On Discerning Judgment


Discernment
1. an act of perceiving or discerning something
2. the ability to judge well.

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Allow me to start by saying that I judge.

Yes…I do.

And I would even go so far as to say that I do this all day long because I’m constantly making judgments.

However, judgment gets a bad rap because we’re told that to judge is wrong.

Yet, I think there is a difference between condemning judgment and discerning judgment.

And I do believe that discernment is a form of judgment because it’s our ability to perceive something based on a feeling.

I think we often have a tendency to ignore our initial feelings because we’re taught that first impressions are not always the correct ones.

True, they’re not always the correct ones. But I will say that the greater percentage of my initial feelings I have about people or certain situations are usually spot on. And I bet you could say the same thing about yourself. Your initial feelings are usually spot on.

Have you ever walked down a particular street and got a feeling that it wasn't safe because you saw someone standing there who seemed shifty, so you turned around and walked down another street?

Well, that feeling is judgment.

Have you ever met someone and had strong reservations about them, but then went ahead and became friends with them, only to discover that your reservations were correct?

Well, those reservations are judgments.

Have you ever accepted a new job, sensing that you shouldn’t have, and then found out that your sense was correct?

Well, that sense is judgment.

So you see, we continually receive messages of discerning judgment, yet will often quickly dismiss them because we either second-guess them, or we believe that we always need to give people the benefit of the doubt and not judge.

As I shared, I think there is a difference between condemning judgment and discerning judgment.

But it’s still judgment.

Because we can receive a feeling about a person or an experience, without condemning them.

And choose not to allow ourselves to get involved.

And I think that’s wise judgment.


Have a FABULOUS weekend everyone!
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  1. Did something happen to precipitate this post? I agree with you, although I sometimes feel it's easier to judge people when one is not involved with the person directly.

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  2. I so agree with this, Ron. I have always had very cute discernment. Mo, on the other hand isn't so discerning and I often have to say. "Be careful Mo, something doesn't feel right". It usually turns out that I was right.



    I have, on the odd occasion, not liked somebody on first meeting them and ended up really liking them. I don't think that's the same thing though. That's more a personality thing. If I get that 'gut' feeling it's a warning to me, to tread carefully, or stay away completely. I ALWAYS listen to it.


    Regarding judgement. I try very hard to never judge others. Who am I to put my opinions or standards on to somebody else? However, I think we all tend to judge others, in varying degrees. I think it's in-built, in order for us to make every day judgements, for ourselves, in life.

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  3. I gotta tell ya--I LOVE that bicycle photo. And I NOW need to get the First Wives Club on DVD so I can watch it again. Oh my gosh..too funny, those ladies!

    I had to smile when I read 'discernment'--I could hear WisePersonInMyLife telling me there was a difference between discernment and prejudice. And being the english freak/defiant poop that I am, I had to look both of them up to try to prove him wrong. LOL His point was very much yours. I make decisions all the time based on 'feelings' or 'intuition'. Sometimes they're the right calls for me--sometimes I miss the boat and have to go back and redo them. (and there's a lesson in that one..)
    We base decisions/judgements on intuition/feelings/experiences/knowledge, etc... I hope to heck I'm making 'judgements'. I'm responsible for making decisions....like everyone else on the planet. Can you imagine the willy nilly nonsense if no one did?!

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  4. EXACTLY!! You are so right. There is an ocean of difference between condemnation and discernment when it comes to judgement calls. We make judgement calls all day, every day. Some are correct...some are not. There's a difference between knowledge and wisdom....and discernment fall in the wisdom category. While I try and give others the benefit of the doubt, if it looks like a snarling dog and sounds like a snarling dog.....I'm probably going to jump to the conclusion that it's going to attack. Fabulous post today. Loved it. Hope you have a great weekend!! :-)

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  5. Yes, I think some of these judgments are intuition. It's a matter of knowing from where these feelings arise that helps us decide whether to listen or not...yes, it's discernment. We're given intuition as a safety mechanism, and yes, I think we've all been wise to listen to that voice.

