“Value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with Respect” Michelle Obama
As part of my work I was asked to take a couple of sessions at SICA (State Institute of Correctional Administration) for the Prison wardens. I entered the campus and I found this greenery just opposite the training hall. Once the session was over I clicked these pictures. I found this place beautiful and calm. Impressed with this greenery my thoughts wandered to how much effort is put by the prisoners here to maintain this place. I see them working in the garden digging, leveling the ground, watering the plants and working hard as per their schedule.
The Prisoners who are in this prison for the various kind of crimes committed are now confined to a cell. Despite the wounds they carry within; the guilt, shame, stigma and discrimination and living within prison walls with shattered self esteem, suicidal ideations and regrets; they still have the capacity and the creativity to make the environment beautiful.
Which shows that there are no bad people as such but some situations and circumstances have led them behind the bars. If they had received help at the right moments of their lives, and mentored by persons who valued them and enabled them they wouldn’t be in prisons.
When I look at them from close quarters, interact with them – I see another perspective of life from their eyes as I listen to their life’s journey. There is hope and understanding that reformation is possible even within the four walls of prison. All judgments get suspended and feelings of kindness and compassion surfaces to learn to Value every person and treat them with respect.
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