With all of the controversy that is going on right now about police brutality and racism and hatred. You rarely hear about the stories of when those that wear the badge do something right. While I don't believe that abuse of power and police brutality are ever right... REGARDLESS of the history of the accused, I believe that there is something to be said for taking responsibility for your own actions. I know that the playing field is not level. As long as we are human and people have differences there will be envy, jealousy and even hatred. But the key is to remember that we are all human.
I believe that there are good and bad examples in every profession. there are plenty of bad teachers that don't like there jobs for one reason or another and take it out on our kids. I'm sure that you have encountered that clerk or customer service representative that acts like they hate people in general. For one reason or another these folks have fallen out of love with what they do. Or maybe it was just a job in the first place. I say if you don't like what you are doing, do something else.
Now, granted, none of the jobs mentioned above put lives in danger. but the point is this. I believe that there is a large responsibility on the people that we put in office to cut this anger off at the pass if they can. counseling, better vetting of applicants, holding them accountable... And last but not least, greater and more frequent discipline for violators of our trust.
Yes, we are all human and could all stand to change. But I refuse to let the opinions of others dictate my path. With all that is going on in Baltimore, MD right now, My prayer is that there will be healing. I also hope that all Americans will focus on the good. At least try. That first photo is a link to an incredible biography of a Baltimore resident that refused to let circumstances slow him down.
Here is a picture of my run in with Officer Craig Smith of the Austin Sheriff's Department. I pulled up to Starbucks (aka the office) and there were 5-6 Austin Sheriffs sitting out front having coffee. What stopped my in my tracks was when they shouted, almost in unison, "FLASH!" These were some cool guys. I walked in and was getting set up when it hit me. "What a perfect time to get their perspective on all that's going on because bottom line... They're human." And just like in all instances there are some good ones and some bad ones. When talking to Sheriff Smith I realized we have a lot in common. He played some ball (He's a pretty big dude), is a trainer during his off hours and works with the Sheriff's Dept. on fitness initiatives. He also works with kids. Just like yours truly!
Have a great Day and do somebody some good!
"Strength, Courage and Honor"
PS. A great way to enjoy great times with friends no matter what background they come from is by finding extra curricular activities like sports, Exercise classes and Boot Camps or just going to the gym can alleviate stress and is a great way to make new friends. Get fit physically, mentally and spiritually. You'll be a nicer person to be around. I guarantee it!