Hi, I'm Bryan Duncan, Host of Radio Rehab, The Road to redemption, and I'm a believer in Recovery, Reconciliation and Restoration. The Road to Redemption is a collection of shows of music and commentary designed to encourage those of us in recovery to keep the issues in front of us even as we go about our daily routines. The Road to Redemption shows are written in subgroups of eight shows each based on different topics and areas of recovery. I'm inviting you to join me on The Road to Redemption
THE EIGHT PRINCIPLES OF RECOVERY: Shows 1-8 are based on the eight principles of recovery (adapted from the 12 Steps). I decided to put music with my own personal notes because it helped me with my own recovery. It forces me to at least think in a RIGHT direction. My primary focus of working on my own recovery, is simply to encourage the pursuit of overall redemption.
POTHOLES ON THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION: Shows 9-16 are simply the short list of my own common annoyances in the recovery process. I compare them to potholes on the road but they are big enough to throw you out of "alignment" with recovery for more that a little while. All have been a deterrent to my own sanity more that a few times.
THE SERENITY PRAYER: Shows 17-24. The first four lines of this prayer can be found on most recovery coins but when I first saw a copy of the entire prayer I was amazed... Reciting this prayer on a daily basis (sometimes hourly) led me to my first 90 days of clean living.. and I still find it to be the best template for getting through my life one day at a time. "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at at time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, Trusting that you will make all things right, If I surrender to your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen."
SURVIVING CHRISTMAS: My goal in this Road to Redemption program was to do one year of weekly shows to encourage myself and others to stay at the real work of recovering... there are about three weeks around the Christmas holidays which have in the past been unbearable at times for me. And so in working Step 12 of my own program I sought to offer to others the encouragement I needed for myself at Christmas.
GUARDRAILS ON THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION: In Keeping with the imagery of life "on the road" I added this series. A guardrail is what keeps you on the road when you're out of control. The following "contributions" have kept me coming back to recovery when I've wanted desperately to quit.
MILE MARKERS: ...even as the road to recovery is long and tedious, there is always a sign of progress... like mile markers on the highway, the following are my favorite insights into how I'm changing for the better.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF HAPPINESS: There was a three year break in the the recording of shows as I went through a divorce. After much effort in recovery I realized that recovery never stops. I took some time to look at where I was. Even with all the improvements in my life I still face loss and deal with potential regret. With new insights I began again with Step 12 as a way to give to others what I am seeking for myself. I believe happiness does not revolve around itself, it is a byproduct of some basic personal responsibilities. I noted that "Reasonable Happiness" was seldom defined beyond those two words in the Serenity Prayer, and I just wanted to know more. The next eight shows were taken from a list I read in a book by Elizabeth Brown called "Living Successfully with Screwed Up People". I offer these shows even as I continue to learn for myself how to maintain my own attitude through daily conflicts.
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