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A few days ago I stepped into a different world.

At least that’s how it always feels to me when I head into a prison. The prison environment is ‘other – worldly’. Cold, bare walls, painted in a utilitarian magnolia. Health and safety signs reminding guards: ‘Locked it? Prove it.’ Heavy clunking steel gates. It’s not exactly home.

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You’re hurting.

You’ve got your own challenges.

Life isn’t being any kinder to you than it is to anyone else.

The danger is that when we are hurting, or tired, or disappointed, we withdraw into our pain and block everything else out. I’ve learned through my own battle with illness, that this is precisely the wrong thing to do.

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