Armory – 8.14.21

Kwame Q: The Magical Musical Tour
12.5 HIMs came out for a fun crucible prep work (@Rudolph was there for pre party), as we listened to music and followed along for instruction. Multiple check ins for ratings on the musical journey with our resident ‘Lester Bangs’, @Cosmo – ComzQ and Chief Roughneck , who consistently ranked it 9 out of 10 or better.
Today’s lineup: @Jalisco @Cosmo – ComzQ and Chief Roughneck @Lone Star @Soul Glo @Ron Swanson @Ginsu @FICO @Singlet @Timeshare @Blue Buffaloohhhhhhhh. @Operation And YHC.
60 minute soundtrack:
“Run” by OneRepublic got us started heading towards Lowe’s grassy knoll.
“Hello Good Morning” by P Diddy woke us up.
“Run Like Hell” by Pink Floyd had us running around the grass perimeter until the 6 arrived, then we circled up.
“Stretch” by Tamela Mann (inspirational gospel tune) got us nice and limber.
“I Go To Work” by Kool Moe Dee got us working on burpees for 4:35 straight.
“Firestarter” by Prodigy brought back an old favorite- every time you heard ‘Fire’ you had to stop, drop and roll.
“Jump (For My Love)” by The Pointer Sisters as we Al Gore’d until we heard ‘jump’, then we jumped, then back into Al Gore.
“Superman Theme” by John Williams had us doing Supermans 20 seconds on, 5 seconds off for the entire score, which was too long.
“My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion (songbird of the 90s- respect :facepunch::skin-tone-3:) as we held high plank or low plank or modifications.
Round 2- “Fire” by Jimi Hendrix for more stop, drop and roll.
“Jump” by Van Halen for more Al Gore with jumps.
“Banana Boat (Day-O)” by Harry Belafonte for bananas instead of supermans.
At this point @Lone Star was reminding YHC that we need to get back. So right on queue, the next song was…
“Time For Me To Fly” by REO Speedwagon to start the run back to Longview.
“How Fast Can You Run” by Rocco DeLuca motivated for the second half of the final run.
“Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin played as we low fluttered waiting on the 6.
reminder for Crucible
FICO brother going to Afghanistan help with embassy
Blue Buffalo friend mark- most of his family has covid
Masks/schools- pray for low case counts
Soul glo brother’s knee surgery
F3 Nashville Podium (my brother) with health and injury issues
My message to you is similar to my message from a few months back, when I spoke about living in the moment. In order to live in the moment that means ‘don’t think ahead’:
Most people live most of their lives 15 minutes into the future- if you’re at a restaurant enjoying a tasty beer, your mind goes to the meal you just ordered. If you’re eating that meal, you’re thinking about dessert. If you’re eating dessert, you’re thinking about what movie you wanna watch after that. We are never present. We are dwelling in the next exciting-fun-treat that’s headed our way.
Working out hurts. Running hurts. The crucible will hurt. Those things will ALWAYS hurt. You get used to it, and it diminishes, but there’s always a degree of suffering. Work hard to OWN that suffering. Try not to live in the future. Instead possess your circumstances. Whether they’re terrible, wonderful or somewhere in between. Or as the saying goes: EMBRACE THE SUCK. You’ll find greater happiness in the wonderful, and most certainly greater happiness in the terrible.
I’ll leave you with this Bible verse from one of my favorites, and that’s James 1:2-4
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Once again, an honor and a privilege to lead you men this morning. Make it a great day!
Kwame out

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