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A Day at a Time by Craig Nakken is an essential recovery tool for compulsive gamblers, with daily reflections and prayers that offer hope, support, and guidance throughout the year.

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  • MAY 22 Reflection for the Day

    When I first listened to people in Gamblers Anonymous talking freely and honestly about themselves, I was stunned. Their stories of their own gambling escapades, of their own secret fears, and of their own gnawing loneliness were literally mind-blowing for me. I discovered—and hardly dared believe it at first—that I’m not alone, I’m not all that different from everybody else and, in fact, we’re all very much the same. I began to sense that I do belong somewhere, and my loneliness began to leave me.

    Do I try to give others what has been given freely to me?

    Today I Pray

    May I begin to see, as the life stories of my friends in GA unfold for me, that our similarities are far more startling than our differences. As I listen to their accounts of compulsive gambling and recovery, may I experience often that small shock of recognition, a hey-that’s-me! feeling that is quick to chase away my separate-ness. May I become a wholehearted member of the group, giving and taking in equal parts.

    Today I Will Remember

    Sameness, not differences.

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    Ika-22 ng Mayo

    Pagninilay para sa Araw na ito

    Nang una kong marinig ang mga tao sa Gamblers Anonymous na malayang nagsasalita ng totoo tungkol sa kanilang sarili, nagulat ako. Ang kanilang mga kwento ng kanilang sariling mga kalokohan sa pagsusugal, ng kanilang sariling mga lihim na kinatatakutan, at ng kanilang sariling patuloy na masakit na kalungkutan ay lubos na kahanga-hanga para sa akin. Natuklasan ko—at halos hindi ako naniwala sa simula—na hindi ako nag-iisa, hindi ako talaga naiiba sa lahat at, sa katunayan, lahat tayo ay pare-pareho. Sinimulan kong maunawaan na may kinabibilangan ako, at sinimulan akong iwan ng aking kalungkutan.

    Sinusubukan ko bang ibigay sa iba ang malayang naibigay sa akin?

    Ngayon ipinagdarasal ko…

    Nawa’y masimulan kong makita, habang ang mga kwento ng buhay ng aking mga kaibigan sa GA ay nabubunyag sa akin, na ang aming mga pagkakatulad ay mas nakakagulat kaysa sa aming mga pagkakaiba. Habang nakikinig ako sa kanilang mga paglalarawan ng adiksyon sa pagsusugal at paggaling, nawa’y maranasan ko nang madalas ang maliit na pagkabigla ng pagkilala, isang uy-ako-iyan! na pakiramdam na mabilis na nagtataboy ng aking pagkahiwalay. Nawa’y maging isang buong pusong miyembro ako ng grupo, na nagbibigay at kumukuha nang pantay.

    Ngayon tatandaan ko…

    Pagkakatulad, hindi pagkakaiba.


    *** PAUNAWA: Pinapaalam po na ang pagsasalin sa Tagalog ng “Pagninilay sa Araw na Ito” ay hindi aprubado ng GA International Service Office. Ito po ay ginagawa ng BETS OFF HOME GROUP para makatulong sa mga adik na gustong magbago.

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A Day at a Time can serve as a beacon of hope and guidance for individuals grappling with the shackles of compulsive gambling. In the throes of addiction, each day can seem like an insurmountable challenge, but adopting a daily reflection practice can illuminate a path towards recovery. This practice involves introspection, encouraging the individual to carefully examine their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors throughout the day. By scrutinizing their experiences, they begin to unravel the intricate web of triggers and patterns that fuel their gambling impulses. This heightened self-awareness lays the groundwork for transformation.

Mindfulness is a cornerstone of this process.

It encourages the compulsive gambler to be present in each moment, to recognize the fleeting thoughts of temptation as they arise. Armed with this awareness, they can intercept the impulse before it gains a stranglehold on their actions. This newfound clarity enables them to develop coping strategies tailored to their specific triggers. They might engage in alternative activities that channel their energy positively or reach out to a support network when cravings surge.

Breaking the journey into manageable chunks, focusing on one day at a time, is a crucial aspect of this approach. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the daunting prospect of battling addiction, the individual sets realistic daily goals. With every day successfully navigated, a sense of accomplishment takes root, reinforcing their commitment to recovery. This positive reinforcement, accumulated over time, becomes a sturdy foundation upon which lasting change is built.

As days evolve into weeks and weeks into months, the cumulative effect of daily reflection becomes evident. The individual’s once-turbulent thoughts begin to settle, and their actions align more closely with their aspirations. With persistence, the grip of addiction loosens, allowing them to reclaim agency over their life. Through this gradual process, the compulsive gambler emerges as a testament to the power of self-awareness, mindfulness, and resilience. A day at a time, they rewrite their story, embracing a future defined by freedom rather than compulsion.