Saturday, January 28, 2012

Why 2/1/12

I have been asked why I chose the date February 1, 2012. 2/1/12. 2112.

If you follow my blog and my personal Facebook page you will notice I am big on the numbers of the days. 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11, 1/2/12.

Now 2/1/12.

February 1, 2012 is listed on my calendar as National Freedom Day. I joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on February 28, 1989 ( the last day of the month). I retire from the LVMPD on February 1, 2012. The first day of the month in a month that is recognized nationally as Black History Month.

I am only the second Black female police officer in the history of LVMPD to continue their career past 20 years and retire. I am grateful to the first one to do it Officer Beatrice Dyess. She encouraged me along my career. It is so important to reach back to help and encourage each other to success.

For the next couple of days as I enter into my last week as a active police officer I am going to share reflection on my career in law enforcement.

I have been truly blessed and believe God's grace has kept me safe and sane throughout the years I have served.

Twenty-three years of watching policing grow and change. Amazing.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year. Yes again I am wishing you a happy new year. If you follow the Lunar Calendar last evening marked the new moon and the beginning of a fresh new year.

In the US we recogize and call it the Chineses New Year because many Asian culture adhere to the Lunar calendar.

Either way you celebrate whether this is the first day of this new year or the 23rd or 11th day of this new year we have all been blessed with a new year. A clean slate.

I challenge you to make the most of this new year. Do your best. Do your best in all you do and in all your dealings. Make people priority. Make family priority. All other things in life are worthless.

One Hundred Years From Now

Author: (excerpt from "Within My Power" by Forest Witcraft)

One hundred years from now
It won't matter
What kind of car I drove
What kind of house I lived in
How much money I had in the bank
Nor what my cloths looked like
The world may be a little better
Because, I was important
In the life of a child. (or anyone who loves you)

To the world you are one person but to one person you are the world.

Please make people and your relationships with the people who love you your goal.

I pray for many blessings in your life in the new year.

Stay Safe.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Day 10 - Joy

Joy {BIG SMILE} Brings a smile to your face.

What brings you joy?

Lunch with my niece and sister today brought me joy.
Meeting a new friend brings me joy.
Seeing my little nephew rush towards me to say hello brings me joy.
Unexpected phone calls from old friends brings me joy.
A long warm moonlit night with clear skies brings me joy.
The sound of the waves crashing against the shore brings me joy.
A report of a clean bill of health for someone I have prayed for brings me joy.
Travel adventures bring me joy.
An upgrade to first class brings me joy.
Arriving home safely brings me joy.
Preparing for retirement brings me joy.
Being loved brings me joy.
Loving others brings me joy.

Knowing you read my blog brings me joy.

This list is by no means complete and I encourage you to make your own list because while thinking of the things that bring my joy, that brought me joy.

Stay Safe

Monday, January 09, 2012

Day 9 Love in Action

Thanks to everyone who shared what love looks like to you.

By a landslide love had a face. It was the face of a child, a lover, a mother, a friend and it had a smile on its face and/or it made you smile. Love was/is people.
Love was shown and communicated through actions. Some people described a kiss, a phone call, a greeting card, a loving note, a random text. These were offered up from mothers and fathers to children, from lovers to lovers, from friends to long lost friends and from siblings to siblings or aunts and uncles.

No one described a passive love. Everyone described an ACTIVE love. Love in action. Love is an action word. Love is an active choice. Falling in love, being loved and loving all verbs, all about action.

The famous adage "it is better to have love and lost than to never have loved at all" came to my mind. Coaches tell you "You miss 100% of the shots you do not take". In this description action is required. You choose to get in the game or to sit on the curb.

So in the game of love; loving your family, children, spouse, friends, parents are you active or passive? You make the choice. You decide. I encourage you all of us to actively show love because from all the responses I got Action is required.

Share your love : )

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Day 8 - Love continues

The question I left you with yesterday was "What does love look like to you?"

The answers I have had so far are:

Love is God's grace
Love Is mercy
Love is favor
Love is our children
Love is our significant others
Love is our familes

Keep it coming I want to spend three days (today being the second day) on Love.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Day 7 - Love

God created the world in six days and on the seventh day He rested. (Today being the seventh day of 2012 I focus on Love). If one believes this statement (from the bible) they would find this a loving act. The act of creation. Creating a world, the world, the world we live in is an awesome act of Love and the new testament says in 1 Corinthians 13 :

Love is patient,
love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
always trusts,
always hopes,
always perseveres.

Love never fails.

1 Corintians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

What does love look like to you?

