If you find good things without looking for them, serendipity — unexpected good luck — has brought them to you. ... The meaning of the word, good luck in finding valuable things unintentionally, refers to the fairy tale characters who were always making discoveries through chance.

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It was through serendipity that I met with Dr. Tim Myles and his podcast "Trauma Behind the Shield" and I am so thankful that it happened.

Because of a relationship built with Blue H.E.L.P., a charity that honors the service of law enforcement officers who died by suicide, Dr. Myles found THIN BLUE LINE COFFEE and has been a customer for a while. He recently contacted me to make me aware of a podcast that he had started, "Trauma Behind The Shield." I decided to give it a listen and I am ever so glad that I did.  

I'm not a podcast kind of guy.  I occasionally listen to "This American Life" or "Radio Lab," but that's about it.  I have a Spotify account, so I looked up Dr. Myles podcast and started listening to it in the background. Then I listened to the next podcast and the next.  I liked what I heard, which was honesty, vulnerability, laughter, caring and love.  I told Dr. Myles that I enjoyed his podcast and he invited me to participate and be interviewed.  After giving it some thought, I agreed and we spoke for a while.  The conversation was cathartic and I opened up about my experience as an officer and left it all on the table.  It's my understanding that my interview won't be online for a while, but my interview is not the reason to listen to Trauma Behind the Shield - listen to it because it is an opportunity to learn what it takes to work in law enforcement, the ups, the downs, the reality and mindset, and how to some of us cope (or don't do such a good job of coping) with the stress.

I feel fortunate to have met Dr. Myles and to be made aware of his podcast, Trauma Behind the Shield.  I whole heartedly encourage others to give it a try and support it if  you can.

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