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  6. 'Have you ever met someone and had strong reservations about them, but then went ahead and became friends with them, only to discover that your reservations were correct?'


    Oh yes! After a few such experiences I began to doubt my judgement, at least initially, and yet I am noted for getting things right. Duh! Since when? In my case, caution should come somewhere between judgement and condemnation.


    Interesting, thought-provoking post, Ron. Off now to do a bit of pondering while you hopefully enjoy your day x

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  7. Great post, Ron! You really hit about some important concepts.


    I have ignored or disregarded my reservations about people and found out that I should have heeded the warning signs.


    But then I've also been known to make snap decisions about people--including myself--only to find later that I was wrong,


    I think discernment is the key, the dividing line between being able to size up someone or something intelligently and making quick assessments based up fear, prejudice, or past experience.


    Brilliant work, buddy! Have a discernibly great weekend!

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  8. Ron, what an accurately expressed post about judgment! Yes, I think there is a difference between condeming and discerning judgment too. We can discern without condeming. And like you said, it's 'wise' judgment. I will catch myself second-guessing and then end up seeing that my feelings were correct. I think discernment comes from intuition, and there is a reason why we have intuition.

    Wonderful post, Ron! Have a great weekend!

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  9. Goood morning Bijoux!

    "Did something happen to precipitate this post?"

    This post stems from an accumulation of experiences I've had throughout the years, not any one specific thing.

    " I agree with you, although I sometimes feel it's easier to judge people when one is not involved with the person directly."



    Exactly. And for me it's that initial feeling I get about someone (or an experience) before getting directly involved, which will often give me an insight - a discernment.


    Much thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a faaaaaabulous weekend!


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  10. David OliverNovember 15, 2013

    From what you've written I know you have a gift! Many people do, my Ex does. And I envy all of you because I am clueless about people most of the time. Sure I can tell when it is obvious but most of the time it is not for me. I just accept that most everyone I meet is a good guy/gal. This has caused me a lot of grief.



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  11. Hiya Babs!

    "I have, on the odd occasion, not liked somebody on first meeting them and ended up really liking them. I don't think that's the same thing though. That's more a personality thing. If I get that 'gut' feeling it's a warning to me, to tread carefully, or stay away completely. I ALWAYS listen to it."

    THANK YOU! You said that perfectly! There is a BIG difference between a 'personality' thing and a 'gut' feeling. And that to me is a discernment - a wise warning. I too have not liked someone on first meeting and then ended up really liking them.

    "However, I think we all tend to judge others, in varying degrees. I think it's in-built, in order for us to make every day judgements, for ourselves, in life."



    Yes, I totally agree with you. It's in-built. We all judge. And I think the key to discernment is sensing the difference between what we think and what we feel.


    Much thanks for stopping by, Babs! Have a wonderful weekend!


    X to you and Mo!

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  12. Well said, Ron! What you're referring to as "judgment" is what I often call "intuition."


    We get a *sense* or *feeling* that something isn't right, someone isn't who they claim to be, and we judge. Perhaps that's a good thing, don't you think? I mean, how many times have we been spared pain or heartache or worse simply by listening to the hints we receive? Why must some of us trudge headlong into danger before we accept our human inclination to judge??


    That said, "judging with condemnation" -- just because something is unfamiliar or unknown -- turns discernment into prejudice, right? And that's WRONG on so many levels.


    Interesting topic, my friend. Lots of meat here to ponder. And a whole weekend in which to do so -- make it splendid!

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  13. Hiya Mel!

    Thank you :) I added that bicycle photo earlier this week. I may be adding more this weekend. Don't you LOVE the First Wives Club???? It was one of my mother's favorite movies!

    "His point was very much yours. I make decisions all the time based on 'feelings' or 'intuition'. Sometimes they're the right calls for me--sometimes I miss the boat and have to go back and redo them. (and there's a lesson in that one..)'

    Exactly. As I shared, sometimes my initial feelings are not always correct. As Babs so wisely shared, sometimes it may be just a 'personality' thing; other times it's a 'gut' feeling. And it's the gut feeling that's the discernment - the wisdom.

