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]
July 11th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Always think of what you have to do as easy and it will become so.
How we think about the activities before us is very important. If we think cleaning the garage is hard, dirty, and no chance for fun, that’s just how it will feel. We’ll be tired before we even begin. However, if we a…[Read more]
Someone asked me to share this….
“Blues Thoughts for the evening”
Her short dark hair has a glint of blue as the setting sun strikes it. She stands in the fading light trying to decide what to do, where to go, what to feel…. the girl has proven herself in this world time and time again as a surviver. Overcomming obsticals and challenges most…[Read more]
JULY 11 Reflection for the Day
Someone once defined the ego as “the sum total of false ideas about myself.” Persistent reworking of the Twelve Steps enables me gradually to strip away my false ideas about myself. This permits nearly imperceptible but steady growth in my understanding of the truth about myself. And this, in turn, leads to a…[Read more]
July 10th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.
—Karl A. Menninger
Two of the problems common to men in this program are fear and lack of trust. Many of us have unconsciously enlarged our fears and returned to them again and again. Do we dwell excessively on fears? Are we too fearful a…[Read more]
JULY 10 Reflection for the Day
The Gamblers Anonymous Program is a road, not a resting place. Before we came to this Program – and, for some of us, many times afterward – most of us looked for answers to our living problems in religion, philosophy, psychology, in theories of self-control and personal growth. Often these explorations of ours aimed…[Read more]
July 9th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Of course, fortune has its part in human affairs, but conduct is really much more important.
It’s not infrequent that we are faced with a dilemma; what is the best action to take in a certain situation? We can be guided, rightly, in every situation if we but turn inward and let our c…[Read more]
JULY 9 Reflection for the Day
Samuel Johnson wrote: “…he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything other than his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove.” Today I understand that I am not the evil person I once thought I was, only that I…[Read more]
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