• kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 18 hours, 54 minutes ago

    July 19th Hazelden Thought for the Day

    Trust takes time. If you don’t invest it, then you don’t get it.
    —Anonymous

    Trusting other human beings is like planting a garden. First we must choose where to plant – is the soil healthy, is it open to sunlight? We would not plant seeds on rocks that are hard and un-giving. In the same way, we need t…[Read more]

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

    JULY 19 Reflection for the Day

    Many of us come to the Gamblers Anonymous Program professing that we’re agnostic or atheistic. As someone once put it, our will to disbelieve is so strong that we prefer a date with the undertaker to an experimental and open-minded search for a Higher Power. Fortunately for those of us with closed minds, the…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 18 hours ago

    July 18th Hazelden Thought for the Day

    The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
    —Thomas Huxley

    Sometimes we have good ideas about how to make things better. We might know we need to spend more quality time with others. We might know it would be better if mealtime was not so hectic and really became a time for sharing the day’s e…[Read more]

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

    JULY 18 Reflection for the Day

    Very few of us know what we really want, and none of us knows what is best for us. That knowledge is in the hands of God. This is a fact I must ultimately accept, in spite of my rebelliousness and stubborn resistance. From this day forward, I’ll limit my prayers to requests for guidance, an open mind to receive it,…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 18 hours ago

    July 17th Hazelden Thought for the Day

    I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.
    —Walt Whitman

    How foreign the thought is to many men that we might make progress by loafing. Yet we probably have experienced it. We have felt more in tune with ourselves after taking a break. After an especially r…[Read more]

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

    JULY 17 Reflection for the Day

    For my own good, I’ll go to meetings and participate in discussions with an open mind that’s ready to receive and accept new ideas. For my own peace of mind and comfort, I’ll determinedly try to apply those new ideas to my own life. I’ll remember that the Gamblers Anonymous Program offers me the instruction and…[Read more]

  • tara posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 days, 13 hours ago

    I used to choose things for myself that matched and multiplied my misery. Misery loves company. Now I’m trying to choose things that will alleviate that misery by bringing some hope. It’s not instant but I believe that new choices are worth the work it takes to make the shift.

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 days, 18 hours ago

    July 16th Hazelden Thought for the Day

    Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.
    —Carl Sandburg

    There is a song that says joy is like the rain. It comes across our windowpane and then goes away again. When joy comes knocking at our window we can reach out and let it in. Joy comes to us in many ways – through deep l…[Read more]

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

    JULY 16 Reflection for the Day

    Long experience has proved that the Gamblers Anonymous Program and Twelve Steps will work for any person who approaches them with an open mind. We have to remember that we can’t expect miracles overnight; after all, it took years to create the situation in which we find ourselves today. I’ll try to be less hasty in…[Read more]

  • tara posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 days, 12 hours ago

    Prayers of gratitude are the most divine.

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 days, 18 hours ago

    July 15th Hazelden Thought for the Day

    I was thirty five years old the first time I spoke up to my mother and refused to buy into her games and manipulation.

    I was terribly frightened and almost couldn’t believe I was doing this. I found I didn’t have to be mean. I didn’t have to start an argument. But I could say what I wanted and needed to…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 3 hours ago

    July 15 Reflection for the Day

    Faced with almost certain destruction by our addiction to gambling, we eventually had no choice but to become open-minded on spiritual matters. In that sense, the multitude of ways we used to bet and wager were potent persuaders; they finally whipped us into a state of reasonableness. We came to learn that when…[Read more]

  • larryfromallen posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 6 hours ago

    Hello all. was recommended to this sight and am trying to find my way around in it. After years of gambling, on again /off again I find that I can not stop on my own. I was active in G.A. and had about 7 years of clean time. Moved to Texas from California in 2010 and thought I could stay gamble free on my own……. OK, fast forward to 2015. Texas…[Read more]

    • Hi Larry
      Hope to chat with you like the old days at Safe Harbor.
      God Bless
      Ken L YBIR

      • Hi Larry, I’m glad that you made it here and are taking steps to connect with people who understand in your home state too.

  • tara posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 14 hours ago

    With the onset of a sound clear choice comes something greater than hope.

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 18 hours ago

    July 14th Hazelden Thought for the Day

    Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.
    —Alice Meyvell

    It’s thought that Abe Lincoln once said, “We’re as happy as we make up our minds to be.” In other words, we decide to be happy. Bad weather, lost toys, broken plans, even angry friends don’t have to ruin our own h…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 3 hours ago

    July 14 Reflection for the Day

    Conditioned as we are by our old ideas and old ways of living, it’s understandable that we tend to resist certain suggestions made to us when we first come to the Gamblers Anonymous Program. If that’s the case, there’s no need to reject such suggestions permanently ; it’s better, we’ve found, just temporarily to…[Read more]

  • tara posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 14 hours ago

    Instant gratification, as it relates to addiction. Is it really a feeling of gratification when your brain chemistry realigns to the that of an addict so that you don’t suffer withdrawal?

  • dlinkc posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 14 hours ago

    Thank you kenl and everyone else who has consistently posted on here. I just joined the community, but have been inspired and given new hope simply by reading all the different posts. I have been a part of other communities and forums, and I’m active on social media like Faecbook, and I know that sometimes it may seem like no one is reading or…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 15 hours ago

    July 13th Hazelden Thought for the Day

    When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.
    —William James

    There are times when it’s hard to make a decision. When we go to the fair, for instance, we may want to do more things than we have time for, so we don’t know what plans to make. Waiting to decide until we see w…[Read more]

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

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