Thursday, April 8th, 2010

I’ll never be a traffic cop

There are some jobs I know I’ll never have — a lot of jobs, actually. And there are some tasks I hope I’ll never have to do.

I will never be a police office, and I hope I never have to direct traffic.

It’s a rare thing to get inside the head and heart of a person who does perform those services. I heard a policeman say one time that his job is 90% boredom and 10% terror.

This morning, when I read Greg Lucas’s account of directing traffic, I knew that some big-figure percentages of impatience, patience, and compassion also need to be stirred into the mix.

I came away with perspective that will grow some patience and compassion in me, I pray.

(Greg’s blog is Defending Mayberry: The Prodigious Adventures of a Small Town Police Officer. He’s a good storyteller with good stories to tell. I hope you’ll subscribe to it.)

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6 Responses to “I’ll never be a traffic cop”

  1. I hope you’re not a police office :)

    I read the article, and I am glad that there are people willing to do these jobs. Isn’t it good God gives us our very own skills and abilities to do things? :)

  2. Wow, that is great writing. Thanks for sharing, I just subscribed to it.

  3. Thank you for mentioning this blog. Yes! we will be revisiting it often. Also, it looks to me that he has another blog, oriented around raising their adopted children, including one who has some special needs. Very edifying. I believe you would love it, if you haven’t seen it already. The address of it is:
    Thank you again. Diane

  4. Thanks for the great tip, Noel. Very encouraging.

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