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

    June 29 Reflection for the Day
    Once we surrendered and came to the Gamblers Anonymous Program, many of us wondered what we would do with all that time on our hands. All the hours we’d previously spent planning, hiding, alibiing, losing our shirts, borrowing, juggling accounts – and all the rest – threatened to turn into empty chunks of time that…[Read more]

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

    June 28 Reflection for the Day
    Almost daily, I hear of seemingly mysterious coincidences in the lives of my friends in Gamblers Anonymous. From time to time, I’ve experienced such “coincidences” myself: showing up at the right place at the right time; phoning a friend who, unbeknownst to me, desperately needed that particular phone call at that…[Read more]

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

    June 27 Reflection for the Day
    Little by little, I’m getting over my tendency to procrastinate. I always used to put things off till tomorrow, and, of course, they never got done. Instead of “Do it now,” my motto was “Tomorrow’s another day.” When I was in action, I had grandiose plans; when I came down from my high, I was too busy getting over my…[Read more]

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

    June 26 Reflection for the Day

    How many of us would presume to announce, “Well, I’m on my way to licking the gambling habit. What more can I want, or do? I’m fine just the way I am.” Experience has taught us that the price of such smug complacency – or, more politely, self-satisfaction – is an inevitable backslide, punctuated sooner or later…[Read more]

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

    JUNE 25 Reflection for the Day

    If ever I come to the complacent conclusion that I don’t need the Gamblers Anonymous Program any longer, let me quickly remind myself that it can do far more than carry me through the anguish of living in the bondage of addiction. Let me further remind myself that I can make even greater strides in fulfilling…[Read more]

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

    JUNE 24 Reflection for the Day

    The primary purpose of the Gamblers Anonymous Program is freedom from compulsive gambling; without that freedom we have nothing. But that doesn’t mean I can say, for example, “Compulsive gambling is my only concern. Except for that, I’m really a super person, so give me freedom from gambling, and I’ve got it made.”…[Read more]

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

    JUNE 23 Reflection for the Day
    Complacency is my enemy, easy to recognize in others, but difficult to identify and accept in myself. Complacency simply means being sure we’re right – taking it for granted that we couldn’t possibly be wrong. It means, moreover, judging others by what we think is right. It blocks out understanding and kindness, and…[Read more]

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

    JUNE 22 Reflection for the Day

    The minute we think about a twisted or broken relationship with another person, our emotions go on the defensive. To avoid looking at the wrongs we’ve done another, we resentfully focus on the wrong he or she has done us. With a sense of triumph, we seize upon his or her slightest misbehavior as the perfect excuse…[Read more]

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

    JUNE 21 Reflection for the Day

    “Direct” is a key word in the Ninth Step. There are times, unfortunately, when many of us are hopeful that indirect amends will suffice, sparing us the pain and supposed humiliation of approaching people in person and telling them of our wrongs. This is evasion and will never give us a true sense of breaking with…[Read more]

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

    JUNE 20 Reflection for the Day
    When we take the Ninth Step, we must be willing to be absolutely honest. Obviously, though, indiscriminate “absolute honesty” would blow the roof off many a house and entirely destroy some relationships. We must hold nothing back through deceit and pride; we may need to hold something back through discretion and…[Read more]

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

    JUNE 19 Reflection for the Day
    The Gamblers Anonymous Program teaches us that only one consideration should qualify our desire to completely disclose the damage we’ve done. And that’s where a full revelation would seriously harm the one to whom we’re making amends – or, just as important, others close to that person. We can hardly unload a d…[Read more]

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

    June 16 Reflection for the Day
    The Ninth Step of the Gamblers Anonymous Program is:”Made direct amends to such people wherever possible,except when to do so would injure them or others.”To make restitution for the wrongs we’ve done can be extremely difficult,to say the least;if nothing else,it deflates our egos and batters our pride.Yet that in…[Read more]

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

    June 15 Reflection for the Day

    Learning how to live in peace and partnership – with all men and women – is a fascinating and often very moving adventure. But each of us in Gamblers Anonymous has found that we’re not able to make much headway in our new adventure of living until we first take the time to make an accurate and unsparing survey of…[Read more]

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

    June 14 Reflection for the Day

    Somewhere along the line, as we become more involved in the Gamblers Anonymous Program, we reach a sharp awareness of the growth-value of honesty and candour. When this happens, one of the first things we’re able to admit is that our past behaviour has been far from sane or even reasonable. As soon as we can make…[Read more]

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

    June 13 Reflection for the Day
    I don’t believe that the Gamblers Anonymous Program and the Twelve Steps work because I read it in a book, or because I hear other people say so. I believe it because I see other people recovering and because I know that I, too, am recovering. No longer do I believe that I am “helpless and hopeless.” When I see the…[Read more]

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

    JUNE 12 Reflection for the Day

    Many of us have had difficulty ridding ourselves of the ravages of guilt. During the early days in the Gamblers Anonymous Program, I either misunderstood certain of the Steps, or tried to apply them too quickly and too eagerly. The result was that I increased my feelings of guilt and worthlessness, rather than…[Read more]

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

    JUNE 11 Reflection for the Day

    Guilt is a cunning weapon in the armory of the compulsive gambler. We can use the weapon against ourselves in many subtle ways; it can be deftly wielded, for example, in an attempt to convince us that the Gamblers Anonymous Program doesn’t really work. I have to protect myself constantly against guilt and…[Read more]

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

    JUNE 10 Reflection for the Day

    When I least expect it, my keen addictive mind will try to divert me back toward my old ideas and old ways. My mind is expert, in fact, at planting and nourishing negative feelings within me – feelings such as envy, fear, anxiety, or guilt. The minute I spot any of these poisonous feelings rising up, I have to deal…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 months ago

    JUNE 8 Reflection for the Day
    A friend in Gamblers Anonymous taught me to look at excessive guilt in a entirely new way, suggesting that guilt was nothing but a sort of reverse pride. A decent regret for what has happened is fine, he said. But guilt, no. I’ve since learned that condemning ourselves for mistakes we’ve made is just as bad as…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 months ago

    JUNE 7 Reflection for the Day

    Few of us are entirely free from a sense of guilt. We may feel guilty for things we’ve said or done – of things we’ve left unsaid or undone. We’re so used to that gnawing guilt that even when we’re accused falsely we still feel guilty. When I’m troubled by naggings of guilt, obviously I can’t put into my day all the…[Read more]

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