MAY 22 Reflection for the Day
When I first listened to people in Gamblers Anonymous talking freely and honestly about themselves, I was stunned. Their stories of their own gambling escapades, of their own secret fears, and of their own gnawing loneliness were literally mind-blowing for me. I discovered – and hardly dared believe it at first – that I’m not alone, I’m not all that different from everyone else and, in fact, we’re all very much the same. I began to sense that I do belong somewhere, and my loneliness began to leave me.
Do I try to give others what has been given freely to me?
Today I Pray
May I begin to see, as the life stories of my friends in GA unfold for me, that our similarities are far more startling than our differences. As I listen to their accounts of compulsive gambling and recovery, may I experience often that small shock of recognition, a “hey-that’s-me!” feeling that is quick to chase away my separateness. May I become a wholehearted member of the group, giving and taking in equal parts.
Today I Will Remember
Sameness, not differences.