• Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 8 hours, 53 minutes ago

    SEPTEMBER 28 Reflection for the Day
    Now that we’re free from our compulsion to gamble, and living life one day at a time, we can begin to stop making unreasonable demands upon those we love. We can show kindness where we had shown none; we can take the time and initiative to be thoughtful, considerate, and compassionate. Even with people we…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 8 hours ago

    SEPTEMBER 27 Reflection for the Day

    In times past, even as adults, many of us childishly insisted that people protect, defend, and care for us. We acted as if the world owed US a living. And then, when the people we most loved became fed up, pushing us aside or perhaps abandoning us completely, we were bewildered. We couldn’t see that our…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 9 hours ago

    SEPTEMBER 25 Reflection for the Day
    At the suggestion of a long-timer in Gamblers Anonymous, I began taking “recovery inventories” periodically. The results showed me – clearly and unmistakably – that the promises of the GA Program have been true for me. I am not the sick person I was in years past; I am no longer bankrupt in all areas; I have a…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 days, 21 hours ago

    SEPTEMBER 24 Reflection for the Day
    “Everyone wants to be somebody, nobody wants to grow,” wrote Goethe. I ask myself sometimes, as we all do: Who am I? Where am I? Where am I going? What’s it all about? The learning and growing process is usually slow. But eventually our seeking always brings a finding. What seem like great mysteries often turn…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 days, 23 hours ago

    SEPTEMBER 23 Reflection for the Day

    On studying the Twelve Steps of Recovery, many of us as newcomers to Gamblers Anonymous exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.” “Don’t be discouraged,” we’re told at meeting after meeting. “No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 20 hours ago

    SEPTEMBER 22 Reflection for the Day

    For a considerable period of time after I reached Gamblers Anonymous, I let things I couldn’t do keep me from doing the things I could. If I was bothered by what a speaker or other people said, I retreated, sulking, into my shell. Now, instead of being annoyed or defensive when someone strikes a raw nerve, I…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 20 hours ago

    SEPTEMBER 21 Reflection for the Day

    I’ve heard it said that when God closes a door, He opens a window. Since I started working the Twelve Steps of Recovery, much of the fear and pain that haunted my life is gone. Some of my defects have been lifted from me, though I’m still wrestling with others. I believe that if I continue to work the Twe…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 20 Reflection for the Day

    “When a man has reached a condition in which he believed that a thing must happen when he does not wish it, and that which he wishes to happen can never be, this is really the state called desperation,” wrote Schopenhauer. The very real pain of emotional difficulties is sometimes very hard to take while we’re t…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 19 Reflection for the Day

    It’s still not exactly a “piece of cake” for me to accept today’s occasional pain and anxiety with any great degree of serenity, but I’m increasingly able to be thankful for a certain amount of pain. In the Gamblers Anonymous Program, we find the willingness to do this by going over the lessons learned from…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 18 Reflection for the Day

    In every story we hear from others in Gamblers Anonymous, pain has been the price of admission into a new life. But our admission price purchased far more than we expected. It led us to a degree of humility, which we soon discovered to be a healer of pain. And, in time, we began to fear pain less, and desire…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 17 Reflection for the Day
    When I see new members come into Gamblers Anonymous, I am reminded first of the pain and the unmanageable mess I found myself in, and then the hope I felt once I became willing to accept the Gamblers Anonymous Program. When I see and hear the Old Timers, some with twenty years or more in GA, I am reminded that,…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 16 Reflection for the Day

    We learn from others in Gamblers Anonymous that the best way to deal with painful situations is to meet them head on, to deal with them honestly and realistically, and to try to learn from them and use them as springboards for growth. Through the GA Program and our contact with a Higher Power, we can find the…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 15 Reflection for the Day

    No one welcomes pain with open arms, but it does have its uses. Just as physical pain serves as a warning that we may be suffering a bodily illness, so can emotional pain be a useful sign that something is wrong – as well as a warning that we need to make a change. When we can meet pain without panic, we can…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 14 Reflection for the Day

    Until we came to the Gamblers Anonymous Program, our lives had been spent running from pain and problems. Escape by way of compulsive gambling was always our temporary solution. Then we started going to meetings. We looked and listened, often with amazement. Everywhere around us, we saw failure and misery…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks ago

    SEPTEMBER 13 Reflection for the Day

    We hear often in our Gamblers Anonymous meetings that pain is the touchstone of spiritual progress. We eventually realize that, just as the pains of compulsive gambling had to come before our abstinence, emotional turmoil comes before serenity. We no longer commiserate with all people who suffer, but only with…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 12 Reflection for the Day

    “At certain moments,” wrote Coleridge, “a single almost insignificant sorrow may, by association, bring together all the little relics of pain and discomfort, bodily and mental, that we have endured even from infancy.” The Gamblers Anonymous Program doesn’t teach us to pretend that hardships and sorrow are…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 11 Reflection for the Day

    One thing, more than anything else, that can relieve my occasional feeling of depression is love. I have to keep myself “lovable” in the sense of being able to love others, rather than being concerned with whether others love me. In somehow losing myself in others, emotionally or spiritually, I usually find…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    SEPTEMBER 10 Reflection for the Day

    Years ago, Dr. Alfred Adler prescribed this remedy for depression to a patient: “You can be healed if every day you begin the first thing in the morning to consider how you can bring a real joy to someone else. If you can stick to this for two weeks, you will no longer need therapy.” Adler’s “prescription,” of…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 9 Reflection for the Day

    The longer I’m in the Gamblers Anonymous Program and the longer I try to practice its principles in all my affairs, the less frequently I become morose and depressed. Perhaps, too, there’s something to that cynical old saying,”Blessed is he that expecteth nothing, for he shall not be disappointed, but instead…[Read more]

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

    SEPTEMBER 8 Reflection for the Day
    We are told that no situation is hopeless. At first, of course, we find this hard to believe. The opposites – hope and despair – are human emotional attitudes. It is we who are hopeless, not the condition of our lives. When we give up hope and become depressed, it’s because we’re unable, for now, to believe in…[Read more]

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