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