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    • #8289

      The advice I didn’t want to hear

      What was it that I really did fear?


      Things that would help me address my addiction

      Rather than listen to my gambling fiction


      The things that actually could make me stop

      Why didn’t they come straight to the top?


      Telling the truth instead of the lies?

       Maybe I should stick to my old alibis


      Getting to meetings, at least one a week?

      If I do that I might have to speak!


      Tying up my money?  Or getting banned?

      That’s a lot harder than I really had planned


      I can’t do that I can do it on my own J

      But didn’t I say that before my last loan? L


      So maybe there is something in way they say

      Maybe there is a different way


      We always hear the things that are easy

      Things that take work just make us queasy


      The reason I know now was always clear

      There really was nothing that I had to fear


      It was just my sneaky, lying addiction

      Giving me more of that same old fiction


      When we decide to really take action

      There is no point in doing it by fraction.


      The advice we don’t want to hear is often the best

      It might be hard but this is no jest


      Don’t listen to that addictions voice

      Treat it like any other noise


      Take those tough steps and you will find

      Recovery and peace of mind


      I did the things I didn’t want to hear

      And now I have no tears, no fear


      Not gambling is not really a sacrifice

      In recovery life, well it really is nice!





    • #8290

      I travelled to that ”other world”
      By some strange magic source
      Transported in a stupor,
      Of sheer magnetic force.
      I didn’t wait to question,
      To ask whither, when or why,
      Gave consent without attempting
      The consequences to deny!

      I don’t remember going-
      I blocked that journey out
      By using every tactic
      To suppress my rational doubt.
      Although my mind was screaming
      ”Turn back ! You have a choice!”
      But addiction leads to dreaming
      So I just ignored that voice.

      I thought about my future
      My promises and plans
      To be frugal free and truthful
      Living Life in God’s safe Hands!
      It was clear before I started
      What the outcome soon would be,
      And I heard the Voice of Reason
      ”What will YOU do differently?”

      A gambler’s prayer for miracles,
      For favours and for wins,
      Soon transforms into mockery
      Reflected in the ”spins”
      Seventy, eighty, ninety
      Before we see Three Bars,
      Maybe God is laughing now,
      Scolding from the stars!

      Gambling is my First Love
      When I fail to take control
      And even though I have a choice
      It takes my heart and soul,
      But only when I give consent
      To set this” monster”free
      From the cage where he lies sleeping,
      It is I who hold the key!

    • #8291

      I am glad that I can see your post. The rest you know better than I do.
      See you soon Vera.
      All the best

    • #8292

      Great poem Vera. Hopefully see you again in a group soon.

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