June 4 Reflection for the day: Acceptance is a key. Too often I was unable to accept who I was, and therefore it was impossible to accept others. Before coming to Gamblers Anonymous, I hid from the truth because I was afraid of it. Now with the help of my GA brothers and sisters, I can walk through it. Today I actually find comfort in knowing the truth. I’m trying to go in the right direction—and that’s enough for me.
Do I accept who I was, with all my shortcomings, and who I am trying to be?
Today I Pray: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change—the past with its miseries and restlessness, and the burdens that are left over from my gambling days. May my acceptance of things past be a basis for building a new life—a life I not only accept, but celebrate.
Today I Will Remember: Acceptance is a key to recovery.
A day at a time in Gamblers Anonymous
– 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.