Team Griffin

Jessica reflects on inner peace.

Jul 10, 2007

Our recent visit to the Arizona State Prison Complex in Perryville was an eye opener, to say the least. It was both intense and nerve-racking. As I walked around that prison, I knew we were safe...but I wasn't comfortable.

It's difficult to be hopeful for the prisoners, simply because they're in prison. I mean, I hope they get out someday, but for now they're stuck there. I'm not sure what a lot of those people did to get there, but they're serving their time, so... At the end of the day, I felt kind of like 'thank God'. I get to go out, go to a restaurant, go to bed, and do whatever it is I need to do. It led me to reflect on what's important to me and to acknowledge what I'm most passionate about in life.

These things constantly change as I grow and learn more about myself... My pursuit for mental stability and my inner peace of mind has always been an internal drive to me. Ever since I was a child, I always wanted to take care of everyone else despite how it would affect -- or what it might cost -- me.

Lately, and thankfully, this way of living has taken a shift and now includes myself as well in this new way of life. I'm concentrating on me in a more sincere, honest, and deep way than I ever have before. I'm concentrating on the shedding of old skin, behaviors, thoughts and beliefs that no longer suit who I choose to be now, and who I will be in the future.