    "I hope to heck I'm making 'judgements'. I'm responsible for making decisions....like everyone else on the planet. Can you imagine the willy nilly nonsense if no one did?!"



    Amen, Mel!


    MUCH thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Have a spectacular weekend!


    (((((((((((((((((( You ))))))))))))))))))))))


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  14. Hey there Lisa!

    " There is an ocean of difference between condemnation and discernment when it comes to judgement calls. There's a difference between knowledge and wisdom....and discernment fall in the wisdom category."



    Brava! I couldn't have said it any better! A wisdom. And that's there for a reason.


    Much thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a grrrrrrrreat weekend!


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  15. "It's a matter of knowing from where these feelings arise that helps us decide whether to listen or not...yes, it's discernment."

    Yes, Suzi, I totally agree - knowing or 'sensing' where these feelings arise. That's the key.

    "We're given intuition as a safety mechanism, and yes, I think we've all been wise to listen to that voice."



    Amen! As I shared, we can judge without condemning and make a choice to not get involved. Discernment.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a super-duper weekend!


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  16. Goooood morning Valerie!

    Loved this....

    "In my case, caution should come somewhere between judgement and condemnation."



    Exactly! Which for me is a feeling of discernment. We don't always need to know to KNOW. That's discernment.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Hope all went well today with Joe. Have a lovely weekend!


    ((((((((((( You & Joe )))))))))))))


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  17. Hey there Rob!

    "But then I've also been known to make snap decisions about people--including myself--only to find later that I was wrong."

    And me as well. But as Babs so wisely shared, I think in those cases it's more of an initial 'personality' clash, where as discernment comes from a 'gut' feeling. I have sometimes met someone I initially didn't like (and them me), but then ended up REALLY liking each other.

    "I think discernment is the key, the dividing line between being able to size up someone or something intelligently and making quick assessments based up fear, prejudice, or past experience."



    Yes! Yes! Yes! You said that brilliantly!


    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a super spectacular weekend!


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  18. Hola Denise!

    " I think discernment comes from intuition, and there is a reason why we have intuition."



    You are so right. It does come from intuition (a knowingness) in your gut. For me it's usually a feeling that is persistent; not just something fleeting.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a most excellent weekend!


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  19. Yes gut instinct is usually right be it about people or situations, I always go with it.

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  20. Goooood morning David!

    You hit the nail on the head...

    "What you're referring to as "judgment" is what I often call "intuition." We get a *sense* or *feeling* that something isn't right, someone isn't who they claim to be, and we judge. Perhaps that's a good thing, don't you think? "

    Absolutely! And discernment IS a form of judgment. But a judgment which I feel is a 'wise' judgment. A 'knowing' before the knowing. Like you shared...an intuition.

    "That said, "judging with condemnation" -- just because something is unfamiliar or unknown -- turns discernment into prejudice, right? And that's WRONG on so many levels."



    Definitely! I think it's possible to judge without condemning, but still not allow ourselves to get involved. It's knowing the difference between what we think and that 'gut' feeling we get.


    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy! Have a most excellent weekend!

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  21. I honestly believe that we are ALL born with intuition (a knowingness), it's just learning to trust and honor it. I have always lived my life more on intuition than logic. But that's just me.


    As I shared, sometimes my initial feelings are not always correct. But if that feeling is persistent, it usually is correct.


    Have a faaaaaaaaaabulous weekend, David!

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  22. Mark PetruskaNovember 15, 2013

    "The greater percentage of my initial feelings I have about people or certain situations are usually spot on." I agree, like you said. And I think this is why people say to "trust your intuition." It seems that humans are hardwired with this sort-of sixth sense that helps them out of dangerous situations.


    Have a groovy weekend, sir!

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  23. Howdy Mark!

    "And I think this is why people say to "trust your intuition." It seems that humans are hardwired with this sort-of sixth sense that helps them out of dangerous situations."

    Exactly! Intuition/discernment is there for a reason. It's just a matter of trusting it.

    Much thanks for stopping by, bud! Have a GROOVY weekend!

    X to you and Tara!

