Once again my content was censored on Quora.com, which may ultimately be reversed by the Quora moderation team. Sometimes submissions with links are rejected, but for me, personally, I do not see any reason to post the whole article when a link will do; however, Quora wants readers to stay on their website. Personally, my objective in writing is to inform readers or simply to express my opinion or beliefs, as I did in response to the following question, my censored answer of which you may read below. 🙂
“In my opinion, because America has more laws that makes many acts criminal that other countries do not send their citizens to prison for violating; therefore, to warehouse the “criminals” more prisons are needed.
“Prison privatization companies push legislation to build more prisons and to keep such policies into effect. Read The Truth About Incarceration, Part II for more on prison privatization in America. Please read the sources used for the article that are identified in the footnotes.”
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One thing to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day is not being a Turkey. If you’re a turkey, I am sure you understand. 🙂
Last year I wrote Gratitude 2020 by Wayne T. Dowdy for Thanksgiving. My friend mentioned in that blog, Jeffrey P. Frye, is at home this year celebrating Thanksgiving with his family and doing great. Miracles do happen!
For those who celebrate Thanksgiving Day in America, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you get blessed with feelings of gratitude for whatever you have in life that gives you joy and makes you happy.
If you have had to deal with the loss of a loved one, my thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope you have healed or can otherwise deal with the loneliness and pain that often comes with loosing someone special, a pain some may not understand if never having went through the experience. Don’t hesitate to reach out to others or to do whatever you need to get through this holiday season.
An Attitude of Gratitude makes a difference in my perception of life in general. Sometimes I must slow down to look at what matters most to make my attitude change from a negative perspective to the positive.
Having 19-million views on Google Maps does make me feel grateful on one level, but it’s only another number added to my accomplishments as a Returning Citizen.
Writing about gratitude when not feeling so grateful about life as it is while writing isn’t easy, but I will overcome the negative feelings by writing about the positive aspects of my life.
I’m not filled with self-pity or dealing with depression. Things just haven’t been going the way for me the way I had hoped.
Because I am dealing with a personal relationship not turning out the way I had hoped. I’m just not in my typical cheerful mode, as I often am when walking around the store where I work trying to spread cheer by speaking with others. Or when walking in a park enjoying nature, feeling a cool breeze that heightens the senses, or experiencing the joy of seeing something beautiful.
Self-Pity: One saying for feeling self-pity in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous is, “Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me, Pour Me Another Drink.”
The antidote for self-pity is to make a list of all you are grateful for in your life.
Writing and Typing: Right now, I am sitting in front of a computer working on a blog to help brighten the day of those whom I cannot see or do not know. If this makes you smile, I am grateful for taking the time to do what I am doing.
Thinking about someone smiling while reading this blog gave me a burst of joy, and gratitude for the God-given ability to use words to help others to experience feelings.
Grateful for What Counts: I am grateful for my good health, for having eyes to see, feet to get me to where I want to go, and even if my two feet hurt, for having two feet to hurt. I’m grateful for the ability to love and for being loved.
Family & Friends: More so than anything else, I am grateful for still having friends and family who love and care for me and who I know would be there for me in times of need.
Tomorrow I will be celebrating with loved ones as we share love and hugs, and then while we eat good food. 🙂
In closing, I am grateful for not being in the same position that I was in back in 2016 when I wrote Gratitude and More from inside the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons. I am grateful for being a free man, a good man.
Now that is something to smile about, to be proud of, and grateful for being in a position to sit in front of this computer doing what I do best: write.
Whether driving in my car or interacting with others, I continue to deal with the effects of decades of life in prison. I am okay and am doing well in the process, and am grateful to be in a position to write about my experiences to give others an idea about how life inside a prison cell may have affected them or a loved one or a friend.
On Quora I wrote the following to support the author in a linked article from The Marshall Project:
Having spent decades of my life in prison and knowing how I was affected by the lack of intimate human contact (no sex with another person for decades), I can identify a lot with what the author of the linked Marshall Project article wrote.
In 2017 while still inside the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons, I wrote Damage and Prison that relates to the effect of long-term imprisonment and having to live in unnatural ways. Over three years after my release, I am still affected by the damaging effect of the prison experience.
I share my experience to help others who have been there and can identify with the things I have written so that they know that they are not alone. As part of my recovery process, I practice being open and honest because it is what I must do to remain emotionally and psychologically healthy.
My hope is that the content of the following blog and article will help others to understand more about Life on the Inside and Out.