Love Endures….

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

The Pax: Squirrel, Captain D, Scout, T-Bone, Striker, MadBum, Neo and Poacher

The Scene: As we looked skyward to the waning Gibbous moon through squinted eyes we got to it as it was once again a bit nippy.

Warm up: 40 SSH followed by 100 calf raises

The Thang:  As we mosey to grab our coupons, T-Bone mentions to CPT he’s been going to Rassie Wicker.  So YHC hears this…”hey Squirrel, that’s on you.  The website is jacked up, that’s you.” *  I thought, hmmm, I gotta look into that, thought I fixed it.  CPT means well and it was all in good fun.  Maybe YHC should write a Moleskine about Candor. 😉

Each exercise is done with a coupon: 

1st round; 2 min of:

  • Mountain climbers
  • Squats
  • Coupon swing

Move to shovel flag via:        Murder Bunny’s

* Repeato and return to SP

I thought Scout liked me ’cause he tells me jokes, comes to my Q’s, lines up next to me and then as we moved in Murder Bunny Fashion I heard him singing very quietly, just loud enough I could here but no one else could….

As far as I’m concerned I think ya really suck
You’re rotten and you really blow
I hate your guts
Oh, I wish that you was dead
I hate your guts
You’re right that’s what I said
I hate your guts

~Zakk Wylde

As I chuckled in delight at Scout’s singing I thought, maybe we’ll talk about Candor later.

2nd round; 2 min of:

  • Blockees…more singing by Scout
  • Cleans
  • Over Head Presses

Move to shovel flag via:             Rifle Carry

* Repeato and return to SP

Ran out of time, but the next two rounds would have looked like:

3rd round; 2 min of:

  • Merkins *No coupon
  • Lo plank to Hi plank (tricep exercise) *No coupon
  • Alpo’s (shoulder upright row)

Move to shovel flag via:              Murder Bunny

* Repeato and return to SP

4th set; 2 min of:

  • American Hammers
  • Windshield wipers
  • Side bends

Move to shovel flag via:             Rifle Carry

* Repeato and return to SP

Announcements & Prayer requests

  • MadBum raised a praise that his two youngest (Grant and Luke) are turning 10 today – happy birthday.
  • We all welcomed back CPT D from his trip out to West Jefferson to help Mom and Dad for a bit.
  • Poacher’s son, Sub Zero is necking down college options.

* The F3 Sandhills site lists the correct location on workouts.  The wrong information was on the F3Nation workout map.  YHC has put forward a request to change the F3Nation map location to reflect the Camelot location.

We all said the Lord’s prayer together.


Candor, as Merriam-Webster defines it: unreserved honest, or sincere expression.  Scout is REALLY good at this.

What YHC is going to speak to involves candor.  I must apologize to all of you that if in our time together I have come across as harsh or mean or angry…or anything other than honest and sincere.

After a recent Q Source call I got to reflecting.  When tragedy strikes; a serious accident, an unexpected death, a surgery or recovery from it, or loss of a person’s job/career…we often spring into action to help. That’s what we do as High Impact Men (HIMs), right?   We go to the Emergency room or hospital rooms…well we used to anyway.  We send flowers or a nice card.  We offer and follow through by cooking a meal.  We say we’ll deliver the paper to the front door and put it on a stand so the teetery old man doesn’t have to bend down.

Then as the weeks pass our (my) attention wanes.  Our world spins exactly as it always has — school, work, chores, writing BackBlasts, grocery shopping…. and then the flowers wilt. Mailboxes and doorsteps are empty.  Life goes back to normal.  However, the person I was so quick to help is still often suffering.  Not always.  There are times when the “sufferer” moves on too and doesn’t need the attention or actions anymore.  Sometimes, the need for attention actually grows.  The shock of loss or illness sinks in and he/she is face-face with the full pain and consequences of this new reality.  By this time, we “rescuers” are tired.  We’ve made lots of meals or visited for a few weeks and we just want normal.  We want to remove the added task off our list.  We may not want to face the sorrow of the other person….and maybe we can’t understand it at all. 

Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don’t want it. What seems conceit, bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. 
You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.”

~Miller Williams, 1997

As a HIM it’s great to act!  To mobilize and surround the person whose life has just been turned upside down the moment tragedy strikes.  It is even better to continue to check in with them in the days, weeks, months to come.  And that gets to my closing…

Love recognizes that how your life is going isn’t necessarily the same of how someone else’s is.  Pick up the phone and call, sit a moment and write a letter, text them, have lunch outdoors, or just sit and be with them.  At some point you’ll both know when the time is right to move on.

Love remembers. 

Love endures.

Love always perseveres.


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