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Happy birthday, K9 Apollo! Stay safe!

Happy birthday, K9 Apollo! Stay safe!We said yesterday there was another birthday boi coming up!! Today is K9 Apollo’s 2nd Birthday!!

Not often that you have back-to-back birthdays of such good bois!!!! Everyone wish K9 Apollo the happiest of birthdays!

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Thank you!
#TelecommunicationsWeek!

Thank you!
#telecommunicationsweek!Big shoutout to all the amazing dispatchers keeping us safe and connected on #TelecommunicationsWeek! Your hard work does not go unnoticed 🚨📞💼

Dispatcher Cora Thorp has served this department for over 10 years. Thank you Cora for your dedication.
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Happy, happy birthday, K9 Ace!! Stay safe!Image attachmentImage attachment

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National Police Credit Union is honored to welcome the Munster Police Department (Indiana) into our field of membership. We look forward to serving you and your families. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#TelecommunicationsWeek

Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#telecommunicationsweekWhile they won’t be saying “Aloha” when they answer the phone, they are dressed for island time! Sheriff Crawford is proud to honor our wonderful Communications Unit this week during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. We surely have the best!

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Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#TelecommunicationsWeek

Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#telecommunicationsweekFrom all of us at Parkers Mill Fire to Pulaski County 911 Center and surrounding 911 centers, We appreciate all the hard work keeping all agencies, and the community safe! Wouldn’t be able to do it without you guys! #telecommunicationsweek
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Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#TelecommunicationsWeek

Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#telecommunicationsweekHappy Telecommunications Week! We here at the Itawamba County Sheriff's Department want to thank all the hardworking dispatchers out there! We want to take a moment to show our utmost respect, appreciation, and admiration for the vital role you play in emergency situations. Your calm voice and quick thinking bring peace in moments of chaos. Thank you for your dedication and selfless service, we couldn't do it without you!
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Thank you to all of the Dispatchers who live behind the scenes, but are always front and center!!
#TelecommunicationsWeek

Thank you to all of the Dispatchers who live behind the scenes, but are always front and center!!
#telecommunicationsweekBig shoutout to all the amazing dispatchers keeping us safe and connected on #TelecommunicationsWeek! Your hard work does not go unnoticed 🚨📞💼

Dispatcher Denise Roberts has served this department for over 10 years. Thank you Denise for your dedication.
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Thank you for 40 (!!!!) years of service!! We truly appreciate your many years of dedicated service. All the best and every success in your retirement. Stay safe!

Thank you for 40 (!!!!) years of service!! We truly appreciate your many years of dedicated service. All the best and every success in your retirement. Stay safe!Last night at the board meeting, the Naperville Park District and its commissioners recognized Park Police Officer Arzania "Zook" Williams for his dedication and service to the community over the past decade as a Park Police Officer as he prepares to retire. Congratulations and best wishes for your retirement, Zook!

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Thank you for 44 (!!!!) years of service!! We truly appreciate your dedicated service and wish you all the best in your retirement. Stay safe.Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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Happy birthday, K9 Luka 💙💙💙💙!!!!
Stay safe!

Happy birthday, K9 Luka 💙💙💙💙!!!!
Stay safe!Ok, 0k..we might’ve overloaded you with doggo cuteness lately, but today is a special occasion - K9 Luka is turning 2!!! 🥳

Happy birthday Luka!! Your endless happiness makes each day brighter but today is all about you. Enjoy your special day! 🎉

And we have another birthday boi celebration lined up for tomorrow….check back to see who it is!!!! 👀

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Congratulations and thank you! Stay safe.

Congratulations and thank you! Stay safe.We forgot to post this yesterday.

Today, we celebrated a promotion with Deputy Duggan and his family. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and sworn in with the Oath of Office. We expect great things from Sergeant Duggan, and we believe that Sergeants in our office hold the greatest responsibility to their squads, the communities they serve, and this office. Congratulations, Sgt. Duggan!

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Thank you for 34 years of service! Enjoy your retirement and stay safe!

Thank you for 34 years of service! Enjoy your retirement and stay safe!Congratulations to Billy Delgado on his 34 years of dedicated service to the City of Corpus Christi. We hope you enjoy your retirement. ... See MoreSee Less

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Easy or Natural?

What is the difference between taking the easy way or following what comes naturally?

If measured by the amount of work you do or thought you put in, the difference is likely to be subtle and possibly indistinguishable.  If measured by the level of accomplishment and quality of decision making, the difference is huge.  Let me explain.

If you are determined and fortunate enough to identify skills that come naturally to you, you might confuse your use of those skills as taking the easy way.  By definition, your natural skill set should be readily available to you and not require much effort or thought on your part to activate it.

Finding your strengths and utilizing your natural skills are extensions of your development as a person.  In fact, the more you focus on these strengths and skills and develop them, the more likely you will be to reach your best potential, whether you are striving to be the best person you can be or simply trying to move forward in your career.

There is a direct correlation between the pursuit of your best self and the quality of life you will enjoy on this pursuit.  How, then, would it ever be a negative for you to work on things that come easy to you and to be rewarded for achieving those related goals?

The answer is that you may confuse what comes naturally to you with taking the easy route.  You may have been made to feel, at one point or another, that if you are not  working long hours, you must not be working hard or expending enough effort.  Maybe you didn’t need to study as much for a certain subject as a teacher thought, or your classmates needed to put more time in to get the same grade as you.

If you have a natural feel for math, you probably won’t need to spend a bunch of time studying for that math test to do well on it.  If you have the ability to construct spreadsheets and input data without giving either task much thought, you will probably get that next project done in no time.

In no way does this mean that you are taking the easy route.  You’ve simply identified some skills and then put yourself in a position to play to your strengths.  If you do well in those pursuits, the reward for your achievements should in no way be lessened because it didn’t take you a massive number of hours and labor to earn those results.

If you are someone who has undervalued your own achievements simply because those achievements seemed to come more easily to you than they may have to others pursuing those same goals, please take a moment to reconsider your own valuation process.  If you do, I suggest that you give yourself credit for being a sound decision maker and for thinking enough of yourself to identify your strengths and develop them for a positive purpose.

Leverage is a very difficult thing to earn in this world.  Most of the time, you will find that you are on the proverbial shorter end of the stick.  When you are fortunate enough to have found something you are good at and are in position to take advantage of that skillset, DO IT!  And don’t second guess it!

So, if finding a more productive path through life using your skills and talents is not the easy way, what is?

If you find that all you are doing is staying within a certain comfort zone and only relying on what you already know are your natural skills, you are dangerously close to taking the easy way.

If you never challenge yourself to find and develop new skills, you are taking the easy way.

Routines can be very constructive and efficient, but if you are following the same routine every day, you are taking the easy way.

If you are not building on previous accomplishments and learning from past mistakes, you are taking the easy way.

You can discover your natural skills, develop them, and achieve an excellent result  without necessarily feeling like you were toiling away and stretched to your limit.  If you haven’t pushed yourself to keep doing that and to give purposeful thought about how you can continue to improve yourself, then you are taking the easy way.

The path of least resistance is often, but not always, the easy way.

Life is often difficult, especially if you care about others, who you are as a person, and what value you can provide to the world around you.  On the occasion when it feels easy, especially when you’ve applied one of your natural skills to achieve something good, appreciate that time.  Appreciate that you have that skill.  Appreciate that accomplishment isn’t always measured by how much time it took or how much you sweated to earn it.  Appreciate that you have put your natural talent to good use.

Then, learn something new and repeat the process all over again.  If you do that often enough, you will never have to worry about taking the easy way.

Scott Arney
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union

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