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“Deep speaks to deep.”
– Psalms 42:7

The chapter I’m reading at the moment is the best one yet – seeing your speech as your life.  This, in retrospect, isn’t that big a deal, as I said this the last time.  The three principles of pubic speaking “Spoke” to me.  Ha ha ha!  I find that these three principles can and should be applied to everyday life.

I need to focus more on” putting the audience first.”  I’m in the habit of doing many of the things which this book advises us to avoid: worrying how I will sound, how I will come across and what the audience is thinking.  I find that when I get into my speech or my talk or whatever it is I stop worrying so much about self and more about making sure the audience gets my message.

Make sense?

Deep speaks to deep.”  I love that; it means so much to me.  I found that part of the book where it talks about issues that move the heart and challenge the mind to call to my soul.

As I am,

Prince

prince

Well,

I’m almost done this bid.  112 days left.

Boy, there’s a lot of bullying and saving seats in here.  It’s like kindergarten with these people.  I’m still going to meetings and groups.  I started a writing class; it’s alright.  A little boring.  The one I really enjoyed which we graduated from about two weeks ago was Houses of Healing, a very intense group where you try to find your inner self.  I’ve got about three more classes in Moving oOn, I’ll be graduating the GEAR group.  I’ve got about six more classes in codependency group.  “They” put me in the 18th, I’ll be starting “Seeking Safety”.  I’m in

Sarssm group untill May.  That’s a really good group about trauma.  I’ve got a really great sponsor; she’s got 35 years of sobriety.  She’s taking through this book called “the steps we took.”  She also comes in on Sundays and she’s taking everyone through the Big Book.  April 13th will be my big first year of Sobriety.

Hope to hear from you guys soon.

Miss Linda

“ONce a human being has arrived on this Earth, communication is the largest single factor in determining what happens to him in the world.” – Virginia Satir

This is a quote that I will remember and use for the rest of my life.  It’s encouraging, inspiring, and yet it is also extremely daunting.  My greatest skill is communication , so that is why it is encouraging, but I am also careless with my words l, or use them as weapons to wound and hurt.  Th hear this quote and to think upon it, that my skill or lack thereof and the role that this will play in my life makes me realize that I have a lot of improving to do.  It has made me decide to devote my full effort to this class (Public Speaking)  so that I can get everything possible out of it to maximize my potential.

One of the things that struck me about this chapter was the part where it said that communication is irreversible.  I like the quote: “One seldom regrets unspoken words.”  Like I said earlier, I have the gift of gab, but I often speak  without thinking about the impact my words will have.  This is a great problem for me because I am at the crossroads of my life, in the next couple of years and my actions, words, behavior during them will determine what happens with the rest of my life.  My biggest challenge over the last couple of years has been slowing myself down.  When somebody asks what is going on with me I tell them “slow motion.”  This is a reminder to myself to slow down and think before I act, or speak.  I used to operate under the misconception that I had to be moving fast at all times or I would gt bored or not get to my destination.  Now I understand that “slow motion is better than no motion, and no motion is better than moving backwards.”  I fully believe that when I master this in my speech than I will have mattered it in all aspects of my life.

I also was a big fan of the book “Communication Skills for your life.”  The part where it said that every time you talk with someone you either enlarge or diminish that person hit hard.  I am playing chess with my life right now, those reminders serve to drive somehow everything I do and say matters.  In addition I do not wish to be the kind of person who when others finish a conversation with me they do not want to have another.  The last two things I will speak about here are the topics of “Not taking things so personally,” and “listening without verbal interruption.”  those are two things that I find myself doing with frustrating regularity.  When I take things personally, I usually respond with person ao attacks and as you can imagine I engage in a lot of verbal sparing.  As for interrupting ever since I read about the twelve second rule (wait 12 seconds before you answer someone.) I have paid more attention to that.  I find that I interrupt way too much.  Largely because I find that either what I have to say is more important or i just don’t want to hear something I already know.  Both of these reasons are rude and arrogant.and unacceptable.

As I am,

Prince

Hello everyone.

One of my names is Poley and my biggest challenge this week is staying motivated.  Its my studies.  I just can’t seen to get around to it, until the run goes down,  I think it might be depression caused y the fact that everyone has to be fucking loud all of the time.  Other than that I’m just fine, and will keep chipping away at learning stuff.  That’s all for this week, kids.

Thank you and good night!

Poley

Sorry that it took so long for me to write back.  Thank you for the list of books, but I asked the officer about sending in for the books you rfedcommended and she said she wasn’t sure abourt having those books sent in.

Well, I’ve got a lot of time, hanging. Nine years with four years probation.  I was at the prison for three weeks bgeroer I came to pre-release.  I”m so mucdh happier here 0 akit if freedinm smoke ciggarettes, food is so much better.

I’m going to four A.A. meetings (in=house) a week, and I”m starting to take classes.  I’m truing to get on Mark’s crew to the animal shelter, and I’m going to start working with mental health.

This place is so spotless.  Windham Prison is so bad with Val.  She says it’s her prison and she’ll run it her way.  And the level system really sucked.  The officers here treat you sooooo good (respect.)

Well, I’d really love to hear back from you soon.

Miss LInda

I am doing well.

Finished two college courses. and started four more last January.  I’ve got a paying job with the youth center group.  Things are moving in the right direction.

Praise be to God!

I’d like to hear from any of you as soon as ever.

As I am,

Prince

On June 17th 1744, the Commissioners from Maryland & Virginia negotiated a treaty with the Indians of the six nations at Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Indians were invited to send their boys to William & Mary College. The next day they declined the offer as follows:

“We know that you highly value that kind of education taught in these colleges, & that housing & providing for our young men would be very expensive to you. We are convinced that you mean to do us good by your proposal, & we thank you, heartily. But, being wise, you know that different nations have different ways of doing things, & that you won’t take it the worng way if our ideas of education are different than yours.

“We have had some experience with your education system. Several of our young people were brought up at the colleges of the north. But when they came back to us, they were bad runners, ignorant of the ways of woodcraft… neither fit for hunters, warriors, nor counselors. They were totally good for nothing.

But, though we decline your kind offer, to show our appreciation of it, if the Gentlemen of Virginia will send us a dozen of their sons, we will take care of their education, instruct them in all we know, & make men of them.”

Get it?

– Santos
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