Staying in a Positive Mindset

Hey Reader! In light of recent conversations, I thought it would be a good idea to bring up how important it is to maintain a positive mindset.

Sure, we’re in some tight spots because of our pasts, and we’re all facing different and very difficult situations, but we are – in fact – surviving, if not thriving.

One of the biggest parts of realizing that ‘thriving’ feeling, or that sense of ‘Hey, things aren’t actually half bad!’, is your mindset. You can be living in your car on food stamps or the food pantry and still living on those noodles that you ‘cook’ in a cleaned out peanut butter jar and some hot water from the tea area of the closest gas station. Guess what, you still have some sort of shelter and some sort of food. It isn’t optimal, but it’s available.

Now, I know that sounds sort of rough, but I grew up in a home where my mother was disabled with a neurological disease from the time she was 18, and she always reminded herself (and me) that things could always be worse. While she was learning to deal with her cane, she reminded herself that she could be using a walker. Once she progressed to the walker, she reminded herself that she could be in a wheelchair. Now, her situation is one of those that only really gets worse over time (she’s still going strong, in case you’re wondering – she’ll be 68 this fall and is still in her own home). In our cases, at least in the felony sense of them, things can only really get better. You know what I mean?

Over time, more options will become available to us when it comes to jobs and housing, especially when we finally recognize that we don’t want to keep adding charges to our records. You simply have to learn to be patient and resourceful, and using a positive mindset is the best way to do that.

This is especially important during the ever stressful time of probation and parole periods. It’s rough when you basically lose control over your life and have to change so much about yourself. It’s a natural response to something that is basically unnatural for us, but we have to remember that the very fact that we are dealing with this situation is a giant clue shouting that we need to change our lifestyle in order to get anywhere in our life. The people that we have as our probation and parole officers are often there to help us, even if  they might be on a power trip of some sort (I’ve met some, but it seems that the majority really are nice people intent on guiding us to some sort of successful life). And it’s important to remember that they have bad days too. We’re all human. Try to be understanding of the protocols they and you need to follow, those guidelines are typically there for a good reason, you simply need to focus on using this time to improve yourself and learn about the resources they can provide you with to get you back on track.

That’s all for now guys, I’m so glad to have you and I hope it’s been helpful so far. Til next time, and take care to stay positive and rise above!

-Aza

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