July 16, 2021|AO- Golden Spike|mid-60’s and perfect
T claps to Saul for being in the bullpen for me. Had a scare with my 2.0 last night and thought I might be taking him to the ER so Saul was there for a pre-run and would Q if I didn’t show. Much appreciated, brother…
25 PAX: TC (Respect), Dirty Bird, Tee Ball, Bear Grylls, Tonight Show, Tuna Fish, Wentworth, Drano, Vandelay (Respect), Skyhawk (Respect), FDIC, Black Flag, Romeo, Super Tasty, Creed, Golden Pike, Sven, Cheap Seats, Tuner, Starkist, Waterboy, Doppler, Double Fault (FNG, DR), Horned Frog (FNG, DR), Mother Goose (QIC)
5:30 AM- Recited meaning, principles and mission of F3 and gave disclaimer; two FNG’s DR with Doppler.
Moseyed a three quarter lap around the track and circled at midfield:
- 12 Tappy Taps IC
- 12 Tater Taps IC
- 12 Big One’s IC
- 15 Cherry Pickers IC
- 12 Tempo Merkins IC
- 20 Monkey Humpers IC
Pre-Thang- Master of Puppets:
Played “Master of Puppets” by Metallica. The song directed the exercise for the PAX.
-fast instrumental- hold Al Gore (hug the tree or play air instrument)
-when singing starts, hold plank
-perform one Merkin for each time the word “master” or anything that rhymes with it is sung
-slow instrumental in middle- perform imperial walkers
The PAX made it through the whole 8 minute song and were ready to start moving. We formed groups of 3 for the Thang:
3 man grinder using all 100 yards of the field. The runner stopped at the 50 and did 3 burpees on his way. In each endzone, his two PAX mates were performing stationary exercises AMRAP, one each time:
South Endzone: Hand-release Merkins, Big Boy’s, Bobby Hurley’s, Ranger Merkins, Flutter Kicks, Johnny Dramas
North Endzone: Copperhead Squats, Carolina Dry Dock’s, LBC’s, Air Squats, Overhead Claps, Hello Dolly’s
6:04- Omaha call and re-group in the middle for Mary:
Most groups hadn’t gotten to the Hello Dolly’s yet so we started there…
- 20 Hello Dolly’s IC
- 20 Rosalita’s IC
- 20 Dying Cockroaches IC
- American Hammers Rancid-style for a count (25 IC)
We had two young missionaries in town. Landon from Texas said he was an A&M fan so it was only natural to name him Horned Frog. Jack from Utah said he played Tennis so Double Fault it was. It was great to have these two young Hates join us!
-Heartland for Hope 3rd F opportunity tomorrow
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-For our brother Rollbar for safe travels and execution of Grow Ruck.
COT- The First Principle and Foundation
YHC has made Ignatian spirituality a focus of many a COT, and it was time to do so again. I introduced the PAX to the First Principle and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola (modern literal translation below):
God created human beings to praise, reverence, and serve God, and by doing this, to save their souls.
God created all other things on the face of the earth to help fulfill this purpose. From this it follows that we are to use the things of this world only to the extent that they help us to this end, and we ought to rid ourselves of the things of this world to the extent that they get in the way of this end.
For this it is necessary to make ourselves indifferent to all created things as much as we are able, so that we do not necessarily want health rather than sickness, riches rather than poverty, honor rather than dishonor, a long rather than a short life, and so in all the rest, so that we ultimately desire and choose only what is most conducive for us to the end for which God created us.
I chose this as the topic of today’s COT to focus on the idea of indifference. Hopefully as HIM we are not indifferent about the most important things in our life- our family, faith, friends and service to our community, country and planet. The Ignatian idea of indifference is taken in a slightly different context. It is about detachment from the material things of the world- possessions, position, wealth, status, etc. The “things” in our life which are not human either bring us closer to God or become obstacles to doing so. I invited any PAX that were not very religious or felt uncomfortable thinking about God to simply replace “God” with “love” or the “best version of yourself.”
I gave the idea of seeking a new job or promotion within your company as an example. It is OK to be ambitious, but when disappointment comes, can you detach yourself and remember that what matters most is what brings you closer to God, to love, or to the best version of yourself? As a former teacher I like to give homework assignments, so I encouraged the PAX to take some time this weekend to reflect on the “things” in their life that assist in praising, reverencing, and serving God and to be grateful for them. I shared that a daily Rosary was a “thing” or “act” that has helped me do so. Then, the PAX should reflect on the “things” in their life that obstruct them from God, love, or the best version of themselves. Alcohol or drugs, greed, envy, lust, or blind ambition… What can you detach yourself from, become indifferent, and ultimately make a difference in becoming freer in your own life?
I led us out in a BOM and prayer of gratitude.
Here’s to good days and better tomorrows!
Cheers and SYITG!