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- ☕ Be a coffee bean
- 💬 Wise words
- 📙 What we’re reading
☕ BE A COFFEE BEAN
Damon West was sentenced to 65 years in a maximum-security prison in Texas.
Prior to this sentence, West seemingly had everything going for him. He:
- Came from a good family
- Was a former Division I college quarterback
- Trained to be a stockbroker with a top international bank
- Worked in the United States Congress
- Was a fundraiser on a United States Presidential campaign
Then he was introduced to meth.
This began a new chapter in his life with him leading an organized crime ring that involved major burglaries across Dallas.
After West was caught and convicted, he thought his life was over.
He was an addict with a 65-year prison sentence.
His future was bleak.
But one day, a conversation with another convict changed his life.
The man told West that prison, like the world, is a big pot of boiling water.
He let him know that he had to decide to be an egg, carrot, or a coffee bean.
When eggs go in boiling water, they come out hard.
In other words, he could become angry.
Carrots go in boiling water hard but end up soft.
He could become weak.
But the man told him that unlike the egg or carrot, the coffee bean is unique.
When a coffee bean goes into boiling water, it transforms the water.
The bean turns the water into a pot of coffee.
He was telling West that even in the midst of dire circumstances, he could be a positive influence in the system.
West made a decision to be a coffee bean.
He used this simple, yet important, lesson to survive his challenging time in prison without joining gangs.
After serving 7 years, West earned his parole. He came out of prison a new man.
Today, with his second chance, West lives a life of recovery and shares his story across the world.
Every day, you get to choose how you react to whatever happens in your life, good or bad.
You can be an egg, carrot, or a coffee bean.
Here’s to being a coffee bean and positively influencing the environment around you.
💬 WISE WORDS
📙 WHAT WE’RE READING
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