Glitter
April 27th, 2012

Glitter

We went to visit a someone in prison yesterday. He’s a young man we used to work with and have been visiting regularly over the last few months. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to sit and reflect with him on the past, the situation he finds himself in and his hopes and plans for the future.¬†Whilst we were there this week one of the prison guards came over to talk to us. He said he saw himself as a father figure to a lot of the younger guys in the prison and often tried to advise them. He offered us some of his wisdom before he went back to his rounds; “the glitter you see is not the glitter you want”.

We have all experienced wanting something and believing that if only we can get that thing we will be satisfied, only to discover that when we do finally get it, its not all we had hoped it would be. We regularly witness young people pursuing “glitter” in many forms; things that appear shiny and desirable and may lead to some short term pleasure or satisfaction but ultimately leaves them disappointed. Despite our best efforts to help young people think through all the factors involved in the decisions they face, we cant make decisions for them or always protect them from the consequences of those decisions. But these experiences all form part of the learning process and can be redeemed and we continue to walk alongside young people to help them reflect on these experiences, learn from them and reassess their direction, hopefully reaching for things that will bring them longer term satisfaction and fulfillment.

Fiona