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This is the Road To Redemption....and with all due respect, I'm Bryan Duncan...still working on my responsibilities for happiness! .... I'm responsible to Respect others .. and expect Respect....



Staple Singers/ Respect Yourself



This is Radio Rehab...and the responsibility to respect others and expect respect...is this weeks show..Respect is not just "Kissing up"... or "brown nosing" to get what you want... it's understanding the principles of true human dignity... when it is offered to others it gives them the courage, hopefully.. to reciprocate... or in other words... "do unto others as you would have them do unto you"... wow that's a lot simpler way to put it...

Staple Singers there...with a classic song and a timeless message...suggesting we show a little respect for a world we're just passin through...



John Mayer/ Waiting on the World to Change




Giving what you want to be given..is a responsibility of reasonable happiness... I don't think it's a good idea to expect respect from others before I give it first...when I've started with the expectation of respect.. uuuuh it was a long time comin.... So.. Want respect?... give respect!


Self respect starts in recovery! ...accepting this sinful world as it is and not as I would have it...acknowledging a power greater than myself... takin a moral inventory for myself... and makin amends and offerin forgiveness...doin the next right thing... ...until I can find enough change in my own life and respect for myself to offer it to others...addiction comes from Reacting to my circumstances... Respect on the other hand starts with acting on a belief...I know from personal experience that nothing changes.... when I'm doin nothing...

John Mayer again...Waiting on the World to Change...might be the equivalent of sitting at a green light cause it ain't my favorite shade...



Peter Gabriel/ Don't Give Up



So....I'm not gonna wait on others... to find respect for others....Obviously there are levels of respect... I can't just award first place to everyone.. but there is a level that should be reserved for all people... simply in acknowledging... that I am not always in a good place... to judge the behaviors of someone else...I will respect others enough to accept that they might have their own disappointments and disillusionment to deal with...

That's Peter Gabriel...Don't Give Up...."There's a place where we belong"... yea and it starts with self respect and then extending it to others..."do unto others as you would have them do unto you"... yea.. it's a simple biblical principle that slips by most of us most of the time...I think the definition of respect in this case is a simple showing of regard and consideration. I offer it to myself and others...if for no other reason than to acknowledge a power greater than myself...there is a God... and I'm not him...and the God I know... asks me to treat others fairly and avoid abusing them...through belittlement, manipulation, and control.......... Reasonable Happiness and my responsibilities to give respect and expect respect is the subject of this weeks Road to Redemption......I've been focused so far on
finding a respect for myself here cause until I have that... don't know if I can give or expect it!\



Jurassic Five/ If You Only Knew




Self respect gives the power to hear others without being defensive... If I'm lookin for improvements I can learn from people with a different perspective!

This is Jurassic Five... tryin to give me something I ain't used to...the groove is cool.. And listen to what they're saying right here... "something I can relate to"... I can hear em talking about self respect..and respect for others... I can relate to that... And if that's something yer not used to.. heres something you probably are used to...


Life out of step....seems to me respect is something you earn.. I've always heard that... and personally I'm not sure you've earned my respect...how do I find respect for unrespectable people? and If I want respect.. I gotta give respect?... Well I might have a bit of a problem here then... how do I give what I don't have and I'm not gettin?



I guess there's a few people I respect... but they tend to respect me... so what's that?...a mutual admiration society... but when I look at the kind of people I respect.. they seem to be giving something to those around them... maybe I could find respect myself by emulating people I respect.. and then give what they're giving to others... even before others give me any respect... I might find some respect by giving what people I respect give... someone I respect gave me a story about a guy.. who restored an old jalopy... had pictures of the car when he found it... looked like a piece of
junk... "you gotta see the car through the eyes' of a redeemer" ... he said " I knew what it was built to look like.. and it's a tedious matter of restoration"...



"Respect for unrespectable people".. My respectable friend said..." can only be found when you see them through the eyes of a redeemer"... people are like cars.. they start out all shiny..and they wear down over their lifetime..sometimes end up in the scrap heap...no wait... that was me!!!!


I'm in the process of restoration... simply because some other people respected me enough to hear me and validate my experiences... let me learn for myself what I needed to change...and respected me to find my higher power who could restore me... to sanity...



Dear God...help me offer respect to others by seeing them through the eyes of a redeemer!...keep restoring me so that I may offer hope of restoration to the disrespected...



Jamie Jones/ Higher Love



It's gonna take a higher love from a higher power for me to see the value in some people... I can expect respect... but I also have to expect people to be different.. expect people to be demanding... and sometimes expect them to be downright disturbing...to deal with that I'll have to find my own respect to carry me over the gap...and not disrespect myself with a bad reaction to their behavior...



That's Jamie Jones... a Higher Love ... Been talking about respecting others and expecting respect... hey I know this ain't an easy race to run... I'm just letting you know what it takes to be reasonably happy... you know anybody disrespectful that's even reasonably happy



Paul Thorn/ Everybody Looks Good At The Starting Line



Goin out with Paul Thorn... "Everybody Looks Good at the Starting Line... goin the distance is the hard part son".. so keep the finish line in mind.. and stay on the right track...you have my respect just for being willing...



You've been listening to Radio Rehab...and what we gotta do to be reasonably happy... that means recovering from wrong turns... and maybe having to back track to take the high road...one things for sure the high road is the Road To Redemption...respecting others and expecting respect might just be the lane markers...stay in the lanes to avoid accidents...I'm Bryan Duncan... keep coming back...