Good Morning Anonc
Just wanted to let you and others who visit Gamtalk chat room that most weekdays I am in and out of the chat between 9:30 am est and 3 pm est.
Hope to catch you there
Ken L YBIR
March 22nd Hazelden Thought for the Day
Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can substitute for putting one foot in front of the other.
—M. C. Richards
Recovering men know this path is not always easy. We usually talk about the benefits of recovery and the many promises of the program. Today, in our fellowship, we talk of the c…[Read more]
March 22 Reflection for the Day
Once in a great while, I find myself thinking perhaps things weren’t quite so bad as they seemed to be. At such moments, I force myself to realize that my illness is talking to me, trying to tempt me into denying that I am, in fact, afflicted with an illness. One of the key action steps of the Gamblers Anonymous P…[Read more]
May you be showered with compassion, blessings, love, hope, joy, renewal, strength, endurance, faith, serenity, grace, sunshine, cool mists, gifts , friendship, perfect answers and solutions odaat.
March 21st Hazelden Thought for the Day
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall; Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
Poor Humpty ended up such a scrambled egg. Maybe that’s what comes from sitting too long in one place, choosing neither this way nor that, playing both sides against the middle. Maybe he played too much politics, got too much a…[Read more]
March 21 Reflection for the Day
The Gamblers Anonymous Program teaches us that we have an incurable illness. We always get worse, never better. But we’re fortunate in that our incurable illness can be arrested, one day at a time, as long as we don’t place that first bet. High-toned academic research and ivory-tower studies to the contrary, we kno…[Read more]
Prayer From a Distraught Gambler
Oh God, my life is being destroyed with my gambling addiction and I am so caught up in it that I know I cannot stop on my own. Lord You know how badly this has affected my home, my family and my finances and friends. I have lost everything and everyone I care about and I am at my wits end. Lord please help me to…[Read more]
March 20th Hazelden Thought for the Day
New life comes from shedding old skins and pressing through the darkness toward the light. Spring is the season of new beginnings and of growth.
—Karen Kaiser Clark
All of us in this program have had great turning points in our lives. In these new beginnings we have pressed onward or groped through the d…[Read more]
March 20 Reflection for the Day
The longer I’m in Gamblers Anonymous, the more important becomes the slogan “First Things First.” I used to believe that my family came first, that my home life came first, that my job came first. But I know today, in the depths of my heart, that if I can’t stay clean, I’ll have nothing. “First Things First,” to…[Read more]
March 19th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Where is the yesterday that worried us so?
—Joan Walsh Anglund
In the fairy tale The Last Dream of the Old Oak Tree, the oak tree felt sorry for the dayfly. The dayfly only lives for one day, and the tree was already 365 years old. But the dayfly was so enjoying his one-day that the tree’s sympathy p…[Read more]
MARCH 19 Reflection for the Day
Placing one last bet will never again be for me simply killing a few minutes and leaving a nickel for the bookmaker. In exchange for the first bet, what I’d plunk down now would be my bank account, my family, our home, our car, my job, my sanity and probably my life. It’s too big a price, and too big a ris…[Read more]
6 months ago today was the last day I entered a casino. So tomorrow starts another chapter of 6 more months to a year. I know that it\’s odaat. Just to think of the year gives me a period of time to wait and see what that day may feel like when it comes. I wonder what my life will look like in 6 more months? t
March 18th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Oh, that one could learn to learn in time!
A mark of genuine change, after the pleasure of newfound growth, may be the regret a man feels that he didn’t learn sooner. When we learn something new, we see how it could have made our life better at an earlier time. We regret being stubborn, i…[Read more]
MARCH 18 Reflection for the Day
In the old days, we often had such devastating experiences that we fervently swore, “Never again.” We were absolutely sincere in those moments of desperation. Yet, despite our intentions, the outcome was inevitably the same. Eventually, the memory of our suffering faded, as did the memory of our “pledge.” So we d…[Read more]
March 17th Hazelden Thought for the Day
The reward of friendship is itself. The man who hopes for anything else does not understand what true friendship is.
—Saint Ailred of Rievaulx
The comfort of a true friend in a time of trouble, the strength we sense in being with someone who truly knows us, the affirmation of life that comes with e…[Read more]
MARCH 17 Reflection for the Day
“Lead us not into temptation,” we pray, for we know with certainty that temptation lurks around the corner. Temptation is cunning, baffling, powerful – and patient; we never know when it will catch us with our guard down. Temptation could come in the siren song of a four-color advertisement or a radio comme…[Read more]
March 16th Hazelden Thought for the Day
It’s so easy to look around and notice what’s wrong.
It takes practice to see what’s right.
Many of us have lived around negativity for years. We’ve become skilled at labeling what’s wrong with other people, our life, our work, our day, our relationships, our conduct, our recovery,…[Read more]
MARCH 16 Reflection for the Day
Gamblers Anonymous teaches us that we are emotionally and mentally different from our fellows. We are reminded that the great obsession of every compulsive gambler is to prove that somehow, someday, we will be able to control our gambling. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing, and many pursue it to the…[Read more]
March 15th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Removing the Victim
Don’t others see how much I’m hurting? Can’t they see I need help? Don’t they care?
The issue is not whether others see or care. The issue is whether we see and care about ourselves. Often, when we are pointing a finger at others, waiting for them to have compassion for us, its…[Read more]
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