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Donna Email
2 hours ago

Last Day You Placed A Bet 7/14/15

Location Florida

Comments:
7/4/20  Saturday  Independence Day   Hi my name is Donna and I am in Recovery from my addiction to Gambling.  Today is the 4th of July, and I will be spending the day working on my house and then staying in.  Just for today, I will remain Gamble Free, ODAAT.


Hazelden Thought for the Day 
14 hours ago

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July 3rd Hazelden Thought for the Day 

Directness


So much of our communication can reflect our need to control. We say what we think others want to hear. We try to keep others from getting angry, feeling afraid, going away, or disliking us. But our need to control traps us into feeling like victims and martyrs.

Freedom is just a few words away. Those words are our truths. We can say what we need to say. We can gently, but assertively, speak our mind.

Let go of your need to control. We do not need to be judgmental, tactless, blaming, or cruel when we speak our truths. Neither do we need to hide our light. Let go, and freely be who you are.

Today, I will be honest with others, and myself knowing that if I don't, my truth will come out some other way.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©1990, Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved.


Reflection for the Day  
22 hours ago

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JULY 3 Reflection for the Day

Change is a part of the flow of life. Sometimes we're frustrated because change seems slow in coming. Sometimes, too, we're resistant to a change that seems to have been thrust upon us. We must remember that change, in and of itself, neither binds us nor frees us. Only our attitude toward change binds or frees. As we learn to flow with the stream of life, praying for guidance about any change that presents itself - praying, also, for guidance if we want to make a change and none seems in view - we become willing.

 

Am I willing to let God take charge, directing me in the changes I should make and the course I should take?

 

Today I Pray

When change comes too fast - or not fast enough - for me, I pray I can adjust accordingly to make use of the freedom the Gamblers Anonymous Program offers to me. I pray for the guidance of my Higher Power when change presents itself - or when it doesn't and I wish it would. May I listen for direction from that Power.

 

Today I Will Remember

God is in charge.

 


Donna Email
Yesterday at 06:00am

Last Day You Placed A Bet 7/14/15

Location Florida

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7/3/20  Friday   Hi my name is Donna and I am a Compulsive Gambler in Recovery, checking in, today is the start of a 3 day weekend/4th of July weekend, and I've got my list of projects on my house ready to go.  Just for today I will remain Gamble Free, ODAAT.


Hazelden Thought for the Day  
07/02

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Hazelden Thought for the Day 

Fair play is primarily not blaming others for anything that is wrong with us.

  —Eric Hoffer

As adults, we accept responsibility for our feelings and our circumstances. We haven't chosen our own troubles, but we have the job of dealing with them. If a man falls and breaks a leg, he might say to someone, "It's your fault, and I'll make you pay for this!" But that won't fix his leg. The healing still has to come from within.

Our impulse to blame others is an attempt to escape our responsibilities. We become overcritical. We want someone else to take the rap for our pain and our misdeeds, but this only delays our wholeness as men. There is no point in blaming ourselves either. When we first confront our discomfort directly and accept responsibility for dealing with it, we feel an inner urge to escape again. If we stay with the discomfort a while, a new stage begins - the healing and acceptance stage. A feeling of wholeness comes, a feeling of being a real person, of having reached our full size.

May I not indulge in blame today - toward myself or anyone else. Instead, may I be a strong, responsible man.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©1986, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved


Reflection for the Day 
07/02

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JULY 2 Reflection for the Day

During our days of active addiction, many of us displayed almost dazzlingly fertile powers of imagination. In no time at all, we could dream up more reasons - or excuses - for pursuing our addiction than most people use for all other purposes in their entire lives. When we first come to Gamblers Anonymous, our once-imaginative minds seem to become lethargic and even numb. "Now what do I do?" many of us wonder. Gradually, however, the lethargy disappears. We begin to apply our practiced imaginations to new, healthy challenges. We become turned on to life in ways that we never dreamed possible.

 

Am I finding that I can now enjoy activities that I wouldn't even consider in the old days?

 

Today I Pray

May God give me a new surge of energy directed toward "turning on to life" rather than making excuses for not handling my responsibilities. May my Higher Power allow my out-of-order imagination to be restored - not to the buzzing overactivity and excuse making of my gambling days, but to a healthy openness to life's boundless possibilities.

 

Today I Will Remember

Turn on to life.


