Quote of the Quarter
“Be safe, be smart, be kind” – Dr. T. A. Ghebreyesus, WHO
It was a little more than a year ago the world began its drastic change. We’ve learned to do without. We’ve learned to cover up our nose and mouth with some basic and quite stylistic coverings. We’ve learned to stay home. We’ve learned more about cleaning surfaces, new social etiquettes, cleanliness, and frequent hand washing – and it hasn’t always been fun.
As things begin to open back up, I pray you take advantage of some of the unexpected lessons we’ve learned from the isolation and down time.
We’ve grown in our understanding of the value and importance of s l o wing down, spending more time with the people living under our roof, and extended family time on Zoom. These lessons were not always pleasant or even our choice, but over time they managed to change many of us for the better.
I suggest taking time to reflect on your opportunities and make conscious choices on new habits to refresh your routine.
“Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.” – Pablo Picasso
Operation Century Week
I was invited to share Code 7 (provide a meal) last week in support of Chula Vista Police and their role in the undercover work of Operation Century Week – a four-day sex trafficing sting across San Diego County. The target was sex buyers and traffickers and was conducted by the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force in partnership with officers from many San Diego County and Federal law enforecement agencies.
It was an unusual type of “ride along” for me. It was more of a sit along as we waited for perpetrators to get their surprise greeting by law enforcement when they entered the hotel room. Here is a link to a news story.
As a nation and world, we need to get better at getting along. We need to make progress at finding balance between what we value and believe is right and what others value. Public opinion, the media and social networks are more polarized than ever. Each presents their view, demands your agreement, or castrates you if you oppose their conclusion. What I say is – If you need to be right before you move on, you will stay stuck. Don’t stay stuck.
I pray you are deliberate in your actions and activities to be safe and healthy and that self-care continues to be real to you.
We just passed through Holy week, headed into Good Friday where Jesus was crucified, and then Easter morning the resurrection celebration marking the total investment of God into us: His creation. His love was revealed through the ultimate sacrifice of death so we can become free from the guilt of sin. His power was revealed in the raising of Jesus from the dead.
Let’s not walk past the season too quickly and miss the opportunity for reflection on this beautiful gift and for thankfulness for His love and leading in life.
Back in the Car
April relaunched my regular ride alongs! Due to COVID safety I was only able to go to the department to drop off food and spend time 1 on 1 time with officers in my backyard, outdoor coffee meet up-s, and texting. With so many new officers who are out in the field now, I have some catch up to do.
Now with my vaccine doses, I am free to share confined space in the police car more freely and encourage officers more directly. Of course using common sense and social awareness remains a priority, but having the ability to freely come and go as I want is refreshing.
Supporting law enforcement is my passion zone and wheelhouse. It’s also something you are involved in through your interest and support of Code 7. Thank you for praying each time you see a cop or a police news clip. AND, thank you for your constant support.
“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” — Dr. Seuss
See that you love one another from the heart, always unselfishly seeking the best for one another. Love never fails. 1 Peter 1:22b, 1 Corinthians 3:8a