Expectations – Episode 186

Do you have unrealistic expectations of other people? Or, maybe, of yourself? How does this hurt?

  • What are “expectations”?
  • “Expectations are pre-meditated resentments” — how do you see this as true?
  • How can expectations set you up for disappointment?
  • How do your expectations of yourself hurt you?
  • How do you deal with other people’s expectations of you?
  • How do you
    • let go of unrealisitic expectations?
    • set realistic / reasonable expectations and boundaries?
  • When has letting go of expectations improved an experience for you?

Eric referred to several other websites:

A correspondant mentioned the Hand in Hand Parenting support organization and how it had helped her.

Upcoming topics include a talk with Alateen sponsors, and the question “how am I trustworthy?” Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecoveryshow.com with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.
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Maria – Beyond Recovery – Episode 185

How do you use recovery in your life?

Join Spencer and Maria as they explore how she has found a new way of living, beyond recovery.

Before coming to recovery, Maria’s life was “good enough.” The tools she gained in the Al-Anon program have enabled her to face two major life choices, and to decide to make a huge change in her direction.

How about you? What does your life look like, beyond recovery? Please contact us: call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecoveryshow.com with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

A listener was helped by the meditation “A god of my understanding.”

Recovery 2016 – Episode 184

How did your recovery grow in 2016? Whether we’re just getting started or we’ve been at this for years now, we can always grow.

  • How did recovery tools and principles work in my life last year?
    • With family and friends?
    • In my finances?
    • In my work?
    • In my health and fitness?
    • In my spiritual life?
  • How did my recovery program grow?
  • In what ways did I “slack off”?
  • What goals did I set for 2016? How did I meet them?

Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecoveryshow.com with your questions or to share your experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

A listener suggested repeating episode 101, Looking Back, Looking Ahead. Check it out if you haven’t listened to it already.
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Christmas 2016 wishes

My wishes to you are that the spirit of the Christmas season, of peace and good will to all people, may be with you in the coming year.

Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecoveryshow.com with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

Background music is Carol of the Bells from Free Christmas MP3.

 

Kathy C Open Talk – Episode 183

Kathy shares her experience, strength, and hope in her open talk. I particularly appreciated the way she kept the focus on herself — her feelings — her actions — as she described the years before she found recovery. I was able to identify with a lot of what she said.

In our feedback section, we had a question about online meetings. I know of several resources, but I’m sure there are others.

A listener asked about boundaries, particularly looking for something to explain boundaries to her 6-year old child. We did several episodes about boundaries, but not especially aimed at young folk. If you can help with this, please contact us.

Another request is for sharings about regret. Two listeners wrote. One spoke of “The sadness, disappointment and regret I feel over having not been in a good enough mind-shape to really be there for my kids.” Another shared, “Particularly as a mother I find a downward pull toward dwelling on mistakes from the past where I let my children down by losing my temper.”

Carrie wrote to suggest topics of “tools”, holidays, and hyper-vigilance. We did talk about holiday survival previously, but it’s always a good topic. On the topic of “tools”, please share your favorite recovery tool!