Your Greatest Ability

“Act like who you want to become.” – Self-Help Mantra

Tim’s Deep Squats (Thoughts)

The email schedule called for an article from outside of CFPA. However, as in life, things change. So we’re jumping ahead to an element of CFPA History.

Years ago my pastor described the greatest ability as availability. It was an awesome sermon and has stuck with me. Here’s the story (read rambling) of how it was refreshed for me today.

Class discussions change from class to class as the myriad skills and experiences from all of those in class change. I’m continually blessed with knowledge I would never have thought of to even look up. In the 12pm today we meandered our way to Tim Ferris, “Lifestyle Creation” and the idea of loving what you do in order to “never work a day in your life”.

I took issue because I LOVE what I do. And it is a lot of work. The nuance is that I love to work. Work is not negative. I believe we are made to work. And when we work hard we feel the most fulfilled. The same goes for working out. (Prove me wrong.)

Insert Chariots of Fire movie reference: “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast! And when I run I feel his pleasure.” – Eric Liddell

Availability. Yes, I’m getting there. In fact, I’m always getting there. I’m actively looking for ways to be available for others. And it’s hard work because my natural tendency is to be self centered and to focus on what I want. Yet, my purpose and my work is not even for me. It’s for any/every one that I come in contact with. Especially those at CFPA. Disclosure: I’m getting there, I’m not saying I got it figured out or that I’m good at it. But, I am consciously working on it.

Back to today. As it can sometimes do, a workout took it’s toll on someone and they were a little out of sorts for awhile. Maybe blood sugar. Maybe lack of sleep. Maybe the workout is THAT good. 😉  I, too, have experienced many ways that CrossFit can “mess you up”. So we sat around after class and chatted until they were ready to drive. That’s it. That’s the lesson. I made myself available for someone else’s needs. And we both felt better afterward.

All this to ask you to challenge yourself with an examination of your availability. We run the gym on a consistent schedule. We have also scheduled in the time/physical space where you can interact with each other. I hope you are making the most of it, for yourself and for each other.


What’s Going On?

Goat Yoga is coming up!

Who: Anyone and Everyone

Dates: March 30, 2024

When: 3pm

Where: Lemos Farm, Half Moon Bay

Cost: $35

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The Evolution of Everything, How New Ideas Emerge by: Matt Ridley

“The Evolution of Everything is about bottom-up order and its enemy, the top-down twitch—the endless fascination human beings have for design rather than evolution, for direction rather than emergence.

Drawing on anecdotes from science, economics, history, politics and philosophy, Matt Ridley’s wide-ranging, highly opinionated opus demolishes conventional assumptions that major scientific and social imperatives are dictated by those on high, whether in government, business, academia, or morality. On the contrary, our most important achievements develop from the bottom up. Patterns emerge, trends evolve. Just as skeins of geese form Vs in the sky without meaning to, and termites build mud cathedrals without architects, so brains take shape without brain-makers, learning can happen without teaching and morality changes without a plan.”

Tim’s Takeaway: Change is inevitable. And all the things that are going to happen will happen when they are meant to. So why not be a part of it?

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