7 PAX and their 2.0’s contemplated their alters and enjoyed a fun game of soccer.
AO: The Knoll (Harpeth Knoll Park, Bellevue)
CONDITIONS: 70’s and humid
TUNES: birds of the air
PAX (12): @Squints (Will Simpson) + 2.0’s: bullseye, bolt, hip toss, @Pebbles + 2.0: big red (FNK), @morning star + 2.0: bumble bee, @Ranger, @AAA (triple A), @Sooie, @El Capitan
FNK’s: 1 (big red)
QIC: YHC + bumble bee
5:30 – Group welcomed, disclaimer forgotten.
Q commentary: This morning we’re going to reflect on our alters. One way to think about an alter is: it’s a physical representation of a significant event in your life where someone came through for you. In other words it’s a marking of challenging event where someone showed up for you with care, faithfulness, goodness and helped you. That someone could be a parent, a friend or God.
– Mosey to morning star’s house to get the coupons (rocks that represent your alter)
– 5 squats at the stop sign
– Find a rock that you can carry for at least 10 minutes. Men chose from a pile of large rocks, 2.0’s chose from a pile of smaller rocks.
– Lunges to the top of the drive way with your coupon
– Walk to the stop sign, 5 squats at the stop sign
– Walk to the park, 5 presses at the entry way
YHC realized that the disclaimer was missed and gave it at the start of the THANG.
Part 1: let your alter mark you
– Pair up and stay together
– 5 squats, 5 presses, 5 lunches towards the tree in the corner of the park
– if you arrive at the tree before others, burpees or SSH as you wait for the six
– bring your rock
Part 2: mark your alter
Q commentary: In my experience, if I don’t process a challenging event then I carry it like this rock. It becomes a burden. But if I can process it, open up about it to a friend and then get to a place of gratitude about it then the burden is lifted and I grow. The moment marks me in a positive way. I take goodness and wisdom from it.
YHC invited everyone to put their rocks down around the tree and take one minute of silence to consider their alter.
Part 3: soccer fun!
– split into teams and play soccer
– every 5 minutes or so men froze and did an 2 exercises for a minute or so while 2.0’s kept playing, then rejoined the game
– 2.0’s took turn doing penalty shots
– if they missed, men did 20 reps of an exercise, if they made it: 5 reps
– exercises: Ukrainian hammers, freddy mercuries, toe touches, some thing else
– circled up to end with a series of planks
Q commentary: Sometimes the best way to think is to plank.
Q commentary: If you have a challenging moment from your past that is still unresolved consider bringing that to someone you trust and sharing it with them, If you’re a kid, bring it to your parents. If you’re a man: take it to a friend or mentor. Don’t let those painful moments become burdens, turn them into alters.
– Count-o-roma, name-o-roma + named friendly new kid (big red)
– Announcements (see below)
– Pebbles and big red took us out with a prayer and St. Michael’s prayer. (YHC put Pebbles on the spot. Honor to you @Pebbles for stepping up and sharing your heart through your prayer and inviting Big Red to lead us in the prayer to St. Michael)
Coffeeteria followed (thanks for the coffee, @Sooie!)
Announcements: see slack
It was a delight to see the kids and watch them play during coffeeteria.
My desire is to see families built up and strengthened through our time together. I think it’s happening and it’s beautiful.
“If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it” -Richard Rohr
PAX, I encourage you to do the hard inner work of transforming your pain. Marking your alters is one way to do that.
May we all be marked toward maturity,