Tattoos on the Heart By anna pappas

~Chapter 2~ Dis-Grace: Quite related to the title are the words shame and failure. This chapter speaks to the deep, dark part of the human mind, heart, and soul, where we feel so embrassaed and ashamed of our actions, choices, and mistakes. It's natural for all of us. The gentle tale of Danny is my favorite, because G's simple trust and faith in him was profound, for Danny and myself. Having a hard time trusting, I don't believe I'm capable of doing such a thing, especially if I knew it was someone like Danny who actually had done what he said he didn't; I have my own experience with someone's near blind trust in me, and anyone can tell you, something as precious as that can really turn your thinking and self-image upside down.
~Chapter 3~ Compassion: To me, compassion means the purest form of love we are capable of giving to and receiving from the people we love the most. Part of compassion is realizing how critical it is that we accept and love the people who have been abandoned and denied. I feel the most important story in this chapter is the one where G tells us about his time teaching in Folsom Prison. The prisoners' answers are shockingly raw, and most definitely more real than most people's-which is exactly the point. Jail tends to desensitize us to the warm sound inside every human being there. We see them as criminals that need to be controlled, when we should be loving them as our brothers and sisters that need a little help.
~Chapter 4~ Water, Oil, Flame: These elements are most commonly associated with Baptism, passion, love, and faith. It fits nicely, as G regales us with an actual Baptsim, but it also coincides snuggly with the fact this chapter is about new life, a fresh start, a second chance. There was home whose father abused and deserted him. How devastating for a young man. This unfortunate occurrence nestles close to my heart, with me having beloved family members that have suffered similar tormenting. Nothing with my relative was ever quite as extreme as this poor, undeserving homie, but it still gift wraps a little lesson and morale I can pass on. This mission of this excerpt in the book is cherished and in high demand: hope. You don't have to be "somebody" to deserve something good, something better, something like a redo.

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