APRIL 23 Reflection for the Day
No matter what it is that seems to be our need or problem, we can find something to rejoice in, something for which to give thanks. It is not God who needs to be thanked, but we who need to be thankful. Thankfulness opens new doors to good in our life. Thankfulness creates a new heart and a new spirit in us.
Do I…[Read more]
April 22nd Hazelden Thought for the Day
Coping With Stress
Inevitably, there are times of stress in our lives, no matter how long we’ve been in recovery.
Sometimes, the stress is outside or around us. We’re feeling balanced, but our circumstances are stressful. Sometimes, the stress is within; we feel out of balance.
When the stress is…[Read more]
April 22 Reflection for the Day
As I attended meetings of the Gamblers Anonymous Program, may my eyes open wider and wider. Other people’s problems make mine look small, yet they are facing them with courage and confidence. Others are trapped in situations as bad as mine, but they bear their troubles with more fortitude. By going to meetings, I f…[Read more]
April 21st Hazelden Thought for the Day
No one likes a martyr.
How do we feel around martyrs? Guilty, angry, trapped, negative, and anxious to get away.
Somehow, many of us have developed the belief that depriving ourselves, not taking care of ourselves, being a victim, and suffering needlessly will get us what we want.
It is our job to notice…[Read more]
April 21 Reflection for the Day
Can I be wholeheartedly grateful for today? If so, I’m opening doors to more and more abundant good. What if I can’t be thankful for the “rain” that has fallen in my life – for the so called bad times? What then? I can begin by giving thanks for the sunshine I can remember, and for every blessing that has come my w…[Read more]
April 20th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Hurried and worried until we’re buried
And there’s no curtain call,
Life’s a very funny proposition,
—George M. Cohan
Often, when we involve ourselves in a whirlwind of activities, plans, and expectations, we push ourselves so hard that we don’t derive any satisfaction from success. We n…[Read more]
April 19th Hazelden Thought for the Day
The winds of change blow through our life, sometimes gently, sometimes like a tropical storm. Yes, we have resting places – time to adjust to another level of living, time to get our balance, time to enjoy the rewards. We have time to catch our breath.
But change is inevitable and…[Read more]
APRIL 19 Reflection for the Day
As we continue to make these vital choices and so move towards these high aspirations, our reality returns and our compulsion vanishes. We learn, in the words of Plutarch, that, “A pleasant and happy life does not come from external things. Man draws from within himself, as from a spring, pleasure and joy.”
Am I l…[Read more]
April 18th Hazelden Thought for the Day
To oppose something is to maintain it.
—Ursula K. LeGuin
Most of our struggles are with other persons or perhaps situations we want to change. We discover that our continual opposition adds fuel to the fires (at least our own internal ones). But can we turn our backs when we feel justified in our o…[Read more]
APRIL 18 Reflection for the Day
We in Gamblers Anonymous know full well the futility of trying to overcome our addiction by will power alone. At the same time, we do know that it takes great willingness to adopt the Program’s Twelve Steps as a way of life that can restore us to a normal way of thinking and living. No matter how severe our…[Read more]
April 17th Hazelden Thought for the Day
I can stand what I know. It’s what I don’t know that frightens me.
Fear of the unknown, often referred to as free-floating anxiety, catches up to us on occasion. But it needn’t. The program offers us strength whenever we need it, and faith diminishes all fear. It is said that fear c…[Read more]
APRIL 17 Reflection for the Day
The Gamblers Anonymous Program teaches me to remain on guard against impatience, lapses into self-pity, and resentments of the words and deeds of others. Though I must never forget what it used to be like, neither should I permit myself to take tormenting excursions into the past – merely for the sake of s…[Read more]
April 16th Hazelden Thought for the Day
In the face of an obstacle, which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.
—Simone de Beauvoir
Sudden obstacles, barriers in the way of our progress, doors that unexpectedly close, may confuse, frustrate, and even depress us. The knowledge that we seldom understand just what is best for us c…[Read more]
APRIL 16 Reflection for the Day
I once heard it said that “the mind is the slayer of the real.” Looking back at the insanity of those days when I was gambling, I know precisely what that phrase means. One of the Program’s important fringe benefits for me today is an increasing awareness of the world around me, so I can see and enjoy reality. Thi…[Read more]
April 15th Hazelden Thought for the Day
It seems to me that I have always been waiting for something better – sometimes to see the best I had snatched from me.
—Dorothy Reed Mendenhall
Gratitude for what is prepares us for the blessings just around the corner. What is so necessary to understand is that our wait for what’s around the corner c…[Read more]
APRIL 15 Reflection for the Day
Rare are the practicing compulsive gamblers who have any idea how irrational they are, or, seeing their irrationality, can bear to face it. One dictionary defines sanity as “soundness of mind.” Yet no compulsive gambler, rationally analyzing his or her destructive behavior, can truly claim soundness of min…[Read more]
April 14th Hazelden Thought for the Day
A person who is looking for something doesn’t travel very fast.
—E. B. White
What do men really want? What are we seeking? Many of us have felt driven and still feel restless or compulsive at times. We frantically followed our impulses to self-destructive extremes. Even those painful actions of our p…[Read more]
APRIL 14 Reflection for the Day
Every man and woman who has joined Gamblers Anonymous and intends to stick around has, without realizing it, made a beginning on Step Three. Isn’t it true that, in all matters related to their gambling, each of them has decided to turn his or her life over to the care, protection, and guidance of the Program? So a…[Read more]
Glad you are reaching out.
Lady in my GA room likes to say Gamblers aren’t bad people trying to be or stupid people trying to be smart.
We are sick people trying to get well. Hope to catch you in chat. I am there most weekdays between 10am est and 3pm est.
And if you have any questions or just need to share please feel free to email…[Read more]
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