• Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 8 hours, 15 minutes ago

    JULY 13 Reflection for the Day

    These days I go to meetings to listen for the similarities between me and others in Gamblers Anonymous – not the differences. And when I look for the similarities, it’s amazing how many I find, particularly in the area of feelings. Today I go to meetings thinking that I’m here not because of anyone else’s…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 6 hours 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…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 7 hours 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…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 days, 20 hours ago

    JULY 10 Reflection for the Day

    The Gamblers Anonymous Program is a road, not a resting place. Before we came to this Program – and, for some of us, many times afterward – most of us looked for answers to our living problems in religion, philosophy, psychology, in theories of self-control and personal growth. Often these explorations of ours…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 days, 8 hours ago

    JULY 9 Reflection for the Day

    Samuel Johnson wrote: “…he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything other than his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove.” Today I understand that I am not the evil person I once thought I was, only that I…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 8 hours ago

    JULY 8 Reflection for the Day

    When we speak with a friend in the Gamblers Anonymous Program, we shouldn’t hesitate to remind him or her of our need for privacy. Intimate communication is normally so free and easy among us that even a friend or sponsor may sometimes forget when we expect him to remain silent. Such “privileged communications” have…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 9 hours ago

    JULY 7 Reflection for the Day
    What wonderful things could happen in my life if I could get rid of my natural impulse to justify my actions. Is honesty so deeply repressed under layers of guilt that I can’t release it to understand my motives? Being honest with ourselves isn’t easy. It’s difficult to search out why I had this or that impulse and,…[Read more]

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

    JULY 6 Reflection for the Day

    Some people in the Gamblers Anonymous Program feel that they can’t do the things they want to do. They doubt their own ability. But actually, every person has untapped ability. We’re children of God, which should give us a strong clue as to the infinite nature of our ability. As spiritual beings, we’re unlimited. We…[Read more]

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

    JULY 5 Reflection for the Day

    I am free to be, to do, to accept, to reject. I am free to be the wise, loving, kind, and patient person I want to be. I’m free to do that which I consider wise – that which will in no way harm or hinder another person. I’m free to do that which will lead me into the paths of peace and satisfaction. I’m free to…[Read more]

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

    JULY 4 Reflection for the Day

    It’s time for me to become willing to do what is takes to recover my personal responsibility, even if that means giving over the financial reins to another. Just as there are paradoxes in the Steps – admitting my life’s unmanageability in order that it become manageable again, surrendering to a Higher Power in order…[Read more]

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

    JULY 3 Reflection for the Day

    Change is a part of the flow of life. Sometimes we’re frustrated because change seems slow in coming. Sometimes, too, we’re resistant to a change that seems to have been thrust upon us. We must remember that change, in and of itself, neither binds us nor frees us. Only our attitude toward change binds or frees. As we…[Read more]

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

    JULY 2 Reflection for the Day

    During our days of active addiction, many of us displayed almost dazzlingly fertile powers of imagination. In no time at all, we could dream up more reasons – or excuses – for pursuing our addiction than most people use for all other purposes in their entire lives. When we first come to Gamblers Anonymous, our…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 5 days ago

    July 1 Reflection for the Day

    Fear may have originally brought some of us to Gamblers Anonymous. In the beginning, fear alone may help some of us stay away from the game and that insidious about-to-be-lucky feeling ( even when we knew that gambling always turned against us in the end. ) But a fearful state is hardly conducive to comfort and…[Read more]

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

    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…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks 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 2 weeks, 1 day 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 2 weeks, 2 days 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 2 weeks, 3 days 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 2 weeks, 4 days 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 2 weeks, 5 days 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]

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