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  24. Ron, you have such a way with words. Well said! "Because we can receive a feeling about a person or an experience, without condemning them. And choose not to allow ourselves to get involved."

    Wise judgment indeed! And I love the quote by Penn.

    I have a pretty good sense of judgment. And it's when I don't trust it that I realize how accurate it often is. Sometimes I think people don't want to admit to having feelings of discernment because it's more comfortable to ignore than see.

    Great post, dude!

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  25. Hiya Matt!

    "And I love the quote by Penn."

    I found the quote by Penn a few days ago and thought it was VERY wise.

    "Sometimes I think people don't want to admit to having feelings of discernment because it's more comfortable to ignore than see."

    I LOVE that point you brought up because I had a discussion about that exact thing with someone a few months ago. Sometimes it is more comfortable to ignore than see what your intuition/discernment is telling you.

    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a stellar weekend!

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  26. My, what wisdom from one so obviously young and innocent. (I of course have perfect judgement)

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  27. So true. The process of coming to a decision among Quakers is called discernment because you do just that - examine your thoughts and feelings, and your conscience, and make a judgement about the right course of action. Of course, Penn was a Quaker, so he knew that.


    And interestingly, the folks who are quickest to judge in a condemning way are often the least thoughtful or discerning. It's judgement without any examination.

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  28. Ron I love when you share these deep and reflective posts because you have a way of expressing your thoughts and feelings with directness and clarity, but also leaving it up to us to think and feel for ourselves.

    "And I do believe that discernment is a form of judgment because it’s our ability to perceive something based on a feeling."



    So true! And to me a feeling is just as valid as logic. I think we can tell if we're judging with condemning in comparison to judging with discernment because discernment is more of a detached knowing, where as condemning is perhaps more about prejudice or comparison.


    Great post, Ron!

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  29. Dale, I loved your comment...

    "from one so obviously young and innocent."



    HAHAHAHAHAHAH! Oh, thank you!


    And of course, I KNOW you have perfect judgment!


    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a an EXCELLENT weekend!


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  30. Hey there Bijoux!

    I freaking LOVED your explanation of the Quakers process of discernment!!! You know, the more I hear and read about Quakers, the more I ADMIRE their whole attitude and approach to life. And that's right....I had totally forgotten that Penn WAS a Quaker!

    "And interestingly, the folks who are quickest to judge in a condemning way are often the least thoughtful or discerning. It's judgement without any examination."



    Exactly.


    Much thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on this post, girl. Have a SUPER weekend!

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  31. we all judge and maybe even condemn a little, that is, to express a strong disapproval of... though i would never condemn anyone verbally. there are things that go on inside my pea brain that are not so "PC" and i do try to correct my thinking. verbally, i would never intentionally want to hurt anyone's feeling.

    ron, i always try to give people the benefit of the doubt. i "trust" people until they give me reason not to. judgment i suppose is also a protection. if i feel something is not right about a person, then i might be more alert or cautious, otherwise i am not looking to get close enough to some people to care. sad but true.

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  32. Hey ho Robert!

    "I think we can tell if we're judging with condemning in comparison to judging with discernment because discernment is more of a detached knowing, where as condemning is perhaps more about prejudice or comparison."


    I love how you said that! And you're right, discernment IS more of a detached knowing without condemning with a prejudice stemming from comparison. Excellent point! And I also think that condemning judgment is something that eats at you, rather than discern and let it go.


    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings on this topic. Have a stupendous weekend!


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  33. I'm nodding in agreement. I've given a chance recently to someone I had a very negative feeling about, and should have trusted my instincts. No real (monetary) harm, and we are wiser.

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  34. Hey there Val!

    Thank you for your honesty, girl.

    "we all judge and maybe even condemn a little, that is, to express a strong disapproval of..."

    Yes, I agree. And I've done that myself at certain times like, when I once saw a young boy hitting a duck with tree branch outside by a lake, while both his parents sat there and did nothing to stop him. I went ballistic and DEFINITELY shouted condemning words to him because I was furious at his behavior. Yup...I condemned him alright - HA!

