NP Now. More than Ever.

We just finished #NPSummit. Pretty much one of the best weekends ever. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that no work got done yesterday.

It was my first Summit. Definitely not my last. My biggest takeaway had nothing to do with new exercises to bring back (Hadouken?) or new bounces to try. It was much more macro. What I learned from Summit is that November Project is needed in the world today, maybe more than it ever has been.

Every time I check Facebook (way too frequently, recently), I’m hit with negative news. In the last month, atrocities in France and Turkey, police killings and killing of police, just to name a few, have been major issues of discussion. Personally, I’ve felt paralyzed by all of these bad things happening at once. It’s hard for me to remember a time in my own lifetime when it felt like there was this much hate present in the world (or on my newsfeed).

I posted this a couple weeks ago after Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were killed by police:

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And this is just one issue! There are so many other things that demand our attention and drag on us emotionally.

I’m the type of person who always wants to solve problems. It’s how I feel good and move through the world. Facing massive problems like these was leaving me absolutely paralyzed. And I’m guessing I am not the only one. How do you solve an invisible problem? Combatting racism, bigotry, hate? Those are powerful enemies that aren’t usually easy to spot and fight.

But if this weekend taught me anything, it’s that November Project, our little Fuck Yea movement, has the ability to fight back. With those exact words, our hugs, our eye contact, our sweat, and our commitment to something larger than ourselves, we can be proactive in combating all the bull shit the world throws at us.

The truth is it’s absolutely overwhelming to think about fighting these big fights. And no one can win on their own. But when people come together, to make human connections, look people in the eye, and trust each other, even just for a hoistee, we push back. We push back on the invisible force that sews any doubt about the outcome in good vs. evil. We push back and show that we are all in this together. Seriously, have you ever tried a one-person hoistee? Not pretty.

Just two guys who wanted to keep each other fit in a cold Boston month. But now we have thousands of people every week who put their hips in and make someone else’s day. And that is something we need to recognize as a collectively powerful thing.

Keep showing up. Keep working your ass off. Keep picking each other up. And let’s build this community into something that more and more people look to as a sign of the good things in this world, especially in the face of so much bad.

Oh yea, we had a workout yesterday. It rocked. Got real messy doing agility drills in the sand. Maybe set a new record for people getting in the water after a workout. All good things. See you Wednesday!

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