Patients is a virtue, but tolerance can help you get through some or the worst times. On a daily basis we’re forced to abide by rules we don’t always agree with in prison. The rules change daily depending on who’s working that particular day. We’re expected to know who enforces each separate rule. It’s not easy at times. You have officers who come to work with other things on their minds and we end up getting the bad end of the stick. They’re human so they’re afforded bad days, but they don’t realize the effects they have on us. They have to be here 8 hours, and we’re here 24-7. We face disciplinary actions if we get out of character with staff, even if staff brings the attitude to us first. We have to learn to tolerate things when it’s hard. I personally have to check myself when I feel my blood boiling. It took a while for me to get to this point.
No one can become an accurate thinker without practicing tolerance. In here you deal with people you don’t always agree with. You have to cultivate the habit of saying kind words to people you don’t admire. I had my issues in that department. I had to look for the good in others instead of always seeing the bad first. Staff often sees the bad in each prisoner before learning who we are individually. That frustrates me because I’m not the average prisoner, and not like others. Being in prison puts every man in the same boat; you have to learn to tolerate people/rules and make them respect you for who you are. One of the bright side of learning tolerance is returning home mentally stronger. The work place will definitely be a lot easier to deal with after this experience.
Tolerance has become a valuable asset in my life…It can be applied to any and every person’s life for the greater good.
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