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December 17, 2019

A Promise To Myself

by Richard

I can’t help but think about all the holidays I’ve spent behind the wall. I’ve learned to shut out all the voices. This year 13 different. I have a reason to really enjoy and appreciate Christmas, “Zach.” As a Christian, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Zach has reminded me of that.

Zach has been a true gift. I’ve had this idea of the type of man I wanted to become, the type of Christian man I want to be. For me, the most important thing is having personal integrity. Before this program, I’ve fall short of that standard a number of times. I was more worried about what the next person would think rather than doing the right thing.

I made a promise to myself when I joined this program that I would put the dogs first. I’d like to believe I’ve done that. Being kind isn’t a weakness, it’s a sign of real strength. It takes real courage to speak up.

This program has challenged my old way of thinking on many different levels and at times I was uncomfortable with my own decisions because of old, outdated ideologies or prison etiquette. I feel like I am changing for the better each day.

I know my time with Zach is temporary but his impact on my life will be forever lasting.

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