Eight Pax, took the Daily Red Pill (DRP) this morning and got better because for it.

The Pax: Squirrel, Scout, MadBum, Neo, Roadhouse, T-Bone, Striker and Beano

The Scene: Rather chilly and foggy.  BTW, did you hear about the guy who tried to catch the fog?  He mist.

Warm Up:  SSH, Trunk twist, 1 min pigeon (flapjack), and 1 min Figure-4 Hamstring stretch (flapjack)

The Thang:  The gang moseyed to the wall for some

  • Calf raises                           100
  • Squat to pulses                  45 sec
  • Alternating 45 Lunge        45 sec
  • Lunge pulse                        45 sec (Flapjack)
  • Lunge to Glute lift              45 sec (Flapjack)
  • Bulgarian split squats       45 sec (Flapjack)
  • Monkey Humpers IC         10 ….thank you Neo

Scout lead the way to the Fire station

  • LBCs                                      45 sec
  • WWII Sit-ups                        45 sec
  • WWII Sit-Ups                        45 sec
  • American Hammers           45 sec
  • Long slow flutter                 45 sec

MadBum lead us up the hill back to the Wall

  • LBDs                                       45 sec
  • Plank up and down              45 sec
  • Derkin                                    45 sec
  • Hi plank side-side                 45 sec
  • Alternating Merkins             45 sec
  • Superman to Wide arm Merkin 45 sec

To the BB courts

  • Seal Clap Merkin Ladder up to 7 
  • Peter Parker                                           45 sec (Flapjack)
  • Reverse crunch…not snow angels     45 sec
  • Freddy Mercury’s                                  45 sec
  • To the curb for calf raises                   100

Announcements/Prayer requests: Prayers for all those on the DL; Sparky (good to see him this AM), Borne’s and Josey’s shoulder recovery, Aruba’s hip, and Chitwood. We ask for steady hands and comforting hands to tend Hammerhead as he undergoes hip surgery early Monday morning.  We pray for traveling mercies for all the pax who are journeying as well as all the college students as they head back to campus.  We give thanks for T-Bone and his willingness to come back out in the Gloom and a part of this band of misfits brothers and hope that he finds it as life-giving as each of us have.

T-Bone lead us out in prayer

MOLESKINE:  Landmines

For those who may be a bit touchy lately.

Merriam-Webster definition: “marked by readiness to take offense on slight provocation.”

2021!  I made it…or did I?  Yes, I have aged a few days more since 2020, however the isolation, wonkiness of 2020 and being ever vigilant to Coronavirus has left me a bit touchy.  Have you ever see the movie “Inside Out”?  It’s a movie by Pixar Animation that was released in 2015.  The fresh ideas, simplified neuroscience, fleshed out characters and themes/emotions that each of us carry is entertaining while providing an escape, and release of emotions.

Did I say I’ve been a bit touchy lately?  My poor M has been an angel throughout the weeks and months of 2020 knowing when and where to step.  Yet, there have been times even the slight provocation (often not meant to provoke) has resulted in…..

What gives?  After much deliberation I settled on my one word for 2021 – Delight.  Again, Merriam-Webster; Delight – a high degree of gratification or pleasure or as an intransitive verb (whatever that is) to take great pleasure.  Some synonyms; joy, manna (who knew), pleasure, treat, exuberate, exult, glory, joy, rejoice and triumph.

And yet…here I am ready to blow at the slightest thing.  My Grandmother used to say, “no matter where you go, there you are.”  Meaning, if I am taking this emotion into the world the same thing is going to show up again and again.  I’m the common denominator.  Another way of putting it, “life is a hologram.”  Anything you can know about a particular (person) can be learned by looking at the surface. We project our inner self on the screen of life.

When I judge others… it is because I am actually judging myself.  When I Love others… it is because I are actually Loving myself.  When I am touchy around others.. it is because I am actually touchy within myself.  No….not that kind of touchy!  Some examples:

Logistics balks at shipping out an item for a project which causes programatic slips.  <click>

I ask for an opinion (really wanting agreement) <click>

I say I want to be part of a team, then spit out the option of 1099 work and hear the other person say, “those two don’t jive.” <click>

I strive to stay off tobacco, yet the cravings don’t just persist, instead they increase with all the wonkiness. The Jester looms, and I feel I’m failing myself And my M. <click>  

   <click>      <click>

Familiar?  Sure, the click of your landmine may not be the same for you as it is for me, but what is yours?

Back to the hologram:

As it lives within me… is how I will see it in the world. And as I see it in the world… so it lives within me. 

This makes sense to me.  The world is touchy right now and therefore I am touchy.  And, it is within my power to grab hold of this and choke the living hell out of it……I mean, to delight in it.  To see the opportunity. 

So today… this moment, I choose to change my viewpoint from looking outward for what is wrong and rather  remove the sawdust (plank) from my own eye… so that I can see clearly.  It is up to me to make the change….to do the hard work, the internal work.

Below is a list of things I learned/forgot/relearned/forgot directly from a mentor of mine, Bob Duggan, the former leader of TAI Sophia a graduate school for health and wellness,.  When I use these simple concepts they make my life, and the lives of those around me, better.  I hope you can find and use one to help you.  Don’t pick them all, just one and do it well.

Upset is optional: Choose not to live in the drama. We have a choice in how we relate to what’s happening and the perspective we take on it. The idea that we have a choice with how we respond to life’s circumstances brings freedom.

Be a beginner: It’s okay to make mistakes. In fact, that’s how we learn. At any stage of life, allowing yourself to be a beginner opens up a bigger world of possibility, progress, and change.

Problem or opportunity? A shift in perspective that gives you power to grow and learn rather than suffer.

Will this serve the future generations? Think big and remember that you matter. When speaking or acting, ask yourself “would this word or act make my ancestors proud?” and “will my words or act serve the future generations?” 

Listen: To truly listen means to pay more attention to the speaker than to form an answer before they are done. The listening grants the speaking.

Acknowledge others and be acknowledged. If someone says something nice to you, stop. Turn to the person and say, “I am practicing taking in acknowledgement, would you say that again so I may really take it in?”

Be who you are: How dare you not share the gifts you have with the world?

I’ll close with two things my friends.  First, I ask each of you to implement some candor (Q Source pg. 158) to graciously tell the hard truth and hold me accountable to my word of the year – Delight.  The Second thing is asking that you’d map out your minefields and talk it through with someone who loves ya before you hear the <click>.


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