    "if i feel something is not right about a person, then i might be more alert or cautious, otherwise i am not looking to get close enough to some people to care. sad but true."



    No, I don't think that's sad at all because if you 'sense' something about a person, then I think it's WISE of you to protect yourself and not get close. That's discernment.


    Much thanks for stopping by, Val! Have a most excellent weekend!


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  35. Hellooooooooooooo Jean!

    "I've given a chance recently to someone I had a very negative feeling about, and should have trusted my instincts."

    Yes, I've done the exact same thing in the past, so I hear you!

    "No real (monetary) harm, and we are wiser."



    Good for you because you're right....we can LEARN something from those experiences; making us wiser for the next time.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a fantabulous weekend! Always so nice to see your comments, Jean!

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  36. You're welcome, Ron. You always provoke such interesting topics. Have a nice weekend!

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  37. Thank you, Robert :) Have a super weekend, bud!

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  38. Ahem. I love Bijoux, but I am not her! :-o

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  39. Bwhahahahahahahahaha!

    OMG...I can't believe I DID that!!!! Thank you for catching it, Sorry, I will now change it.

    Have a FAB Saturday, Bijoux....um...I mean Secret Agent Woman :)

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  40. I'm just glad you confused me with someone I like!
    XO

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  41. Geraldine H.November 16, 2013

    A lot to consider here Ron. Thanks for this food for thought.
    I've been under the weather this past week, just getting back to visiting some of my fav blogs today.
    Hope you have a fab weekend.
    LOVED those nose French fries, you made me LOL. :<)

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  42. Hey there Geraldine!

    You are so welcome! I've been wanting to share a post on this topic for awhile now, so yesterday I suddenly got inspired to do so.

    Hope you're feeling better soon. And much thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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    "LOVED those nose French fries, you made me LOL. :<)"

    HA! Thanks! Aren't I a silly man?

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  43. I discern a difference between judgment and judgmental. I do my best to pay attention to those inner feelings that will result in good or bad judgment, and I mentally bitch-slap myself when I know I'm being judgmental. Good topic for conversation, Ron.

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  44. Jayne, I LOVE how you expressed this...

    "I discern a difference between judgment and judgmental."

    BINGO! Yes, there IS a difference between having judgment and being judgmental. Excellent point you brought up!!!

    "I do my best to pay attention to those inner feelings that will result in good or bad judgment, and I mentally bitch-slap myself when I know I'm being judgmental."



    Good for you, my friend. I try to do the same thing.


    Much thanks for stopping by and adding your insight to this post topic. Awesome!


    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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  45. I learned a very long time ago, to trust my own gut feelings at all time. Every time I went against it, I made some serious errors, some of which were life changing.
    In a sense, we are forever judging on a daily basis, it's just that some people don't call it that.

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  46. Hey there Rum Punch!

    "Every time I went against it, I made some serious errors, some of which were life changing."

    Me as well. And even I though I DID learn something through going against it, the main thing I learned was to TRUST it.

    "In a sense, we are forever judging on a daily basis, it's just that some people don't call it that."

    Exactly!

    Much thanks for stopping by, bud. Have a super Sunday!

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  47. Ron, off topic but I am really enjoying the Pixlr. There are so many neato things I'm doing with my pictures!

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  48. Ron, off topic but I am really enjoying the Pixlr. There are so many neato things I'm doing with my pictures. Thanks again for the recommendation!

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  49. That's AWESOME, MATT! You go, boy! And don't forget to try out PicMonkey, as well. I use them BOTH.

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  50. " - a good old fashioned coca-cola too. Nothing diet either!'

    OMG....me neither, Meleah! In fact, I can't drink ANYTHING diet because to me the taste is so YUCK - almost like drinking metal. Diet stuff has the most bizarre taste.

    Yes, isn't Five Guys the BEST?

    ORGASMIC!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl!

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  51. " And it's called trusting your gut!"


    Amen! And it's taken me years to learn how to do that - listen and trust. You know us Libras, we have an acute sense of intuition because we're very sensitive to energy. And I have to say, we're usually spot on.


