By The Late Ron Bartlette
Many of the incarcerated plead not guilty and they could be. But let’s be very clear on one thing, you may not be in a concrete and metal-encased prison watched over by armed guards, but nonetheless, you are very likely in prison right now. What do I mean? You are no freer than anyone in a locked facility. Let me list a few prisons that you could be in right now.
The list could go on.
Or the prison story where the prisoner is changed somehow by the prison experience and their life outside the prison walls is a 180-degree turnabout.
Prisoners in the legal system are under lock and key. Prisoners of their own making, listed above, hold the keys to their cells in their own hands but alas they are tougher guards of the keys than any uniformed prison guard. Now we all have a story or 2 or 3 that could break your heart and make you cry. But who doesn’t? It’s time to unlock the doors to your self-made prison and live as you should. I heard these words in Susan Monk Kidd’s book, Secret Life of Bees
Remember the day will come soon enough when it will be time to die. In the meantime, use your life, gifts, talents, skills, experience, abilities, and spirit to encourage and uplift others around you. You would be so surprised by the blessings you will receive including peace of mind. The peace of mind will come because you got your mind off of yourself and your situation. Let the prisoners rise up and seize the freedom they richly deserve. Be one of those prison stories that when people hear it, everyone rejoices and passes on the good news!