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"A Hero's Transformation"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018

DESTINATION TOUGHMAN: 20 Days Until Race Day

 


Peggy Carter: Shut it down!

Abraham Erskine: Kill the reactor, Mr. Stark! Turn it off! Kill it!!

Steve Rogers: No! Don’t! I can do this!!

 

 

--Chris Evans as Steve Rogers (A good man)
Transforming to ”Captain America”
To see video, click here

 

 

After months of training, it’s important to acknowledge how much we’ve transformed in mind, body, and spirit. There is a lot to be proud of. We have made significant progress toward achieving our goals and there is no one who can take those gains away from us.

However, the journey is not done. As you go into this week, it’s important that we transition from training to doing. Focus on getting comfortable with the transformed version of you and tweak the skills you have gained. Also, make it a point to interact more deeply with others and be open to their feedback. This will accelerate your development and build upon the tremendous foundation you’ve created.

Sometimes we like the solitude and safety of training so much that we forget about the reason why we are doing all of this in the first place. It’s the difference between being disciplined about following our plans verses being a disciple for what we believe in. Get out there! Make it a point to trust yourself and simply just be.

Have a great week!


God Bless,

--Pat

www.freedomslight.org


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Letters From Your Father –

“Three Super Powers.  One Light”



Darth Vader:
Now go, my son. Leave me.

Luke Skywalker: No, you’re coming with me. I’ll not leave you here. I’ve got to save you!

Darth Vader: You already have. Luke, you were right... You were right about me. Tell your sister that you were right…

 

 

Sebastian Shaw as Darth Vadar and
Mark Hamil as Luke Skywalker in “Return of the Jedi”
To view video, click here

 


Dear Girls:

 

 

In my first newsletter this year, I asked two provocative questions:

 

  • What would you do if the world around you were collapsing?
  • What would you tell your children, so they could endure without you?

In truth, I’ve been trying to answer these two specific questions for the last 3 years. I’m not exactly sure why, but it gives me a great peace of mind to know that if the unthinkable happened, I provided you my best guidance for the road ahead.

 

In 2012, I started by sharing insights from my major Decision Points. In 2013, I continued by providing some perspectives to consider from my Core Beliefs. And finally this year, I am trying to tie up loose ends with some practical and faith-based advice for discovering The Hero Within. Now, it’s time to sum it up my answers to these questions as concisely as possible with the rest of my letters acting as background to help you develop further.

 

All of us have different gifts and talents. However, I believe we also have three very human “super-powers” that are within us if you choose to look for them. I’ve been using the “super-power” analogy because most of us look for them in others who are “stronger” and through our stories, myths, and religion. Yet, we fail to recognize we are all fully capable of doing remarkable, heroic things as well. As humans, we all have the capability to:


1.  Save a Life: Partner with someone, help them find their way to safety, and heal them physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually through an acts kindness and love

2.  Rely on Human Spirit: After leveraging all of your knowledge, skills, and abilities, seek guidance from that place beyond the physical to help lead you and others home

3.  Own the Night: In the most difficult and darkest times, be inwardly confident, generate sparks of hope, and allow people all around you to see what they cannot. Deal with things as they are, not as others fear them to be.

 


When combined, these three “super-powers” generate a light from within so powerful it can change the world around you. It’s power source comes from a place beyond here and it’s “light” calms the soul by generating Freedom and Truth, Hope and Justice.

 

So, how do you use it? Do we lead a crusade to “rid the world of evil and right all wrongs?” Absolutely not! History has shown us time and time again that once a leader attempts to use all means possible to make the world fit their view for how it should be, it creates unthinkable horror and disaster for nearly all involved.

 

The most powerful way to use our “super-powers,” is to first look within ourselves. I don’t know why, but the reality is that we have both good and evil residing within us. The hope is that we exercise our freewill to reject some of our darker tendencies.   By doing so, we become more aware of the incredible force of conscience intended to guide us.

