As my focus shifted away from resentment and sorrow for my pain toward what I might do and where I might go, so did my life.
Four months after almost being strangled to death and recovering physically, I was sitting in a college classes at Kauai’i Community College excitedly discussing books by Mark Twain and Albert Camus. Suddenly my life was all about where I wanted to go. I was finding joy and satisfaction from doing the work that would take me to a future that I wanted and off the trail I was stumbling on without direction that was fueled mainly by fear.
Restorative justice helps us see what we need to repair harm caused by wrongdoing and social injustice. Restorative justice gives us time to pause and consider how we might make things right with people we may have hurt, and also for ourselves if we have been hurt or if others have hurt us.