Temperance

AO: The Colosseum

When: 02/11/2021

PAX:

Number of Pax: 18

Pax Names: Abacus, Better Call Saul, Binford, Bob Villa, Bunker, Cyclone, Fish Sticks, Foundation, Gopher, Happy Camper, Heifer, John Denver, Morticia, Nickelback, Short Sale, SkidMark, Toby, Trojan,

Number of FNGS: 0

FNG Names:

QIC: Gopher


The BackBlast:

Warmarama

Motivators from 7

Tappy taps – 10 IC

Hill Billys – 10 IC

Arm circles forward – 10 IC

Arm circles reverse – 10 IC

The Thang

Pair up to complete 6 rounds of 3 exercises.  Between the two of you (combined reps), complete the following:

1st exercise = 25 reps, 2nd exercise = 50 reps and 3rd exercise = 75 reps (total of 150 reps/round).  In between each round, run a lap around the parking lot.

Round 1: Burpees, Goblet Squats, Grady Corns

Round 2: Blockees, Curls, Bonnie Blairs (1 leg = 1/2)

Round 3: Burpees, Skull Crushers, Smurf Jacks

Round 4: Merkins, Bent Over Rows, Mountain Climbers (1 leg = 1/2)

Round 5: Burpees, Chest Press, Plank Jacks

Round 6: Thrusters, Monkey Humpers, Shoulder Taps

Mary

Plank with Merkins to ACDC Thunderstruck

COT

If you google the word temperance it is defined as abstinence from alcoholic drink.  If you look at the origin of the word it derives from the Latin language as restraint and moderation.  I think this word has a ton of significance right now in our society in that it doesn’t feel like people of showing the correct level of temperance when dealing with others that differ with their personal views.

I’ll share a story.  A man was travelling down a highway in his car when the semi-truck ahead of him loses a tire.  The man did his best to avoid it but he was unable.  The tire hit the windshield head on and it shattered.  The man was able to control the car though and safely park the car on the shoulder of the highway.  Once he was settled he picked up his cell phone and called his wife.  He told her about the tire and the broken windshield.  His wife was immediately concerned that he was badly cut from the glass.  He reassured her that he was fine because the glass was tempered.  When it broke it failed as designed into many small pieces instead of larger jagged pieces.  Tempered glass is glass that has been heat-treated to make it harder, break safely, and limit the potential injury.   Similar to tempered glass, if we as people employ temperance we are much less likely to inflict pain when we break.

I will be honest that I’ve struggled with temperance most of my life.  I’m a person that wears his emotions on his sleeve and its typically pretty easy to see where my head is at.  This is an area that I am continuously working on and probably will for the rest of my life.

I’ll end with a personal story.  Several Fridays ago, my daughter was having a couple of  girls sleep over and my son was having a buddy sleep over.  I’d gotten up at 4:15 AM to work out, worked all day, went to Costco after work and arrived home around 6:30 PM.  Needless to say I was a little burnt out.  I had bought a rotisserie chicken at Costco for dinner, cut it up, and put it in a bowl.  My wife got the other sides prepared and called the kids to make their plates.  The girls came down first and made their plates and were eating.  My son and his friend came down to the kitchen.  Zach looks at the bowl of cut up chicken and then looks at me and says “well that chicken doesn’t look very appetizing.”  Immediately a bolt of anger flowed through my body.  I looked up and saw all the kids around the table, closed my eyes, took a deep breath and as calmly as possible told my son to go to his room. Just doing this immediately got the attention of everyone in the room.  I couldn’t imagine what their reaction would have been had I yelled at him which was my initial instinct.  Honestly I’m not sure that I would have been able to control my emotions as little as 1-2 years ago.  Reflecting on this situation, by showing temperance I was able to retain my integrity in front of my kids friends, but at the same time send a very strong message to my son without inflicting unnecessary pain.

I think each of us is in a position to role model temperance in our lives and strive to become that virtuous leader.

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