We will explore LOVE over the next couple of days because I do believe in Love. I believe it is the greatest gift we can give to someone. Love is very complex and works on many levels. There was a book written called "Love Languages" it talked about how we as human beings Love (the act of love) and how we can improve our relationships with others by knowing their love language.

The different types of love are interesting even within a family dynamics. Parents love different from how siblings love or how husbands and wives love. Friendships and love within them are distinctive. Love for your fellow man is different still when compare to familial love.

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends". John 15:13. We hear this read at police, fire and military memorial ceremonies.

Serving your fellow man is an act of love. Let's get the dialogue flowing. What does love look like to you? Contact me on Facebook, email or blog comment. Share your thoughts.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Day 6 - Be positive

You, your presence, your attitude can change everything. When you enter a room, begin a conversation, during any interaction you and your attitude make the difference.

We must set the tone. There are enough negative people in this world who look at the bad things going on as opposed to the good things. They complain about the old car they drive that’s paint is fading and does not drive as fast as it used to. They do not looking at the fact it’s paid off, is economical on gas and gets them to work and around town every day.

They complain their job does not pay enough, the hours are too long, and the work is too demanding instead of looking at the fact they are employed. There are many people who are not employed.

You would be amazed how good things continue to happen to you when you see the positives not the negatives. One of the main reasons is because positive attracts positive. How do you view things?

When you get up in the morning do you immediately focus on the thing you are dreading having to do or do you eagerly look forward to the things you really want to do? This first thing in the morning activity shapes your day.

If you do not begin with a positive focus it is hard (not impossible) to make it a great day. Focus is key.

F.O.C.U.S – Focus on one course until successful.

You choose your focus and you choose how you view the opportunities presented along the journey.

Choose to be positive : )

Have a great day.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Day 5 - Motivation

What gets you out of bed every day? What drives you? What's the most important thing to you?

These are probably your motivators.

Everyone has something that motivsates them. Something they are striving for. Something they consider their ultimate goal.

Today my family had a bit of a scare. We happily welcomed a brand new bouncing baby boy to our numbers. I was excited to hear the news and eager to meet my new godbaby. I contacted his mommy to see how she was doing and she informed me he was being taken to the Intensive Care Unit.

Immediately what was important, plans I had made for the day, everything became UNIMPORTANT. I began to pray for him and for the doctors treating him. I made my way to the hospital so I could lay my hands on him and pray for him.

For all of us HE was our motivation. His safe arrival and good health was our focused. Through Facebook and text we had numerous people praying for him. We were motivated. We had a common goal and a singular focus. This precious baby boy.

We are optimistic he will be given a clean bill of health and return home to join his family soon.

I asked at the beginning what's your motivation? What gets you out of bed? What are you excited to come home to (or to do)? This is your motivation.

I encourage you to focus on your motivation. Those people (children/family) or things that make you happy and take/make time for them.

Life is too short to spend the majority of it not pursuing your motivation.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Day 4 - Take Time To Be Kind

Have you ever had a door just slam in your face? Not because it is unmanned or automated yet because someone who was walking in front of you just did not take the time to look over their shoulder and see if someone was behind them.

Ever pass people on the street, in the hallway, in a store, while riding the bus or even walking around your office or work station without looking at them, acknowledging them, smiling or even saying hello?

Why is this so difficult?

Why is being kind and courteous a fleeting practice?

Do we really not want to interact with our fellow human beings?

Being that I am a very social person, people who walk around with their heads lowered or who look pass people so as not to have to acknowledge them give me pause. I pray for them. I wonder what has happened in their lives to make them so bitter and uncaring of the condition or existence of their fellow man.

We all have our own issues and problems. It is very dangerous to linger on them and bring them to work or take them out on others. Our co-workers (especially in law enforcement) are our lifelines. We should be able to share a smile, hold a door, ask a sincere "how are you?" and take a minute to listen. These same people are the people that will come running when you call for back up (assistance),even more so if they believe you care about them and you take the time to show them. You and your simple act of kindness can go a long way.

People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. And how will they know? By your actions, positive or negative. You set the tone.

Please take the time to hold the door for a colleague or a stranger, to engage a person in converation in a bank or grocery line, to actually greet people in the morning (or beginning of shift) with a smile and sincere "how are you?".

Kindness goes a long way and is a way of blessing people. Your kind words can change a life. They've worked to encourage me along the way.

