101. Discover Insights From Federal Prison Camp: Memorializing a Journey to Prison Camp with James Catlidge #2 Innocent from the Inside
In Victor Frankls book "Man's Search for Meaning" (written while in a German concentration camp) he contends.... "EVERYTHING can be taken from a man but one thing, the last of the human freedoms- to choose one's own attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."......lots of meetings with new friends have yielded so much knowledge about my upcoming vacation, I was referred to a new friend Michael Santos (amazing story) who spent 23 years in Federal Prison for a crime he did commit and decided early on that he would emerge a new man. I can tell you having spent 4 electric hours with him that he is unlike any man I have EVER met with. I realized during our visit That I have spent 30 years working on me, reading every book on self-improvement I could get my hands on and ultimately making my career a 30 year focus on team building, lifting, encouraging, mentoring.....Michael Santos was doing the exact same thing behind bars! He studied read and mastered the content from the exact same books I had read and mentored fellow inmates and received his Doctorate, Masters and undergraduate degrees all from behind bars! He published 20 books several best sellers and from behind bars made millions in book sales and trading stocks through his sisters brokerage account. He today, 5 years on the outside has thrived, Married to a great woman who followed him to every prison he was serving at, Michael is networked across the USA with great people from all walks of life because he DECIDED, his time away would be dedicated to building a great life. I will share more as it develops but let this post give fair warning, many among us are living lives in a prison they built called their life and will never serve time behind any physical bars and there a few are in actual prison who are free in almost every sense of the word. Freedom is a state of mind, The day Michael Santos was released from Taft camp (his final stop) he was invited to be a Professor at San Francisco state university in the criminal justice department. Michael had NEVER been on any college campus, EVER until that invitation came. He had the most attended class on campus, kids sitting on the floor to hear him teach lessons on life and liberty. Liberty, as I'm sure you've considered is not a physical thing but a mental state. I am most grateful for the new friend I have met on this most circuitous journey toward my destiny!
The link for more on Michael Santos can be clicked here: michaelsantos.com
It was early on in the legal battle, My lawsuit against the Developer had been dismissed by the Judge, all my company's clients were now at risk of losing the condos they bought. New lawyers were swirling, at least 10 new lawsuits had been filed naming me as a defendant. The Government was now finally interested in investigating the case I had reported 4 years previously. I was getting calls from friends letting me know the FBI had just been to their home, I also learned I needed to hire a NEW, additional legal team that specialized in "criminal defense" just in case I was a "Target" of the FBI investigation. I am not a fearful person, nor do I spend much energy playing the "what if" game but the heaviness was palpable. All of these circumstances combined seemed to be eroding my power to cope. I had begun playing racquetball with a dear friend Leon just months before, we would meet at 9pm and play til they threw us out at 11pm. We talked and beat each others brains out several times a week and on this particular night around 11:20pm I arrived at my driveway and as I made the 100 yard push up the hill I took note all the lights were off and all 6 babies and Momma were sound asleep. I p