Journal Entry: John Dalaly-11/14/2023-Proving Worthy

Journal Entry

As the days inch closer to my impending surrender on November 30th, I am acutely aware of the support and faith that others have placed in me. Reverend Ronald Jozwiak, my pastor for the last twelve years, was gracious enough to provide a character reference letter on my behalf. His words serve as a reminder of the responsibility I bear to prove myself worthy of the trust and goodwill of those who believe in me.

In Reverend Jozwiak’s letter, he highlights not only my involvement in the community but also my commitment to transparency, honesty, and faith. These principles have guided me throughout my life, and I intend to uphold them during my time behind bars and beyond. I intend to share these thoughts and lessons with other people I meet. For example, consider the following:

Lesson 1: Focus on Transparency and Honesty
Reverend Jozwiak rightfully emphasized the importance of transparency and honesty in my approach to business and life. While my involvement in cannabis licensing led to my legal predicament, it is essential to acknowledge one’s mistakes and learn from them. During my sentence, I am committed to reflecting on the errors of my ways and using this experience as an opportunity for personal growth and self-improvement.

Lesson 2: Teach on the importance of Community Involvement
Throughout my life, community involvement and service have been at the core of my values. I have been an active member of our parish and have actively participated in various Christian service projects. In prison, I plan to continue contributing positively to the community by participating in programs that promote rehabilitation and the well-being of fellow inmates.

Lesson 3: Charitable Work
Reverend Jozwiak also highlighted my charitable endeavors within and outside the parish. Volunteering as an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Communion to the hospital, offering free services in healthcare, education, and assisting the homeless have been some of my proudest achievements. While incarcerated, I will seek opportunities to continue such outreach, even within the constraints of the prison environment, to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

Lesson 4: Education and Mental Health Awareness
My commitment to education and mental health awareness will persist during my sentence. I have always recognized the importance of these issues in our society, and I will use my time behind bars to deepen my understanding and advocate for these causes. By doing so, I hope to contribute to the betterment of individuals within the prison system and the broader community upon my release.

Lesson 5: Gratitude and Faith
Lastly, my enduring gratitude to God and my unwavering faith will remain steadfast throughout this journey. Reverend Jozwiak’s reminder of the importance of faith is a beacon of strength for me. I will continue to seek solace in my faith, finding the inner strength to persevere through the challenges that lie ahead.

In closing, as I face the uncertainty of my prison term, I am filled with gratitude for the support and encouragement I have received from individuals like Reverend Jozwiak. Their belief in me serves as a constant reminder of the responsibility I bear to prove myself worthy of their trust. With determination, a commitment to growth, and a deep sense of purpose, I will utilize my time in prison to not only rehabilitate myself but also to make a positive difference in the lives of those around me.