Fear and Shame Can’t Breathe the Same Air as Gratitude and Peace

Craig Stanland
3 min readMay 9, 2023

5.9.23

It hit me when I wrote the date in my journal this morning.

I don’t want to say I forgot, but another circumstance directly related to May 9th was at the forefront of my mind, obscuring the beauty of this day.

The other circumstance is one of fear and shame and a remembrance of what was.

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Craig Stanland

I write about my journey from corporate success to federal prison and finding joy, mission, meaning, and fulfillment beyond professional and financial success.