Voices (DEN)

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This morning was awesome!  SO many newbies, an oration on the existential benefits to your personal relationships via the Tribe by MikeBell (1 word), love goat kicks, and celebrating the impending nuptials of THE original of originals, Daniel J. Bertellllettttti and his lovely bride to be Julia Griffith, who has a delightfully easier name to spell.

I did a lot of talking at today’s workout – more than I usually do, which is already a lot.  I did a lot of talking today because Matthew wasn’t feeling all that great (but the dude fucking #justshowedup anyway) as a result of his recent surgery, and asked if I would take the lead.  On the drive home that got me to thinking about voices and how we use them, or how we’re enabled by others to use our own.

There are so many voices in the tribe that we rarely get to hear them all, unless we’re in the bounce.  That glorious moment when all our voices, loud, soft, low, or high come together in a cathartic, uproarious “FUCK YEAH!”  For the newbies, read Matthew’s blog from last week for your Fuck Yeah primer, and why we say it.

If you come to NP5280 on a regular basis, and I sincerely hope you do (we’ll all be better for it), you’ll notice some familiar voices ringing out from week to week – whether that voice is mine, or Matthew’s, or some other core tribe member’s.  We’ve found our voice in the tribe.  In some cases, many perhaps, it was the tribe that helped us find our true voice, or at least allowed us to turn up the volume.

When I say “voice”, I don’t just mean the sounds that come out of our mouths when we say words.  Our voice is that thing which allows us to create and shape our own identity – our identity by way of our wants, needs, ideas, goals, desires, struggles, pains, joys, sorrows.  The list goes on.  It is with that voice that we can affect our surroundings, our tribe.

A favorite quote of mine from Marianne Williamson describes this perfectly:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

November Project is a movement full of large people and large personalities with large voices.  But you don’t have to be a large person or have a large personality to have a large voice, and ultimately a greater effect on the tribe.

For those of you who are new, I encourage you to find your voice in the tribe.  It starts with the good morning hug.  Take a risk and put yourself out there, then take another small step forward and leave this tribe better than you found it by making your voice known.

For our veterans, if you’ve already found your voice in the tribe, find someone who hasn’t – SHOW THEM HOW.  For our veterans who may not have found your voice, I encourage you to dig deeper into why you came back for your second, and third, and fourth workouts.  For you, what makes this something worth coming back for over and over again?  Remember that thing or things, and bring it with you to every workout.  We’re a big group and we’re a loud group, but we only move forward if everyone finds their voice.


Don’t lose that vibe.  Don’t fake that funk.


Major Wood

FRI: Gov’s Park (7th and Logan) 530/615 – we may or may not have a special surprise for you!!

Homework: Recruit Recruit Recruit!!  Keep bringing friends and tagging them in pics at workouts #NP5280homework for a free race entry to ECS Utah

T-shirt design contest: You have until 12:00a Saturday to put together our very FIRST exclusive NP5280 t-shirt deisgn.  Email it to Matthew matthew.k.sellen@gmail.com or myself rgwooderson@gmail.com.  We’ll post Sunday morning and you’ve have until 12:00a Tuesday to like your favorite design!

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