This series features writing from inmates at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center. The articles stem from weekly programming facilitated by the Colorado College Prison Project. Through contact between the CC community and Colorado Springs, this series aims to simultaneously broaden CC perception of incarceration issues and provide a platform for incarcerated writers. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office requires approval of written material prior to publication and the removal of authors’ last names. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the EPCSO or the Prison Project. 


What are words? Where do they come from? Why are they used in ways that make people unhappy? 

Words are used everyday. Many of today’s words lack courtesy or esteem. They are often impolite, rude, and imprudent. Let us take action by using words in a caring way. We can share words that people will remember and feel positively about. When we wake up to the ones we love, we should say, “Good morning, sweetheart!” These words show endearment – they feel good to hear. When a child says, “Hi Mommy” or “Hi Daddy,” these words feel warm and happy. When you say good morning to a stranger, it shows an act of care and kindness. When we use words of kindness, it feels good inside. It puts a smile on a person’s face and warmth in their heart. Words can bring a lot to a person’s life and can change the way they see the world around them. When we are alone in a car driving to work, we turn on our radios to listen to words. These words might feel so good that they bring goosebumps to our arms and make our hair stand on end. To all my friends out there reading this article, don’t wait for a word. Let’s start actions of a word that will bring warmth to any person’s heart.  

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