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, Meleah. Hope you had a FAB weekend, girl!

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  52. "I can't drink ANYTHING diet because to me the taste is so YUCK - almost like drinking metal."

    YES! EXACTLY! * gag *

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  53. Oh yes ­ our Libra intuition is spot on ­ we just have to trust it!!

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  54. Yes, it is absolutely about trusting your gut. It's interesting how you parsed it into condemning judgment and discerning judgment. I love it. Our guts really know their shit.


    We can't help categorize the people we meet. Our brains store a lot of files in them. Every time we see something or someone, the clerk in our head immediately finds the file associated with that first impression and sends it to the frontal lobe. It's at that point, we make a judgment call.

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  55. Hey there Lauren!

    "Our guts really know their shit."

    You said it! I'm one of those people who tries to follow my gut first, even though it might not make logical sense. But then afterward, will often see that it was correct.

    " Every time we see something or someone, the clerk in our head immediately finds the file associated with that first impression and sends it to the frontal lobe. It's at that point, we make a judgment call."



    I love how you said that!


    Thanks much for stopping, Lauren. Always so nice to see you!


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  56. You said it.....*gag*


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  57. Herman TurnipNovember 17, 2013

    What an excellent, well thought out post! I agree that it's important to judge people, but to reserve final judgement until our senses can be confirmed. Of course, that doesn't pertain to shadowy figures lurking in dark alleys. The way I see it, if you have a "bad feeling about this" then it's always best to err on the side of caution and avoid the situation all together. I like to think that my gut has a lot to do with how I judge situations and people. When in doubt, go with your gut.

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  58. Hey there Herman!

    "but to reserve final judgement until our senses can be confirmed."

    Often though, for me personally, my senses ARE the confirmation. Because if I reserve it until I get proof that my senses were correct to make a final judgment, then it's already too late to avoid. For me, the feeling usually comes immediate. Like a red flag.

    It's as you shared so perfectly...

    "The way I see it, if you have a "bad feeling about this" then it's always best to err on the side of caution and avoid the situation all together. I like to think that my gut has a lot to do with how I judge situations and people."

    That's it. It's a GUT reaction of discernment.

    MUCH thanks for stopping by and sharing on this post, buddy! Hope you and the family had an awesome weekend!

    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  59. I am sorry I didnt catch this post last week. But you are spot on! I had a gut feeling that leaving my job for my last job was a bad idea- but I was afraid I was passing judgement where I shouldnt have. Guess what? I shoudlve listened to my gut. Because of that second guessing I have now been unemployed for 6 weeks. I think judgement is needed in some cases we just need to have more confidence in it!

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  60. Hellooooooooo Shae!

    "I had a gut feeling that leaving my job for my last job was a bad idea- but I was afraid I was passing judgement where I shouldnt have. Guess what? I shoudlve listened to my gut. Because of that second guessing I have now been unemployed for 6 weeks."

    It's ironic you mentioned that because several years ago, I was asked to apply for a job (a higher position than mine) with the company I work for. And for some reason, even though it was very tempting because the salary was excellent, I felt in my gut that I shouldn't. And I am so glad I listened because the person who did get the job was let go 6 months after she took it, on account of budget cuts in the company. However, she DID find another job quickly.

    "I think judgement is needed in some cases we just need to have more confidence in it!"



    Yes, that's the key....to trust and confidence in it.


    And keep the faith, my friend, because you WILL find another job that's just right for you.


    Thanks for stopping by, girl!


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  61. Okay, so last Sunday on my way home from work, I stopped heer and ordered a burger and fries to go. I didn't let the greasy bag deter me since, like you, I don't do this every day. Can I say that I thought I had died and gone to heaven?? It was soooo good! I'm not a big fries person but they were delish! Today, on break during jury duty, a few people wanted to leave the courthouse to go get lunch. I suggested Five Guys but, alas, there wasn't one within walking distance. :-(

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  62. "Can I say that I thought I had died and gone to heaven?? It was soooo good! I'm not a big fries person but they were delish! "

    Yahoooooooooo, Chrissy! Didn't I tell ya their fries were to DIE FOR????? And I love their burgers (their "Little Burger") because they're the perfect size - not too big, not too small.

