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:
We come to know in the Gamblers Anonymous Program that there is no deeper satisfaction and no greater joy than in a Twelfth Step well done. To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness to light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, and above all to watch them awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives – these things are the substance of what we receive as we carry the message of the Program.
Am I learning through Twelfth Step experiences that gratitude should be forward, rather than backward?
Today I Pray:
May my Twelfth Step be as wholehearted and as convincing and as constructive as others’ Twelfth-Stepping has been for me. May I realize that the might of the Program and its effectiveness for all of us come through “passing it on.” When I guide someone else to abstinence, my own abstinence is underlined and reinforced. I humbly ask God’s guidance before each Twelfth Step.
Today I Will Remember:
To pass it on.