You will never have as much time as you now have, here in Juvenile Hall, to think about your life and your future. You must make your time useful. A boy in 1400 told me to tell you, “don’t serve your time, let your time serve you. ” He was living that principal by doing everything he could to make his time, a growing experience. You must do the same.
Don’t waist your time sitting around feeling sorry for yourself or feeling angry. Use your time wisely so your stay will be a positive experience.
Here are some ideas to help you so your time at Juvenile Hall is worthwhile.
MAKE A PLAN FOR EACH DAY AND PUT YOUR PLAN INTO ACTION, ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING WORTHWILE EVERY DAY.
1. PRAY -Throw yourself out of bed and get down on your knees and pray. If you can’t do this, because your room companion may not understand, say your prayer before you get out of bed. Pray together if you can. Ask God to help your attitude and show you what you should be doing that day. Make a plan. Try to be excited about the things you can accomplish that day.
2. READ THE SCRIPTURES – Get to know your Father-in-Heaven, then you won’t feel so alone. You will know God loves you. He will comfort you and give you hope.
3. MAKE YOUR BED - Clean your room. Organize your things. Care for your things. Teach yourself good habits you can take home with you. You will feel better if your room is in order.
4. EXERCISE – Walk – Run- Dance - Do Push ups – be creative in your small home. Get your body moving and work up a sweat. At night exercise until you are tired so you will sleep well. When you feel lazy, get your body moving. This will help you feel better about yourself and your situation.
5. WORK ON YOUR ATTITUDE- Write down or think of your many blessings. When you have a negative thought squash it! Replace it with a positive thought. Memorize scriptures, hymns, uplifting poems or positive songs and bring those to your memory. You can’t think of two things at once so make sure you your mind is wrapped up in positive things. Learn to control your thoughts. Be helpful and work toward being an 80 worker, if you are able.
6. LEARN THINGS AND GROW MENTALLY
a. Take school seriously.
b. Finish high school.
c. Get your GED, if you have no other way.
d. Start a tradition for your future, Get all the education you can get.
e. Read as many good books as you can and educate yourself.
g. Work hard on your homework.
h. Think of your hobbies and what you can do to work on them.
i. Be create in your thoughts and think of new, positive and worthwhile things to do.
j. Create stores, in your mind, which you can write down or share with others.
5. WRITE LETTERS:
a. To your loved ones and tell them you love them.
b. To whomever you have hurt and ask for forgiveness.
c. To your brothers and sisters to help them stay straight, so they know you love them.
d. To other young people, you can influence for the good. Help them know what you have learned to save them from the pain you have experienced.
e. If you have a child or are expecting a child write a letter to them and share what you have learned so you can help them in the future. Then give them the letter when they get older.
f. To your boy friend or girl friend to help them know your are sorry for your mistakes and that you are going to change your life and that you want to help them have a good life too.
g. To people who can help you learn things you want to know.
h. To check out schools and colleges
6. DO ART WORK
If you already have a talent, work on developing it. If not, draw anyway. Find out if you enjoy it or have a talent for art.
7. DO CREATIVE WRITING.
a. Write a poem, or a story or a screenplay. If you have a talent use it, if you don’t think you do, try writing anyway, you might find your good at it.
b. Keep a journal. Everyday write down what you are doing and what you are thinking and what you are learning. Keep a record so you will remember and remind yourself of what it was like here. You can share this with other kids when you get out. Your journal could one day become a book.
8. ENJOY MUSIC
Sing or write music, memorize words to songs, Choose uplifting music, not music which encourages you to think evil thoughts.
9. IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY
Memorize things. Music, Scriptures, Poems, etc. Get your roommate to help you and you help them. Memorizing is very good for your mind and well help you throughout your life time. Remember your mind is free – Use it!
10. SOLVE YOUR PROBLEMS
Seriously figure out what mistakes you have made which brought you to Juvenile Hall. Figure out the bad choices you have made and try to think of solutions and how you should have done things differently. Try to solve your problems. Don’t blame others. Look in your own heart at your choices and choose to use consequence thinking, in the future. Write all this down.
