Week 3- Taft C.I.

“A deep, driving desires to learn, a vicarious determination to increase your ability to deal with people”

The challenge of communicating with people that speak a language you have no mastery over. This was the situation that I was currently in.

Initially it was overwhelming, but I started scanning my memory banks, trying to recall information on dealing with people and technics to use to help bridge the lack of verbal communication.

Suddenly it came to me:

“Become genuinely interested in the people around you.”

Work on getting to know people more extensively. Study what makes them smile, what angers them and what are their mannerisms.

What is the code of conduct within the housing unit? How are everyday activities handled? What are your duties and responsibilities?

Once you understand this framework, it becomes easy to operate within the guidelines and people will recognize that you respect them and the code of conduct of the living environment.

When you are in an environment such as this, criticizing and complaining causes resentment, which is a hurdle to your ability to fit in and will only isolate and make it more difficult to communicate and assimilate to your new environment.

The power of a smile breaks down so many barriers. I find that keeping a smile on my face brings down walls that the lack of verbal communication may create.

Smiling, showing a genuine interest in people and knowing their names, is how I am overcoming my 1st challenge of not speaking Spanish. With that said, I have began to learn basic Spanish so that I can have better and more enriching relationship, while living in this environment with my fellow inmates.



“This man had a very beautiful and lovely young cousin, Hasassah, who was also called Esther.

When her father and mother died, Mordecai adopted her into his family and raised her as his own daughter.”

-Esther 2:7-

Esther had many obstacles to overcome. Poverty, being and orphan, in the natural world,

her future looked helpless and hopeless.

It is right here when things seem so hopeless and there is nothing you can do to change

the situation that God steps in and says, what’s helpless and hopeless to you, is what I will

use for your good and MY GLORY.

We need to dare to believe that we can do something great in our life’s regardless of the

current situation. Just Believe!

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