The StoryTeller

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

The Pax: Squirrel, Scout, Dockers, Lookout, Chitwood, Flying Tomato and Waldorf!  

The Thang:    Every Minute On the Minute (EMOM).   

Everyone does 3 – Burpees (Every minute on the minute). Partner up.

          Pax 1                                 Pax 2

  • 60     Surfer Merkins          Windshield Wipers over pax 1 feet      
  • 60     Squats                         Lunges (30 ea leg)
  • 60     Merkins.                      Heels to Heaven       

Roll down to the Fire Dept, doing Burpees EMOM.  Once at the Fire Station we did some Bruce Lee:

  • 1 minute plank
  • 30 Freddy Mercury’s
  • 30 WWII Situps
  • 30 LBCs
  • 1 min plank

Lookout led us to the wall for: some Little Baby Dips (LBDs) and three last Burpee’s.

Announcements/Prayer requests: Continued prayers for Claire, Zak and Jen; Lifted up Roadhouse as he is through round two of surgeries.  He is an example for us all with his attitude through all this.

 Waldorf lead us out in prayer

MOLESKINE:  Storytelling

Do you recall a time when you were so enthralled by a person telling a story?  You were completely engaged in listening.  I find myself drawn in by these people!  Chitwood and Scout jump to mind.  They communicate the things they believe in through story.  Their stories are not dry, boring briefings!  Rational thought does not inspire.  Facts do not inspire.  Stories invite. 

YHC is not a good orator, even written storytelling is work for me.  Looking for synonyms, phrases, passages takes time, thought and reflection.  My writing revolves around honesty, vulnerability and the things I believe in…similar to those gifted in verbally telling a story.  However, my stories and tellings in written form tend to land more cognitively in the reader. It makes you think. (or I hope it does)

Storytelling engages the listeners emotion!  Chitwood and Scout and all of you with stories don’t just unload your baggage on the listener…the good story teller, well – those people get a second date.  They set the hook and we come back wanting to hear more.  They don’t engage the cognitive mind…instead, they pull at our hearts! These storytellers we have in the F3 Sandhills Pax are not telling stories about self, they are normally other-focused.  If you listen, their stories have a deeper meaning, whether it be leadership (Chitwood’s work stories) or relationships (Scout’s Pancho Villa) or maybe they are just good stories.  Through their tellings we learn the good, the bad and the ugly of life.  Through their gift we can hear hard conversations that we need to hear rather than tuning them out.  Often, the sad clown taps out from having hard conversations, because their hard.  We HAVE to have these difficult conversations and mess them up, apologize and try again.  Leadership requires it.  It requires us to be vulnerable, not sharing without boundaries and just vomiting, but communicating that deep shared humanity.  These F3 Sandhills poets of everyday lingo use their gifts and address the greater good.

So, stop a minute. Listen to the story.  Often, our gifted storytellers have lit a torch that can be passed.  The stories are inspiring.  If we fail to take the time the torch will fall, the story stuff goes by the wayside and things get ugly.

What’s your story?  Who will you tell it to?  Spin a yarn, set the hook….and get a second date.


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