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Prison Contraband Includes Glitter

March 27, 2019


Prison contraband includes glitter. I didn't know that until yesterday.


I was at FedEx Kinko's trimming copies of my Gladiator Creed© when a young woman asked me to show her how to use the paper cutter. She told me that she had to trim her card because glitter was on the list of banned substances in prison. She wanted to be able to give the card to her boyfriend; his hearing was in the morning.


Was he a drug dealer? Murderer? Rapist? Did he deserve to be there? None of the above? I was curious but I refrained from asking. To have learned why he was there would have served only to justify my premature judgment. So instead, I offered her a piece of my heart: I gave her several copies of my Gladiator Creed© and said, "These are for you, your loved one in prison, and your family. It must be hard to have a loved one away from you, especially during the holidays and new year." She took them from me and read one. When she was done, she whisperingly said, "Thank you. Thank you very much."


These narrow moments test me the most. They challenge my compassion, kindness, and my ability to refrain from judgment. They offer me a sliver-opportunity to bend toward love. Although glitter is not allowed in prison, kindness is welcomed everywhere. - The Gladiator Within™




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