Even though I have never experience what Newton went through, I have also received a second chance before. As a matter of fact, I have received plenty of chances from those who are close to me; my family and my friends. I later became aware that second chances are signs from others who still believe in me. They believe that I will reflect upon my mistake and do better. As for this reason, I take second chances seriously and try to prove to them. To show them who I really am, not for what I do. As humans, we are not perfect. We all make certain mistakes all the time without even realizing it.
In the article, “When a Second Chance is Worth The Risk,” it quotes a section from a novel called Leaders Open Doors, by Bill Treasure, “‘The essence of a second chance is strategic forgiveness.’ When you give second chances people often, ‘becomes deeply loyal and deeply committed.’” When other learns how to forgive each other and in returns provide second chances. It can build a bond within them. A hopeful bond of trust dedicated to change one’s life to better their future.
Although Laura Bates has not mistakenly ruin her chances to teach in prison. She was given a chance to prove herself and others that prisoner, in Secured Housing Units, deserves another chance to continue on their education through her program. Bates wants to prove and show the authority that prisoners can reflect upon their problems through Shakespeare (Bates 15-16). Throughout her lessons, Bates realizes that Shakespeare was actually influencing and inspiring prisoners to change and become a better person. The chances that she provides for the prisoner really did make a difference. This opportunity gave Newton a third (or many) chances to tremendously consider a change in his life.
Just imagine if a person you knew made a terrible mistake and was given a second chance to shape up his or her life again. But he or she ended up ruining his or her second chance. Would you try to forgive that person again and be generous enough to give him a third chance? Do people value and care for the chances that they receive from others or do they just take it for granted?
Rockwell, Dan. Leadership Freak Wordpress. Creative Commons. “When a Second Chance is Worth The Risk.” 29 May 2013. Web. 23 February 2016.