Henry Lewis/ Class 7: Relationships
by Henry Lewis
174. In what ways do you perceive relationships with people you knew prior to confinement to evolve over the course of your imprisonment?
Besides my family, most of the previous relationships have dissolved. Most of them weren’t founded on anything positive. Either they wanted something from me or visa-versa. My family wishes the best for me and this is why they have stayed the course.
Real relationships can stand throughout all trials and tribulations. At the first signs of trouble, fake relationships are broken apart.
175. In what ways have you nurtured support networks during the time you’ve served thus far?
I just stand strong and committed to doing what’s right. I’ve reached out to MGSF and similarly situated individuals with my focus on getting out of here and being successfully rehabilitated individual
176. In what ways will the support network you have in place now contribute to your success upon release?
If they can help me in any way they will. I will be leaving prison with the mind set that I don’t need any help. I’m physically and mentally capable of accomplishing anything I desire.
177. In what ways would you build a strong support network while you climbed through years of imprisonment?.
I would reach beyond the prison walls to the types of individuals that I would like to become like.
178. In what ways do support networks or the lack of support networks influence prison adjustments?
The more support an individual has, the easier the adjustment. But it’s inevitable that all of those relationships will sustain the test of time. And this can have a negative effect on an individual towards people who were once supportive but have since moved on with their lives.
179. To what extent are the values that those in your support network embrace harmonious with the values you profess to embrace?
Birds of a feather flock together. We only embrace what we love. A support network exists because those individuals share common values. The people in my network want what’s best for me and I want what’s best for them also.
180. What steps are you taking now to build or nurture your support network?
I maintain contact with my family network and we communicate clearly and effectively in regards to what we expect and desire of one another. I’ve gotten involved with this foundation in hopes of building more support from the outside. I want to give people a chance to see a different individual than they’ve previously known and also, I welcome new support.
181. In what ways can those in your support network facilitate your aspirations?
They can get me information that I may not be able to get a hold of from within the confines of prison. They allow me into their world and network of support.
182. In what ways is your support network helping you now?
They are mostly helping me financially. They order books and do the things that I’m unable to do from prison. They’re in contact with lawyers and doing everything within their control to help me receive my just due.
183. What level of allegiance do you pledge to your support network?
I pledge %100 because that is what I’ve received from them and they deserve that. Nothing less.
184. What incremental action steps can you to take to bring people you do not currently know into your life?
As much as possible, I can reach out and “socially” network with individuals who are into the types of things that I desire to achieve.
185. What thoughts do you have about people who would be most influential to your possibilities for success upon release?
My thoughts are always positive and uplifting. I believe in people as much as I believe in myself.
186. Who are they?
They are successful individuals. Anyone who has obtained these goals and desires honestly and without violating the laws of life or the rights of others.
187. What interests do they have?
They want to help others and be an exhibition of what we all aspire to accomplish.
188. How can you make them aware of your aspirations?
By working hard and doing what’s right. I believe that if I do this, I will the get recognition that I deserve. I also understand that I must earn this recognition.
189. What impression would your adjustment through prison thus far make upon them?
From my past to the present, has been a long road. I’ve changed for the better from within and this reflects outwardly though my actions.
190. In what ways are you working to cultivate mentors?
I’m reaching out to community leaders and spiritual advisors. I reach out to people that are doing the things that I would like to take on.
191. In what ways does your behavior or activities within prison boundaries influence your relationships?
We attract and or repel opportunities depending on how we activate and control ourselves.
192. How would you assess the preparations and commitment your closest acquaintances make to a law-abiding, successful life upon release?
They are working on bettering themselves just as much as I am preparing myself for a successful re-entry into society.
193. If you were to receive a disciplinary infraction, in what way would that influence the support network you’re striving to cultivate?
They deserve and would like to know the particulars of the incident. However, it wouldn’t deter their support. My conduct is always in accordance to what comes out of my mouth.
194. What relevance does the phrase “It’s not what you know but who you know” have to you?
Who you know is everything because you can know the right people and your path can be easier to travel than an individual who doesn’t know the right people. They can accomplish the same things, it’s just a matter of time and dedication.
195. To what extent would your actions show that you’re conscious of the influence others have on your prospects for success upon release?
They should be in accordance to the things an individual professes. Your actions will show that you are committed to succeeding and no matter what, we must always, at every moment be conscience of our thoughts and actions.
196. How can a prisoner open more opportunities to broaden his network of support?
197. How would your transition to society change if you had a job offer in place before your release?
198. What steps will you begin taking now to broaden, nurture, and protect your support network each week that you remain in prison?
199. How will you hold yourself accountable?