Stepping Up

Competitive MarksmanshipHow often do we see a situation, know we or someone should take action, but we or no one does anything? It might be awkward. Someone might get mad. The excuses are almost inexcusable. I stood in line at the grocery store the other day for the self check out. We all waited as if in a banking line for the next available spot to check out our items. A young man saw a self check out space become vacant and he walked right up to it to begin his process.

It took me a minute to realize he had totally cut to the front of the line, at the same time considering the kid (anyone under 40) probably did not realize the way the line functioned. Before I could say anything, I was extremely impressed when another man in line stepped forward and told the kid very simply that he was out of turn. The young man responded accordingly and got back in line. It was nice to see perfect strangers confronting a wrong and being met with compliance. No one showed hostility or anger. I thanked the man. It should have been me. Then again, taking turns is good, too. I have stepped up in many cases, today I observed. What do you do when in public and you see someone acting out of line?  Do you pretend you don’t see? Or do you step up and act as a role model for leadership?

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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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