Good morning team. All right, so here we are. It is a beautiful week, and yeah, it’s amazing that school—my boys will be going to school in just a few weeks. But I was reading, and you guys know, well, many of you know that I love John Maxwell. I’ve read a number of his books, and I was reading, and he was talking about how research shows that psychologically, people are more content and happy when they’re serving other people. I really believe that. I believe that sometimes the most happy I’ve ever been or enjoyed in life is when I’ve done something for somebody else, and I see the joy on their face.
You know, when we get around Christmas time, we have that saying: it’s better to give than to receive. Well, I kind of believe that too, and that I love giving to my boys. I love seeing the happiness and the joy on their faces when I’ve given them a gift. I love helping others. As a matter of fact, I’ve said this many times, even in leadership class, that if I’m down, if I’m out if I’m feeling just kind of blah, the easiest way for me to climb out of that pit of despair and that feeling that life is just trying to get me is to go help someone else.
Miraculously, somehow, my own problems seem to melt away because I’m concentrating my effort and not spending time sitting around with fears, worry, doubt, or just the pity syndrome of “me, me, me.” Instead, I’m out assisting somebody else and making their dreams come true, helping them have something that maybe they don’t have, maybe just being there for them. And it’s in that process that I find myself personally being lifted up too.
So, on this beautiful day and this week as we move forward, think about those things. How can you help someone else? I want to end it with a Chinese proverb that I got from John Maxwell that says: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.” I can kind of agree with that. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing, if you want happiness for a month, get married. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. But if you want happiness for a lifetime, help others.
Help others; it’s kind of a little bit of what Northwest Enforcement does, right? Keep communities safe and secure—happens to be our mission statement. Be valuable because nothing less will do. Help others be what they want, right? But be what they need. Those are the important things. So have a wonderful week, guys. God bless you. Remember to help somebody else and be valuable because nothing less will do. See you next week. God bless.