Not everyone, or even all that many, you encounter on the job are particularly lovable. Some are outright despicable, either in the moment or by their nature, and you get to see even the best people at their irrational, self-absorbed worst. Have love for people anyway. And the job and some of its duties can sometimes be imminently exasperating. Have love for the profession and the duties anyway (and sometimes that can mean trying to be a change agent to dial down the exasperation level).
Look at some of the happiest long-time veterans around you and notice their secrets. Often you see they are cops who have done the job with an attitude of servant hood, affection, and empathy, serving the community and mankind with love.
Happiness lives in the servant heart.
About The Authors:
Althea Olson, LCSW has been in private practice in the Chicago suburbs since 1996. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University providing individual, couple, & group therapy to adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Althea is also trained in Critical Incident Stress Management & is a certified divorce mediator.
Mike Wasilewski, MSW has been with a large suburban Chicago department since 1996. He holds a Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University and has served on his department’s Crisis Intervention & Domestic Violence teams. Mike is an adjunct instructor at Northwestern College.
Mike & Althea have been married since 1994 and have been featured columnists for Officer.Com since 2007. Their articles are extremely popular and they now provide the same training and information in person throughout the United States. This dynamic team was recently featured at the at the 2010 & 2011 ILEETA Conference & Exposition.
Out of their success has come the formation of More Than A Cop where the focus is providing consultation and trainings on Survival Skills Beyond The Street.