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Making a Difference – Gratitude for Our Police

Appreciation

I have so much gratitude for the dedication and hard work of our Police officers. Because I am a Korean War survivor, I honor and respect all those who selflessly serve to help others, military, fire fighters and police officers.

Because of National Police Week 2022, my team members brought huge baskets of goodies and copies of my book, Seven Steps to Inner Power, to show our gratitude to our local Medford Police Department.

Seeing them smile and hearing them express their appreciation for being recognized truly filled me with Popcorn of Joy!

Because I love K-9 angels, I even sent special gift bags filled with snacks and toys for each of the K-9 Officers!

History of National Police Week

National Police Week is celebrated on whatever week May 15 falls in, under President John F. Kennedy’s decree to honor the men and women who risk their lives every day in the line of duty.

In 1962 then-president of the United States, John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 and created National Police Week. The law designated May 15th as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and stated that the week in which the day falls should be National Police Week.

It’s Not Too Late!

Even if you missed this special week, you can still show your gratitude to the men and women (and K-9s) who serve as officers in police stations around the world! They have tough jobs but we rely on them to protect us and maintain peace throughout our communities.

Together, we can all Break Through to Awesome!

He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!

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Love truly has the power to transform and heal, but why does it seem so elusive?

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Love truly has the power to transform and heal, but why does it seem so elusive?

It’s a simple truth that before you can express love, you must know love – and before you can love someone else, you must first learn to love yourself. For a feeling so easy to experience, it takes work, too!  Love in all forms, whether for oneself or another person, takes energy, and effort!

How many of us struggle with a harsh inner critic, an endless flow of judgment and discouragement? So often it is so much simpler to say to ourselves, “I can’t do this” instead of “I’m going to try, and try again!” And yet, It is this “inner critic” that must be tamed before we can truly love ourselves, or anyone else.

So how do we stop this inner critic? How can we truly purify our thinking to remove this negative energy?

It starts with gratitude, with every day and in every action. After all, love goes hand in hand with gratitude. Giving thanks and appreciation is a practice, however. It must be conscious, in every thing we do. Remember, when we express gratitude, we are acknowledging that something good exists.  This acknowledgment energizes that good thing and gives it momentum to continue existing, while shrinking the “inner critic” inside ourselves!

We should think of gratitude as we would any other skill that we want to master in life.  Even a simple “thank you” to the person ringing up your groceries is a powerful form of gratitude, and could possibly make a big difference in that person’s day.  Do you thank your body for your good health every morning? Your legs that walk, your eyes that see? Do you remember to give appreciation for having transportation, or food on your plate for every meal? It may seem silly, but studies show that people who consciously practice gratitude reshape their neurological pathways, in turn experiencing more joy, and positivity throughout their days! In other words, giving thanks makes you feel more thankful!

Gratitude also helps us remember to not forget to acknowledge the people around us.  Let’s not fall into thinking “of course they know that I love them, I don’t have to say it all the time.”  The people in our lives need to hear it directly from us. 

Try it today – get to know who you are and learn to love yourself!  Practice gratitude with those you encounter.  See how these actions lift up your energy and the energy of the people you interact with.  And watch how giving thanks helps us not only be kinder to others, but to ourselves as well.

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