11. MAKE GOALS FOR YOUR FUTURE
Look in your heart and try to really think about what good things you want to do with your life. Make some plans and get excited about discovering your life’s purpose and your life’s mission. Make plans for your education and for your life’s work. Plan how you will get an education and what you will do to get a job. Have some plans, in place, for when you go home. Write all these things down so you have them to motivate you when you leave.
12. LEARN OBEDIENCE, DISCIPLINE, RESPECT AND COOPERATION
Choose to be obedient to the coaches and other people in Juvenile Hall. This is a great place to start practicing the things you should be doing on the outside. Learn respect for others and for yourself. Learn to be cooperative and helpful. Learn tolerance of others and be a good example to the other kids. Get rid of contention and get along with your roommates and the other kids.
13. HELP THE OTHER KIDS IN JUVENILE HALL
You have already learned a lot from this experience. Help the other kids make good choices also. Talk to them, when you know the things you have to say will help them. They need your help as much as you need their help. Together find ways you can make this a positive experience and decide what you will do when you get out so you never come back to Juvenile hall. Support each other.
14. MAKE POSTIVE AND GOOD CHOICES FOR YOUR FUTURE
Start new positive and healthy habits for your future. Work on your attitude. Start new habits of love, caring, striving, working hard, and doing good, learning and growing. Make some commitments, while you are here, so when you get out you already know what to do. For example: make a commitment to quit drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and using drugs. Make a promise to yourself and to God, right here, right now so that when you get out and someone asks you to do these things you already know the answer. No!
15. MAKE YOUR TIME A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
a. Go to Church
b. Read the Scriptures
c. Get clean with God
d. Confess your mistakes and sins to God
e. Ask for forgiveness
f. Choose to make right what you can
g. Make a decision, from now on, to Choose the Right (CTR)
h. Dedicate your life to using the bad things which have happened so far as motivation to choose a better life. Also use your experiences to help others avoid your mistakes and the consequences you are now facing. Learn from others mistakes too.
i. Help your roommate choose a better life too. Share together what you have learned and help each other endure and survive this experience positively.
j. Pray together
k. Talk together about positive things
l. Help make positive plans for the future together for when you get out so you will have a good, happy and successful life and avoid anything which will bring you back to Juvenile Hall.
m. Help your roommate be a better person. Both of you plan to be better people when you leave Juvenile Hall than you when you came in.
n. Think of how you can make this experience have value.
16. AT NIGHT REVIEW YOUR DAY
Write down what you accomplished and how your feel. Be aware of what you could have done differently. Pat yourself on the back for the good things you did that day. Write them down.
17. SAY YOUR NIGHT TIME PRAYERS
Thank God for anything good that happened that day and anything good you learned. Ask him to forgive you for the things you did wrong and ask him to help overcome these things. Pray for others kids who need God’s help and for your family and friends and loved ones. Thank God for Your many blessings and ask Him to bless you.
18. MAKE YOUR PLAN FOR TOMORROW
Prepare for tomorrow by thinking about what you want to accomplish and write it down. If you can’t write it down make a list in your mind. Choose to have a positive attitude and hang onto hope for anything good which can happen and. what you can do.
Be a Winner in Life – Eva Fry
Eva Fry's mission is to help others become better and happier. She is an inspirational author, singer/songwriter/ motivational speaker and seminar leader. Eva has published three books - “YOU MUST HAVE A DREAM" -for seniors, “BE A WINNER IN LIFE"-for good kids, troubled kids and their parents. “LETTERS FROM JUVENILE HALL, KIDS HELPING KIDS" - Actual letters from kids at Juvenile Hall, intended to save other kids from messing up their lives. She has produced 7 Music CD's - “Remember" - (new music for seniors), “Oh What Joy, Christmas", “The Little Things" (Inspirational Contry), “I Love Living The Teachings of The Lord", “Classical Style", (Instrumental Music. Her music and books can be purchased on her web site http://www.evafry.com Her books can also be ordered at any book store. She invites you to use the free articles she has written, at http://www.evafry.com - for: at-risk kids. Also other free articles of inspiration to help meet Life's challenges. Her articles have been publised, all over the world. http://www.evafry.com firstname.lastname@example.org Booking for shows and presentations