Donna Email
07/02

Last Day You Placed A Bet 7/14/15

Location Florida

Comments:
7/2/20   Thursday   Hi my name is Donna and I am a Compulsive Gambler in Recovery, yesterday was my first day in our company's new division, I admit, I was nervous but I survived.  Just for today I will remain Gamble Free, ODAAT.


Dave J Email
07/01

Location ALBANY NY

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Hazelden Thought for the Day  
07/01

Comments:

July 1st Hazelden Thought for the Day 

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.

  —Raymond Inmon

We all seek creative ideas from time to time - perhaps when we have a problem resting heavily on our minds, or when we are simply in a bad mood. We need to refresh ourselves at those times. Refreshment doesn't solve a problem, but it can revitalize our thinking. Sometimes when we are feeling hopeless, we neglect to care for ourselves, forgetting a better environment will give us a stronger attitude, even toward the most difficult problems.

We must learn our own best methods for being refreshed - ways that allow angels to whisper to us. They should be simple, inexpensive, and accessible daily. Going for a walk is a very good example. Daily reading and study is another possibility. Observing nature, doing handicrafts or hobbies are refreshing for some men. These activities allow us to temporarily set aside our tasks and concerns and open us to creative ideas.

Today, I will give myself a creative break from the concerns I am facing.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©1986, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved.


Reflection for the Day  
07/01

Comments:
July 1 Reflection for the Day
 
Fear may have originally brought some of us to Gamblers Anonymous. In the beginning, fear alone may help some of us stay away from the game and that insidious about-to-be-lucky feeling ( even when we knew that gambling always turned against us in the end. ) But a fearful state is hardly conducive to comfort and happiness - not for long. We have to find alternatives to fear to get us through those first empty hours, days,or eve weeks. For most of us, the answer has been to become active in and around the GA program. In no time, we feel that we truly belong; for the first time in a long time, we begin to feel a " par of " rather than " apart from. "
 
Am I willing to take the initiative?
 
Today I Pray
Way God please help me find alternatives to fear - that watchdog of my earliest abstinence. I thank my Higher Power for directing me to a place where I can meet others who have experienced the same compulsion and fears. I am grateful for my feeling of belonging.
 
 
Today I Will Remember
I am "a part of," not "apart from. "
 


Nancy Email
07/01

Last Day You Placed A Bet Last night

Location Alabama

Comments:
Don't know what to do. I do know I want to stop gambling. Just needed to chat with someone


Donna Email
07/01

Last Day You Placed A Bet 7/14/15

Location Florida

Comments:
7/1/20  Wednesday   Hi my name is Donna and I am a Compulsive Gambler in Recovery, checking in.  I have a new position at my company a kind of promotion. Just for today I will remain Gamble Free, ODAAT.


Hazelden Thought for the Day 
06/30

Comments:

June 30th Hazelden Thought for the Day 

There is nothing as easy as denouncing. It don't take much to see that something is wrong, but it takes some eyesight to see what will put it right again.

  —Will Rogers

We come to this day with a choice of whether to be for something or against it. Shall we put energy into what we seek and admire or shall we give our energy to opposition and resistance of what we dislike? If someone asks a favor, we have a choice to resent and resist the intrusion or to engage with the person and see where it might lead. If a project we are working on is frustrating, we can wallow in criticizing it or try to get a clearer picture of what will work and what we want.

Criticizing may be a helpful first stage in learning, but it is seductive because it holds little risk and we feel safe doing it. In that comfort we forget to go forward to create what we really want. Our negative energy, when we are seduced by it, creates negative results. When we look back upon today, we will admire those choices that risked creating something positive.

Today, I will not give my energy to denouncing but to creating what I believe is worthwhile.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©1986, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved.


Reflection for the Day  
06/30

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June 30 Reflection for the Day

I've learned in the Gamblers Anonymous Program that the trick, for me, is not stopping gambling, but staying stopped and learning how not to start again. God knows, I tried to stop plenty of times, by lecturing myself on how it was affecting not only my life, but all aspects of my behavior. Gambling was actually changing who I seemed to be. To stay stopped, I've had to develop a positive, ongoing program of action. I've had to learn to live free from addiction, cultivating new patterns, new interests, and new attitudes.

Am I remaining flexible in my new life? Am I exercising my freedom to abandon limited objectives?

Today I Pray
I pray that my new life will be filled with new patterns, new friends, new activities, new ways of looking at things. I need God's help to overhaul my lifestyle to include all the newness it must hold. I also need a few ideas of my own.May my independence from compulsive gambling help me make my choices with an open mind and a clear, appraising eye.

