I hope you are enjoying this series of Police Dynamics teachings from the Holy Land. I am working on some new training resources behind the scenes so I haven’t been producing any new videos for a while. Hopefully, these resources will be available to you soon.
The first video, “The Path of MOST Resistance” was recorded at the Siq (narrow passage) leading down to the ancient city of Petra in the nation of Jordan. As rushing water followed the “path of least resistance,” it carved the Siq from the limestone substrate. Barney Barnes, my Chief of Staff when I was Sheriff (every sheriff needs a Barney, and I NEVER get tired of that joke…) often said, “Following the path of least resistance makes rivers, and men, crooked…”
BTW: Barney has written an excellent book called Born to Be a Warrior that you might want to check out…
“The Mark of Character” was filmed in front of the Treasury at Petra, made famous in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” which was filmed there. In it, I talk about the meaning of character and living your life “within the dash” which will be engraved on your tombstone.
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The Path of MOST Resistance
Jack Enter, an accomplished instructor in the field of police leadership and ethics, says that the path of character and leadership can be described as “the Path of Most Resistance.” Those of you that aspire to lead from a position of integrity can likely relate to the truth of that statement. The conflicts and challenges that we face as ethical leaders are difficult to say the least. It seems like there’s always someone seeking to challenge your authority or character, or just make your life miserable because you dared to take a stand…!
The Mark of Character
The etymology of the word “character” can be traced to the Latin word “character” and the Greek word “kharakter” which means an “engraved mark or imprint on the soul.” Our personal character also leaves a lasting mark on others. More than anything else, our character IS our legacy.
On your tombstone will be an engraved mark that records the day of your birth, followed by a dash, and the day of your death. Your life is summed up by the dash! How you live your life “within the dash” determines your legacy, the imprint you leave on the souls of others.
For some cool photos from Petra, check out the original posts here: