Discernment - Recovered 625
Release Date: 08/25/2015
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Popsicle Sticks is not really a topic but rather a style of meeting here in Southeast Michigan. Tonight, this show will be presented in the form of a popsicle stick meeting. A popsicle stick meeting is a meeting where we let our higher power determine what we need to share. Here in our virtual studio, we have a can full of popsicle sticks. Each stick has a recovery topic written on it. We will take turns, randomly picking a stick and then sharing on that topic that was chosen. Tonight, we do popsicle sticks 3:25 To skip the intro This week, Todd, Betsy,...info_outline Fear - Recovered 1246
When people give up abusing alcohol and drugs it does not mean that their trials in life are over. They are still going to have to deal with the ups and downs of life just like everyone else. The only difference will be that they won’t be hiding from reality through substance abuse. One of the things that people in recovery are almost certain to face is fear. It is unavoidable. Those in recovery are no longer interested in hiding from fear. Their focus is on learning to manage it effectively. Fear can be defined as a distressing emotion aroused by impending pain or danger. The trigger for...info_outline Artubus O Part 5 - Recovered 1251
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Webster says that discernment is the ability to judge well.
But, true discernment means not only distinguishing the right from the wrong;
it means distinguishing the primary from the secondary,
the essential from the indifferent, and the
permanent from the temporary.
And, yes, it means distinguishing between the good and the better,
and even between the better and the best.
But Matt, let’s start with you
What is discernment to you and Why is discernment important in recovery?
What are some of the consequences of bad discernment when you were in recovery?
What would you do different?
How do you judge something as good for you or bad for you?
What recovery tools do you use in this process?
Can you judge something as good or bad by yourself?
How does a sponsor or someone else help in this process?
How do you know when something is right for you?
How do you know when something is bad for you?
Bill from New Jersey
Sometimes we are faced with the decision between two good things. This is where the rubber meets the road.
How does judging well affect your life?
How does your higher power influence your discernment process?
What would you say to the new guy who is struggling to know what is right for him?