“Joy is not in things, it’s in us.” Richard Wagner (German Composer)
I saved up for months for a big encyclopedia once and remember how anxious I was waiting for it to arrive. It was as if I’d refused to be satisfied until it came–I was so obsessed. Well, when the order was cancelled because of being a few cents shy on the money order I was pretty bummed out. Chow even tasted extra lousy. Fortunately, though, I happened to see a special on TV asking for fifty dollar donations to give wheelchairs to the legless folks in Africa. I couldn’t bear my misery any longer. I ended up sending them my fifty dollars and I skipped the book. The heavens parted and, believe it or not, my pouting was replace with the joy of doing a good deed. Which, by the way, I’ve milked ever since inside of myself.
“Never insult an alligator until you’ve crossed the river.” Cordell Hull (father of the United Nations)
Many times here in prison I’ve held back from telling someone what I thought of them. And this is especially when doing so could cost me a lot of trouble here. One example when I failed to hold back, though, was when I got sassy with the parole board at a hearing. That’s easily the dumbest thing I’ve ever done next to my crime. It was truly about as dumb as splashing at an alligator while crossing the river.