Spencer and Maria share their experience about suffering and pain. We used this outline to guide our conversation.
- What distinction does the quote make between pain and suffering?
- Does it make sense to say “suffering is pain plus a story we tell ourselves?”
- What forms can suffering take?
- What tools does Al-Anon give is to stop turning pain into suffering?
- Let go and let God.
- Just for today.
- One day at a time.
- Loving detachment.
- How important is it?
- Live and let live.
- This too shall pass.
- Attitude of gratitude.
- Connection with others — we are not alone.
Our topic for next week is Tradition 8, which states “Al-Anon Twelfth Step work should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.” Why is this important? How does it help us in recovery? Other upcoming topics include “Am I caretaking or am I supporting someone?” and “the 4 M’s: managing, manipulating, mothering and martyrdom.”
If you’ve got something to share on any of these topics, you can join the conversation. Please leave a voicemail at 734-707-8795, use the voicemail button to the right, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.
Music for the show
The Smiths – Never Had No One Ever
John Lee Hooker – It Serves Me Right to Suffer
Zac Brown Band – No Hurry
The Music in the show
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