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This... is the Road To Redemption...Bryan Duncan here.. and I hate the word "responsibility".. but it leads to reasonable happiness...if I want that.. I am responsible to act Responsibly...



India Arie/ Better People



India Arie.. singing we'd be Better People if we Act Responsibly toward each other.. well that's the primary rub ain't it...getting along with others in a responsible way? I can't count on cooperation here.. but I can take the initiative myself one day at a time...work on my own understanding of our differences...



David Byrne/ Like Humans Do




If I wanna be reasonably happy .. I'm gonna have to figure out how to act responsibly.. what does that look like? It might take a daily moral inventory on what hasn't worked!

David Byrne .. "I'm aching and breakin like Humans Do" ...in the process of learning how to Act Responsibly too...I'm talking about being "Pro-Active"...so far I've been kind of an amateur at acting responsibly...lot of people with opinions on how I should act ...but I'm responsible to decide how to act responsibly... "I'm breathin in .. I'm breathin out.. Well there's one responsibility I don't have to think about.



Gerry Rafferty/ Get it Right Next Time




You're listenin to Radio Rehab.. the Road To Redemption.. and to stay on this road... I'm responsible to act Responsibly... for me that's gonna mean not blaming someone else for my mistakes... sure I get a lot of interference from the outside... contributions to my own insanity thank you... acting responsibly to me.. means making corrections... based on poor outcomes...it's a continual matter of adjustment...and those corrections are inspired by the desire to be reasonably happy in an uncomfortable world... It's everybody's world but it's up to me to do something about the mess I'm in... recognizing and accepting what I have no control over and then changing what I can.. that's where Acting Responsibly starts... "you need direction you need a name..when yer standing at a crossroad every highway looks the same" love that line.. part of acting responsibly...might include acknowledging that I don't have all the directions! I might need more than my mistakes to get it right.. I've admitted that I'm powerless over my dependency.. and my life has become unmanageable...and the signs point to a power greater than myself to restore
me to sanity... so I can get it right next time.......... step three of the 12 steps says >..I made a conscious decision to turn my life and my will over to the care of God as I understand him...so that I might get it right...and be reasonably happy in this life...that might be the most responsible Act of all... if I come clean about my failures.....God will..it says in first John chapter one and verse nine...of the Bible...give me a clean slate and a chance to get it right next time..." .......




I'm Bryan Duncan... simply sharing my experience, strength and hope... at the end of my rope and without the luxury of cynicism.........I've embraced my responsibility to act responsibly... by acknowledging there is a power greater than myself... with road signs I have to agree with if I want to reach a good destination...for me that would be satisfaction in accomplishment... contentment in the skin I'm in...peace of mind amidst the turmoil...stability in the inevitable whirlwind of circumstances...I think it's a destination we can both reach if we follow the signs... might get it right next time.........



Thanks to Gerry Rafferty here ...for putting this into words that are easy to understand....but I gotta say.. acting responsibly feels like a determination to pave the streets of gold one brick at a time...it takes a lot..




Jason Mraz/ Life is Wonderful



Jason Mraz singing "Life is Wonderful".... ......There's a real good chance that yer not ready to agree with this song right now............you wouldn't be listenin to this show if you were happy about everything right? Well that's why I do this show cause I wanna see life as wonderful too...but like he sings here..." it takes a loss before you find it"...he's
singing about the irony of balance.......I wouldn't have insights either if I didn't have confusion. Acting responsibly is the counter balance to my own tendency toward addiction...and if you can't say life is wonderful right now.. you can be unhappy with me in..




Life Out Of Step: So.. I'm responsible to act responsibly...man what a pain this is gonna be! I'm just gonna get taken advantage of...there's a reason why a lawyer tells you not to even say "I'm sorry" at the scene of an accident...it's an admission of guilt...I'm a sittin duck for everybody who wants to blame me for somethin.. all I'm sayin is I can't act responsibly because all the irresponsible idiots that will take advantage of me acting responsibly even when I'm "acting responsibly... it's more acting than responsible...





You know what acts responsibly? A Pack Mule! In a whole line of pack mules... trudging down the trail of obscurity with the weight of someone else's mining equipment on top of em...the miner gets the gold.. and the mule gets... a bag of feed...




Maybe I need to take the responsibility to see myself as the miner instead of the mule...cause somebody always looks like they are doin a little better from my vantage point....which is usually directly behind another ...pack mule if you know what I mean...... I guess the miner though...is acting responsibly to feed the mule and mine the gold..8) but maybe he too is digging in hole that ain't bringin up the gold I think he's finding...how would I know I'm just the mule carryin my responsibilities back at the end of the line...




It's easy to think somewhere someone is getting away with being irresponsible... I'm usually not around to see the breakdown in the lives of irresponsible advantage takers...and even if they are getting away with some things .. I'm not responsible for their outcome unless it's gonna effect my outcome...but still I can only face my own outcomes.. acting responsibly... is the personal maintenance it takes to be reasonably happy?... O.k. at least I know how unhappy I was being one of those irresponsible advantage takers in the past... and look where I ended up..? I ignoring the warning signs for personal maintenance...I had a long enough face to look like the mule in the scenario I just described... yea a mule eatin oats out of gas pipe...




Dear God, help me see what responsibility looks like in the way I benefit rather than how others might take advantage of me... give me the courage to accept my own responsibilities knowing that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will that I act responsibly. As my higher power, thanks and amen...



Sarah Kelly/ Out of Reach



Sarah Kelly.. I'm Out of Reach of yesterday... I see true life ahead...
"People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered................... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.................... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies..... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you........................ Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight........................ Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous....................................Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow................................... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.......... Give the best you have anyway.
You see, in the final analysis ,it is between you and God... It was never between you and them anyway.



Joe Cocker/ Feelin Alright




You've been listening to Radio Rehab.... and we're kinda rehashing a lesson from second grade here...about my responsibility to act responsibly... Man if yer like me.. I know you just wanna roll yer eyes when the word Responsible comes out of someone's mouth in your direction... I get it... but at some point I've had to reach out for some help in finding some reasonable happiness in this life... I didn't like that responsibility speech when I heard it as a kid either... but I shoulda listened to it anyway... good news is... now I know why I shoulda paid attention in class...I'm destined to repeat mistakes I didn't learn from.. don't feel too good about that... but here's my new chance to act responsibly.


Don't make the mistake of thinking that acting responsibly is a guarantee against misfortune...........my responsibility to act responsibly works even in a crisis....... acting responsibly is an attitude of overcoming adversity first and foremost... someone said... "we learn more from our failures than our successes"... well I must be a wiser man then...



You've been listen to The Road To Redemption whether yer feelin alright or not...that's Joe Cocker ... and this is only a thirty minute show...it won't fix everything but I think it keeps the issues in front of me... I'm Bryan Duncan and I'm only here cause I've accepted my responsibility to keep coming back...