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Ken L  
03/27

Location Ontario Canada

Comments:
Good Afternoon Folks
Just had the privilege of sharing an hour of recovery at the Friday afternoon GA telephone meeting.  
Thanks to several Gamblers Anonymous there are telephone meetings every night of the week at 9 pm est

Suggest if you are struggling give them a try and share
this info with your fellow members in recovery
Take care and stay safe.
Ken L YBIR
 
As of Wednesday, 3/18, 2020, Gamblers Anonymous will have an accommodation for all Gamblers Anonymous members who have been told that their regular meeting facilities have been closed due to the current health emergency. The Board of Trustees Telephone Conference Call Committee has been operating a weekly Telephone Conference Call meeting for the last 6 years. With the approval of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the committee has volunteered to hold daily meetings.
Accordingly, there will be a telephone conference call meeting every day of the week at 9:00 PM New York Time, lasting for 2 hours. These meetings are designated as approved Gamblers Anonymous meetings. These meetings are scheduled to continue for a 2-week period, but may be extended additional weeks, if required.
Below are the details to call in for all the meetings. Day and Time Call In Number and Meeting Code and Email for Information and Questions
Sunday 9 PM 712-770-5338 836083#      Sunday9PMHelp@gmail.com
Monday 9 PM 712-770-4925 554671#       Monday9PMHelp@gmail.com
Tuesday 9 PM 712-770-4943 253824#         Tuesday9PMHelp@gmail.com
Wednesday 9 PM 712-770-4160 611704#  Wednesday9PMHelp@gmail.com
Thursday 9 PM 712-770-4981 872853#      Thursday9PMHelp@gmail.com
Friday 3  PM 712-770-4979 703758#         Friday3PMHelp@gmail.com
Friday 9 PM 712-770-4996 595094#           Friday9PMHelp@gmail.com
Saturday 9 PM 712-770-5335 491301#       Saturday9PMHelp@gmail.com

God Bless and Stay Safe
Ken L YBIR


Reflection for the Day  
03/27

Comments:
MARCH 27 Reflection for the Day

Storing up grievances is not only a waste of time, but a waste of life that could be lived to greater satisfaction. If I keep a ledger of “oppressions and indignities,” I’m only restoring them to painful reality. In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, “‘The horror of that moment,’ the King said, ‘I shall never, never forget.’ ‘You will though,’ said the Queen, ‘if you don’t make a memorandum of it.’”

Am I keeping a secret storehouse for the wreckage of my past?

Today I Pray
God keep me from harboring the sludge from the past – grievances, annoyances, grudges, oppressions, wrongs, injustices, put-downs, slights, hurts. They will nag at me and consume my time in rehashing what I might have said or done, until I face each one, name the emotion it produces in me, settle it as best I can – and forget it. May I empty my storehouse of old grievances.

Today I Will Remember
Don’t rattle old bones.


Donna Email
03/27

Last Day You Placed A Bet 7/14/15

Location Florida

Comments:
3/27/20  Friday  Hi my name is Donna and I am a Compulsive Gambler in Recovery, checking in.  Still working from home, keeping my Social Distance, not hard, I'm a widow, me and my Dog.  Just for today I will remain Gamble Free, ODAAT.


Hazelden Thought for the Day 
03/26

Comments:

March 26th Hazelden Thought for the Day 

There is a proper balance between not asking enough of oneself and asking or expecting too much.

—May Sarton

The boy's mother baked pies that morning before he was up. She left them on the back porch to cool, their warm aroma curling up through his bedroom window. His mouth was full of the smell when he woke.

Before she left for work, she said, "You may do anything you want today, anything at all. Except for one thing - don't step in those pies."

All day the boy could not get the pies out of his mind; his feet itched just thinking about them.

Don't step in those pies. He heard her voice inside his head. By late afternoon he could control it no longer. One, two, three, four, five, six--his foot fell squarely into the middle of each pie.

When we expect the worst from others, we often get just that. The same goes for our expectations of ourselves. And when we trust others, it too is returned.

Do I expect the best of others--and myself--today?

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


Reflection for the Day  
03/26

Comments:

MARCH 26 Reflection for the Day

I know today that getting active means trying to live the Steps of the Gamblers Anonymous Program to the best of my ability. It means striving for some degree of honesty, first with myself, then with others. It means activity directed inward, to enable me to see myself and my relationship with my Higher Power more clearly. As I get active, outside and inside myself, so shall I grow in the Program.

Do I let others do all the work at meetings? do I carry my share?

Today I Pray
May I realize that “letting go and letting God” does not mean that I do not have to put any effort into the Program. It is up to me to work the Twelve Steps, to learn what may be an entirely new thing with me – honesty. May I differentiate between activity for activity’s sake – busy-work to keep me from thinking – and the thoughtful activity that helps me to grow.

Today I Will Remember
“Letting God” means letting God show us how.


