• Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 17 hours, 51 minutes ago

    AUGUST 8 Reflection for the Day

    As a recovering compulsive gambler, I have to remind myself that no amount of social acceptance of resentments will take the poison out of them. In a way, the problem of resentments is very much like the gambling problem. A poker game or casino is never safe for me. I’ve attended benefits for worthy causes, often i…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 17 hours ago

    AUGUST 7 Reflection for the Day

    What can we do about our resentments? Experience has shown that the best thing to do is to write them down, listing people, institutions, or principles that are objects of our anger or resentment. When I write down my resentments and then ask myself why I’m resentful, I’ve discovered that in most cases my sel…[Read more]

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

    AUGUST 6 Reflection for the Day

    Sometimes through bitter experience and painful lessons, we learn in our fellowship with others in Gamblers Anonymous that resentment is our number one enemy. It destroys more of us than anything else. From resentment stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we’ve been not only mentally and physically ill, but s…[Read more]

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

    AUGUST 5 Reflection for the Day

    Among the important things we learn in Gamblers Anonymous is to be good to ourselves. For so many of us, though, this is a surprisingly difficult thing to do. Some of us relish our suffering so much that we balloon each happening to enormous proportions in the reliving and telling. Self-pitiers are drawn to…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 days, 19 hours ago

    AUGUST 4 Reflection for the Day

    One of the best ways to get out of the self-pity trap is to do some “instant bookkeeping.” For every entry of misery on the debit side of our ledger, we can surely find a blessing to mark on the credit side: the health we enjoy, the illnesses we don’t have, the friends who love us and who allow us to love them, a c…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 19 hours ago

    August 3 Reflection for the Day

    The Twelve Steps were designed specifically for people like us – as a short cut to God. The Steps are very much like strong medicine that can heal us of the sickness of despair, frustration, and self-pity. Yet we’re sometimes unwilling to use the Steps. Why? Perhaps because we have a deep-down desire for martyrdom.…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 17 hours ago

    AUGUST 2 Reflection for the Day

    When I begin to compare my life with the lives of others, I’ve begun to move toward the edge of the murky swamp of self-pity. On the other hand, if I feel that what I’m doing is right and good, I won’t be so dependent on the admiration or approval of others. Applause is well and good, but it’s not essential to my…[Read more]

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

    AUGUST 1 Reflection for the Day

    Self-pity is one of the most miserable and consuming defects I know. Because of its interminable demands for attention and sympathy, my self-pity cuts off my communication with others, especially communication with my Higher Power. When I look at it that way, I realize that self-pity limits my spiritual progress.…[Read more]

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

    JULY 31 Reflection for the Day

    One of the most serious consequences of the me-me-me syndrome is that we lose touch with practically everyone around us – not to mention reality itself. The essence of self-pity is total self-absorption, and it feeds on itself. Rather than ignore such an emotional state – or deny that we’re in it – we need to pull…[Read more]

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

    JULY 30 Reflection for the Day

    When we first come to Gamblers Anonymous, the most common variety of self-pity begins: “Poor me! Why can’t I just gamble now and then, like everybody else? Why me?” Such bemoaning, if allowed to persist, is a surefire invitation for a long walk off a short pier – right back to the mess we were in before we came to…[Read more]

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

    July 29 Reflection for the Day

    The feeling of self-pity, which we’ve all felt at one time or another, is one of the ugliest emotions we can experience. We don’t even relish the thought of admitting to others that we’re awash in self-pity. We hate being told that it shows; we quickly argue that we’re feeling another emotion instead; we go so…[Read more]

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

    July 28 Reflection for the Day

    We learn the value of meditation in the Gamblers Anonymous Program. As the beginning of the Eleventh Step suggests, we sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious with God as we understood Him. One of the great values of meditation is that it clears the mind. And as the mind becomes clearer, it…[Read more]

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

    JULY 27 Reflection for the Day

    Over and over, I see that those who make the best and steadiest progress in the Gamblers Anonymous Program of Recovery are those who readily accept the help of a Higher Power. Once they can do that, it’s easier for them to get out of their own way. Their problems then seem to resolve themselves in a way that is b…[Read more]

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

    JULY 26 Reflection for the Day

    Now that I avail myself of the letters H-O-W suggested by friends in the Gamblers Anonymous Program – Honesty, Open-Mindedness, Willingness – I see things in a new light. In ways that I couldn’t have predicted and surely never expected, I’ve come to see things quite differently than I did before coming to GA. I fee…[Read more]

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

    JULY 25 Reflection for the Day

    The slogans used in Gamblers Anonymous are seemingly clear and simple. Yet they may still have different meanings for different people, according to their own experiences and reactions to the words and ideas. Take, for example, the slogan “Let Go and Let God.” For some people, it may suggest that all we have to do…[Read more]

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

    JULY 24 Reflection for the Day

    How, exactly, can a person turn his or her own will and life over to the care of a Higher Power? All that’s needed is a beginning, no matter how small. The minute we put the key of willingness in the lock, the latch springs open. Then the door itself starts to open, perhaps ever so slightly; in time we find that w…[Read more]

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

    JULY 23 Reflection for the Day

    Today I’ll try to settle for less than I wish were possible, and be willing to not only accept it but to appreciate it. Today, I’ll not expect too much of anyone – especially myself. I’ll try to remember that contentment comes from gratefully accepting the good that comes to us, and not from being furious at life…[Read more]

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

    JULY 22 Reflection for the Day

    Gamblers Anonymous has taught me that the essence of all growth for me is a willingness to change for the better. Following that, I must have further willingness to shoulder whatever responsibility this entails, and to take courageously every action that is required.

    “I am and know and will;

    I am knowing and…[Read more]

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

    JULY 21 Reflection for the Day

    When we’re faced with some condition or situation not to our liking, how can we have faith that all things are working together for good? Perhaps we have to ask ourselves just what is faith. Faith has its foundation in truth and love. We can have faith, if we so choose, no matter what the situation. And, if we so…[Read more]

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

    JULY 20 Reflection for the Day

    “It is the privilege of wisdom to listen,” Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote. If I try as hard as I can to cultivate the art of listening – uncritically and without making premature judgments – chances are great that I’ll progress more rapidly in my recovery. If I try as hard as I can to listen to the feelings and…[Read more]

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