The More Things Change…

They say the more things change, the more they stay the same. But, is that the truth? Many people don’t like change.

Not that kind of change. Don't be dense.

Not that kind of change. Don’t be dense.

Change is an interesting word. It can evoke any number of reactions. Change can be visceral. Change can be scary or exciting – or both.

But, change can be productive. Change can be positive.

You can change your life. You can change the world.

Six-and-a-half years ago, I had a shitty attitude and I needed to make a change. So, I started a little blog. I needed a place to vent my frustrations. I launched motorcop.blogspot.com.  (Don’t bother looking, it will only point you back here.) I expected the Wife and my folks to read it…and then ask me if I was mental.

But, that’s not what happened. What did happen?

You showed up and you changed everything for me. You understood my frustrations. You understood my irritation. You took a brash, angry young man and helped him grow into a mature, responsible leader.

You allowed me to lead by example. I don’t care if you’re a fellow LEO, first responder, or civilian. You’ve had a part in making me the leader I am today. I say that with not an ounce of arrogance. I am a leader. If not in the police-related blog space, certainly in my family.

That’s right.

You’ve had a direct hand in shaping the man I am as a husband and dad.

How, you ask?

By showing up. By reading my pithy stories. By emailing me and letting me know you’re out there and that you care about what I have to say, how I’m doing when faced with adversity, and asking me about how my family is doing.

I’ve put myself out there for years and you have consistently validated me by emailing, commenting, liking and sharing.

Friends, I haven’t the words to express what that has meant to me.

If it wasn’t for the community we have created together, who knows where my career would have headed.

Would I have been a columnist for a national magazine? Certainly not.

Would I have been able to leverage that into a column for PoliceOne.com? Nope.

Would I have had three amazing MClets? Don’t get cocky…you had nothing to do with that.

It’s time for change.

In the coming months, MCPD is going to begin offering you value you’ve never seen before. I’m going to introduce you to my family. I’m going to open the doors of MCPD and welcome you inside. I will be offering a way to connect with me and my family in a way I’ve never done before.

I’ve been at this blogging thing for 6 1/2 years. You have shown me that I have a platform from which to speak. You have allowed me into your homes and introduced me to your family. You’ve seen the struggles I’ve been through and the successes we’ve had and you’ve had a part in those successes.

Now, I want to be a part of your success. You’re going to see new things from MCPD…and I’m excited about where we’ll go together.

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9 thoughts on “The More Things Change…

  1. wow…. I feel honored. Thank you. All I ask of you, is to stay safe; this world needs men like you. That being said, I gotta say I love your nickname for the youngsters! MClets… coplets.. reminds me of the aplets & cotlets we had as a Christmas treat growing up, & it really was only once a year; small tender sweet chunks of jellied fruit juice with just the right amount of nuts mixed it. I bet they (your coplets I mean) are a ton of fun. …and I hafta say this ’cause I’m a mom, so get used to it: be safe. 🙂 God bless —-

  2. Can’t wait to meet your family through your eyes and heart. I am blessed enough to know and love them via your wifey. I love to see you grow. Also you have truly changed my world with your view as my hubby is now a first responder and it scares the hell out of me when he goes to oakland you give me strength.

  3. Thrilled to see what is yet to come! There used to be groups like the Deputy Sheriff’s Wives…but clearly that became outdated because so many officers and deputies are women (like my sister). We all are part of this world of LE as family, and some like me are support staff (dispatch). But even though as of next month all my direct family will be retired, the concerns of post-employment remain. This forum helps me understand their lives on the job so thereby I better understand the issues they carry into retirement. I so wish the social network community such as this had existed for the husband and sister during their careers. Would have helped the feeling of isolation. Keep writing. I force the hubs to sit and listen so that some of it sinks in whether his stubborn butt likes it or not! LOL

  4. Thanks MC for your kind and generous words. The best part of any journey is the people you share it with and it has been a privilege to be able to share it with you. Any benefits also flow both ways so even though you say we have helped you I think you have given as much as you have received. I know I’ve had days when I have looked forward to logging on and reading your words of wisdom. They have given me the lift I have needed and as for your sense of humour, well you make me laugh and what better way is there to start or end the day. So thanks for the journey I’m enjoying it still.
    As for coming changes it sounds exciting. Don’t tell me you have finally found a surgeon who thinks that he can perform the operation and that the helmet can be safely removed????
    …………………………………………………..Amazing………………………………………………………..

  5. “You took a brash, angry young man and helped him grow into a mature, respon­si­ble leader….” with nice hair.

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