In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. -The Butterfly Effect, Wikipedia

As I sit here contemplating how to share the deepest and most troubling sins of my soul with the world I wonder, “What is the point in doing it?” The answer is as simple as the desire to help another youngster. Somewhere that might be on the path of gravel that I have traveled. See, I think that my past is unique but the reality is …it’s not.

I took the life that gave me life. Yes, I took the life of my mother. The woman who shared her body with my still forming life for eight months two weeks, and nine hours of labor. I know those numbers because she reminded me of it constantly. It’s a long story, but that’s not the subject of my brief moment of sharing. The purpose of this is to let you know that I discovered something deep in my years of contemplating, analyzing, and trying to rationalize my life while in the “Belly of the Beast”. What I discovered was this: no one’s life is solely their own.

Every decision that a person makes, and every action you make affects someone else. See I thought anything I did was all about me. But hard fact is, we’re all intertwined and anything we do has an effect on the world -on a cosmic level we have yet to understand. I know that now. Thanks for letting me share.

Peer Support

This story  was submitted by a participant attending our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support Program.  TGIM and Texas ReEntry Services, INC partnered together to implement this program as a realistic criminal justice  strategy that safely reduces the State’s costly reliance on incarceration– creating stronger families, less taxpayer waste, and safer communities.

The program offers men and women another chance to make a positive and encouraging difference in the world through their storytelling while allowing participants an opportunity to build self-worth, and learn a new trade. But we can’t offer this program without your support.

How You Can Help

Simply download the eBook: ‘Stories of Hope’ to enjoy from your favorite device. When you do, participants can access our program at no cost to them, and Texas ReEntry Services INC receives a donation of $3.00. During checkout, enter Coupon Code: aaron1017 to get the e-book for only $8.99. You save $1.00!

About Stories of Hope:

Stories of Hope is a compilation of  heart wrenching, and liberating short stories written by youth participating in Writing for the Soul Workshop™ around the world. Through a unique structure offering both engagement -and reward, this workshop brings education and passion together in a way that offers permanent life changing impact. As noted in the forward by educator Sarah Lankford, these unique and amazing individuals have received a rare opportunity to share a story they needed to share … and develop a love of writing as a result.



6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
122 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1537368849
ISBN-10: 1537368842
BISAC: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / General

Purchase a copy of the book or download the eBook and enjoy it from your favorite device today! Stay connected with updates from our workshops in Asia on Facebook at: Writing for the Soul Workshop™ in North America.

$9.99 USD








About Hope Beyond The Walls

Available December 15, 2016

Have you or someone you love ever been incarcerated?  As a result of America’s decades long war on drugs, the US “presently incarcerates 330,000 prisoners on drug-related charges at an estimated annual cost of $40 billion.” This doesn’t include the ongoing costs to society as those that have been touched by the cycle of probation, incarceration and parole work to reintegrate into society, find employment, and stay on track with meeting the mandates of probation and parole.

‘Hope Beyond the Walls’ is a collection of short stories, and memoirs collected from writers impacted by addiction who are working to reenter society. This project is made possible through our Community Partnership with Texas ReEntry Services. Together, we offer Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support as a realistic criminal justice  strategy that safely reduces the State’s costly reliance on incarceration– creating stronger families, less taxpayer waste, and safer communities.