The men in our society have lost their God-given position.  We have truly fallen from the grace that was given to us as a man.  When the head is lost and confused-the head being the MAN! then our families are lost and confused and then our society becomes lost and confused as well.  I believe that this is one of the reasons why our young men of today have ended up the way they are now, because there is not many strong MEN today.  Babies having babies!  How can they be a strong head of household when they were not taught and shown what it really means to be a true father or the Head/Provider!

How can we as a society begin to redeem ourselves as Men and Heads of household?  One thing is for sure, our Thinking has to change!  If we can’t change the way we think as a man, then we can’t change the course of our young men today.  We need more strong fathers to get involved in our communities and with patience and perseverance, and teach our young men what it means to be a Father.  Those of us who has gone through the vicissitudes of life are the ones who must take that stand and be willing to teach our young men how and what it really means to be a Father.  Being a man is one who accepts all the responsibilities and the challenges of life.  Not one who blames everything and everyone for their misfortunes and hard times or struggles.

As a man, you must be willing to listen attentively and apply the skills and knowledge that is being taught to you from someone who has gone through the same problems and setbacks.

We must change our belief system.  Our belief system is the main thing that has gotten us all messed up now.  But then, that’s all we have is our belief system, which is comfortable and easy.  But if we look at it, where has our belief system gotten us?  No where!  but stuck blaming others for our misfortunes.

So, let’s start by changing the way we think and then we can begin to change that old faulty messed up thinking into positive thinking.  Let us begin to set some realistic goals and develop those goals into a plan and put that plan in motion.  Let’s do it!!!!

Sam R Ford BSW



I am a 54 year old male who has spent twenty years of his life in prison and I have now gone on to obtain a Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) and my Master of Science in Psychology degree (MSP) I have dedicated my life to helping others to gain a better insight on how to better respond to the vicissitudes of life. I have changed my life by giving my life to Christ. There is no other way I want to live the rest of my life, and that is assisting with opening the eyes of other ex-offenders, while sharing the Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding of what it really means to live Free and Well after a life of being in prison.
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