Posts tagged #Community

What I Learned From Nearly Dying In CrossFit

     Watch the Video! "All I Need" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #47)

I thought I was doing great during the Monday CrossFit workout. 

I had just bench-pressed 125 pounds, which isn’t a lot for many people but was good progress for me. 

The two guys I was lifting with felt good about going up in weight, so we put another 20 pounds on the bar. 

As I lifted the bar off the rack and watched it lower toward me, I suddenly realized that I was going to need a lot more strength to get it back up. 

I dug in my heels, and as I tried to use my whole body to get the bar back up, my right foot slipped. 

Life Is Hard

     Watch the Video! "Alone" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #36)

I occasionally do private tutoring and scholarship coaching, and one of my students recently shared an observation with me that blew my mind. This student is an adult who teaches parolees math so that they can receive a GED and put their lives back together.

I asked him, "What is the biggest factor that determines whether a parolee will violate parole and end up back in jail?"

I thought he was going to say, "a job" or "stable housing" or "getting a GED." But he simply said, "Community. If they have people in their lives who love them and give them something to live for, they are more likely to stay out of jail."