Twenty-four regulars and one FNG posted today to help YHC remember and honor some very important people in his life, and to search for the why. And while we may never find the answer, may we rest easier knowing that “the purpose of our spiritual journey is to not replace the darkness with light, rather it’s to integrate and honor all the parts of ourselves … all of life’s energies.” – unattributed.
We started off with a COT, where YHC shared a very personal story. On January 16, 2002 at 1:12 p.m. a classmate entered my law school and went on a shooting spree. In the end, three lives were taken, and three more were critically injured. I’m not going to recapture the rest of what I shared here. You all are my brothers, and if you weren’t there today, or want to understand more, I will talk with you. The purpose of sharing this story today was to invite reflection and introspection on an anniversary I wish never existed. It was also to ask for help – as Spit encouraged us to do a few weeks ago. YHC needed you all with me this morning, and I cannot be more grateful for each of you that was there, as well as all of you in the F3RVA brotherhood.
At the conclusion of YHC’s words, the PAX joined me in a silent one mile run. Every day we challenge each other to be better men and leaders. But then often times life gets in the way and we aren’t able to find time for true reflection and introspection, which are necessary to foster and grow quality leadership. YHC really needed that opportunity today, and hopes that the PAX found it meaningful and useful as well.
Once we reached the Carillon field, silence was broken. Again, thank you all for sharing that time with me. It was truly awesome. A week or so ago, YHC received blessing from Circle K to use The Hard Way, so we did. I could not think of a more fitting way to get through today than a silent run followed by The Hard Way, which consisted of Merkins / Carolina Dry Docks / Flutter Kicks / Hello Dollies / Squats / Burpees x 6 each and compounding.
Back to the flag where YHC took us out. Again, I don’t want to completely rehash here what was shared, but leadership comes in many forms, and always comes at times when it is needed most. The young man I spoke about will always be a leader to me.
Prayers: Flatline’s wife’s grandmother is not doing well. Lift her up. Pray also for the Sutin, Blackwell and Dales families. They lost their family bedrocks on 1/16/02 at the hands of a coward. As they are no doubt reminded of this day 17 years ago, I hope they find internal peace.
Announcements: New AO at Huguenot HS starting 4/4. The Forge. Dr. Try Hard has the Q. Puppy Pile 1/26 at 7:05 – Ollie has the Q. Welcome FNG Weird Al. He likes to play guitar, and YHC likes the name. How can you not, really?
Life is precious gentlemen, live it to its fullest.