Seven of Diamonds

DATE: 2022-09-24
AO: Farm
Q: Infinity
PAX: Sparky, Matthew – Running Man, Gekko (Keith Capp), Charles Gluck FNGs: Buzz (2.0) and Monongahela (FNG)
WarmUp: SSH, Don Quixotes, Beet Pickers, Imperial Walkers, Michael Phelps, and Mosey to field.

The Thang: Seven of Diamonds
Run to each of four cones set up in a diamond on the field. Stop and perform the exercise at each corner. Change exercise each lap and increase reps by 7. Decrease reps by 7 after the squats.

Lap 1 – Burpees x7

Lap 2 – Merkins x14

Lap 3 – 4 count flutter kick x21

Lap 4 – Squats x28

Lap 5 – 4 count Plank Jacks x21

Lap 6 – 4 count LBC x14

Lap 7 – Lunge Walk around diamond

CoT: Fix Yourself by Jordan Peterson
We have such blessings promised to us, and it seems that we should be prospering because of these blessings. Some may wonder why life is so difficult for them but easy for everyone else. Sometimes, it appears everyone except you and your family are prospering, while you have big problems. Often, things aren’t as they seem.

For valid reasons, we are prone to put our best foot forward in our external interactions.

I invite you to take a different perspective. What if other people have challenges comparable in difficulty to yours, but they lay beneath the surface? Perhaps that house you visit that is spotless and peaceful is not always so. Perhaps there are troubles under a veneer of hospitality.

After a lifetime of service as a clergyman in the late 19th century, during which he saw both the outward appearance and inward struggle of peoples’ lives, Ian Maclaren enjoined, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

“What can you ever really know of other people’s souls—of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles? One soul in the whole creation you do know: and it is the only one whose fate is placed in your hands.” — C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

I have had moments when I wonder if it is really worth it to keep going. At times, it seems that, if I had known it was going to be this way, I wouldn’t have started. If you ever become discouraged like this, you are in good company.

“Could I have foreseen what I have and am likely to experience, no consideration upon earth should have induced me to accept this command.” – George Washington, November 28, 1775

Later, during his retreat before the British after losing the battle of Long Island, he wrote:

“Such is my situation that if I were to wish the bitterest curse to an enemy on this side of the grave, I should put him in my stead…” – George Washington, September 30, 1776

George Washington, a month after he wrote the discouraging quote I shared earlier, also wrote:

“We must bear up against [difficulties] and make the best of mankind as they are, since we cannot have them as we wish.” – George Washington Dec, 1775

“It isn’t as bad as you think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry-I say that to myself every morning. it will all work out. If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. ” – Gordon B. Hinckley

So, we all go through discouraging times and situations. Just keep on pressing through it, trusting that it will all work out as long as we do what is right.

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