It’s February, and while it is cold, dark and snowy, it is also the month of Valentine’s Day, the one day of the year specifically dedicated to
getting nekid and horizontal with another human being for an extended period of time making other’s feel happy and loved. We work so hard here in the box making ourselves better at moving, at lifting, at running (sometimes…), at squatting and deadlifting and pressing. We’ve shattered so many preconceived notions of what fitness really is, what we’re capable of and what that means for us that it is literally mind-blowing! I have never been so proud to be associated with such a fine group of individuals as I am to be with all of you!
That being said, my question is, “What are we doing outside of the Box to make ourselves and our community better?” I don’t mean to imply that you specifically aren’t a good person, or we’re all a bunch of uncharitable low-lifes who don’t do anything for others, not in the least! What I mean is, “What are we as a community doing to make the communities we live, work and WOD in better than when we found them?”
To answer this question, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, every couple of days for the rest of the month, along with the daily WOD I’ll be asking you to do some random (and some not-so-random) acts of kindness. Here’s the catch… do it ANONYMOUSLY! This isn’t a publicity stunt or a ploy to make people stand up and notice how nice we are, it is just an exercise in making other people feel loved and be happy for the sake of making them feel loved and be happy and expecting noting in return. This is going to be a challenge for all of us, especially me because at the end of the day….
…I like it when people notice that I did something awesome, and I like it when people tell me that they noticed that some of you did something awesome. I guess I am a bit selfish in that way. I’d also guess I’m not alone. But to get the most from these tasks, we’ll want to remain anonymous. For example, your first challenge is an easy one. Like the title of this post says, buy a stranger their coffee. You don’t need to be seen, you don’t need to tell them that you’re doing it. We’re not looking for acknowledgement, after all.
On the other hand, I want to know–and I want you to see–how much loveandhappy we’re putting into Lancaster County this week. Imagine 150 people buying 150 cups of coffee for 150 strangers! It might just make the sun shine a little brighter when it isn’t snowing on Wednesday. It will sure make US feel good to be part of such a big movement. So let’s identify ourselves without sharing specifics…
The pic at the top of the post is on the CF Lancaster Facebook Page. Tag yourself in it, or make it your profile picture once you successfully complete the task. When your friends ask what it’s about, tell them. Maybe we’ll start a loveandhappyrevolution…