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"Launch of the Hero's Journey - June 6, 1944

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018

DESTINATION TOUGHMAN: 97 Days Until Race Day

 


For those who responded, "Count me in for taking my Hero's Journey Challenge," congratulations for launching your action plan! I’ve included two sources of motivation to help get you started.

 

Below is the transcript and recording of General Eisenhower’s execution order for the D-Day Invasion 70 years ago this Friday. Also, I’ve included President Ronald Regan’s Normandy speech presented at the 40th Anniversary D-Day Ceremony. As one of my training rituals, I listen to the first 6 paragraphs before every long run to remember the reason why heroes must exist!

 

May their words serve to inspire us as we begin our own “great and noble undertaking.”

 

 

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force:

 

“You are about to embark on the great crusade toward which we striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere are with you.

 

In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine: The elimination of Nazi tyranny over an oppressed people of Europe and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped, and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.

 

But this is the year 1944. Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940 - 41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home front has given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war and placed at our disposal great reserves of fighting men.  

 

The tide has turned. The free men of the world are marching together in victory. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory.

 

Good luck!   And let us all besiege the blessing of almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”

 
 

 

General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces

To listen to General Eisenhower and watch video, click here

For President Reagan’s 40 Year D-Day Anniversary Address, click here

 

 

God Bless,

--Pat

 

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Letters From Your Father –

“Come Sail Away”

 
 

I’m sailing away


Set an open course for the virgin sea


I’ve got to be free,


Free to face the life that’s ahead of me


On board, I’m the captain,


So climb aboard


We’ll search for tomorrow
 on every shore


And I’ll try, oh Lord, I’ll try! 


To carry on…

I look to the sea


Reflections in the waves


Spark my memory


Some happy, some sad


I think of childhood friends


And the dreams we had


We live happily forever
 so the story goes


But somehow we missed out
 on that pot of gold


But we’ll try the best that we can. 


To carry on…

A gathering of angels appeared above my head


They sang to me this song of hope


And this is what they said


They said come sail away, come sail away


Come sail away with me


Come sail away, come sail away


Come sail away with me…

 
 

“Come Sail Away” performed by Styx

But wait!! To hear how the story ends, click here

 


Dear Girls:

 

Welcome back! And thank you for reading my notes to you.

 

For the past 2 years, I have provided you some of my best lessons from key decision points and insights from rediscovering my core beliefs. However, my writing is still incomplete and leaves you quite vulnerable to being misled by others.

 

What I’ve held off in teaching you until now is that forces exist that will attempt to enslave you into a life of “unthinking mediocrity.” My goal is warn you of these influences and provide skills needed to be immune from their false promises and illegitimate limitations. Some of what I am about to write will be very practical. Other aspects will be very spiritual and require leaps of faith.   All of it comes from the heart of a loving Father and is my best attempt to help you discover “The Hero from Within.”

 

Next week, we will start by looking at the world we live in as a system or matrix.   Hope you enjoy this year’s writing…

 

Love You Forever,

--Dad


 

References:

"A Father's Love for Their Child" – King Osric in the movie “Conan the Barbarian”


"To Serve Man" – Summary of 1962 episode of the “Twilight Zone”

 

 

 

This Week in Training

“Stay Hungry”

 
 

 

Are you feeling the fire? Are you ready to explode?

Are your dreams and desires, riding down an open road?

I’m like a runaway, a heart without a home

Others can laugh and play

I’ll fight for every inch I take.

I’m desperate to the bone!

 

Stay hungry, feel the fire!

Stay hungry, don’t explode

Stay hungry with desire

Stay hungry you’re alone…

 
 

“Stay Hungry” performed by Twisted Sister

To listen to fully lyrics, click here

 

I have short, simple message for your first week: Stay hungry! Whether it's a workout plan like mine or any other type of action plan for achieving an ambitious goal, people are typically excited at first, then become restless. This is usually because the enormity of the task finally hits them in a real way and the mind is trying to figure out what to do next. Don’t let this eat away at your energy and morale. Remain eager to improve, write down what you’re learning, and focus on the small victories. Over the next 2 weeks, keep evaluating your action plans to best stretch but not break you. Then, fully commit! If your plan has nothing to do with training for a race, my hope is that you will still receive valuable insights as we go through the similar experience of trying to achieve our dreams.

 

Last week’s Spartan Race was my way of testing 8 months pre-season endurance training and “injury proofing” workouts. I’m glad to report that, minus the expected cuts and bruises experienced by every participant, I am feeling pretty good.

 

Here’s this week’s training plan and Spartan Race picture below. A special thanks to Stony Point Dental who allowed me to join their team.  

 

Monday:         Swim 10 x 100m; Run 2 x 200m

Tuesday:       Bike 60 min; Run 45 min

Wednesday: Swim 5 x 300m; Bike 90 min

Thursday:     Swim Drills & 10 x 50m; Core strength training*

Friday:           Bike 2 hours

Saturday:       Run 60 min

Sunday:        Pilates Stretch; Sports w/girls

 

*Core strength training includes chin-ups, push-ups, dips, planks, rock wall climbing

**Stretch 30 min each day to “injury-proof” and avoid becoming “brittle”