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Thanksgiving or Thanks and Giving time is a time to look at all we have to be grateful for; and we also have the chance to give back. For some of us, we have much to be grateful for. For others, life has not been exactly what we might have wanted. We all need help to get through life, and when we have the option to give back, we get an extra benefit that I call "Giver's Gain." It means that when you give, you have the option to get back even more. Have you ever experienced the feeling of goodwill? It's the same feeling you get when you see a child smile, a puppy wag, or a kitten purr. It just makes you feel good. Giver's Gain is even more than that.
This is an opportunity to get that feeling. A lot of people need your help. I've done workshops in prisons for the past few years and I have seen the results of that feeling. Each time I go there, I feel there but for the grace of God go I. We've all made mistakes. What we all needed was another chance. That's what I want for the inmates of Valley State Prison for Women. It's the largest Women's prison in the world. I've seen lives transformed there. What is needed is information and tools to change. That's why I'm doing a documentary of the process of rehabilitation in today's prisons. We need to get the word out to bring the awareness of how we can change the world, not only for the inmates, but for the world at large.
We are all affected by the prison system. We all pay taxes to build prisons, and to maintain the more than 2 million people currently incarcerated in the United States. That's more than any other country. Just about everyone I talk to knows someone who either is currently, was, or will be in the prison system. What got everyone into the system is the same thing. They all made a bad choice.