This was the real deal: an MLK Day breakfast where people really meant it. Thanks to everyone who helped organize Watertown’s MLK Day Unity breakfast; from the potato pancakes to the musical tributes, it was a fortifying gathering.
And I learned about Officer Physic. Tony Physic has been on the beat in East Watertown for many years, and was honored for the great work he does pro-actively engaging all manner of people in all manner of distress. In accepting his award, he used a phrase I’d never heard, and it stuck with me. He said his goal is to “spread the peace, as well as keep the peace.”
Maybe that’s a common phrase in law enforcement. Or maybe he made it up. I don’t know. It strikes me as something we all should be about. It’s pretty easy to simply keep the peace. Spreading the peace takes some effort, some thought, and sometimes, some guts. But spreading the peace makes all the difference.
I wonder what or whom “spreading the peace” brings to mind for you? What does it look like when a church spreads the peace? Or a business? Or a neighbor?