From Humiliation to Humility

May 20, 2013 by Anna M. Clausen in Wisdom

I’ve been in Victim Impact for a few weeks. The knowledge I’ve gained has been great. It seems, for me to advance to the next level of change, I must go from humiliation to humility with my actions.

We cause humiliation on ourselves, our family members, and our victims when we commit crime. Yet we still think we’re the victim. In doing that, we trick ourselves into looking for the easy way out. Most of us grew up in bad neighborhoods and we use that as an excuse. Doing this stops us from reaching our true potential. In reality, any one of us could’ve been professors, lawyers, doctors, anything we wanted to be.

Throughout our lives we’ve all had someone there who told us we could be whatever you want to be, but we paid them no mind. It took me to be in this position to realize that. We’re all away from our loved ones. They need us to be there. Many of us grew up with a parent in prison. We have to break this cycle for our children so they don’t follow in our footsteps.

We’re all grown men and have to own up to our “mistakes” because that’s exactly what they were…mistakes. The time is now to do the right thing, not only for yourself, but for your loved ones and society as a whole.

The first step to changing is to alter the way we think and to make better choices. There’s no time like the present to find ourselves and become humble. We all have choices to do right or wrong. I only hope when presented with the option, we all choose right. Doing this exemplifies going from humiliation to humility.

By George Clemis

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