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Correctional Officers - Quiet Time
By Carl ToersBijns, former deputy warden, ASPC Eyman, Florence AZ
Published: 06/23/2014

Relaxation
Sitting here daydreaming is nothing new for it happens every time I am alone. Ever since the day of remembrance of my birth, it has been a traditional moment to sit down and reflect my life and work on making it better. Some call me crazy for taking the time out of the day to just sit there and impulsively reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly things in my life. Others completely understand my motive as well as my reasons for doing this for they do it as well.

Quiet time is an escape from the stress and hustle of my lifestyle. It is a time of calmness and understanding as I look back where I have been and what I have done. Quiet time is not always about me or myself or I. It is also about the special people in my life that created the dynamics and flow pattern that got me where I am today. I need to remember where I was and where I am. I need to know how I got there and why I went here to begin with and although impulsive reflective thinking does not bring any specific motive or reason to the surface, it does bring peace.

Transporting my memes from past to future is never forgotten. Some are clear as day it happened while others are murky or cloudy needing a push from a picture or a voice to bring it back. It occurs to me that I do this often and at any instant, one after another, photographs and memories pop into my head. Sometimes I get dizzy and lightheaded for the memory might not be as pleasant as I wanted it to be but just before my tears begin to drop down my cheeks, I remember the good things as well. Dwelling on the bad can only make you sad.

Memes last an eternity. How you manage them is very important for your future and your relationship with life itself. It is often said that one insignificant speck of dust or particle of the past plays a significant part of your life. The universe is so vast, one must believe that everything has a purpose under the stars of heaven. Leaps of thoughts create a light show inside my head. I can see the stars, the moons and the planets as they lead me into a spell of mesmerizing moments and contemplate me doing this for an eternity till my dying day here on Earth.

Never forgotten those days of past long gone and never forgetting that the future holds tomorrow. One day may seem like a thousand years but the fact is you can’t escape one moment or one nanosecond of your life without realizing your presence and your purpose that should never be forgotten. Quiet time comes during the day or even the night. It has no reason for appearing other than making you aware of your reality and what your life is or was all about. Quiet time is a significant time. It is a powerful moment to gather your thoughts and reveal who you are and what you stand for.

Tick tock tick tock, the clock hums out loud in the background but quiet time has no clock. It is what makes you transcend into a momentary stage that belongs only to you. It is where history becomes a reality and transfers you into many different places at a time. A psychological time machine that only you can relate to and understand. Quiet time empowers your health and wellness. It gives you the answers from above and unequivocally puts you in a powerful position that only you can recognize.

Corrections.com author, Carl ToersBijns, (retired), has worked in corrections for over 25 yrs He held positions of a Correctional Officer I, II, III [Captain] Chief of Security Mental Health Treatment Center – Program Director – Associate Warden - Deputy Warden of Administration & Operations. Carl’s prison philosophy is all about the safety of the public, staff and inmates, "I believe my strongest quality is that I create strategies that are practical, functional and cost effective."

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