November 7, 2021
Good morning friends. I hope you are doing well. Stay happy, healthy and grateful. These three simple things make life so much better. Today’s the first Sunday of November. It’s also brings Daylight Savings time to an end. The time change means we fell back an hour this morning. This adjustment may have added a little extra sleep or some cozy bed time. What did you do with your extra hour? I’m pretty sure I spent my sixty minutes in bed. I’d be happy if we just selected a time and left it alone all year long. Either way, the sun will continue to rise and shine, just as it has for thousands of years. Sunshine is a wonderful and amazing source of energy. Hopefully, you take advantage of the sun daily and bask in its power. Get outside, enjoy some daylight and time in nature. These ingredients provide a magical mixture of beneficial wonder. Sun, air and nature are three components; that when combined with exercise, rest and healthy eating, blend together to balance us physically, mentally and spiritually. These mechanisms constantly work together to maintain our health. Unfortunately, these complex functions can’t do it alone. Our actions and what we do with our bodies can add or reduce their success. Do your part to assist with a positive process to stay happy and fit.
The last (nearly) two years have been brutal on our bodies, minds and spirits in various ways. We have all endured many life changing events, tragedy, sadness and sorrow. The survivors are still here today; breathing, pushing forward and living. We’ve witnessed fear, destruction and death; but that’s nothing new. We’ve dealt with adversity before, maybe not in this exact form, but in many other modes throughout our existence. The cycle of life has been part of Gods design on earth since it was created. I find it intriguing and interesting, how social media, news outlets and politicians have weaponized this information. They’ve turned statistics into fearful outcomes. Anxiety provoking numbers and percentages are thrown around like a Vegas bookie. They create division and fear from invisible sources; including sickness, differences and health. Don’t allow these divisive individuals to influence your behavior, thoughts or into believing we are at odds against one another (because we are not). Please remain vigilant and informed, while you logically and openly decipher the fear, manipulation, control and hidden political agendas. Seek knowledge and the truth. Honest and reliable information is the most valuable source of intelligence and power. Don’t let fear dissuade you from doing what’s right.
I’ve dealt with fear, destruction, evil and death, throughout my law enforcement career and life. I know evil well, as I’ve faced it, staring into its lifeless eyes. I don’t fear death, as many individuals do; instead I respect its power and finality. I have no intention to leave this world anytime soon, but that’s not for me to decide. I’ll be here until my final breath is done. That’s God’s choice. I find it fitting to be writing about my career and law enforcement today. When I wrote Part One, “What you don’t know about Cops” (months ago), I didn’t know how I’d feel sharing my thoughts with you. I had no idea how you’d react to what I had to say, or about my profession or life. Law enforcement and police officers around the globe, hold a very special place in my heart. Our profession has existed for thousands of years. The first policing organization was created in Egypt, approximately 3000BC. People then, and across the planet now, want to live their lives in peace and harmony. The forces of evil and corruption wage a war against the values of goodness every day. There are individuals and groups that crusade and battle against laws, rules and their perception of unfair treatment. The fact is, if you followed and obeyed the rules and laws, life would be equal and safe for everyone. On average, law enforcement officers contact millions of people daily. If you do your research, you will find there is a very low percentage of incidents of unfair treatment. Similar incidents, complaints and percentages exist for many other service providing professions. There are relatively few police related cases that occur, that cause injury or death. When these do occur, they garner instant media attention. Some of these incidents gain immediate traction because they fit a certain agenda or political objective. They’re instantly spread across the internet and media circus (worldwide). These incidents are pushed upon us to influence our perception, thought process and typically include their own hidden motivation. Dividing and conquering a nation is easy when you divide its population against one another. Please don’t believe everything you read or hear. Before you render judgement, based on biased dialogue, seek the truth first.
