June 30 Reflection for the Day
I’ve learned in the Gamblers Anonymous Program that the trick, for me, is not stopping gambling, but staying stopped and learning how not to start again. God knows, I tried to stop plenty of times, by lecturing myself on how it was affecting not only my life, but all aspects of my behavior. Gambling was actually changing who I seemed to be. To stay stopped, I’ve had to develop a positive, ongoing program of action. I’ve had to learn to live free from addiction, cultivating new patterns, new interests, and new attitudes.
Am I remaining flexible in my new life? Am I exercising my freedom to abandon limited objectives?
Today I Pray
I pray that my new life will be filled with new patterns, new friends, new activities, new ways of looking at things. I need God’s help to overhaul my lifestyle to include all the newness it must hold. I also need a few ideas of my own.May my independence from compulsive gambling help me make my choices with an open mind and a clear, appraising eye.
Today I Will Remember
Stopping is starting.