If you’ve been following Thomas Porter’s posts (essays, short posts, and raw, heartfelt poetry) you may already know that he is my prison pen pal and friend. Since I started writing to him in February 2021 something incredible happened – friendship evolved. I got to know a man who is sorry for the pain he caused others in the past and who is worthy of redemption and forgiveness. He’s kind, gentle, smart, and spiritual. He is taking courses that are offered in the prison programs.
Now during the holidays, Christmas in prisons are … how should I say it, non-existent. I think that it may be the worst time of the year …
Thomas sent me a new short article that describes his feelings during this time when society’s incarcerated are forgotten and ignored. This post leaves a strong message that no one can ignore. I think that it applies to everyone, whether you’re free or locked up.
Let’s Be Present This Year
Here we are, where presence meets offering, Looking at these holidays where we sometimes aren’t present in mind and heart towards those we must value nevertheless.
Presence means more than just being there physically, So I ask what it could mean to be present with each other across time and space and differences?
Presence is and has become interpersonal and interspecies and intergalactic, in some ways eternal, So for this holiday and the coming of our New Year how can we rethink our presence on the planet and in the lives of those we pass every day?
In a language we’ve been raised with
“Here” means this place where we are; It also means “here” as in I give this to you of myself Presence!
Yet can we learn from the Love and kindness that’s at our very core not just on holidays, A from of continuous presence and the offering of our true selves,
Are we willing to shift our behavior and thoughts beyond the characteristics most palatable to predatory allies?
What happens when we value our mass impact on one another by just saying I love the parts of you that no one thinks are particularly special, I love the basic you of your unmarketable and every day, I love to be around you because the round around you thrills me, And let’s get together sooner than next Christmas,
Presence is equally giving our smiles, kindness, and also our vulnerable selves to those who may not have learned our way of Love and Kindness, so be a patient form of light as these years move on, my friends, because I love everything about Your Presence ❤️
By Thomas Porter