I’ve mentioned several times (in my writings) that we are all human beings. We all share similar thoughts, feelings and emotions. We all bleed and die. No one is exempt. The vast majority of our planet’s population wants to live in peace and harmony. These individuals follow the law and are good people. One thing my career revealed, is how there are some individuals who do not adhere to this philosophy. There is a segment of the population across our planet who do not respect others, peace, freedom or individual rights. It was my job (and the responsibility of all law enforcement officers), to weed out the evil that preys on the innocent. I never wanted to discuss the evil deeds done by monsters, because it was often too horrific to comprehend. Seeing dead bodies was only a small part of my life. It was the repeated gruesome murders, suicides, car accidents and just death; that took a toll on my physical being. The majority of my traumatic harm came from these incidents and abuse cases. It is sickening how many abuse incidents occur on a daily basis, yet receive no media outcry. These are the crimes you rarely hear about. Social or news media outlets don’t necessarily show an interest, because these cases probably don’t fit the agenda they are selling. Women, children and men are the victims. These heinous acts are often committed by parents, relatives or friends. The abuse perpetrated against these innocent victims is violent and damaging. These attacks create serious trauma, and sometimes result in deaths. To see a child whose be tortured, beaten or abused by their own parents (or by anyone) is both disturbing and sad. It makes me sick to my stomach, yet as an officer, I must remain calm and professional. These cases truly break my heart.
The next time you want to bash the police; consider what they see, who they interact with and what they do on a daily basis. We’re all human beings, have feelings and shared emotions. None of us are immune. My years on the streets of Los Angeles and the trauma I witnessed, was like a plague in my brain. I restrained my emotions for decades, so I could be strong and vigilant while performing my duties. It’s not an easy task, when you just want to be a “normal” person like everyone else. Humans are supposed to be the intelligent creatures on this planet. From what I’ve witnessed, during my career and life, I know humans are capable of cruel and hideous acts. Violence is only one small part of the abuse humans reign down onto their fellow beings. The memories that filled my mind and tortured my being ripped apart my life. Failed relationships, lack of communication, resistant to change, little social interaction and silence controlled my life. The nightmares and agony persisted until I had the courage and strength to seek help to release these demons once and for all. Being free and open is a fabulous and fantastic feeling and experience. The people that love me and pushed me to be a better version of myself, know who they are. I know I created agony for you along my path, but I am eternally grateful for your support and love every step of the journey. Without others who share their love, guidance, support and friendship, our world would be one screwed up mess (even more so than it has been lately). I’m grateful to be who I am today. It feels good to be “me” again.
No one dedicates their life to help others, only to be called vulgar names, spat at, attacked or killed. I really do hate it when I hear people say, “they knew what they were signing up for.” Law enforcement officers sign up because they care about their community. These individuals serve and protect us 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They leave their home not knowing if this might be the last time they see their family. The loved ones of these heroes, watch them go to work every day not knowing if they’ll return after their shift. When I left home to go to work, I couldn’t think those thoughts. I would mentally prepare myself by closing myself off and protecting my heart. I’d don my uniform and body armor, in symbolic fashion, like wrapping myself in a protective cocoon. I would tell myself, the abuse wasn’t directed at me personally, because these individuals didn’t know me. Their hate, anger and fear were focused on the uniform, and badge I wore on my chest. These people aren’t interested in living in peace and harmony with others. These individuals are only interested in their own devices and not in the greater good of society. I’ve been called vulgar names and had objects thrown at me. I’ve been threatened, as well as my family. I’ve been physically attacked, shot at and had vehicles attempt to run over. No, the people that did these acts didn’t know me, but their hate was real because I represented law and order. What do you represent or support? The next time you need help (for any reason), think about who is out there that will come to your aid. Who will be willing to place themselves in harms way or sacrifice themselves to protect you and your family? They (police officers) respond no questions asked. Think about that the next time you complain about being stopped because you were speeding or doing something unlawful. I pray for all officers who do a thankless job daily. You are my heroes.
Let’s all be the people we want the world to transform into for vibrant futures. Don’t be a facilitator of negativity or evil. Don’t be a follower. Be the person who leads by good example, and isn’t afraid of what others may say. Be the change you want to see in the world. Be an advocate for the truth and kindness. Make positive choices; that are healthier for you, good for your family, friends and better for the world. Stand up for morality and goodness. Begin each day with gratitude. Follow your dreams. They know the way.
I’m sending “bon voyage” wishes and love to a very special friend flying to Africa today. You deserve this amazing and incredible adventure more than anyone I know! Be safe, have blast, enjoy every moment and have lots of fun!
Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more! The healthy life puzzle is always in rotation. Let’s be healthy and strong mentally, physically and spiritually!
Thanks for your love and support! Embrace Life! Be sure to get outside and enjoy nature!