With chaos, turmoil, and lack of leadership in Law Enforcement today, I think of young officers who desperately need daily reminders, guidance and mentors. I had several mentors who shaped, guided, and led me to mirror their behavior and value their lessons of leadership. I am forever grateful to these men and women.
I wonder about these officers who see death and evil daily and how little is spoken about Faith. Officers need to lean on something other than the bottle to battle their daily struggles. We need constant reminders and support about using healthy coping mechanisms
I learned to enjoy reading and getting lost in a book on my days off. Countless hours waiting in court became a pleasure and made the time fly. It was respite from the chaos the job brought. I recently came across a few books by Jose Maria Escriva. He was a natural leader.
In the world of business or politics, he could have been what the world would consider a great man. Instead, he became a Catholic priest and dedicated his talents to the advancement of good, pouring his heart and soul into grooming an army of apostles who bring faith, hope and love to the world.
Throughout his priestly ministry, Jose Escriva left many letters of advice and spiritual direction, some of which is contained in three books, The Way, Furrow, and The Forge. Below are 10 little reminders from Escriva’s books which help us to be better spouses, parents, friends, and first responders.
Don’t compromise your principles
‘One must compromise.’ Compromise is a word found only in the vocabulary of those who have no will to fight — the lazy, the cunning, and the cowardly — for they consider themselves defeated before they start.
Don’t waste time
Don’t let your life be barren. Be useful. Make yourself felt. Shine forth with the torch of your faith and your love. Within your life, wipe out the trail of filth and slime left by the corrupt sowers of hatred.
Pay attention to the little things
Will-power. A very important quality. Don’t worry about little things. Let them go. By the continual practice of letting these things go — which may not be futile or trivial at the time — you will add strength and resilience to your character. God can and will make you a better person. In that way, you will first become master of yourself, and then a guide, a chief, a leader.
You have a vocation — always present itself like this: “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Yes!
Care for others
I think it is very good that you should try daily to increase the depth of your concern for those under you. For to feel surrounded and protected by the affectionate understanding of the Big Guys above, you can be the effective help that is needed by the people you have to serve by means of your governance.
Is the burden heavy? Those obligations which you freely accepted are wings that raise you high above the vile mud of your passions. Do the birds feel the weight of their wings? If you were to cut them off and put them on the scales you would see that they are heavy. But can a bird fly if they are taken away from it? It needs those wings and it does not notice their weight, for they lift it up above other creatures.
Finish the task
Sanctity is made up of heroic acts. Therefore, in our daily work, we are asked for the heroism of finishing properly the tasks committed to us, day after day, even though they are the same tasks. If we don’t, then we do not want to be saints!
Be at peace
As soon as you truly abandon yourself in your Faith, you will know how to be content with whatever happens. You will not lose your peace if your undertakings do not turn out the way you hoped, even if you have put everything into them, and used all the means necessary. For they will have “turned out” the way God wants them to.
Surround yourself with wise counselors
Mediocre men and woman, mediocre in mind and in spirit, surround themselves with foolish people when they are in power. They are falsely persuaded by their vanity that in this way they will never lose control.
Always stay humble
For all your learning, for all your fame, your eloquence, and power, if you are not humble, you are worth nothing. Cut out; root out that self-complacency which dominates you so completely. — God will help you — and then you will be able to begin working in the lowest place in his army of apostles.
These little reminders call attention to what we should be doing daily. Through patience, humility and being a lighthouse for those in darkness. Remember why you chose this vocation, which demands sacrifice. But how pleasant that sacrifice turns out to be – a service to others – which will help more than you know.
“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “
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