As individuals, we wear many hats in life from child to parent to friend to caretaker to employee to coworker to endless more. When wearing all of these various hats, we also get to choose how we are going to show up in that role. When we choose to show up powerfully we show up as VICTOR acting out of love, humility, service, empathy, trust, respect, integrity and more (the list is equally as endless as the list of hats). When we show up operating from fear, apathy, shame, jealousy, dishonesty, paranoia, arrogance and detachment, we are operating as VICTIM. The hat you are wearing may not be one of choice rather one of circumstance. The role you play, however, is yours to make.
As I read David’s recent email, I was beautifully reminded of the power of choice. Ask yourself, what role do you play? It’s your place to choose.
To all you VICTORS, hats off to you!
In the words of David, the Humble Warrior….”There is a lot of stuff going on in here and I’ve really been able to witness humanity taking over as opposed to the rigid “prison mindset” that one is supposed to adopt in here to survive on a day to day basis. It’s like the whole prison mind matrix is falling apart in here as people are being asked to just be present and to take responsibility for their own shit. There are so many people in her that suffer daily because they think that they are the victim of some huge conspiracy that has imprisoned them here and instead of looking at the situation and recognizing any fault they are constantly getting upset and angry as they talk about who/what wronged them and what they are going do when they get out to “get back at them”.
All of that is a lot to carry and I am fortunate to have set that load down, and have taken responsibility for my life. Acceptance isn’t easy, especially in here when we are expected to be on edge constantly fearing what will happen next. We are definitely physically in prison, but I choose to longer be mentally and spiritually imprisoned by this system. I’ve tried to share some of this with others in here but it is very difficult to get through when someone has an overwhelming “addiction story” or default point of view that is holding them back.
I have a lot of work to do on myself still and I feel my way of avoiding that work is helping others. There is plenty of time for both but I need to spend more looking inward and working through things so I can emerge as a better person for my family and the community. Be expecting a lot more from me as I dig into these issues of mine. Any resources or ideas for possible inquiry are appreciated. “
With love & light,
Artwork by David