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What have you learned?

Some posts that I write, I just know it isn't time to publish them. Something seems to be missing. This post that you're reading has been in the works for awhile. I hope that it helps.

It is in most people's nature to want to "fix" the problems in their life; that a specific plan of action will make things right and make us feel better. We develop plans to "fix" ourselves, "fix" situations, make everything alright if we just take the right actions. Then we hit a wall of pain. We want so badly for problems to be of material nature, ignoring the internal struggle we are facing. We try to force the problem outside of ourselves in order to try and wrestle it into submission. We tell ourselves it must be due to circumstances, other people, bad luck, lack of money. The reality is that all problems are problems of perception.

You probably don't remember being born, but your mother will never forget giving birth to you. For most people, it was the single most traumatic experience: coming into this world. There was pain. There was fear. But not knowing any different, you embraced the pain. You let go. You surrendered. Think of any time of great challenge and you will see great growth. Problems, issues or challenges are the catalysts for personal growth.

Conversely, self-pity and lack of trust inhibit us. Why is life so unfair? Did I do something wrong? What did I do to deserve this? What did I neglect? Where is God? We lose hope and find it difficult or impossible to have faith in joy, happiness, love, safety. We forget that pain is the greatest teacher in life. 

So what can we do? We associate surrender with defeat and it goes against everything we have learned since birth. But some things we have to relearn or we will continue running up against that wall of pain until the lesson sinks in. Often, life's lessons go against our human logic. We must surrender, let go, embrace the pain and acknowledge that our problems originate from within and are a matter of perspective. 

Whether intentionally or not, I am certain that I have hurt a lot of people throughout my life. To those, I send my apologies. I ask that you find forgiveness for me. To all those who have harmed or hurt me, I forgive you. I send my love and understanding. We are all connected. Namaskar.


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Steven Farris is a prisoner who has been incarcerated since a month after his 16th birthday in 1998. Currently serving a life sentence without the possibility for parole, he is seeking to educate the public about the true nature of prison and the widespread and negative effects of the prison industrial complex. Steven has worked with both the National Prison Project of the ACLU, as well as the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in furthering this effort.

You can contact him directly at:
Steven Farris #R5580
P.O. Box 1889
Woodville, MS 39669-1889

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