58 thoughts on “Our Own Prisons

  1. 14 years ago I was released from prison. When I got out, I built my new life. I have worked at the same place that I started at three weeks after my release. I own my own home. The only debt that I have is my house. It’s strange though, just tonight, right before I got on my computer, I was talking to my wife about how unfulfilled I am. It was hard to explain to her how I feel but this post says it all. I feel like I have made my own prison. I’m obligated to: my job, my mortgage, this consumer based corporate life has become my prison. Thank you for making me realize that with this post

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    1. You’re so welcome. We all do it, and I think you’ve hit the nail on the proverbial head with that last part. On some level, we’re all a slave to “this consumer based corporate life,” whether we want to admit it or not.

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  2. Thank you for sharing!.. well, I guess it is what one believes it to be… “My home is not a prison but a house of knowledge and tools needed to explore and find adventure as I venture down the path of life!.. it also is a place of memories I can always browse while sipping a spot of tea or a glass of wine when the skies are grey and a ill wind blows cold” (Larry “Dutch” Woller)… πŸ™‚

    Until we meet again..

    May your troubles be less
    Your blessings be more
    And nothing but happiness
    Come through your door
    (Irish Saying)

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  3. There’s a Runestone that has a similar meaning , it’s the rune of ice , and it’s meaninf is a pause , on anything eventful or just being stuck in a prison . It can be an annoying rune to pull depending on the circumstances.

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  4. This gets to me at a very elemental place, as its got the mind whirring and tears flowing. Very deep stuff from out of nowhere, how amazing. It gives me lots to think about today. The pandemic just added some razorwire to my prison. Thanks for the thought provoking post, Kathy.

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  5. I certainly feel like the place I live is a prison. I rent, but don’t want to live here. I can’t move out because I don’t have a job. Going outside doesn’t help as being around the same surroundings feels like a massive prison yard. I feel punished for doing the right things. Only being able to communicate with others over text and video feels like prison visitation. I feel guilty because I’m incredibly privileged to have food, shelter, water, and medical care.

    Maybe after this pandemic is over, the world will reform the prison system as enough people finally know how it feels to live that life. This is torture.

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      1. Amen. I feel the hard part is finding meaning despite this. This quote helps. I’m searching for a ‘why’.

        “Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”
        Viktor E. Frankl

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  6. Honestly, this is so deep – I could write and write about it. First off, I wrote lyrics for my song “The Key,” which is about finding a key to leave a prison of grief. Certainly, being in that prison can be a result of unfortunate and tragic circumstances. It isn’t possible to just leave. But my song was for those that remain in that prison for their entire life without hope of ever being free again.
    Recently, I see a more apt analogy of being in a prison by choice. Addictions apply to this, but for me it was about food and overeating. I really felt trapped in a bad cycle, but am so glad that I found the motivation to overcome it. I am feeling a lot better since signing up for a healthy program.
    And a far as the pandemic goes, I believe we get to choose how we look at things. Perhaps I could see a lock-down as a prison, but for me – my home is a sanctuary where I appreciate my ability to indulge my creativity and joy. I love what I’m doing and accept this temporary situation.
    Ultimately the “key” here, is certainly that how we look at things affect how we feel.

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    1. I’m not really sure how I missed answering this Judy, but thank you for this response!

      I agree, mostly. Unless I’m misinterpreting what you’ve said, I’m not sure addictions are choices, but I do think they can be a type of prison that we feel like we have to be a part of (sometimes), almost like a part of our identity.

      I definitely know what you mean about being able to choose the way we see things, and I think, without sounding to judgey, our homes can seem like prisons if we haven’t set them up as sanctuaries πŸ˜‰

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      1. You’re right, Katherin, an addiction might be so powerful that it is not a conscious choice. But I believe there is a choice in deciding to seek help in overcoming it.

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  7. “Own prisons are built
    to incarcerate oneself to be content
    in isolated solitary confinement
    ’cause one is tired of life’s assignments.”

    _-Van Prince

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