Anita and Rebekah’s visit to Askham Grange HMP
Reflecting on the trip to speak to the ladies in residence at Askham Grange, one of the biggest thing that stood out to me was their strong drive and willingness to start again and rebuild their lives after things went wrong for them. They are seeking out the opportunities available to them where they are, and are probably, in some cases, finding out things about themselves such as talents and skills that they would not have discovered or had the chance to use had they not had to come to Askham Grange!
There is something powerfully motivating about positive reinforcement and kind words. As I said when I spoke to the ladies in my brief 10 minute slot, it is vital, wherever you are at in life, to intentionally surround yourself with encouragers and people who have good things to say to and about you, and to stay away from people who will tear you down and diminish your sense of worth.
Even if negativity has become normal for you, endeavour to avoid people and situations that affirm the bad things you might tend to think about yourself, and replace them with the opposite. When you do, you will slowly begin to flourish. It may be so slow that you don’t notice it at first, but when you do notice, you will be amazed!