Kayla’s Letters 12.15.15

12.15.2015

Dear Kayla,

You must know that I think of you each day. I think of the spot you’re in, that it is only temporary and that you have a lot of life left to LIVE.

By now you must have realized there is no man out there who is going to save you and provide a life for you. It doesn’t work that way and it never has.
Successful relationships work because both people contribute a lot of effort to living a happy life. Looking pretty and keeping a clean house is not enough. There is no point in being involved with someone who isn’t kind and a hard worker; you have to be willing to work hard and be kind too. Life is hard work and kindness lightens the load.

Jail is a temporary stop for you. There will be life after jail. You’ll need some skills to rebuild your life.
Think about what you have to offer the world, Kayla. Think about the ways you can contribute to making the world a better place.
What do you know how to do? What would you like to learn? Read about occupations that interest you; find out what skills are required.

Life is one day at a time and one day at a time is better if you have a good plan in place. The Department of Corrections offers GED classes, college courses, tutoring and life and career planning. I don’t know if those things are offered at the county jail level but they are offered through the Maine State Prison system.

You may want to ask your lawyer if your case can be transferred to a county with Adult Drug Treatment Court. If you are eligible, you’ll need a plan.
It won’t be a good idea for you to go back to the same unhealthy environment around the same influences. Hopefully there will be space available at a halfway house so you can learn to function in a safe environment.

You can only focus on one thing at a time; otherwise, you’ll be overwhelmed. For today, try to be the best person you can be.

Each day is a fresh start on a happy ending.

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About elroyjones

Married, no children, responsibly self-directed, living happily.
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