    Thanks so much for stopping back and letting me know you enjoyed Five Guys!

    Hope all is going well with court.

    (((((((( You ))))))))

    Have an awesome day, girl!

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  63. Seems I was here already... I know I saw those photos, fabulous btw, but I guess I didn't comment?? Oh well, anyway, we have a Five Guys not too far from here and get takeout occasionally. YUM! Love the fries especially.
    And tonight, we're having burgers/ribs for din but we're not going out.. Ron's grilling.

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  64. I definitely agree with you in that our initial impressions are not always correct, but many times they definitely are. We should trust that first feeling. It might not mean that we need to completely avoid someone or something completely but to at least proceed with caution anyway.

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  65. Hey Mary!

    "Seems I was here already... I know I saw those photos, fabulous btw, but I guess I didn't comment??"

    Oh god, I hope Disqus didn't eat your comment because I don't recall you leaving a comment. Sometimes Disqus gets weird. If you did comment and it didn't post, I apologize, my friend. And thanks for stopping back.

    Isn't Five Guys faaaaaaaabulous?????

    "And tonight, we're having burgers/ribs for din but we're not going out.. Ron's grilling."



    There is NOTHING like home-grilled burgers. Much better than even Five Guys. Enjoy!!!!!


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  66. "but many times they definitely are. We should trust that first feeling. It might not mean that we need to completely avoid someone or something completely but to at least proceed with caution anyway."


    Amen! You summed up this post PERFECTLY!


    But to at least proceed with caution and trust that first feeling.


    Much thanks for stopping by, Mary! Have a terrific weekend!


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  67. There is such a thing as using good judgement, it involves making discerning decisions.

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  68. Amen, Benze! Couldn't have said it any better!

    "...it involves making discerning decisions."

    Much thanks for stopping by, my friend! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

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  69. They do have Five Guys in Vegas! Found one really conveniently located on Eastern in Henderson, which is about an hour away. Cannot wait to put that destination on my list of stops! Yum!

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  70. Hey there Bijoux!

    "Ok, Ron, I ate at a Five Guys one time when I was on a college visit with my son and I thought they had the worst fries ever!!! Maybe they have a quality control issue and not all of the locations cook them the same way!"

    Wow...really??? Honestly, anytime I've gotten fries at Five Guys they were hot, crispy and fresh. Oh well, maybe it was THAT location?

    "although I always did love Mickey D fries when I was a kid. A salty delight!"

    I agree! They're faaaaaaaabulous!!!!!!!

    "That poor, innocent squirrel........"



    HA! No, I didn't really feed them to the squirrels - I was only kidding. You know how much I LOVE squirrels, I would never do that :)


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend. Have a FAB week!


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  71. I've been putting lemons or limes in my Diet Coke for years! It does take away that "diety" taste. And the best diet for me is not the one where I deprive myself of certain foods (except white bread). Everything in moderation...calories in-calories out. But sometimes I just MUST have a greasy burger with fries too! Five Guys has a fun atmosphere too. Have a fantabulous Monday and rest of the week as well!

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  72. Ron, when I first read your post title I thought something completely different. You are such a little trickster. And as always, your humorous posts make me laugh and laugh. Those pictures of you with fries coming out of your nose are hilarious. Ronnie Chang Fugomo!


    I love Five Guys too! Their French fries are so delicious that sometimes I'll just order those with a drink - Pepsi. One of my girlfriends also squeezes a lemon in her coke.


    Thanks for the laughs this morning, Ron. I needed this! Have a wonderful week x

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  73. Oh yes. Five Guys Burgers are indeed - THE BEST.

    And it's funny - I also like to have a COKE with my BURGER - a good old fashioned coca-cola too. Nothing diet either!


    "Here I am taking my second burger bite. And right after this, I had an orgasm. It's called a Burgasm!" HAHAHhahHAa

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  74. "Your initial feelings are usually spot on."

    Yes. Absolutely. And it's called trusting your gut!

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