Today I Will Remember
Stopping is starting.

 


Donna Email
06/30

Last Day You Placed A Bet 7/14/15

Location Florida

Comments:
6/30/20   Tuesday   Hi my name is Donna and I am a Compulsive Gambler in Recovery, checking in.  There are a lot of changes going on in our office.  Just for today, I will remain Gamble Free, ODAAT.


Hazelden Thought for the Day  
06/29

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June 29th Hazelden Thought for the Day 

Let us open our natures, throw wide the doors of our hearts and let in the sunshine of good will and kindness.

  —O. S. Marden

Kindness is among the gifts we can most easily spread among others. The more we give of kind words and deeds, the more we discover that kindness is like a burning candle which lights many other candles without losing a trace of its own brightness. Our kindnesses are assets, which return unexpected dividends when we invest them in the happiness of others. Kindness is the very basis of love. It softens the most severe anger and gladdens the hardest hearts.

No kindness is too small to win and hold the affection of others because it is made up of gentleness, love, generosity, unselfishness, and caring.

What kindness do I have to offer today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©1985, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved.


CJ 
06/29

Location Saskatchewan

Comments:
Good day (((EVERYONE))) ... stopped by to check and see how (((Tess))) is doing and so happy to see your post!  May you continue to recover from this and get stronger every day.  

In reading the Reflection for the Day, I had a bit of a giggle in thinking just how much time a person has when they stop the gambling and scheming that goes along with it.  For me, it took some major adjustments to fill that time with good things because although my physical self wasn't in gambling joints, my mind sure was.  I had to overhaul my thinking and that took awhile but the good news is that as I built up the clean time my thinking got cleaned up as well.  Like the reflection says, "redirecting my mind and energy."  

A good day to ALL
bye now
[wave]
CJ


Reflection for the Day  
06/29

Comments:
June 29 Reflection for the Day

Once we surrendered and came to the Gamblers Anonymous Program, many of us wondered what we would do with all that time on our hands. All the hours we'd previously spent planning, hiding, alibiing, losing our shirts, borrowing, juggling accounts - and all the rest - threatened to turn into empty chunks of time that somehow had to be filled. We needed new ways to use the energy previously absorbed by our addiction. We soon realized that substituting a new and different activity is far easier than just stopping the old activity and putting nothing in its place.

Am I redirecting my mind and energy?

Today I Pray
I pray that, once free of the encumbrance of my addiction, I may turn to my Higher Power to discover for me how to fill my time constructively and creatively. May that same Power that makes human paths cross and links certain people to specific situations, lead me along good new roads into good new places.

Today I Will Remember
Happenstance may be more than chance.


Donna Email
06/29

Last Day You Placed A Bet 7/14/15

Location Florida

Comments:
6/29/20  Monday   Hi my name is Donna and I am a CG in Recovery, checking in, nice productive weekend.  Just for today I will remain Gamble Free, ODAAT.


Hazelden Thought for the Day  
06/28

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June 28th Hazelden Thought for the Day 

When Things Don't Work

Frequently, when faced with a problem, we may attempt to solve it in a particular way. When that way doesn't work, we may continue trying to solve the problem in that same way.

We may get frustrated, try harder, get more frustrated, and then exert more energy and influence into forcing the same solution that we have already tried and that didn't work.

That approach makes us crazy. It tends to get us stuck and trapped. It is the stuff that unmanageability is made of.

We can get caught in this same difficult pattern in relationships, in tasks, in any area of our life. We initiate something, it doesn't work, doesn't flow, we feel badly, then try the same approach harder, even though it's not working and flowing.

Sometimes, it's appropriate not to give up and to try harder. Sometimes, it's more appropriate to let go, detach, and stop trying so hard.

If it doesn't work, if it doesn't flow, maybe life is trying to tell us something. Life is a gentle teacher. She doesn't always send neon road signs to guide us. Sometimes, the signs are more subtle. Something not working may be a sign!

Let go. If we have become frustrated by repeated efforts that aren't producing desired results, we may be trying to force ourselves down the wrong path. Sometimes, a different solution is appropriate. Sometimes, a different path opens up. Often, the answer will emerge more clearly in the quietness of letting go than it will in the urgency, frustration, and desperation of pushing harder.

Learn to recognize when something isn't working or isn't flowing. Step back and wait for clear guidance.

Today, I will not make myself crazy by repeatedly trying solutions that have proven themselves unsuccessful. If something isn't working, I will step back and wait for guidance.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©1990, Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved.
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