Troy’s Times – October 2008

Hi Friend! Welcome to Troy’s free monthly electronic newsletter, developed for people interested in overcoming adversity, adapting to change and pushing oneself to realize their full potential. (Some characters in this newsletter have been altered to keep it from being filtered out as spam) IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article… “From Hole to Whole” Read a letter from a recent client NEW PRODUCT- Training Tool for Financial Institutions DVD/CD My Products – NEW HARDBACK BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE Join my Affiliate Program See Troy Speak for FREE! Click here to sign up for this e-zine! Earn a large commission for recommending me as a speaker! Subscriber opinions and impressions of this electronic newsletter as well as reader profiles “It is not important How we come to the events in our lives, but how we Deal with those events”- Troy Feel free to forward this issue to friends, family and associates! This Month’s Featured Article: From Hole to Whole “What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson The “Hole” was a 6 by 9 foot cell, containing a steel bunk bed, a stainless-steel toilet connected to a stainless-steel sink, and a stainless-steel shower. I was locked in this cell for 24 hours a day, with the exception of one hour a day when I was sometimes, and I want to reiterate, sometimes, let out to pace back and forth in what looked like a small dog kennel. If I was lucky, I didn’t have to share the space with a roommate. There were several of these cells lined up in an isolated part of the prison. The people housed in the cells were the troublemakers of the institution; many of them were mentally challenged and probably shouldn’t have been within the confines of a traditional prison setting. Hour after hour, day after day, week after week they would beat on the doors and scream. There was never a quiet moment. I never got any proper rest, but instead learned to catch a few winks as it subsided to a dull roar. The steel door which provided the entrance into the cell contained a small slit in the center, which when opened up, provided the means through which they would slide food trays. As I stated previously, many of those sent to the hole were looking for trouble. You may be minding your own business and the next thing you know, your psychopath roommate decides that it is a good idea to throw a cup full of urine and feces in the guards’ faces when they open up the slot to slide in the food tray. What did the guards do? They did what most of us would do if that were done to us. They would “suit up” and come in with their batons. You didn’t have any control over who your cellmate was when you were in the hole, and you better hope it wasn’t your cellmate who decided to pull this