Gifts from God

As a public policy researcher, I feel it is essential to engage in candid discussions. This blog is not intended to serve as a scholarly format and material based hub. Instead, the information posted here is a “round table” of input and opinion. Granted, everyone has an idea, but it is how we engage to respect one another that provides a courteous outcome.

While I enjoy engagement with criminal justice reforms, I feel that it is vital first to pursue restorative justice. What we define as criminal activities are matters we are taught to believe. Without hesitation, the matter is reported to law enforcement or lawyers to seek retribution and perhaps a compensation package. This behavior has become so problematic that both sides have no time to face one another to bring remedy and closure.

Advocacy shouldn’t be a tunnel vision-mission. Real advocacy seeks out the opposite opinion to bring complex issues to the middle. As a Christian, I submit to my God. But submission before God also allows me to do my part by working and flexing to get back into mental and physical shape. I find a peaceful middle ground to build upon to maintain that mental wellbeing. Some may refer to me as a bleeding heart liberal. That is fine. At least I have a good heart or intentions to seek the higher ground ensuring dissent has a voice too. However, I say this as a warning to others that want to judge based on actively doing something. “Be careful to judge and criticize others from the comforts of a sofa or behind a keyboard. We are all stewards to take care of others (Philippians 2:4). It is my duty and yours to undertake unpopular burdens so that we can deal with challenges and find solutions (Galatians 6:2).”

I am not a perfect person, nor do I pretend to desire the utopian world. That world comes when I am no longer on this earth. However, I do seek forgiveness of self and forgive others. That keeps my mind and soul healthy with a spirit of positivity and an opportunity to be an active participant in life.

As for people assuming that I use God as an excuse for forgiveness or redemption is absurd. We all use God as a method of forgiveness, redemption, and rebirth from a strayed course. Without God in my life, and perhaps yours, what would be the purpose of forgiveness, redemption or embracing the Nicene Creed? Without religion, along with humanity might as well be dead. But I will cling to those faiths to be the better person that others fail to achieve or use purposely.

This blog sometimes can be serious or humorous. Again, it is only an opinion blog where hopefully I either make your day or make someone else that they never feel alone in specific thoughts.

Living with ADHD has been an overwhelming experience left untreated until my adult years. Some may find ADHD people as creative, full of life, energy, and into everything. On the other hand, ADHD has a stigma of poor discipline, temper tantrums, unfocused, fidgety, and non-committed. But the handicaps that society deems upon us are a gift from God that I must work upon to champion and demonstrate that I am not alone nor should I be silent or ashamed.

As for reading this blog? I personally thank you.

Author: Dwayne Daughtry

“You’re punching, and you’re kicking, ​and you’re shouting at me / I’m relying on your common decency?" I tried to become vegan (it was the worst 6 hours of my life), Executive Director - NCRSOL, State Representative (NC) - NARSOL, Legislative Consultant, Blogging Columnist, Army veteran, Arizona State alum | B.A. Organizational Leadership | M.S. Political Science | Ph.D. student Criminal Justice

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