“I don’t have any friends in here. I have acquaintances.”

I just heard a man say that. And it’s not the first time either. I’ve heard it many times over the years by many different people. It’s almost like an established well known quote amongst convicts.

I have to admit, I once had a mentality that fell victim to those sad words.

The results were devastating. I was constantly fighting and arguing. My life was full of turmoil and conflict. I was living a life with no friends…only acquaintances.

Within the past year something amazing happened. The idea of friendship weighed heavily on my mind. I was ready to open up and let people in.

I used The Law of Attraction as my guide. I have a mental picture of the type of friendships I desire. Therefore, I must send out those exact vibrations.

I desire to be loved. Therefore, I must love. I want people to treat me with dignity and respect. Therefore, I must also treat everyone with dignity and respect, too.

It really is quite simple. I must give as I wish to receive.

During my days of suffering and turmoil, I would have brief moments of clarity that would create desires to change. But I didn’t know how to truly implement genuine change in my life. I would say one thing, but then my actions wouldn’t be consistent with my words.

It is NOT enough to profess! I must DO!

But to verbally profess through prayer is a great start. So I keep praying that I can truly love all people more dearly than I have ever loved before.

I don’t pick and choose. I treat everyone with dignity & respect. I show love to all. And by doing so, The Law of Attraction will bring me like-minded friends.

Being in prison, it’s hard to find true enduring friendships with the men in here. Because it’s hard to cultivate an attitude of friendship towards people in here. I see both sides of the spectrum, I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum. Those who project hate and negativity, get the same in return.

The ones who return the love that I show…I call friends.

Today I have several friends. I’m enjoying a level of harmony that exceeds that in which I’ve ever known. I am happy. I trust The Law of Attraction to bring me friends. As I love my fellowman, I get that same love back.

With all that being said, I’d like to leave you with a parting thought:

Don’t question your friends or your friendships. Question yourself. Look inside yourself and you will find the truth.



Steven Jennings


Author: Steven & Suzie Jennings

She was raised as a Mormon, and he is a convict serving 43 years in prison. This blog offers a glimpse into two vastly different worlds that somehow came crashing together. Join them on their journey through prison life & married life.

4 thoughts

  1. Thank you for the insight. My younger brother has been in prison almost his whole life and I wonder how he’ll be when he gets out maybe in a couple more years. Also, how he is doing in prison. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be locked up my whole life. I’ve been blessed to not have gone to prison myself. Only a few times overnight in County Jail.

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