The Long Way Around

By David Lund

The road to this spot, this point in time and in my life, has been a very, very long one. There are plenty of people who know how far I’ve come and even more who know how far I have to go. Each one of my fellow Board members has a story to tell and each one of us brings something unique and beautiful to the table here at BarNone.

I bring peronal experience.

If I had been told on my 19th birthday that I would spend the next 15 years in and out of prison, I certainly would’ve thought that was crazy. How can anyone wrap their minds around that amount of time? I still have a hard time trying to accept that it has actually been that long. But it has. And I wasted so much time that I now have been in overdrive trying to make up for it.

In my life there is little time for being still. Its something I have to work at. I have such a God-given angst for causes, injustices and people that I can’t stop “doing”. I volunteer at my church’s food pantry a couple times a month. I have a standing commitment to feed the homeless every month. I donate my time to help prisoners with legal work. I am the Communications Director for BarNone. Did I mention I also am married and have a full time job? Its a lot. Sometimes too much, to be honest. But I can’t help but feel pulled to do these things. By the way, doing these things doesn’t mean I’m a good person, but they mean I have a heart for helping people. I think that is a good thing.

But its only fair to admit that I am a deeply flawed human being. I have no problem admitting that. I am much like my namesake in the Bible, David. He was a man after God’s own heart but also just screwed things up a lot. Even now, as a free man living my life, I make mistakes. It really reminds me of Romans 7:15-25. I am just a man. A flawed man, a slave to sin, but also a man who keeps trying to be the best version of myself every day.

If you are reading this and can relate, I want you to know that perfection is not possible, nor should it be the goal. Be good and do good. Love God, love your fellow man and love yourself. And if you screw up, know that you are in good company. It doesn’t all come to and end because you made a mistake. So pick up where you left off and keep moving forward. There’s an entire world out here to enjoy – family, food, fun…you just have to embrace it. Learn to take the bad with the good. As my favorite quote goes…”The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain” (Dolly Parton). Try not to sweat the rain because you get a rainbow in the end and that will make it all worth it. That’s my hope anyway.

Author: BarNone, Inc.

BarNone, Inc. is a Boise, Idaho-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is threefold: 1. Awareness: holding Idaho Reentry Summit events, conducting social media campaigns and speaking to Idahoans to encourage communication, collaboration and education of the criminal legal system, statistics, and the people who are impacted by incarceration. 2. Advocacy: working with members of the Legislature, municipalities and agencies to impact policy. 3. Resources: connecting people with community resources and support when they are returning to their community after a period of incarceration and centralizing the information for those resources.