(Photo from LA Times)
“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”~Maya Angelou
I hurt for the families of officers down for no other reason than doing the thankless job citizens demand of them with far too little compensation. I pray for the men and women in blue who don their uniform daily knowing the danger in doing so, but choose to wear it still with a sense of pride and responsibility that few of us, including myself, will ever understand. The Blue Line may at times be thin, but is never broken; we owe our security to the courage of these who persevere in harm’s way for no other reason than a prevailing sense of calling and duty.
He may not have been thinking of law enforcement when he penned it, but the statement certainly fits: “The best way out is always through” (Robert Frost). Thankfully, the stalwart men and women in blue continue to perform their duty through harassment, legal malaise, misunderstanding, hatred, and scorn. They ask nothing in return; we may never understand their duty, at the very least we should offer our respect.
“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.” ~Soren Kierkegaard