July 18th Hazelden Thought for the Day
The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
Sometimes we have good ideas about how to make things better. We might know we need to spend more quality time with others. We might know it would be better if mealtime was not so hectic and really became a time for sharing the day’s e…[Read more]
JULY 18 Reflection for the Day
Very few of us know what we really want, and none of us knows what is best for us. That knowledge is in the hands of God. This is a fact I must ultimately accept, in spite of my rebelliousness and stubborn resistance. From this day forward, I’ll limit my prayers to requests for guidance, an open mind to receive it,…[Read more]
July 17th Hazelden Thought for the Day
I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.
How foreign the thought is to many men that we might make progress by loafing. Yet we probably have experienced it. We have felt more in tune with ourselves after taking a break. After an especially r…[Read more]
JULY 17 Reflection for the Day
For my own good, I’ll go to meetings and participate in discussions with an open mind that’s ready to receive and accept new ideas. For my own peace of mind and comfort, I’ll determinedly try to apply those new ideas to my own life. I’ll remember that the Gamblers Anonymous Program offers me the instruction and…[Read more]
I used to choose things for myself that matched and multiplied my misery. Misery loves company. Now I’m trying to choose things that will alleviate that misery by bringing some hope. It’s not instant but I believe that new choices are worth the work it takes to make the shift.
July 16th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.
There is a song that says joy is like the rain. It comes across our windowpane and then goes away again. When joy comes knocking at our window we can reach out and let it in. Joy comes to us in many ways – through deep l…[Read more]
JULY 16 Reflection for the Day
Long experience has proved that the Gamblers Anonymous Program and Twelve Steps will work for any person who approaches them with an open mind. We have to remember that we can’t expect miracles overnight; after all, it took years to create the situation in which we find ourselves today. I’ll try to be less hasty in…[Read more]
Prayers of gratitude are the most divine.
July 15th Hazelden Thought for the Day
I was thirty five years old the first time I spoke up to my mother and refused to buy into her games and manipulation.
I was terribly frightened and almost couldn’t believe I was doing this. I found I didn’t have to be mean. I didn’t have to start an argument. But I could say what I wanted and needed to…[Read more]
July 15 Reflection for the Day
Faced with almost certain destruction by our addiction to gambling, we eventually had no choice but to become open-minded on spiritual matters. In that sense, the multitude of ways we used to bet and wager were potent persuaders; they finally whipped us into a state of reasonableness. We came to learn that when…[Read more]
Hello all. was recommended to this sight and am trying to find my way around in it. After years of gambling, on again /off again I find that I can not stop on my own. I was active in G.A. and had about 7 years of clean time. Moved to Texas from California in 2010 and thought I could stay gamble free on my own……. OK, fast forward to 2015. Texas…[Read more]
With the onset of a sound clear choice comes something greater than hope.
July 14th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.
It’s thought that Abe Lincoln once said, “We’re as happy as we make up our minds to be.” In other words, we decide to be happy. Bad weather, lost toys, broken plans, even angry friends don’t have to ruin our own h…[Read more]
July 14 Reflection for the Day
Conditioned as we are by our old ideas and old ways of living, it’s understandable that we tend to resist certain suggestions made to us when we first come to the Gamblers Anonymous Program. If that’s the case, there’s no need to reject such suggestions permanently ; it’s better, we’ve found, just temporarily to…[Read more]
Instant gratification, as it relates to addiction. Is it really a feeling of gratification when your brain chemistry realigns to the that of an addict so that you don’t suffer withdrawal?
Thank you kenl and everyone else who has consistently posted on here. I just joined the community, but have been inspired and given new hope simply by reading all the different posts. I have been a part of other communities and forums, and I’m active on social media like Faecbook, and I know that sometimes it may seem like no one is reading or…[Read more]
July 13th Hazelden Thought for the Day
When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.
There are times when it’s hard to make a decision. When we go to the fair, for instance, we may want to do more things than we have time for, so we don’t know what plans to make. Waiting to decide until we see w…[Read more]
JULY 13 Reflection for the Day
These days I go to meetings to listen for the similarities between me and others in Gamblers Anonymous – not the differences. And when I look for the similarities, it’s amazing how many I find, particularly in the area of feelings. Today I go to meetings thinking that I’m here not because of anyone else’s…[Read more]
July 12th Hazelden Thought for the Day
… those interested in perpetuating present conditions are always in tears about the marvelous past that is about to disappear, without having so much as a smile for the young future.
—Simone de Beauvoir
Hanging on to any moment, once it’s gone, deadens us to the joys and lessons of the present. We m…[Read more]
JULY 12 Reflection for the Day
In many respects, the Fellowship of Gamblers Anonymous is like a reasonably happy cruise ship or, in time of trouble, like a convoy. But in the long run, each of us must chart his or her own course through life. When the seas are smooth, we may become careless. By neglecting Step Ten, we may get out of the habit…[Read more]
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