The Value of Gratitude in Prison
People often question me about my happy disposition. The image they have of inmates is that we are either angry or depressed. My life demonstrates otherwise. Some prisoners have even taken to calling me "smiling Pat." I have found so much to be grateful for that it makes my existence not only bearable but a pleasure.
Gratitude encompasses and cushions me. It surrounds me with a protective barrier that prevents the negativity around me from overtaking my soul. It also softens the blows life throws at me. Being thankful is indispensable in my life as an inmate.
I have positive things to enjoy that are both great and small. Often the small things are what carry me through a day. I will end this blog by listing some of the things I am grateful for today. I hope in reading them that you too will find something to be thankful for.
Today, I am grateful for:
A good Bible
That I can read and write
A toothbrush and toothpaste
Coffee to drink
That I have things to occupy my time while being locked in the cell
That I will eat three meals
That I received paper, pens, envelopes and postage
That my cellmate does not mind my using the light
That I finished my lessons in my correspondence courses
That I will be able to watch the news this evening
That I can look forward to a couple of hours of being outside tomorrow
Patrick Rathsack T-45624
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