A friend commented on my post “The Bond” mentioning the human element of the people on the wrong side of the law. I wanted to share my response to her with all of you and expanded it a bit for this post:
Yes, there is always a story and sometimes the stories are heart-breaking. If all that a youngster has ever seen is modeling of terrible behaviors, the odds are very long that they will grow up and do anything differently.
It has been my experience dealing with hundreds of men in various trainings over the years that the toughest nuts to crack often have some of the biggest hearts. They develop a fierce persona to protect themselves from further pain.
When they “go fierce” and are met by fierce love, magic often occurs–-a thing so beautiful that my eyes are filling up just thinking about it.
A buddy actually goes into the hardest-core prisons as an unpaid volunteer to try to help change the futures of as many of those men as he can. I honor his courage and dedication to men who society has largely written off.