Men 101 mentoring – The Moment is Now!

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This morning I woke up and something hit me like a bag of rocks. See when I lay down and attempt to go to sleep my mind starts racing with thoughts. I think about the past day, did I learn something, how can I help someone, and so on. Lately, with this Pandemic and the prison being on lockdown, I have been depressed and a little lazy. I woke up today and was like “Leonard what are you doing your life isn’t over and whatever happens, is in God’s hands. Get your butt up and be positive.”
I started thinking about what I was going to share with the men I mentor who is older and also have been a little depressed. Most feel if they are over 40 their life is over. What I’m going to share just isn’t for the older men here in prison, it’s also for my viewers who may over 40 and have been a little depressed! Here is an excerpt I shared this morning with my group of older men I mentor:
“Good morning and let’s talk. It’s December 1st and the year is almost over and Wow what a damn 2020 year it was. Most of us in this room are over 40, some over 50, and a few over 60 years old, and life has passed us by so fast. All of us in this room have lost some friends, family, a lot of money and we all have come to realize it’s a little too late to go back in time and live the years we have wasted in prison. So let us try, despite everything, to enjoy the remaining time we have left. Let us keep looking for activities that we like. Let’s put some color in our gray. Let us smile at the little things in life that put balm in our hearts.
See despite everything, we must continue to enjoy with serenity this time we have left on this earth. Let us try to eliminate the after:
I’m doing it after…
I’ll say it after…
I’ll think about it after.
We leave everything for the later like ?? after ?? is ours.
What we don’t understand is that:
Afterward, the hot tea gets cold.
afterward, health passes.
afterward, priorities change.
afterward, the kids grow up.
afterward, parents get old.
afterward, promises are forgotten.
afterward, the day becomes night.
afterward, life ends…
And then it’s too late!
So. Let us leave nothing for later because we will still be waiting to see you later. We will lose the best moments, the best experiences, the best friends, and the best family.
The day is today. The moment is now.
We are no longer at the age where we can afford to postpone what needs to be done right away. So let us stop complaining, stop being depressed, and let’s live life and not just exist.”
Mentor Love
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