Discernment is the art and skill of making wise choices. Structured discernment is usually the skill of choosing between yes and no or between two choices that feel roughly equally good or equally problematic.
Discernment is about life choices. It’s about significant, often life-altering choices. These are choices like whether to have a/nother child. Whether to go to one school or another. Whether to get married—or divorced. What one’s next job or employment setting might be. Whether to move or not. Whether to move to one city or another. Whether to go to a retirement community or stay in one’s current home.
We all encounter choices like these. And sometimes—often!—we need help making wise decisions. Our friends, colleagues, and loved ones are invaluable sources of help. Nonetheless, the tools, skills, and art of structured discernment are fundamental for making good choices as life goes on, relationships change, and our priorities shift.