I arrived at my current Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) on March 8th, 2016. Previous to that date I’d spent six months to the day in a county jail. While in the county jail I almost literally never saw the light of day, or for that matter, the dark of night. I missed the entire season of winter – one of my favorites to avoid anyway so I wasn’t crushed by missing it. I did feel something missing though in not going outside. When I arrived at the FCI the grass was clear and even green on March 8th! Somewhat unusual for the Midwest. So when snow arrived on April 3rd you can imagine my wonder. What was wondrous for me follows as an excerpt from a letter to my sister… oh yeah, spoiler alert: cliffhanger ahead!
Surprise! We have an inch of snow and cold, windy weather. On my way to breakfast (actually a fasting day but I do drink the milk) the sky was again so beautiful. The sunrises have been so awesome because of the clouds combined with clear skies overhead. I see them as blessings. And since I was stuck inside all winter in the county jail, I think the snow and cold are blessings as well. Six months isolated from the outdoors is way too long. Each day I get outside is a moving experience. I want to feel that way for the rest of my life. God’s nature is inspiring. I’ve learned so much by having been stripped of everything; and the isolation has brought such appreciation for – well- all things. As I change my views of things like rain, wind, snow, cold/heat, clouds, skies, sun/moon, gads – all of it, I find standing outside in the weather waiting for medications or meals is, in reality, energizing and invigorating. I think I complained about this in an earlier letter, however the revelation of acknowledging blessings in all of the adversity (Bible “Tribulations”) has moved me to a whole different place. Hmm… maybe I should write about my blessings revelation so here it is…
Until next week, jdoe