June 8, 2021
23 Pax: Lucky Charms, Protractor, Wentworth, Doppler, No Doze, Pony Express, LPC, Wait Time, Grillz, Ponzi, Nailed It, Chucky, Broadside, Sparty, Wrigley, Short Sale, Vandelay, Chiclets, Pantyhose, Bubbles, Tube Socks, Range Ball
Pax gathered at 5:30. Birdman welcomed the Pax, gave mission statement, reviewed the 5 core principles and gave the disclaimer.
Birdman also noted that this is NOT a running AO so there would not be a lot of distance covered on this fine morning.
Pax mosey’d to the parking garage for a little warm a rama that included: Side Straddle Hops, Sun Gods, Big Ones, and 3 roundof 10 merkins, 10 Alternating Shoulder Taps IC and 10 Mountain Climbers IC.
Birdman then instructed the Pax to mosey to the bottom of the parking garage ramp. Once there, the Pax were instructed to Bear Crawl up to the top of the ramp. Several moans and groans were heard but the Pax performed gloriously!
Once all Pax made it to the top, they mosey’d back to the flags where Birdman explained that they would participate in a 2 mangrinder as follows:
One partner would run approx. 50 yards and back while the other performed the following exercises Amrap.
Rinse and Repeat
Contrary to Birdman’s disclaimer that this was not a running AO, it very much became a running AO during this 2 man grinder. Sorry!
Birdman called Omaha at approx. 6:02 and instructed the Pax to meet at the starting line of the 2 man grinder. The Pax did three rounds of sprints (50 yards and back) and 10 merkins.
Upon completion of the sprints the Pax mosey’d back to the shovel flags for 6MOM. In typical Birdman fashion he called upon other Pax to lead several Mary exercises. There were two reasons for this: Birdman did not have Mary planned and he was completely gassed.
COT: Birdman spoke about one of his favorite podcasts in which Fr. Mike Schmitz discusses the brokenness of human beings and the two ways in which we deal with that brokenness. We all have our failures, wounds and cracks and we all try to hide these things from public view. At times, our brokenness can make us seem as though we are just as worthless as a piece of pottery that has been shattered on the floor…a piece of pottery that seemingly has no use provides the desire for us to want to hide the broken pieces or throw them away. Perhaps we feel like this as well when we dwell on our failures.
However, Fr. Mike suggests that instead of trying to hide our failures, cracks and brokenness we ought to start to view and use these to restore ourselves to a greater purpose much like the ancient art of kintsugi does for broken pottery.
“Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi, is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery. Rather than rejoin ceramic pieces with a camouflaged adhesive, the Kintsugi technique employs a special tree sap lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Once completed, beautiful seams of gold glint in the conspicuous cracks of ceramic wares, giving a one-of-a-kind appearance to each “repaired” piece.
This unique method celebrates each artifact’s unique history by emphasizing its fractures and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them. In fact, Kintsugi often makes the repaired piece even more beautiful than the original, revitalizing it with a new look and giving it a second life.”
With Kintsugi, flaws and cracks are highlighted and made more prominent. Like Kintsugi, we too can be restored. God’s grace and the love we received from others fills our cracks, failures and brokenness providing us even more glory and dignity. We must learn to recognize that we are not loved in spite of our failures but BECAUSE of our failures. Failures/sin/mistakes are part of what makes us human and vulnerable to breakage. When we use these things to fuel us to become better men and human beings it makes us more loveable to those around us and restores us to new life. Flaws are a necessary and important piece of our life stories.
Like Kingsugi, our failures/cracks/sin provide the opportunity for us to do something even more incredible and beautiful than we ever could have done had we not been broken before. God’s grace always gives us a new chance.