Donna Email
03/26

Last Day You Placed A Bet 7/14/15

Location Florida

Comments:
3/26/20  Thursday   Hi my name is Donna and I am a Compulsive Gambler in Recovery, day 4 of working from home.  It was quite productive actually, I miss the vibe and banter in our office, but for now, this is what we have to do.  Just for today I will remain Gamble Free, ODAAT.


Michael 
03/26

Comments:
Time is God's trick, given to us, the children of Adam, to realize that we were originally from none-time, from eternity…. here in this life we are living in time and space, in God’s laboratory, God’s kindergarten, preparing ourselves for our real home, which is beyond time and beyond space.


Hazelden Thought for the Day 
03/25

Comments:
March 25th Hazelden Thought for the Day 

My most irrational fear is that I've forgotten how to cook.
—Pam Sherman

Once there was a teacher who was having nightmares about doing a good job. In one dream, he couldn't find his classroom and he had to run from building to building. In another dream, he started teaching the lesson in the middle of the woods and didn't notice he was in the wrong place!

Then one Sunday morning, he read an article about a wonderful baker. She baked every day, started bakeries, and fixed food for her friends, yet when the reporter asked her about her fears, she said, "My most irrational fear is that I've forgotten how to cook."

Suddenly the man felt better. He realized someone else had the same kinds of fears. In a miraculous way, our fears become less powerful when we discover that we share them with other people.

What fear can I share with someone right now?

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


Reflection for the Day  
03/25

Comments:
MARCH 25 Reflection for the Day

If a compulsive gambler wants to live successfully in society, he or she must replace the power of gambling over his/her life with the power of something else – preferably positive, at least neutral, but not negative. That is why we say to the agnostic newcomer: if you can’t believe in God, find a positive power that is as great as the power of your addiction, and give it the power and dependence you gave to your addiction. In Gamblers Anonymous, the agnostic is left free to find his or her Higher Power, and can use the principals of the Program and the therapy of the meetings to aid in rebuilding his/her life.

Will I go out of my way to work with newcomers?

Today I Pray
May the Power of the Gamblers Anonymous Program work its miracles equally for those who believe in a personal God or in a Universal spirit or in the strength of the group itself, or for those who define their Higher Power in their own terms, religious or not. If newcomers are disturbed by the religiosity of the Program, may I welcome them on their own spiritual terms. May I recognize that we are all spiritual beings.

Today I Will Remember
To each his own spirituality.


Donna Email
03/25

Last Day You Placed A Bet 7/14/15

Location Florida

Comments:
3/25/20  Wednesday   Hi my name is Donna and I am a Compulsive Gambler, day 3 of working from home due to a stay at home order in Florida, I really miss the day to day banter of my coworkers.  Just for today I will remain Gamble Free, ODAAT.


Hazelden Thought for the Day 
03/24

Comments:
March 24th Hazelden Thought for the Day 

The things we hate about ourselves aren't more real than things we like about ourselves.
—Ellen Goodman

It is so easy, and tempting, to get down on ourselves, to focus on an imperfect face, a dismal batting average, our fear of math, or our big feet. The trouble is, the more we feel sorry for ourselves, and the more we have to feel sorry about. And though it probably doesn't hurt to indulge in a little self-pity once in a while, how unfortunate--and limiting--it can be to let those attitudes define us.

The things we hate about ourselves are no more real than the things we like about ourselves. The trick is to dwell on the things we like instead of those we don't. Even on days when we are sure we are the least loveable creatures in the world, we can "act as if" we like ourselves. What a surprise at the end of the day, to find out that we actually do!

What can I like about myself today?

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


Reflection for the Day  
03/24

Comments:
MARCH 24 Reflection for the Day

All of us are faced with the troubles and problems of daily living, whether we’ve been in Gamblers Anonymous two days or twenty years. We’d sometimes like to believe we could take care of all our problems right now, but it rarely works that way. If we remember the slogan “A Day at a Time” when we are ready to panic, we may come to know that the very best way to handle anything is to “turn it over.” We put one foot in front of the other, doing the best we are capable of doing. We say “A Day at a Time.” And we do it – a day at a time.

Are the Program’s slogans growing with me as I grow with the Program?

Today I Pray
May even the words “A Day at a Time” serve to slow me down in my headlong rush to accomplish too much too fast. May just those words be enough to make me ease up on the accelerator that plunges me into new situations without enough forethought, ease off on the number of hours spent in material pursuits. May I hark to the adage that Rome wasn’t built in a single day. Neither can I build solutions to my problems all at once.

Today I Will Remember
A Day at a Time.


Donna Email
03/24

Last Day You Placed A Bet 7/14/15

Location Florida

Comments:
3/24/20  Tuesday    Hi my name is Donna and I am a Compulsive Gambler in Recovery, checking in, working from home has advantages and disadvantages, one of which, you miss the daily interaction with your co-workers.  But work at home I guess is the new normal.  Just for today, which is quite easy, I will remain Gamble Free. ODAAT.


