The below is OCEAN Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 7, Article 2 (Dec. 23, 2019) published by Russell J. Hatton & Daniel A. Wilson from the gulag in Moose Lake Minnesota.
If the state authorities are going to keep us locked up forever, they are at least going to know how we’re getting along. <The term Detainee is more fitting than detainee>
The thoughts of a committed man
Here’s a story of a journey called: Life.
It starts on a farm; a mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.
“What food might this contain?” The mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed this warning- “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”
The mouse turned to the pig and told him “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.”
The mouse turned to the cow and said. “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”
The cow said “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.” So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mouse trap … alone . . .
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, the sound of a mouse trap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it. It was a venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap. The snake bit the farmer’ s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital. When she came home, she still had a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup. So the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soups main ingredient, chicken. But his wife’ s sickness continued. Friends and neighbors come to sit with her around the clock. To feed them the farmer butchered the pig. But, alas, the farmer’s wife did not get well. .. she died. So many people came for her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them for the funeral luncheon. And the mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and you think it doesn’t concern you, remember when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another, you may want to send this story to everyone who has ever helped you out. .. and let them know how important they are. Remember, each of us is a vital thread in another person’s tapestry. Our lives are woven together for a reason. Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and Leave the rest to the Creator for we walk by faith and not by sight.
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway
If you are successful; you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
Honesty and frankness may make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you help them. Help anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you may get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway!
Sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan –
Mother Teresa’s children’s home in Calcutta