• Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 hours, 54 minutes ago

    JANUARY 15 Reflection for the Day

    I must never forget who and what I am and where I come from. I have to remember the nature of my illness and what it was like before I came to Gamblers Anonymous. I’ll try to keep the memory green, yet not spend time dwelling morbidly on the past. I won’t be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe tha…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 15 hours, 24 minutes ago

    January 14 Reflection for the Day

    I admitted that I couldn’t win the gambling battle on my own. So I finally begun to accept the critically important fact that dependence on a Higher Power could help me achieve what had always seemed impossible. I stopped running. I stopped fighting. For the first time, I began accepting. And for the first t…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted a new activity comment 1 day, 17 hours ago

    Welcome Mitten
    Glad you have joined the site.
    Hope to meet you at one of our chat room meetings
    Monday and Friday Nights at 10 pm est.
    Take care.
    Ken L YBIR

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 7 hours ago

    January 13 Reflection for the Day

    The Gamblers Anonymous Program and my friends in the Fellowship have provided me with a whole new set of tools for living. If I use all of these tools regularly and well, they’ll also help rid me of such negative feelings as guilt, anxiety, rebellion, and pride.

    When I’m feeling depressed, do I use the tools tha…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 days, 17 hours ago

    JANUARY 12 Reflection for the Day

    When I sit quietly and compare my life today with the way it used to be, the difference is almost beyond belief. But things aren’t always rosy; some days are a lot better than others. I tend to accept the bad days more easily on an intellectual level than I do emotionally, or at gut-level. There are no pat a…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 7 hours ago

    JANUARY 10 Reflection for the Day
    Since I came to Gamblers Anonymous, I’ve become increasingly aware of the Serenity Prayer. I see it on literature covers, the walls of meeting rooms, and in the homes of newfound friends. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 14 hours ago

    JANUARY 9 Reflection for the Day

    In the past, and sometimes even now, I automatically have said, “Why me?” when I’m trying to learn that my first problem is to accept my present circumstances as they are, myself as I am, and the people around me as they are. Just as I finally accepted my powerlessness over gambling, so must I accept my power…[Read more]

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

    January 8 Reflection for the Day

    Today is the day for which I asked and for which I have been given strength. That in itself is a miracle. The fact that I am alive is the great miracle from which all other miracles will flow, providing I continue to do the things that have brought me this far in my new life.

    Am I grateful that I have been given…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 7 Reflection for the Day
    I’m beginning to see just how unnatural my old life actually was, and that it became increasingly so as my illness progressed. The longer I’m in the Gamblers Anonymous Program, the more comfortable this new way of life seems. At first, it was impossible for me to extend my hand to a newcomer; such an act was who…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 6 Reflection for the Day

    Gamblers Anonymous, wrote Dr. Robert L. Custer in the foreword to the Gamblers Anonymous Blue Book, is a Program of the Twelve Steps “that provides a framework of hope, structure, and friendship” for those who have chosen the road to a “successful adaptation to a life without gambling.” He adds, “This road can…[Read more]

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

    Good Morning
    I just wanted to ask folks when posting here that they do not post AMOUNTS of WINS and LOSTS as this could trigger others.
    If I come across such posts I will delete them.
    Thank you for your understanding.
    Ken L Gamtalk Moderator

    • I agree Ken L and I think I mentioned this a week or so ago. There are many here in all stages of recovery or those trying to get recovery or still may struggle with gambling and “War Stories” can cause triggers… Cat

    • Thank you, Ken. I agree. I will definitely be more careful to in my posts.

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

    JANUARY 5 Reflection for the Day
    “Today is my lucky day.” How often in the past we said that, when it was an empty prophesy. Today, those words are real; I am being given a second chance. In my gambling days, I sacrificed every “today” for a dream of some distant tomorrow. Of all that I lost, I grieve most for all those “today’s.” – I cannot brin…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 4 Reflection for the Day
    For a good part of my life, I saw things mostly in negative terms. Everything was serious, heavy, or just plain awful. Perhaps now I can truly change my attitude, searching out the winners in the Gamblers Anonymous Program who have learned how to live comfortably in the real world – without gambling.

    If things g…[Read more]

    • Love this Ken. You make a couple of good points in this reflection that caught my eye. “Learn how to LIVE comfortable in the real world,” as I tell those who I mentor and through advocacy that recovery is only a portion of living life. Live life to the fullest while you manage your recovery. The other thing? “I am a WINNER!” I write a monthly…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 3 Reflection for the Day
    My gambling compulsion is three-fold in that it affects me physically, mentally and spiritually. As a compulsive gambler, I was totally out of touch, not only with myself, but with reality. Day after miserable day, like a caged animal on a treadmill I repeated my self-destructive pattern of living.

    Have I begun to…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 2 Reflection for the Day

    Before I came to the Gamblers Anonymous Program, I hadn’t the faintest idea of what it was to “Live in the Now.” I often became obsessed with things that happened yesterday, last week, or even five years ago. Worse yet, many of my waking hours were spent clearing away the “wreckage of the future.” “To me,” Walt W…[Read more]

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

    Wishing you all a Happy Healthy and Covidless 2021
    God Bless
    Ken L YBIR

    JANUARY 1 Reflection for the Day

    In the old days, I saw everything in terms of forever. Endless hours were spent rehashing old mistakes. I tried to take comfort in the forlorn hope that tomorrow “would be different.” As a result, I lived a fantasy life in which hap…[Read more]

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

    December 30 Reflection of the Day
    My life before coming to Gamblers Anonymous was not unlike the lives of so many of us who were cruelly buffeted and tormented by the power of our addiction. For years, I had been sick and tired. When I became sick and tired of being sick and tired, I finally surrendered and came to the Gamblers Anonymous Program.…[Read more]

    • Amen, Prayers do work for me and I thank god every day for the strength.

      • I wanted to re-share this as it seems we have many new people coming in for a visit…And I hope you don’t mind me doing so, Ken L “-) Cat

        ” I don’t want anyone to get upset, but I have noticed that some people seem to be sharing what we long-timers call “War Stories”… I for one feel a little unnerved about it. When we share our ups and downs a…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    Hi Dawson
    If you are free tonight at 10 pm est there is a moderated session with an gambling outreach counselor in the chat room to the right.
    Just sign into the site and click on join chat.
    Ken L YBIR

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

    DECEMBER 29 Reflection for the Day

    The success of the Gamblers Anonymous Program, I’ve been taught, lies in large measure in the readiness and willingness of its members to go to any lengths to help others tyrannized by their gambling addiction. If my readiness and willingness cools, then I stand in danger of losing all that I’ve gained. I must…[Read more]

    • Such a wonderful post. Ken L, you have been a life line to me. Such a tremendous help. I am learning to take one day at a time (ODAAT) and converse with my higher power who I choose God daily. I rely on His power, His strength, and His mercy to help me. I absolutely know I cannot do this alone. I am so grateful for gamtalk and…[Read more]

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

    DECEMBER 28 Reflection for the Day
    The Gamblers Anonymous Program, for me, is not only a safe place and a philosophy, but a highway to freedom. The highway leads me toward my spiritual goal of becoming the person I want to be as the result of these Steps. Sometimes the highway doesn’t get me to the goal as quickly as I might wish, but I try to r…[Read more]

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