Take Time to Be Kind :)

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Day 3 of the first 12 days of 2012 - GiveThanks

I know most of us officially returned to work today (for those of us who are paper pushers, detectives, administrators and the likes). Our colleagues worked the weekend. They worked the weekend keeping our streets, cities, towns, countries and world safe while we enjoyed our leisure. We had our time when we worked the holidays, late (over) nights and weekends. We are just in a different realm of the law enforcement machine. Every person’s role is important. Without the dispatchers screening and relaying calls and the maintenance staff who service our cars to ensure we make it safely to our calls or the administrators who ensure our paperwork is in order and the corrections officers that help us safely detain and house people for their court hearings. Without all these people who make law enforcement work we would not be successful.

So as you return to work take a moment to sincerely give thanks to your colleagues that assist you in serving your community.

I remember as a young patrol officer working the streets of Las Vegas on the graveyard shift (2200-0800 hours). Monitoring the streets checking the businesses, the homes and the pedestrians walking about to ensure they were in order. That no one was breaking into businesses or homes or out looking to do crimes under cover of darkness. At the time I knew my role as the graveyard officer was very important. My role - I ensured our citizens were safe 24 hours a day and had a police officer available to respond to assist them.

After I did my time on the graveyard shift I moved to swing shift (1500-0100 hours) and to day shift (0600-1600 hours) each with their own unique experiences and crimes. During my time in the field the thank you(s) I received from the citizens I served were few and far in between. It did not stop me from doing my job to the best of my ability yet it did make me even more determined to give thanks to those who helped make my job easier. I wanted to show them some honest and sincere appreciation for their help.

You will be surprised how far a thank you goes towards making a person feel appreciated.

Give Thanks. Thank a colleague for how they make a difference in your life and the life of others.

Be Safe.

Monday, January 02, 2012

2012 Day Two - Count Your Blessings

We began 2012 on a Sunday often called and believed to be the first day of the week for most. Monday is the day we return to work. Sunday is to be a day for worship, family, friends and reflection. On Sunday you look at the previous week and account for what you have done and look forward planning for what needs to be done in the coming week. What a perfect way to start the New Year, starting the New Year on a Sunday, day one of the week, a fresh slate and a new beginning.

I hope you spent yesterday in worship of your higher power and seeking guidance and direction for the new year. During the day I hope you spent time with family or friends or both and that you all shared what you were thankful for and looking forward to in the new year.

I love to hear and read on Facebook how other IAWP members spent their holidays and New Year Eve/Day. As your chaplain I started 2012 praying for the members of the IAWP and the women and men of law enforcement around the world.

Many members of my church and our Law Enforcement Prayer team gathered to bring in the new year in with prayer and worship. Thankful that we are here to see another year and optimistic for what 2012 will be.

The opportunities for 2012 are endless. The sky is the limit. Think about it, what would you do if you had no limits and could do ANYTHING? Seriously, what would you do?

Now I ask, why haven’t you started? Life is limitless. You can achieve the things of your dreams. You have to believe it.

I challenge you today to write down your successes of 2011. Write them out. It is important to remember. These accomplishment serve to show you, you can do anything you put your mind and heart into.

Write down the blessings you received in 2011. The unexpected gifts, visits from friends, job opportunities, great assignments, retirements, milestone birthdays, and good health reports after a scare. Write them down to encourage yourself. Often times we only reflect on what we DO NOT HAVE as opposed to what we do have. How we have been blessed.

Please look at what you have and make the most of it. Build on your strengths. Use your blessings to bless others. The more you give away the more you will receive.

Zig Ziglar said it best, “"You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want."

Make 2012 you best year.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Out with the old, In with the new

Happy 2012

For many 2011 was a trying year. There were tragedies, loss of loved ones, loss of property, natural disasters and countless other misfortunes I do not want to re-cap them all. I do not want to re-cap them because I took them to the curb. The heartache, trials an tribulations of 2011 I have place in the garbage. The rubbish has been given to the trash collector.

Carry it away. Remove it from my life. I do not want to see it any more as that will cause reflection. Time to wallow and comiserate. The things I keep are my victories. The positive thing I have learned from these experience. The positive things I accomplished in 2011.

To the evil things that attempted to undermine us in 2011 I command you go. Flee. Plague us no more. Bag up the ugliness and get rid of it. It is unnecessary luggage. Weighing you down, slowing you down and it does not need to follow you into 2012.

The choice is yours.

We all have trials and tribulations they come with being alive. How you choose to deal with them and view them will make or break you. Do you see them as opportunites to reach out to others in similiar situations to help them through? One Asian character reads crisis or opportunity it's the same graphic for the words it just depends on how you see it and interpret it.

In this new year I encourage you to throw away the old negative, carry over the positive and make the most of what you have.

Happy New Year.