Second chances. Sooner or later, we all need a second chance and find ourselves hoping that other people will be gracious enough to allow us one.
Kim Imel, CPDT-KA, and Carol Byrnes, CPDT, are the lead dog trainers in the Pawsitive Dog prison training program at Airway Heights Corrections Center in Washington.
Kim shared stories of grace, redemption, and personal growth that came from giving men in prison the opportunity to learn new strategies for changing behavior. These lessons applied not just to their canine students, but to their own lives, how they interacted with each other, with their families, and even how they treated themselves.
Are you in need of a second chance? Do you know someone who is?
Granting a second chance doesn't mean being a doormat. You can and should establish boundaries with anyone to whom you're granting a bit of grace.
At the same time, if you let go of your preconceived notions, you may find yourself in the presence of a miracle.