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

    SEPTEMBER 7 Reflection for the Day
    “If you’re not all right the way you are,” it’s been said, “it takes a lot of effort to get better. Realize you’re all right the way you are, and you’ll get better naturally.” Realize you’re all right the way you are, and you’ll get better naturally.” Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation so difficult…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 6 Reflection for the Day
    As practicing compulsive gamblers, we were all too familiar with depression, that pile-up of dark feelings that seemed to close over our heads at regular intervals. Even now, when I am not making progress at the rate I expect I should be, when I expect a total turnaround in my spiritual self overnight, those…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    SEPTEMBER 5 Reflection for the Day
    We’re often told that compulsive gamblers are perfectionists, impatient about any shortcomings-especially our own. We tend to set impossible goals for ourselves, struggling fiercely to reach our unattainable ideals. Then of course-since no person could possible meet the extremely high standards we demand of o…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 4 Reflection for the Day

    Though I have prayed at various times in my life, I realized after several months in Gamblers Anonymous that I’d never really prayed properly. I’d always tried to make deals with God, much like a foxhole atheist; I’d always pleaded, “Grant me my wishes,” instead of “Thy will-not mine-be done.” The result was t…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 3 Reflection for the Day

    Sometimes, even when friends in and outside of the Gamblers Anonymous Program tell us how well we’re doing, we know deep down that we’re really not doing well enough. We still have trouble handling life and facing reality on reality’s terms. We suspect, at those times, that there must be a serious flaw in our s…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    SEPTEMBER 2 Reflection for the Day

    When I wake up, I’ll think quietly about the twenty-four hours ahead. I’ll ask God to direct my thinking, especially asking that it be free from self-pity and from dishonest or self-seeking motives. If I have to determine which of several courses to take, I’ll ask God for inspiration, for an intuitive thoug…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    AUGUST 31 Reflection for the Day

    From time to time, I begin to think I know what God’s will is for other people. I say to myself, “This person ought to be cured of his illness,” or “That one ought to be freed from the abuse she’s going through,” and I begin to pray for those specific things. My heart is in the right place when I pray in such…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 weeks ago

    AUGUST 30 Reflection for the Day

    I’ll begin today with prayer – prayer in my heart, prayer in my mind, and words of prayer on my lips. Through prayer, I’ll stay tuned to God today, reaching forward to become that to which I aspire. Prayer will redirect my mind, helping me rise in consciousness to the point where I realize that there’s no…[Read more]

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

    AUGUST 29 Reflection for the Day

    Prayer can have many rewards. One of the greatest rewards is the sense of belonging it brings me. No longer do I live as a stranger in a strange land, alien in a completely hostile world. No longer am I lost, frightened, and purposeless. I belong. We find, in Gamblers Anonymous, that the moment we catch a glimpse…[Read more]

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

    AUGUST 28 Reflection for the Day

    “Prayer does not change God,” wrote Soren Keirkgaard,”but it changes him who prays.” Those of us in the Gamblers Anonymous Program who’ve learned to make regular use of prayer would no more do without it than we’d turn down sunshine, fresh air, or food – and for the same reason. Just as the body can wither and…[Read more]

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

    AUGUST 27 Reflection for the Day

    Taking a long hard look at those defects I’m unwilling or reluctant to give up, I ought to rub out the rigid lines I’ve drawn. Perhaps, in some cases, I’ll then be able to say, “Well, this one I can’t give up yet…. The one thing I shouldn’t say: ” This one I’ll never give up.” The minute we say, ” No, never,”…[Read more]

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

    August 26 Reflection for the Day

    What causes compulsive gambling? Did we gamble because of some inner flaw or shortcoming of life situation? Gamblers Anonymous: A New Beginning says: “We don’t know and … we cannot afford to care. Those who come to us need help immediately…. The benefits of introspection and speculation are paltry when…[Read more]

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

    AUGUST 24 Reflection for the Day

    Some of us, after we’ve taken the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and then the Seventh Step, sit back and simply wait for our Higher Power to remove our shortcomings. The Gamblers Anonymous Program reminds us of the story of St. Francis working in a beautiful garden. A passerby said, “You must have prayed very hard to g…[Read more]

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

    AUGUST 23 Reflection for the Day

    I heard someone in the Gamblers Anonymous Program once read, “Burn the idea into the consciousness of every man that he can get well, regardless of anyone. The only condition is that he trust in God and clean house.” That is what Step Seven means to me – that I’m going to clean house and will have all the help I…[Read more]

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

    AUGUST 22 Reflection for the Day

    So often, in the past, we prayed for things, a windfall, or a streak of luck. I’ve learned in Gamblers Anonymous that real prayer begins – not ends – in asking God to change me. In fact, that’s exactly what the Seventh Step suggests: humbly asked God (of our understanding) to remove our shortcomings. We ask God…[Read more]

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

    AUGUST 21 Reflection for the Day

    After we take an inventory, determining and admitting the exact nature of our wrongs, we become “entirely ready,” as the Sixth Step suggests, “to have these defects of character removed.” Sure, it’s easy to feel like that and be “entirely ready” on a morning-after a gambling fiasco, but we know in such desperate m…[Read more]

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

    AUGUST 20 Reflection for the Day

    All of the Twelve Steps ask us to go contrary to our natural inclinations and desires; they puncture, squeeze, and finally deflate our egos. When it comes to ego deflation, few Steps are harder to take than the Fifth, which suggests that we “admit to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our…[Read more]

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

    AUGUST 19 Reflection for the Day

    “How does the Gamblers Anonymous Program work?” newcomers sometimes ask. The two answers I most often hear are “very well” and “slowly.” I’m appreciative of both answers, facetious as they may first sound, because my self-analyzing tends to be faulty. Sometimes I’ve failed to share my defects with the right peo…[Read more]

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

    AUGUST 18 Reflection for the Day

    As compulsive gamblers, self-delusion was intricately woven through almost all of what we thought and did. We became experts at convincing ourselves, when necessary, that black was white, that wrong was right, or even that day was night. Now that we’re in the Gamblers Anonymous Program, our need for s…[Read more]

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

    AUGUST 17 Reflection for the Day

    The Fourth Step suggests we make a searching and fearless moral and financial inventory – not an immoral inventory of ourselves. The Steps are guidelines to recovery, not whipping posts for self-flagellation. Taking my inventory doesn’t mean concentrating on my shortcomings until all the good is hidden from view.…[Read more]

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