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NEW EPISODE: Home Inspection Failures

The Mortgage Beat is live with an all-new episode featuring John Aretos, CEO, Police Mortgage, created For First Responders Who Are Second to None!
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Congratulations and thank you both, K9 Loki Officer Schmidt-Quist! Stay safe!The Racine Police Department would like to officially welcome K9 Loki and his handler Officer Justin Schmidt-Quist. Officer Schmidt-Quist has served with the Racine Police Department for almost 13 years. Loki is a two and a half year old Belgian Malinois. We would also like to thank S.O.L.E for their donation to purchase Loki. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations!! All the best to you both, Officer Glaum! Stay safe!The KPD would like to welcome the newest member to the Canine Unit. After two full days of extensive testing, this 14-month-old male Belgian Malinois was selected to join the team. Officer Glaum and this pup will begin their 10-week training at the end of March. Thanks to a sizable donation from a benefit held by the Starlite Club, their team has naming rights to this very handsome boy. If you are interested in donating to the canine unit, naming our next canine, or learning more about the canine unit please contact Lt. Jurgens. We look forward to watching this team develop and progress. ... See MoreSee Less

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#HeroRepresentatives from KidsMatter and the Collaborative Youth Team stopped by the PD earlier this week to present a Kindness Award to one of our officers! Officer Maulding was nominated by a coworker for his extraordinary acts of kindness towards an elderly resident who was struggling after her closest family moved out of state. We are so proud of the extra mile he's gone for this resident and are very grateful that his kindness has been recognized. #kindnesscounts2us
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Thank you for 23+ years of service!
#HeroMaster Patrol Officer Stanbery retired from the Stillwater Police Department on January 31, 2024. He served the citizens of Stillwater for 23+ years. He worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, Detective with our Special Projects Unit, Special Operations Teams, Honor Guard, and an investigator with the Drug Task Force. Thank you Master Patrol Officer Stanbery!

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Great picture!! Congratulations and thank you! Stay safe!PPPD is beaming with pride today for long time, former PPPD Cadet & new Orland Park Police Officer Jacquelyn Skender, who was sworn in alongside her mother.

Jackie we are so very very proud of you!!! PPPD's Cadet program is comprised of young people who learn about police-community partnership and provide auxiliary resources in support of policing activities. We often learn more from them, then they from us. It is truly inspiring to support and watch the future leaders of public service excel.
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NEW EPISODE: Home Inspections

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#PoliceMortgage #Mortgage #FirstResponders #LawEnforcement #EverybodyGoesHomeLetsGetHomeTogether

NEW EPISODE: Home Inspections

The Mortgage Beat is live with an all-new episode featuring John Aretos, CEO, Police Mortgage, created For First Responders Who Are Second to None!

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Law Enforcement community.The Boston Police Department extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Paul Elmstrand, and Officer Matthew Ruge of the Burnsville Police Department in Minnesota and Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth of the Burnsville Fire Department in Minnesota, who were killed in the line of duty on Sunday, February 18, 2024, as well as another officer who was wounded during this incident and has a long recovery ahead. ... See MoreSee Less

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Reflect, Focus, Plan, and Repeat

How do you go about getting the most out of every day?  In my seemingly never-ending quest to answer this question, I think I have come up with at least part of the answer.

To get the most out of anything, you need to have a thorough understanding of it.  It stands to reason, then, that in order to get the most out of your life one day at a time, you need to have a good understanding of your life, what it means to you, and what you expect to gain from or get out of it.

This understanding, which will be different and personal for everyone who goes through the exercise, can be gained when you take the following steps:

  • Reflect on your Past
  • Focus on your Present
  • Plan for your Future
  • Repeat as necessary

 

Reflect on your Past

Reflect is the key word here.  Your past must remain your past if you are to proceed with a healthy perspective.  That means that you should neither ignore it nor dwell on it.

Professional athletes are successful, in part, because they are able to forget their last game or their last play, whether it was good or bad.  In so doing, they neither carry any unnecessary baggage nor are they weighed down by inflated expectations.  This does not mean, however, that they do not learn from their experiences.  They just look at them for what they are.  The same can be and should be true for you.

If you make an error, you reflect on it long enough to figure out what you did wrong and then you go forward determined not to make that same mistake again.  If you do something wonderful, you reflect on what you did right so that you can go about trying to replicate that same feat the next time.

Focus on your Future

Your ability to focus on the moment and your role in what is going on around you will go a long way toward ensuring that you fully enjoy and appreciate each step along the way. Dwelling on your past or worrying about something that may or may not happen too far into your future will only serve to dilute your present. You certainly will be unable to get the most out of every day if those days are comprised of a series of diluted moments.

Notice that I am not imploring you to be happy, but rather to experience your present for what it truly is. You cannot rush through the bad stuff to get to the good stuff. Grief, pain, suffering, heartache, and aggravation are all part of a life fully lived. Turning toward those feelings and emotions will only help you to better cope with them, which will help you to be more appreciative and aware when the joy, elation, wonder, awe, and glee inevitably roll around.

Plan for the Future

The best way to be prepared for your future is to set your own course toward it. When you are the architect of your plan, you take a major step toward living each day with purpose and meaning.

When you plan for your future, you spend time making things happen. You know why you are doing what you are doing and you are much more likely to feel confident and determined because of that understanding.

You just need to make sure that you don’t overdo it. Winston Churchill once said that, “It is a mistake to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny is created one link at a time.” Trying to solve all of the mysteries of the universe all at once will only lead to frustration and discouragement and, once again, detract from the here and now.

Repeat as necessary

You may find that you need to repeat these steps many times throughout the day or that once a day is enough. That is up to you. Reflect, Focus, and Plan as often as is necessary to ensure that you get the most out of each day.

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

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