• kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 hours, 8 minutes ago

    FEBRUARY 27 Reflection for the Day

    If I live just one day at a time, I won’t so quickly entertain fears of what might happen tomorrow. As long as I’m concentrating on today’s activities, there won’t be room in my mind for worrying, I’ll try to fill every minute of this day with something good – seen, heard, or accomplished. Then, when the day is…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 21 hours ago

    February 25 Reflection of the Day

    Before we came to Gamblers Anonymous, fear ruled our lives. Tyrannized by our addictions and obsessions, we feared everything and everybody. We feared ourselves and, perhaps most of all, feared fear itself. These days, when I am able to accept the help of my Higher Power, it makes me feel capable of doing…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 days, 20 hours ago

    FEBRUARY 23 Reflection for the Day

    The Twelve Steps teach us that, as faith grows, so does security. The terrifying fear of nothingness begins to subside. As we work the Program, we find that the basic antidote for fear is a spiritual awakening. We lose the fear of making decisions, for we realize that, if our choice proves wrong, we can learn…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 20 hours ago

    FEBRUARY 22 Reflection for the Day

    When I came to Gamblers Anonymous, I found people who knew exactly what I meant when I spoke finally of my fears. They had been where I had been; they understood. I’ve since learned that many of my fears have to do with projection. It’s normal, for example, to have a tiny “back burner” fear that the person…[Read more]

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

    FEBRUARY 21 Reflection for the Day

    Do I waste my time and energy wrestling with situations that aren’t actually worth a second thought? Like Don Quixote, the bemused hero of Spanish literature, do I imagine windmills as menacing giants, battling them until I am ready to drop from exhaustion? Today I’ll not allow my imagination to build small tro…[Read more]

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

    FEBRUARY 20 Reflection for the Day

    As we are restored to health and become increasingly able to live comfortably in the real world without gambling, we begin to see many things in a new light. Many of us have come to realize, for example, that anger, comes disguised in many shapes and colors: intolerance, sarcasm, distrust, anxiety, envy,…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 2 days ago

    FEBRUARY 19 Reflection for the Day

    When people say rash or ugly things, we sometimes say they are “forgetting themselves,” meaning they’re forgetting their best selves in a sudden outburst of uncontrolled fury. If I remember the kind of person I want to be, hopefully I won’t “forget myself” and yield to a fit of temper. I’ll believe that the posi…[Read more]

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

    FEBRUARY 18 Reflection for the Day
    We learn in Gamblers Anonymous that we cannot punish anyone without punishing ourselves. The release of my tensions, even justified, in a punishing way leaves behind the dregs of bitterness and pain. This was the monotonous story of my life before I came to Gamblers Anonymous. So in my new life, I’d do well to…[Read more]

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

    FEBRUARY 17 Reflection for the Day

    If I become angry today, I’ll pause and think before I say anything, remembering that my anger can turn back upon me and worsen my difficulties. I’ll try to remember, too, that well-timed silence can give me command of a stressful situation as angry reproaches never can. In such moments of stress, I’ll remem…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 5 days ago

    FEBRUARY 16 Reflection for the Day

    What about “justifiable anger”? If somebody cheats us or acts towards us in an outrageous manner, don’t we have the right to be furious? The hard-learned experiences of countless others in the Gamblers Anonymous Program tell us that adventures in rage are usually extremely dangerous. So, while we must recog…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 6 days ago

    FEBRUARY 15 Reflection for the Day

    When I become angry, can I admit to it and state it as a fact without allowing it to build up and burst out in inappropriate ways? Pent-up anger, I’ve finally begun to learn, quickly shatters the peace of mind that’s so critical to my ongoing recovery. When I become enraged and lose control, I unwittingly han…[Read more]

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

    FEBRUARY 14 Reflection for the Day

    Writing down the things I am grateful for helps me switch from a negative to a positive attitude. Today I will take the time to list the positive aspects of my new life and the blessings that accompany the miracles of my recovery. I am grateful for such seemingly simple things: the ability to fall asleep with…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    FEBRUARY 13 Reflection for the Day

    We sometimes hear someone say, “He is standing in his own light.” A mental picture then clearly reveals that many of us tend to shadow our own happiness by mistaken thinking. Let us learn to stand aside so the light can shine on us and all we do. For only then can we see ourselves and our circumstances with tru…[Read more]

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

    FEBRUARY 12 Reflection for the Day

    I am grateful for my friends in the Gamblers Anonymous Program. Right now I am aware of the blessings of friendship – the blessings of meeting, of sharing, of smiling, of listening, and of being available when needed. Right now I know that if I want a friend, I must be a friend.

    Will I vow, this day, to be a b…[Read more]

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

    February 11 Reflection of the Day

    I can always take strength and comfort from knowing I belong to a world wide Fellowship. Thousands just like me are working together for the same purpose. None of us needs ever to be alone again, because each of us in own way works for the good of others. We are bound together by a common problem that can be…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    February 10 Reflection of the Day

    IBM founder T. J. Watson said, “Success is on the far side of failure.” For most compulsive gamblers, nothing could be truer. Without failure upon failure, we would never be capable of seeing that losing the bet was not the cause of problems in our life; it was making the bet in the first place. Only after we rea…[Read more]

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

    FEBRUARY 9 Reflection for the Day

    The slogan “Live and Let Live” can be extremely helpful when we are having trouble tolerating other people’s behaviour. We know for certain that nobody’s behaviour – no matter how offensive, distasteful, or vicious – is worth the price of a relapse. Our own recovery is primary, and while we must be unafraid of…[Read more]

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

    FEBRUARY 9 Reflection for the Day

    The slogan “Live and Let Live” can be extremely helpful when we are having trouble tolerating other people’s behaviour. We know for certain that nobody’s behaviour – no matter how offensive, distasteful, or vicious – is worth the price of a relapse. Our own recovery is primary, and while we must be unafraid of…[Read more]

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

    FEBRUARY 8 Reflection for the Day

    When we first stopped gambling, it was an enormous relief to find that the people we met in the Gamblers Anonymous Program seemed quite different than those apparently hostile masses we know as “they.” We were met, not with criticism and suspicion, but with understanding and concern. However, we still enc…[Read more]

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

    FEBRUARY 7 Reflection for the Day

    Honesty is a word I had to be reacquainted with. Before coming to Gamblers Anonymous, I bounced lies and half-truths around so often in my head that I believed they were all true. Today I strive for rigorous honesty – with myself and with others. Above all, I must always remain honest with myself about where t…[Read more]

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