In world that has gotten overrun with opinions on everything, do you know where you stand?
Having spent the last several years living in the presence of various types of livestock I have learned a lot about herds.
In some ways they are a necessary way to survive and in others they can be your demise.
The difference is really where you choose to stand among them. Today we discuss this idea and more in the podcast. You will find the links and more below!
In this article I read this morning I was so very impressed by this police officerDeon Joseph who has been walking his beat on Skid Row for 17 years. Having been a social worker in downtown Long Beach which bears a lot of resemblance to this area I have a deep appreciation for who he is.
But more so, I have a deep regard for his ability to keep going back to work and be who he is, not who so many of his herd have become. Despite the attacks on his character.
The first thing I thought when reading this is, here is a real man. Something you don't see much of in the media and even less often in our entertainment.
He not only stands out in the herd of police, but even more so in the herd mentality of men.
His strength comes from being who he is and not going along with the herd of who he could be. That is what both real men and real women are called to do and to be.
And when you can do it on your own, you can be in within the herd to first lead and then hopefully walk beside those who see your life as what it could stand for.
It is easy to whine about being a victim. It is even easier to sit in your house and blog and pontificate your beliefs and judgments to justify where you believe you stand.
What is HARD is to go out into the world every day and be confronted by the sights, sounds, smells, words, reactions, and realities that will challenge you in ways you can't imagine to still choose purposefully where you want to stand.
Today I want to honor Deon Joseph for who he is and where he has chosen to stand. Thank you sir for being a real man.