Today is Friday. Today, I had the wonderful privilege of watching a friend of mine speak. My friend, David, was in prison for many years in California. I was his academic advisor for a program he was enrolled in. We became good friends.
Instead of giving into despair, he used his time to develop several programs in prison including surviving substance abuse. He became a counselor and his programs were so successful, national level people wanted to work with him.
He was given early parole from a very lengthy sentence. Since his release, he found a beautiful wife with a child and he is still making a difference in the lives of others.
I am so proud of my friend and how he has been so blessed. Thank you, David, for your struggle and your willingness to use it to serve and improve the lives of others.
“It is simply a confession that with all that I’ve seen in the last few years, all the events I’ve been invited to, and all the people whom I’ve met, I am less and less impressed by “impressive” things or people who are presented as having things figured out. I am impressed by people who are honest and kind. I am inspired by moments of vulnerability, moments of confession and compassion, moments where someone makes it clear that they are a person in need of other people and someone else makes it clear that the first person is not alone.”
― Jamie Tworkowski