When a man has reached a condition in which he believed that a thing must happen when he does not wish it, and that which he wishes to happen can never be, this is really the state called desperation, wrote Schopenhauer. The very real pain of emotional difficulties is sometimes very hard to take while we’re trying to maintain abstinence. Yet we learn, in time, that overcoming such problems is the real test of the Gamblers Anonymous way of living.

Do I believe that adversity gives me more opportunity to grow than does comfort or success?

Today I Pray

May I believe firmly that God, in His infinite wisdom, does not send me those occasional moments of emotional stress in order to tease my abstinence, but to challenge me to grow in my control and my conviction. May I learn not to be afraid of emotional summits and canyons, for the Gamblers Anonymous Program has outfitted me for all kinds of terrain.

Today I Will Remember

Strength through adversity.