• kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 50 minutes ago

    JANUARY 22 Reflection for the Day
    In a very real sense, we are imprisoned by our inability or unwillingness to reach out for help to a Power greater than ourselves. But, in time, we pray to be relieved of the bondage of self, so that we can better do God’s will. In the words of Ramakrishna, “The sun and moon are not mirrored in cloudy waters, thu…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 3 hours ago

    JANUARY 21 Reflection for the Day

    Every person is a part of the Divine economy. We are all children of God, and it is unlikely that He intends to favor one over another. So it is necessary for all of us to accept whatever positive gifts we receive with a deep humility. We need always to bear in mind that our negative attitudes were first…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 1 hour ago

    JANUARY 20 Reflection for the Day

    I understand that, when I allow myself to dwell on the problem, the problem will worsen. But when I dwell on the solution, the situation will improve. My problems with money today have much less significance when I focus on my recovery and continued abstinence rather than spending my time wishing I had no debts.…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 15 hours ago

    JANUARY 19 Reflection for the Day
    It was far easier for me to accept my powerlessness over gambling than it was for me to accept the notion that some sort of Higher Power could accomplish what I had been unable to accomplish myself. Simply by seeking help and accepting the fellowship of others similarly afflicted, the craving left me. And I…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 days, 15 hours ago

    JANUARY 18 Reflection for the Day

    If we are determined to stop gambling, there must be no reservations whatsoever, nor any lurking notion that our obsession will someday reverse itself. Our regeneration comes through the splendid paradox of the Twelve Steps: strength arises from complete defeat, and the loss of one’s old life is a condition for f…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 1 hour ago

    JANUARY 17 Reflection for the Day

    I have been told over and over that I must constantly work to give up my old ideas. “That’s easy for you to say,” I’ve sometimes thought. All my life, I have been programmed, computer-style; specific inputs brought forth predictable responses. My mind still tends to react as a computer reacts, but I am learnin…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 1 hour ago

    JANUARY 16 Reflection for the Day

    When we first came to Gamblers Anonymous, whether for ourselves or under pressure from others, some of us were all but sickened by the concept of “surrender.” To admit defeat flew in the face of our lifelong beliefs. Some of us thought of the immortal rallying cries of Churchill at Dunkirk, or of FDR fol…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 15 Reflection for the Day

    I must never forget who and what I am and where I come from. I have to remember the nature of my illness and what it was like before I came to Gamblers Anonymous. I’ll try to keep the memory green, yet not spend time dwelling morbidly on the past. I won’t be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe tha…[Read more]

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

    January 14 Reflection for the Day

    I admitted that I couldn’t win the gambling battle on my own. So I finally begun to accept the critically important fact that dependence on a Higher Power could help me achieve what had always seemed impossible. I stopped running. I stopped fighting. For the first time, I began accepting. And for the first t…[Read more]

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

    January 13 Reflection for the Day

    The Gamblers Anonymous Program and my friends in the Fellowship have provided me with a whole new set of tools for living. If I use all of these tools regularly and well, they’ll also help rid me of such negative feelings as guilt, anxiety, rebellion, and pride.

    When I’m feeling depressed, do I use the tools tha…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 12 Reflection for the Day

    When I sit quietly and compare my life today with the way it used to be, the difference is almost beyond belief. But things aren’t always rosy; some days are a lot better than others. I tend to accept the bad days more easily on an intellectual level than I do emotionally, or at gut-level. There are no pat a…[Read more]

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

    January 11 Reflection for the Day

    The experiences of thousands upon thousands of people have proved that acceptance and faith are capable of producing freedom from gambling. When we apply the same principles of acceptance and faith to our emotional problems, however, we discover that only relative results are possible. Obviously, for example,…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 10 Reflection for the Day

    Since I came to Gamblers Anonymous, I’ve become increasingly aware of the Serenity Prayer. I see it on literature covers, the walls of meeting rooms, and in the homes of newfound friends. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to kno…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 9 Reflection for the Day

    In the past, and sometimes even now, I automatically have said, “Why me?” when I’m trying to learn that my first problem is to accept my present circumstances as they are, myself as I am, and the people around me as they are. Just as I finally accepted my powerlessness over gambling, so must I accept my power…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    JANUARY 6 Reflection for the Day

    Gamblers Anonymous, wrote Dr. Robert L. Custer in the foreword to the Gamblers Anonymous Blue Book, is a Program of the Twelve Steps “that provides a framework of hope, structure, and friendship” for those who have chosen the road to a “successful adaptation to a life without gambling.” He adds, “This road can…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    JANUARY 5 Reflection for the Day

    “Today is my lucky day.” How often in the past we said that, when it was an empty prophesy. Today, those words are real; I am being given a second chance. In my gambling days, I sacrificed every “today” for a dream of some distant tomorrow. Of all that I lost, I grieve most for all those “today’s.” – I cannot brin…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    JANUARY 4 Reflection for the Day

    For a good part of my life, I saw things mostly in negative terms. Everything was serious, heavy, or just plain awful. Perhaps now I can truly change my attitude, searching out the winners in the Gamblers Anonymous Program who have learned how to live comfortably in the real world – without gambling.

    If things g…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    JANUARY 3 Reflection for the Day

    My gambling compulsion is three-fold in that it affects me physically, mentally and spiritually. As a compulsive gambler, I was totally out of touch, not only with myself, but with reality. Day after miserable day, like a caged animal on a treadmill I repeated my self-destructive pattern of living.

    Have I begun…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    JANUARY 2 Reflection for the Day

    Before I came to the Gamblers Anonymous Program, I hadn’t the faintest idea of what it was to “Live in the Now.” I often became obsessed with things that happened yesterday, last week, or even five years ago. Worse yet, many of my waking hours were spent clearing away the “wreckage of the future.” “To me,” Walt W…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks ago

    JANUARY 1 Reflection for the Day

    In the old days, I saw everything in terms of forever. Endless hours were spent rehashing old mistakes. I tried to take comfort in the forlorn hope that tomorrow “would be different.” As a result, I lived a fantasy life in which happiness was all but nonexistent. No wonder I rarely smiled and hardly ever lau…[Read more]

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