Posted: December 18, 2015 Filed under: Personal Perspective, The Blue Blitz | Tags: effort, entitlement, Fair, Hard Work, life, Love, Silverii, Work
FIT@50 / week 40
Facebook launches these memories and top posts apps along with other fun and invasive things every so often. I admit, I fell for it. My top 3 posts for 2015 was my retirement as Chief of Police, my marriage to Liliana Hart and Max & me.
It was the perfect trifecta. Those three simple pictures illustrated the Big Shoes approach I take to life. It’s not about outdoing anyone else. It’s about being present in the lives of others.
It’s about leaving a giant footprint wherever I’ve been placed in my life. Giving everything I have to doing the best job I can. Now that often means finishing last in a race, or second on a test, or maybe having a book release that tanked in sales.
No matter. It’s the effort that matters. Did I give everything? When I crawl off of life’s many battlefields, did I take anything with me that I could have left out there in the way of effort?
I appreciate the sentiment of working smarter than hard, but I treasure the ethic of hard work. I recall raking leaves until my 7 year old palms blistered and bled. You’d thought I’d been bitten by a shark, but my dad would send me back out until it was done and done right. Those are lessons that benefitted me in the toughest and most dangerous of times.
I don’t get today’s tenor of neither working smart nor hard. When did that become dishonorable? When did an honest day’s work get exchanged for this false sense of entitlement? When did pussyfooting around life’s responsibilities replace two feet firmly planted in reality?
Leave the biggest footprints you can in this life. Work so hard that they will never be filed without an equal or more Herculean effort. And when they are, make sure you acknowledge that person, who too, still honors the American ideal of honest effort.
Posted: December 11, 2015 Filed under: Personal Perspective, The Blue Blitz | Tags: Bayou Lafourche, Bridge, culture, Festival, FIT@50, Health, Love, Mental health, police, Retirement, Silverii, Walk, Wellness
FIT@50 / week 39
The water in the background is Bayou Lafourche. Growing up in Cajun Country I swam in that bayou, paddled a pirogue in that bayou, fished in that bayou and played in that bayou.
I never once in 50 years ever walked across that bayou. Not until recently. It was a Saturday festival downtown and we looked for the rare space to park.
I suggested we walk. And we did. About half way across I stopped and told Liliana Hart it was the first time I ever walked across this bayou. Of course we had to take a pic to memorialize the event that was 1/2 a century in the making.
Becoming FIT@50 I’ve stopped worrying and conquering everything in my path, squeezing into the closet parallel parking spot and getting everywhere 15 minutes early.
How many bridges are there in life that we avoid walking across because we just gotta get there fast?
It’s a simple picture on the surface, but on this Saturday afternoon I actually walked across water – Bayou Lafourche.
Posted: June 19, 2015 Filed under: FIT@50 | Tags: Balance, chief of police, Christ, exercise, God, Health, Holy Spirit, Jesus, marriage, Prayer, Religion and Spirituality, Silverii, Turning 50
FIT@50 \ week 14
Thursday night at a family birthday supper my niece said how odd it looked to see a wedding ring on my hand. I said it throws me off balance. Then I thought about what I said.
There’s a weight associated with this ring. It’s called balance.
To shift from decades of doing what I wanted, when I wanted to coordinating daily calendars for meeting the needs of the family took balance. Shifting gears from an “I want” to “We need” has been easier than I would’ve led Liliana Hart to believe (don’t tell her though.)
Balance is the key.
The day after the wedding, we both returned to our regular Monday schedules. There was work to be done after all. Our pastor (who said being tagged in one of our post was a never ending series of alerts) talked about celebrating marriage and carving out the time to honor it.
This week we unplugged and headed out of town for the weekend. It rained, so the pool, the beach and the outdoors we both enjoy were taken off the table. Instead, we goofed off, avoided talking about work or business and never once cautioned the other about eating dessert for breakfast.
Balance is what we found.
Posted: April 24, 2015 Filed under: FIT@50 | Tags: character, giossip, guard, Health, rumor, Silverii, stand watch, tongue
FIT@50 \ week 7
I stood watch all night as poor kiddo was in and out of the bathroom.
Watching from the foot of his bed I realized how easy it was to know when to react based on his body’s movements of feeling distressed.
Being FIT requires an ability to guard against the things in life not so obvious.
Things such as gossip and harsh words against your character. While you don’t have control over when or what naysayers slander you, you do have the control over your actions.
It’s vital to eliminate false & harmful comments from your daily speak. Your negativity might harm another if those words travel, but it definitely injures you the moment you spew it.
Be positive or at the least, just be silent. Stand Guard!
Posted: April 17, 2015 Filed under: FIT@50 | Tags: amazing, blessed by Downs, Down syndrome, God, Happy Birthday, Jesus, Love, mentally challenged, perfection, physically challenged, Silverii, son
FIT@50 \ week 6
Today is Max’s birthday.
This picture becomes more special to me each year. It was taken moments after he arrived—perfect.
There was no Down syndrome, no mental, physical, emotional or social challenges in this picture. There was no speech therapy, physical therapy or occupational therapy in this picture. There was no blame or shame in this picture.
There was also no idea about the joy of God’s merciful blessing in this picture. There was no shift in my life’s priorities in this picture. There was no worldwide community of physical or virtual supporters in this picture. There was not the man you know me to be today in this picture.
Today is Max’s birthday.
This picture was taken moments after he arrived—perfect.
PLEASE SHARE to SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAX
Posted: April 16, 2015 Filed under: The Blue Blitz | Tags: 911, cop culture, Dispatcher, Law Enforcement, National Telecommunications Operators, police, Police culture, Police Radio, Silverii
This week honors Emergency Dispatchers – the life lines who answer frantic 9-1-1 calls, dispatches officers to the scene and records the funny or painful details of each call for service. Often unsung, Emergency Communications Operators are the true heroes – Hug a Police Dispatcher – Do it today