Today is Saturday and of course, a fight almost broke out due to the TV, and most likely there will be a fight tonight as well.

A circumstance like this truly makes me think about the differences in inmates and how we decide to carry ourselves. On one side you have a type of man who has the mindset that prison was made for reacting. When I say reacting I mean that they react out on instinct and fear when a confrontation arises. They react with their fists first, not with their mind and heart. I believe that some men just cannot swallow their pride, and cannot be OK with not being the big man, the one with the final say so.

Of course, in here you can’t let yourself get preyed on but you don’t have to fight if you don’t want, especially if you are not in danger. Who is the bigger man, the one who raises his fist or the one who prays for the other? My opinion is the one who prays for the other. It is easier said than done, but just as I decided to start a blog today, I also have to decide to grow, one step at a time.

I believe that even the small things change a man. You may see many inmates keep their personal areas a mess, so start by cleaning yours, and keeping it clean. This way you practice discipline. When someone angers you, pray for the individual. This way you can practice a little humility. These are the things I have personally decided to do, and I feel that these small things will help me in my journey of not returning to this place called prison.

As they say, “Life’s a trip” so I might as well enjoy the ride. There is no reason in me being miserable any more. Today is a new day, and another day that I’m going to say “yes I can.”

Peace be with you all,
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  1. ohmom says:

    texas magnum,
    You have the right idea. It has to be hard staying positive in prison. I’m glad your mom posted the link on PTO!

  2. SAGE says:

    YOU SOUND MORE LIKE A MAN THEN A BOY, I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS, I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SAY I KNOW SOME ONE IN PRISON RIGHT NOW AND THEY SAY THEY FIGHT ABOUT ANY THING.KEEP YOUR HEAD UP. HOPE YOU GET OUT SOON.

  3. PepsiAddict says:

    Magnum,

    You sound like more of a man at 22 than many “men” twice your age. I hope that your time flies by, and that you’re out before you know it! Stay strong, and hold on. You are in my prayers.

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