a late entry from last Saturday’s workshop with incarcerated youth offenders.
The prompts: people have to realize and when I wake up… Read more
~“…all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I came across this quote on the website of one of our partners Insight Development Group with whom we have a Restorative Justice Group. Powerful stuff. I participate and I have reflected on things I have long forgotten about but realize affect me every day. The group is an honest collection of beings concerned with being better people and making better communities…together…interrelated..invested in our “single garment of destiny”. When you reflect on harm through the lens of Restorative Justice you see how interrelated we are and how unless we figure this out together, as communities, we are just abject individuals floating through space in fear; angrily guarding what is ours, deluding ourselves with a corrupt understanding of responsibility and accountability…holding others, but not ourselves, to both. Read more
In a new year with new beginnings…
This is my dog Jack. He’s a rescue. Hard to believe he might have been euthanized for being aggressive. He has saved the day for me, but you can tell he has some issues because of the ‘unknown’ of the years before he was found. For example he has a little freak out moment if you touch him while he’s sound asleep. Maybe they saw that as ‘aggressive’. At the end of the day though the real question is ‘who rescued who?’
I got him from Project POOCH. They rescue, train, and rehabilitate dogs so they can be adopted. Youth offenders accomplish this. Why do we believe we can retrain and transform dogs into contributing members of society, yet don’t believe the same about the youth who work with them? There are many people who do believe it, but the numbers that do not perplexes me. Everyday.
Dave supports Project POOCH and he makes Killer Bread. You should buy some. It is awesome. Dave is an ex-con who has made it and now gives back. Thirty percent of the employees in his company are ex-cons. He knows what it takes to transform.
They give me hope.