THE SCENE: Sunny and humid, temps in 80’s.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
20 Side-straddle hops, 10 Iron Mikes (four count), 10 Windmills, 10 Twists, 10 Cherry Pickers
Mosey to stop sign at southeast corner of the Admin Bldg. 20 Hello Dollies.
Mosey to parking lot near Area 54. 20 American Hammers.
Mosey to Cones that will be in grass on others side of the street from parking lot near Area 54. The cones will be set up in four corners. We will be going to each cone by the following methods and doing the following exercises:
- Cone 1: 20 Merkins. Bernie Sanders to Cone 2.
- Cone 2: 20 Big Boy Sit Ups. Grapevine, right foot in lead, to Cone 3
- Cone 3: 20 Carolina Dry Docks. Sprint to Cone 4.
- Cone 4. 40 Baby Crunches. Grapevine, left foot in lead, to Cone 1.+
- Rinse and repeat two more times.
Mosey to shaded area on perimeter trail that is near the North Shore Gate Entrance to park. 20 Buzz Saws.
Mosey down perimeter trail to bottom of Mt. Everest. 20 Hello Dollies. 20 Merkins. 20 Big Boy Sit Ups.
Run up Mt. Everest to street in front of Admin Bldg.
We will run in a counter-clockwise square doing the following exercises at the following locations:
At Bat House: Do 20 Star Jumps then run down steps.
At grassy area at bottom of steps: 20 Carolina Dry Docks then run to tree grove below summit of Mt. Everest.
At tree grove: 10 Burpees then run to top of Mt. Everest.
At top of Mt. Everest: 20 Big Boy Situps
Mosey to wall on other side of street from Admin Bldg parking lot. We will pair up into two man teams. While one partner does 20 dips at wall the other partner does merkins. Then partners trade places. Rinse and repeat.
Mosey to AO.
20 Buzz Saws, 20 Pickle Pounders, 15 Shoulder Taps, 20 Merkins
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
Eleven men, one FNG, Robert Land whom we dubbed “Hot Lips.”
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Give In To God
“Never give up.” “When the going get’s tough, the tough get going.” ” Go the extra mile.” “Give 110%.” “When you think you have had enough, find that extra in reserve.”
These are phrases we can relate to in F3. We are a group of men who encourage each other to push ourselves to our limits so that we can better ourselves in health and as members of society. These are good phrases and they ring with truth. To succeed in life we must push ourselves, even when the chips are down. To be true HIM’s we must also sometimes carry others with us along the way.
But as HIM’s who live in a world that has tainted views of what true success is, we must also think on these phrases with discernment. We must realize that their are exceptions to every rule. We must learn that it is important to have balance in our lives. We must see that even Jesus took time to rest and pray. And, in F3, we must remember that one of our often used phrases is, “Modify!”
As a psychologist, I see people who definitely need to listen to the “don’t give up” types of statements. I see people quitting jobs just because they had a bad day at work, because a co-worker or boss said something negative to them, because they don’t like getting up on dark and cold mornings.” This type of attitude leads to defeat, to failure, to depression.
But I have also seen people who are anxious, depressed and miserable because they think they have to hold everything together or else they are failures. These people are not the “I give up types.” But they are burning the candle at both ends, failing to “sharpen the saw”, and failing to turn to God and trust in Him at their greatest time of need. I was watching a television show on Netflix with my wife on Saturday night. Part of the show focused on an attorney who had been very successful at her job. She also wanted to be a good mother. She and her stay-at-home husband were doing the best they could to raise their young daughter and they had also recently adopted a nine-year-old boy who came from a very difficult background and had some behavioral issues because of it. The attorney was trying to meet the needs of her family and the needs of the job. She was getting further and further behind because of the many demands facing her. She had her daughter getting angry at her for missing one of her school musicals (due to job necessities) and she had her employer and clients getting upset at her for making mistakes on the job that she had not made in the past. She was reaching the breaking point. In one scene, she has a panic attack in front of her husband, almost fainting, something that had never happened to her before. Finally, in a critical scene of the show, leaders of the law firm let her know that she has been on track to become a partner in this highly successful firm. Noting her recent mistakes, they ask her if she is willing to give 100% to the law firm. She makes an important decision, one that the society she runs with would see as a mistake, as a sign of failure. She decides to quit the firm.
I bring this up because there will be times in each of our lives when we must choose to give things up. A great way to recognize this is when we see that we are taking on too much, when our life feels out of balance. We are not failing when we make the decision to give up in such a case. We are, rather, choosing something greater. In the case of the female attorney in the show I mentioned, she chose to spend more time with family. She could take on a job with less pay so that she could have a better relationship with her daughter and adopted son.
What can we do when we experience ourselves off kilter? We can pray to God. Too many times we try to handle things on our own without asking God for direction. We can also talk to our friends. God often speaks to us through friends. In our prayers we may hear that we need to hang in their for a while, that things will slow down, that life will get back to balance. But we may also hear that it is time to give something up. We may also see that we have been trying to manage things without God without giving in to Him, allowing him to guide us, freeing ourselves up to give Him control.
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