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

    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 growing understanding of God and other human beings.

    Do I strive for self-honesty, promptly admitting when I’m wrong?

    Today I Pray

    God, teach me understanding; teach me to know truth when I meet it; teach me the importance of self-honesty, so that I may be able to say, sincerely, “I was wrong,” along with “I am sorry.” Teach me that there is such a thing as a “healthy ego” which does not require that feelings be medicated by action highs. May I – slowly, on my tightrope – move toward the ideal of balance, so I can do away with the nets of falsehood and compulsion.

    Today I Will Remember

    To keep my balance

    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 of checking our position. If we’re mindful of Step Ten, however, then we rarely go so far wrong that we can’t make a few corrections and get back on course again.

    Do I realize that regular practice of Step Ten can help to bring me into serenity and a happier frame of mind?

    Today I Pray

    May Step Ten be the sextant by which I read my whereabouts at sea, so that I can correct my course, rechart it as I am heading for shallow places. May I keep in mind that, if it weren’t for an all-knowing Captain and the vigilance of my fellow crew members, this ship could be adrift and I could easily panic.

    Today I Will Remember

    To steer by a steady star.