – for others and ourselves.
We can learn to say yes to fun. Yes to meetings, to calling a friend, asking for help.
We can…[Read more]
AUGUST 8 Reflection for the Day
As a recovering compulsive gambler, I have to remind myself that no amount of social acceptance of resentments will take the poison out of them. In a way, the problem of resentments is very much like the gambling problem. A poker game or casino is never safe for me. I’ve attended benefits for worthy causes, often i…[Read more]
Sunday August 4th Hazelden Thought for the Day
I’ve learned that the more vulnerable I allow myself to be, the more in control of myself I really am.
Many of us feel that we can only show our strong, confident side. We believe the face we have to show to the world should always be one of politeness, perfection, c…[Read more]
AUGUST 7 Reflection for the Day
What can we do about our resentments? Experience has shown that the best thing to do is to write them down, listing people, institutions, or principles that are objects of our anger or resentment. When I write down my resentments and then ask myself why I’m resentful, I’ve discovered that in most cases my sel…[Read more]
I will be away on vacation until August 7th so have posted August 4th 5th & 6th
AUGUST 4 Reflection for the Day
One of the best ways to get out of the self-pity trap is to do some “instant bookkeeping.” For every entry of misery on the debit side of our ledger, we can surely find a blessing to mark on the credit side:…[Read more]
I’m so tired of being a compulsive gambler. I really am looking for help. Tired of working for two weeks only to gamble it away in a few hours
I am going to be away on vacation on until August 7th so will start re-posting the Thought for the Day then.
Today’s Thought isn’t from Hazelden but in my opinion very much related to starting recovery.
Ken L YBIR
A time comes in your life when you finally get it… When in the midst of all your fears and…[Read more]
August 3 Reflection for the Day
The Twelve Steps were designed specifically for people like us – as a short cut to God. The Steps are very much like strong medicine that can heal us of the sickness of despair, frustration, and self-pity. Yet we’re sometimes unwilling to use the Steps. Why? Perhaps because we have a deep-down desire for martyrdom.…[Read more]
Hi, I have a gambling problem and I don’t know what to do to get help. I keep throwing my money away in the stockmarket and I feel miserable. It was something I was always fascinated with, and something I’m actually good at on paper. 10 years ago I started an account with 30k and then picked a few stocks. I had some losses and they freaked me out…[Read more]
I don’t know what to do with myself anymore. I just want my money back but I know that will never happen.
Strongly suggest you put some guards in effective to prevent you from using your money to buy stocks,
Also find a counselor and a gamblers anonymous meeting and if the GA meeting has a pressure relief
group ask to meet with them. Wish you well and glad you are reaching out as it takes lots of courage to do so.
August 2nd Hazelden Thought for the Day
Sometimes, to get from where we are to where we are going, we have to be willing to be in between.
One of the hardest parts of recovery is the concept of letting go of what is old and familiar, but what we don’t want, and being willing to stand with our hands empty while we wait for God to…[Read more]
AUGUST 2 Reflection for the Day
When I begin to compare my life with the lives of others, I’ve begun to move toward the edge of the murky swamp of self-pity. On the other hand, if I feel that what I’m doing is right and good, I won’t be so dependent on the admiration or approval of others. Applause is well and good, but it’s not essential to my…[Read more]
Thank you for being here. I am new and I need support. I cannot do it alone. I am addicted to slot machines…I gamble every chance I get (if I have any money left). I have lost “me” and don’t recognize myself anymore. I lie to people I love, chase my losses, and feel the false thrill when I win . I then go back to win more and of cours…[Read more]
Takes lots of courage to reach out and admit you have an illness.
If I may suggest that in addition to joining Gamtalk you find a counselor and a Gamblers Anonymous group.
If you choose to do all three in your recovery you will triple your chances of staying in a healthy recovery.
If you have any questions or just need to share…[Read more]
Thank you very much. I think I will take your advice and also email you.
AUGUST 1 Reflection for the Day
Self-pity is one of the most miserable and consuming defects I know. Because of its interminable demands for attention and sympathy, my self-pity cuts off my communication with others, especially communication with my Higher Power. When I look at it that way, I realize that self-pity limits my spiritual progress.…[Read more]
July 31 Hazelden Thought for the Day
Letting Go of What We Want
For those of us who have survived by controlling and surrendering, letting go may not come easily.
In recovery, we learn that it is important to identify what we want and need. Where does this concept leave us? With a large but clearly identified package o…[Read more]
JULY 31 Reflection for the Day
One of the most serious consequences of the me-me-me syndrome is that we lose touch with practically everyone around us – not to mention reality itself. The essence of self-pity is total self-absorption, and it feeds on itself. Rather than ignore such an emotional state – or deny that we’re in it – we need to pull…[Read more]
July 30th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Since I’ve been a child, I’ve been in an antagonistic relationship with an important emotional part of myself: my feelings. I have consistently tried to ignore, repress, or force my feelings away. I have tried to create unnatural feelings or force away feelings that were…[Read more]
JULY 30 Reflection for the Day
When we first come to Gamblers Anonymous, the most common variety of self-pity begins: “Poor me! Why can’t I just gamble now and then, like everybody else? Why me?” Such bemoaning, if allowed to persist, is a surefire invitation for a long walk off a short pier – right back to the mess we were in before we came to…[Read more]
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