Open Up And Pay Attention
year ago I started working at a treatment facility for delinquent juveniles. I
took this job simply because of my desire to help people, so I thought this
would be a great place to do that. The job was a great reminder for two very
important lessons in my life, both of which I knew, but needed to be reminded
first lesson that I was reminded of was simple. I canít save everyone and most
certainly canít save the world. I took the job only because of my desire to help
people and here was a great opportunity to help youth that obviously needed it.
I chose the facility I did because of itís amazing track record. Having one of
the highest success rates in the nation, I was excited to get started. It didnít
take long for me to be abruptly reminded that even the best chances arenít any
where near enough to save the world.
our facility, we have a success rate of 3 out of 10 youth who will return to
society and not re-offend. That means that only 3 youth who get incarcerated in
our facility will not get locked up again, and typically those who do, the other
7, do so within six months of being released. This is one of the best rates in
the nation, which doesnít say much for everyone else.
Regardless of our rate, here is the point. No matter how much I do or how hard I
try, I will never be able to save the world. It was a great reminder that I need
to do my best and touch as many people as possible and simply hope that it will
be enough to make a difference in the world. At best, I will be happy if I
completely change the lives of five people in my lifetime. I have already
touched thousands upon thousands of people, but realize that I can only really
help a hand full in my life. I must remember to open up and do my part and allow
the dice to fall where they may.
second lesson I was reminded of was also very simple. The lesson was that
everyone and every thing is a teacher. I am sorry to say that I have probably
learned more from this young boys than they have learned from me. Everyday they
teach me more and more about the nature of people. Of the struggles, the
desires, the habits, the environments, and much more that most people deal with
on a daily basis.
course most of these boys are dealing with things at extremes that most of us
will never have to deal with, however, they are still daily struggles that most
people encounter. Some of these struggles being addictions, be it love, money,
drugs for some, success, and acceptance. It has greatly helped me to deal with
some of my own issues as well as help others with theirs.
what does this have to do with you? This should also be a reminder to you to
open up and pay attention and learn to let every aspect of your life to give you
a lesson. To be your teacher. Even those people you donít like or might even
hate, have something to teach you, if you will only open up and let them. If
criminals have lessons to offer me, there is no reason why you canít learn
yourself from those around you. So open up, pay attention, and receive the
lessons that you need in order to live the life of your dreams and to unleash
your full potential.
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