The Steel Mill – The Pursuit of Happiness

12/16/2021, 05:00 | The Steel Mill | 28 Degrees

PAX: Truck Stop, Skidz, Arch, Whiff (FNG)!, Nelly, Mulch, Sunshine, Shingles, Duracel, Kitty Cat, Sweet Roll

QIC:  High Life

At 5:30 AM High Life welcomed the Pax to F3 and the first EVER pop-up for the Steel Mill– reminding them of the mission to Plant, Serve and Grow small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership. Asked if there are any FNGs today (there was one!). 


High Life then covered the 5 core principles of F3.  1) Open to ALL men. 2.  Always Free.  3) Always held outdoors, 4) Lead in a rotating fashion and 5) Ends with a Circle of Trust (COT).  Stated the “I am not a professional! Modify as needed” disclaimer



1.​10 – Sun Gods (each way)

2. ​10 – Tappy Taps

3.​10 – Big Ones (5 each way)



-PAX circled up with their weights and we switched between doing Over head press while air squatting and bicep curls while doing calf raises while we listened to Rock-n-around the Christmas tree on duck poop island!



-PAX split up into 3 groups.  Each group had one guy that rifle carried the 45 pound barbell 30 yards to a cone.  Once they got there, they had to do 5 blockies with the coupon waiting for them.  Once they were done, they rifle carried the barbell back to their group and the next person went. The other members of the group AMRAP’d different exercises (switched exerciseevery time a new person carried the barbell) while they waited for the PAX member to return.

S – air squats

W – werkins

O – overhead press

L – Lunches

E – explosive merkins



High Life called the PAX over to the playground at 6:00am to do a “arm hang” challenge.  We were to all starting hanging from the monkey bars at the same time and see who could hold on the longest. 


Omaha was called at 6:04 for some Mary.  We did a dumbbell ab workout stolen from “Six-Pack promise”.


Announcements/Prayer Requests: • Prayers for Shingles Brother• Prayers for Skidz Grandpa• Bring cans for can food drive, final day is Saturday.



I told the following short story about the pursuit of happiness:

“Everyone wants to find happiness in life. No matter what our circumstances, and no matter what hand we are dealt, the search for true contentment is at the heart of everyone’s goals.

The question, then, is how?  How are we supposed to even begin looking for it? A group of people gathered in a room attending a seminar about life and happiness to learn to find happiness in their lives.

They were being taught various skills and lessons about life. Suddenly, the speaker stopped and started giving each person a balloon. He asked everyone to write one’s name on it using a pen. All the balloons were then collected and taken to an another room.

Now, these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, within 5 minutes.

Everyone was frantically searching for their name, pushing, colliding with each other, and there was utter chaos.

No one could find their balloons within the given five minute time and they all had to return to the other room empty handed.

Then they were told to go to the other room and randomly collect a  balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it.
Within five minutes everyone was carrying the balloon with their name on it.

The speaker began: This is exactly happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is. Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness, you will get your own happiness.

And this is the purpose of human life.”


We talked about how this can relate to the can food drive and remember that if your looking for happiness in life, sometimes you just need to make others happy to achieve it.  


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