 

I know what I am writing to you seems such a tedious and long path for making the world a better place. Others will come into your life with their false promises and tell you “Follow me and I’ll fix it!” It will be tempting to give your freedom away. Unfortunately, it’s a trap. In actuality, the world is more like a field with both wheat and weeds, and there are two possible ways the weeds get pulled. The first way is that God does only what God should do which is call the harvest, keep all the wheat, and throw all the weeds in the fire. The other ending is far more hopeful. As individuals, we first clear our own weeds through a spiritual awakening and then assist others who wish to do the same. With time, the awakening multiples and the weeds disappear.

 

If you have any doubt about your own “super powers,” let me leave you with this. There is a lot written over various cultures and religions about how the sins of the father get passed down to the son. Yet, I see far less written about how the love of a child renews the faith of their Dad. Whether you realize it or not, all three of you are already using your super-powers. That is very unique. I sense that a new chapter of the “Hero’s Journey” is beginning. J

 

Next week will be my final note. Already, I feel a sense of relief knowing that I am at the edge of my understanding and have given you my absolute best insights. Just one final thought left to give you as advice on what to do with all of this knowledge. Then, I spend the rest of my years learning with you in the present, instead of spending so much time recapturing lessons from the past.

 

I absolutely can’t wait!!

 

 

Love You Forever,

--Dad

 

References:

Journal (2011) – "A Pathway to Your Super Powers"

Journal (2011) - "Super Power 1 - How to Save Life"

Journal (2011) - "Super Power 2 - Reliance on Human Spirit"

Journal (2011) - "Super Power 3 - Own the Night"

 

 

 

This Week in Training

“Why Are We So Different From Them?”

 

 

Superman: Why am I so different from them?

Jor-El: Earth’s sun is younger and brighter than Krypton’s was. Your cells have drunk in its radiation, strengthening your muscles, your skin, your senses. Earth’s gravity is weaker, yet its atmosphere is more nourishing.

Jor-El: You’ve grown stronger here than I ever could have imagined. The only way to know how strong, is to keep testing your limits.

 

 

Russell Crowe as Jor-El and Henry Cavill as Superman
discovering his powers in the movie ”Man of Steel”
To view, click here

 

So, why are we so different from them? We are not from another planet. We do not have elevated “midi-chlorian” counts in your bloodstream. Nor are we genetically enhanced by a group of scientists, making us nearly indestructible. We are just human with all of the strengths and weaknesses everyone else has.

 

What makes us different in a single word, it’s Courage. Yesterday at the West Point Triathlon, I was reminded about the importance of courage when seeing single and double amputee wounded warriors bravely go through the swim-bike-run course. In the picture below you see the last two racers on the course walking shoulder-to-shoulder towards the finish line. We are there waiting for them to cross, clapping and screaming,

 

“U-S-A!  U-S-A!  U-S-A!”

 

Their acts of courage are what set them apart. When you are around them, you’re inspired to be a better person.

 

Below is this week’s workout plan. Also, I’ve posted my results from yesterday’s race.

 

Monday:         Swim 20 x 100m; Run 8 x 400m

Tuesday:       Bike 2 hrs; Run 1 hr

Wednesday: Swim 2 x 1200m; Bike 2 hr

Thursday:     Swim Drills & 15 x 50m; Bike 60min (Drills)

Friday:           Bike 4 hrs; Run 45 min (Bear Mountain)

Saturday:       Run 2 hr 15min

Sunday:        Drink lots of fluids / Train with girls

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

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

 

 

West Point Triathlon Results:

Swim   TZ        Bike   TZ      Run       Total       Place

2012    16:46   2:25       48:11 2:00     29:22   1:38:41               16/29

2013    15:39   3:10     47:08  0:50     27:22   1:34:06                 6/21           

2014     TBD   TBD     TBD    TBD     TBD     1:32:08                2/16 (or more)

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Total                                                                -1:58 year prior comparison

 


Tip of the week
:

Advice is simple now. Create a list of lessons learned so far in your training. Make some final adjustments, then… Be bold! Use the next 3 weeks mastering your technique and getting comfortable with the body you’ve built that is created to endure.