- Rock-paper-scissors Battle Royale of epic proportions won by our traverbaler-in-residence, L.A. Jazzy Jeph.
- Jazzy Jeff has recruited many of his coworkers, 1 of which has shown up. Never underestimate the power of peer pressure, lay that shit on nice and thick. They don’t know what they’re missing.
- On that note, Jason Scurvy Browning got heckled into road tripping to Park City next weekend. Right, Jason? Right.
- Traverbaler Christina’s glasses were fogged up like a car window in your mom and dad’s driveway in high school.
- Rachel Mullen and her million-watt smile nabbed the Positivity Award.
- The ratio of dogs to people undergoing ACL rehab in our tribe is not favorable if you have knees.
So this blog was supposed to happen Wednesday, but somehow the workout pics automatically uploaded to the socials. Damn you, Zuckerberg. Damn you! Actually, don’t damn Zuckerberg, not even a little bit. It’s cool, bro. Stuff happens sometimes. Stuff happens ALL the time! Over which we often have very little control.
Sometimes that stuff is bad, sometimes that stuff is good. Bad or good, stuff happens to all of us. How we respond to that “stuff” defines how we perceive that “stuff” and, ultimately, whether we have a positive or negative outlook on our own lives.
Consider the earth and some of its vital components – stone and water. Stone is hard, often coarse, resolute, and generally unyielding. Water, in its liquid form (for our matter of fact scientist friends), is totally malleable and amenable to resistance, rolling freely on as though it were unphased by the challenge. Water also becomes the shape of whatever hopes to contain it, shifting effortlessly, so as to remain unphased.
In fact, secret NP5820 co-founder, Bruce Lee, had some wise words about water:
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
In a world seemingly consumed with power and domination, often over others, the power over self as we relate to others is buried or belittled, simply because it may not immediately push us to the top of the heap. These attitudes are often applied to the workplace, to traffic, to lines in grocery stores, and to racing and training plans and beyond. In all facets of life, which do you suppose would be better? To be like a mountain – rightfully imposing, yet hard and unyielding? Or to be like water – flowing, crashing, shape-shifting, constantly moving and, when given enough time, ultimately more powerful than the mountain?
My challenge to you for this next week is to take stock of your training plans, your work, your relationships and ask yourself how you can be more like water.
Don’t lose that vibe. Don’t fake that funk.
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