Hazelden Thought for the Day 
03/23

Comments:
March 23rd Hazelden Thought for the Day 

On occasion I realize it's easier to say the serenity prayer and take that leap of faith than it is to continue doing what I'm doing.
  —S.H.

The pain of change is a reality. But so is the pain of no change - when change is called for. In spite of our desires, changing others will never be an option, whereas changing ourselves takes only a decision and is a choice always available.

We can take an inventory for a moment. What are we presently doing that makes us ashamed or angry or fearful? We can let go of that behavior and responsibly choose a new tack. If strength is needed, or confidence to try a new behavior, we can simply ask that it be ours. The Third Step promises that our lives are in God's care and our needs are always being attended to - not always our wants, but in every instance our needs.

Most of our struggles, today as in the past, are attached to persons and situations we are trying to forcibly control. How righteous our attitudes generally are! And so imposing is our behavior that we are met with resistance, painful resistance. Our recourse is now and always to "accept those things we cannot change, and willingly change that which we can." Our personal struggles will end when we are fully committed to the Serenity Prayer.

The wisdom "to know the difference" is mine today.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey © 1982, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation. 


CJ 
03/23

Location Sask

Comments:
Sorry to hear that Ian.  Glad you stopped by here.  

A nice day here on the Saskatchewan prairies so spending time sitting in the back yard with Carley, my yellow lab.  I sometimes wonder if she is wondering what is going on lately with more time being spent at home with her.  

In working recovery I learned to always look for good things in a bad situation.  I find with the self isolating that our world leaders are asking of us … that I have more time to think … and us cg's/rcg's  know what thinking does for us … lol.  Although it has been years since I've placed a bet, I live a life of recovery and with all of this virus thing going on I have been thinking about life in general.  

It was in working recovery that I first made a connection with my HP (GOD) and since then that connection has turned into a deep relationship with HIM.  I see and hear how the virus is bringing about fear upon many people and because of the relationship that I have with the LORD, I feel peace & comfort through all of this.  I use good sense and take all precautions and follow what our politicians and health-care community suggest to us, but the source of my peace is my faith.   HE saved my sorry butt from the gambling and HIS presence in my life is blessing me with serenity amid all of what is going on in the world.

The best suggestion that I have for anyone getting stressed by things, or feeling lonely, or anxious, or having urges and anything else is to turn it all over to HIM.

On that note, I will bid you all a good & peaceful day.  Keep up the good work ONE DAY AT A TIME.

bye now
[wave]
CJ


Ian S Email
03/23

Last Day You Placed A Bet 12/18/97

Location Stone mountain GA

Comments:
it really stinks that teh coronavirus is affecting meetings. Mine was in a hospital but they are not having any non essential personnel in the building. there have been meetings in here and via zzoom
keep the faith everyone


Donna Email
03/23

Last Day You Placed A Bet 7/14/15

Location Florida

Comments:
3/23/20  Monday    Hi my name is Donna and I am a Compulsive Gambler in Recovery, today I start work remotely from home which is going to be the new normal for right now.  I'm just grateful that my employer found a solution for all of us to not lose our jobs.  Just for today I will remain Gamble Free, ODAAT.


Reflection for the Day  
03/22

Comments:

March 23 Reflection for the Day

Gamblers Anonymous teaches us, through the experience, strength, and hope of the Fellowship, that the worst situation imaginable does not warrant a return to gambling. No matter how bad a particular situation or set of circumstances, the return to our old ways for even a minute will assuredly make it worse.

Am I grateful for the caring and sharing of the program?

Today I Pray
May I insist that no stone can be heavy enough to drag me back down into the pool of my addiction. No burden, no disappointment, no blow to pride, or loss of human love is worth the price of returning to my old way of life. When I harbor thoughts that life is “too much” for me, that no one should be expected to “take so much and still remain sane” or that I am “the fall guy,” let me listen for the tone of my complaints and remember that I have heard that whine before – before I concluded that I was powerless over gambling and gave my will over to the will of God. such wailing sets me up for gambling again. May God keep my ears alert to the tone of my complaining.

Today I will Remember.
Hear my own complaints.


Hazelden Thought for the Day 
03/22

Comments:
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 challenges we must face in order to recover. Honesty may be the greatest challenge. It is frightening to be honest with ourselves about things we have never really admitted or faced before.

Sometimes we have new and confusing feelings and think something must be wrong with us. But we may be just experiencing the logical outcome of our earlier commitment to be honest. No one recovers by thinking about it. We must actively take each Step and meet the challenges presented. We are not alone with our difficulties. We are part of a large movement of men committed to recovery, and this quiet moment is one way in which we are simply putting one foot in front of the other.

Today, I pray for the courage to remain faithful when the fears and pains of my transformation are overwhelming.

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


Donna Email
03/22

Last Day You Placed A Bet 7/14/15

Location Florida

Comments:
3/22/20  Sunday   Hi my name is Donna and I am a Compulsive Gambler in Recovery, checking in.  Practicing social distancing and staying home while this pandemic is happening.  Just for today I will remain Gamble Free, ODAAT.
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