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Inmate Blog Entry: Saturday, September 14 2013

Inmate Blog Category: Lessons Learned


Greg Arnim's Profile
Age: 62
Location: Boise, ID
Total Blog Entries: 4
PURPLE CADILLAC

I’m not really sure what a “blog” is. I’ve never blogged before. I also haven’t Googled, Facebooked or You-Tubed. My last cell phone was the size and weight of a small brick and it couldn’t tell me where I was. But there are books in the library with maps of the world for me to find your country and or city. I find my international mail takes 8-10 days each way. I love the anticipation of mail call, of word from you. And I’m allowed to collect the stamps on your envelopes. No matter how long I have been here…12 years so far…I continue to be rewarded and gratified by the resilience of the human spirit. Man’s humanity is always evident when you take the time to look. I thank all those who have helped me along in my life. Yet at times I ask myself: “Where did I learn that?” Here are some of my mantras: This too will pass. Let it go. The cares of tomorrow can wait till this day is done. I am the master of my thoughts. My favorite pictures: Picasso’s Don Quixote & Sancho Panza R. C. Gorman’s “Enthios” To the man with the purple Cadillac: I learned something important from you that day on the golf course. I honor you by following what you gave me and I share it as freely to others as you shared with me. You have not been forgotten. And I thank you.
Inmate Blog Entry: Monday, March 24 2014

Inmate Blog Category: LIFE


Greg Arnim's Profile
Age: 62
Location: Boise, ID
Total Blog Entries: 4
BRAVE ENOUGH TO REACH OUT

Are the people who will be most important in our life those whom we have already met? Or are they still out there somewhere?… Somehow preparing for our paths to cross?… or cross once again? For a long time, I had neither the will, the heart, nor the courage to reach out to anyone. Surprise! Nothing ever happened. It was as if I needed permission. Over time, however, I have learned to love and respect myself in healthy ways. I found I only needed my own permission. So this is now my portal to you and the world. This is the only way I can reach out and be available to you. I used to worry about writing to someone I didn't know. I would ask myself, "Why would I?" "Why would you?" With no answers, I decided I could trust in the unknown and put myself out there by means of this. I figured I don't need to know "why". I can always ask later. I answered every letter. Guess what? There are some incredible people in this world! A couple of faraway strangers have become best friends. A voice from the past reconnected. My life is enriched… my perspectives and understandings broadened. If you have read this far, you and I have already met and formed a connection through time and space. Can we afford to let this opportunity pass? For me, I am always ready to fail once again. But this time, I am more than ever prepared to succeed. Doing nothing is not an option for me. Won't you join me? Even if you decide not to write, please go up to a stranger every now and then; smile; and tell them a man in Boise, Idaho, USA, says "hello" and that he hopes that the two of you can pause a moment finds beauty in the day together… a passing stream, a sunny sky, or a gentle breeze…You will have the right words to pass on for me.
Inmate Blog Entry: Monday, March 24 2014

Inmate Blog Category: CONNECTIONS


Greg Arnim's Profile
Age: 62
Location: Boise, ID
Total Blog Entries: 4
NEW HOPE

The author Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, helped me learned that what I get in this world is not important… It is what the world expects from me….and only me… The real purpose for which I was created. This was how he lived and how he survived. For me, it is an inspiration. Frankl’s message gave me new hope. He helped me focus the lessons of my past into new directions. His story gave me confidence and resolve. Everything is survivable. All experiences, even the Holocaust, can contribute to a greater good. My own prison has brought me many blessings. It's time to pay them forward. I want to extend to you my most heart-felt humble invitation to join me. Together we can make a positive difference in the life of each other and perhaps the life of another. Time was, I was afraid to make contacts with others. I'm not now. I gave myself permission and I give you permission. Making a difference requires that we make the connection: So I wrote this. You're reading it. That's a start, isn't it?
Inmate Blog Entry: Tuesday, September 15 2015

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Greg Arnim's Profile
Age: 62
Location: Boise, ID
Total Blog Entries: 4
MAIL

I love Mondays through Fridays the best. Those are the days that mail is delivered. I can’t wait to find out what joys, troubles, opportunities, friendship and love are in those envelopes. It’s a bit of life shared in the passing of letters. And guess who I think of most often when the mail gets here? That’s right, it’s you. Not a day has gone by that I have not let my hopes get up. Is that next letter on the pile to be passed out from you? I know there are things we can talk about and share. No one but the two of us can make that happen. So pick up a pen and write that letter. I’ve written mine to you so many times already. Tell me about who you were, who you have become, and who you would like to be. You have to take that first step; I can’t. After all, if you don’t tell me, to where would I send the letter? It’s curious that in 12-step recovery, there is a step for making amends where you can. I think there also needs to be a step to thank those who gave us the gift of responsibility and accountability. If we listen carefully enough, the greatest lessons and gifts in our lives may actually be coming from those we hurt the most. Can this paradox ever be reconciled?




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