It is always a pleasure to be on Q at PHOP. It feels like returning home. It was my first site and my time as site Q only deepened my affection for this unique location and set up.
A quick COP:
SSH, Moroccan Night clubs, Imperial Walkers, Merkans- all IC x 10
Timer- Drag a cindy using a chain
Other stations- Curls, tire flips, and hammer strikes
After stations we did a bear crawl Indian ran around to the front of the church where we did leg throws and partner presses.
Fartleck the front of the church. On the way back stop and do 10 merkans at each pole.
Pause briefly to share a few thoughts and an excerpt of text that seemed appropriate. See below for more information.
Return to the stations using the same timer.
This time the stations were curls, tire flips, and American Hammers (with a real hammer for weight).
I have been reading some of the original documents our nation was founded upon since writing the back blast for our Forth of July Convergence. The writing is beautiful. The way the language is used really gives a sense of the reverence and importance that our founding fathers had for the work that they were doing and the grand experiment of democracy that they were undertaking.
But there has been one writer whose words truly resonated with me- Thomas Payne. As such I though that today would be a good opportunity to share something from an essay that actually made me stop and read it over again several times.
The Crisis- Thomas Payne
December 23, 1776
“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.”
When Thomas Payne wrote these words, he could not have expected them to be as impactful as they were. He did not know with certainty that the United States would win the war for freedom. He did not know that over 200 years later his pamphlets would be read by school children all over a nation that has a massive economy and unprecedented military might.
What he knew is that the nation was in trouble. That division could and would tear us apart and make it easy for the British to retake the rebellious colonies.
This provided his inspiration.
The desire to gather, unify, and strengthen.
His dedication to a cause.
I am about to start my third F3 winter.
The numbers will drop off with the temperatures and the men you try to EH start to say things like “Man… I don’t know. Maybe in a few months?”
Where will you be?
It gets harder to get up as it gets colder.
You should do so anyways.
It gets harder to get up as it gets rainy. Or icy. Or snowy.
You should do so anyways.
These are the times where F3 can thrive when I know that I personally would falter without it.
These are the days when I need others to pull me out of bed and get me into gear.
I would not lift heavy without the support of my brothers.
I would not run further without the support of my brothers.
I would not be sharpened without the support of my brothers.
It does not take long for the sad clown to begin to creep back in.
And this is why it is important to post in the winter.
You impact the men who are there if you show up.
You impact the men who are there is you stay home.
Which one will be more beneficial to your brothers?
Yes, it is cold.
Yes, it is wet.
Get up and support your brothers who are Qs.
Sign up to lead a workout and support your site Qs.
The theme of the month is gratefulness.
I am grateful to each and every brother who I have seen in the gloom because, while it may have started out as a fun free workout program, it has become more.
It has become my daily inspiration. My method of self-improvement.
A way to forge myself into a better example.
There are many men who have impacted my in my time as a member of F3 nation.
I will show this gratitude by posting and trying to spread their impact further.
If you made it this far, thank you for your time.