As a former veteran law enforcement officer I subscribe to several law enforcement groups on LinkedIn. (You can leave law enforcement, but law enforcement never leaves you.)

Someone posted a question that simply asked, “What makes law enforcement officers brave?”

I thought I would share my answer with you:

Bravery is NOT the absence of fear, but the refusal to be ruled by it. And it’s not just the emotion of fear that has to be ignored. Bravery is the refusal to allow any of your emotions to rule you.

Bravery is when you know who you are, believe in what you can accomplish and act upon it.

Bravery is when the majority of the people around are emotionally responding to the circumstances and worry about what will happen to them, and you refuse to listen to or join the crowd

Bravery is when your values rule your decision making, when outcomes are not the primary focus of your life, but living life correctly is.

The result is that you wind up moving forward as the others run away. You suddenly do things that others think are impossible.

It isn’t the impossible you wind up doing, but the unthinkable or the unimaginable.

Bravery is doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, regardless what others think or say.

Bravery isn’t reserved for military personnel, firemen or law enforcement. It’s available to all.

Bravery can be found in the child who stands up for his classmate that is being bullied. It’s found inside the teenage girl who loses her boyfriend because she won’t have sex with him. It’s found in the man who loses his job because he won’t forsake his Foundational Core Values.

You will recognize it by the absence of selfishness and self preservation, and the appearance of selflessness and empathy in your life.

The question shouldn’t be why are law enforcement officers brave; it should be why aren’t you?

2 thoughts on “Bravery

  1. Hello there! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an established blog.
    Is it difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal
    but I can figure things out pretty quick. I’m thinking about making my own but I’m not sure
    where to start. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Cheers

    • Start a wordpress blog as it immediately connects you with a community.

      Blog about what you are passionate about.

      Focus blogging on things that are beneficial to others. Leave them with something to think about or apply to their lives.

      Read others blogs and offer relative comments.

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