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"You Can Save All of Them!"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018

DESTINATION TOUGHMAN: 13 Days Until Race Day

 


Superman: Is it true what Zod said about the codex?


Jor-El: Strike that panel.


Jor-El: We wanted you to learn what it meant to be human first, so that one day, when the time was right, you could be the bridge between two peoples. Look…


Superman: Lois…

Jor-El: You can save her, Kal. You can save all of them!

 
 

 

Russell Crowe as Jor-El and

Henry Cavill as Superman in ”Man of Steel”

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Over the course of a lifetime, many people experience great stress, sickness, trauma, even injustice that can tempt them to give up hope. But, there is another side to this. There are also people less impacted who use their special talents to become heroes by answering the call for help.

 

I’ve seen them.

 

  • A teacher / coach who works with at-risk youth, invests in their lives personally, and helps them live to their potential

 

  • A military pilot volunteering to go to Afghanistan by telling his Commander, “No wife, no kids, no problem. Send me.”

 

  • A parent going through a long custody battle to raise their child in a safe environment, finally winning after nearly a decade

 

  • A logistics employee chasing a FedEx truck in order to get a lifesaving drug to a hospital on the same day

 

  • Scientists driven to find cures to our most dreadful diseases in order to provide comfort to suffering patients

 

These are just a few examples of the “everyday” heroes around us, many who are guided by an irrational belief that somehow, some way they can make a difference. And many times, against all odds, they do.

 

What their actions have taught me is that we have an incredible opportunity in front of us. We can be the bridge between this world and the next. There are countless prayers for help being sent everyday, and we have the ability to participate in making some of these “miracles” happen.

 

As you go into this week, allow yourself to be a bit irrational. Believe that you, indeed, can save all of “them.” The one big difference is that we’ll save all of “them” together!

 

Next week, we launch our annual call for donations for our Freedom’s Light charity organizations. Hope you will join us.

God Bless,

--Pat

www.freedomslight.org


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Letters From Your Father –

“A Hero Can Be Anyone”


Commissioner Gordon:
I never cared who you were...

Batman: And you were right.

Commissioner Gordon: But, shouldn’t the people know the hero who saved them?

Batman: A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know that world hadn’t ended. (Aircraft flies away)

Commissioner Gordon: Bruce Wayne?


 

Gary Oldman and Christian Bale in “Dark Knight Rises”

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But wait! To watch the full ending, click here

 



Dear Girls:

 


We’ve reached my final letter to you. If you’ve gotten this far in reading, my guess is that you are probably wondering, “What do I do with all of this?” The short answer is that you should use it to live a life of passion and purpose.

 

Whether you read my letters or not, you will know from me how important it is that you train for your purpose. What that purpose is will be entirely up to you. My belief is that only a person with purpose can make true, sustainable progress toward living to their potential. Decide early. If the journey is not what you thought it would be, then keep adjusting your purpose until you find it. Very seldom does someone discover their purpose on the first or second try.

 

As far as my letters, all that they are is advice beyond the day-to-day interactions we have. For example, this year you’ve learned quite a bit about human resiliency in order to endure hardships and face uncomfortable truths. You’ve been given an introduction to organizational leadership and other practical matters such as love, money, friends, and mentors so that you have the ability to engage 1 or 6, or 600 people in a whole range of matters. Finally, you know how to influence in a way that seems truly invisible to those not connected to the world of spirit. You understand that violence has its place and function, but you also know how to help others see and confront their greatest fears through your 3 very human “superpowers.” This is hardly dinner conversation. Use these and other insights written as shortcuts or perhaps alternative points-of-view to consider as you discover your own path.

 

For my final piece of written advice, I’ll leave you with this. In my opinion, you have 3 primary responsibilities as a hero:

 

  • Take care of your Mom
  • Take care of your families
  • Take care of each other

 

Perhaps this list is not as large and all encompassing as you thought it would be. Nonetheless, family is the most important “hero” responsibility we have. For us to continue to grow as a civilization and awaken to our potential, the world needs strong families with conscience and Godly virtues as its foundation. Be great parents because you are your children’s first heroes. Show them that a hero can be anyone by teaching them to give to those in need and to be a bridge for helping others help themselves. Then, as a family, grow in your ability to make a difference. By working together and becoming people of means, you will be able to take on the hardest of missions with your resources.

 

Do not underestimate how much your presence inspires others and how even the smallest, kind gesture in a dark moment can change someone’s life forever. If you feel in your heart that God has asked you to do more, then do it! Put your family in the center as your reason why, protect their interests, and give it all you got. But, do it with an exit strategy and a plan to pass the torch, so that the gains made continue long after you are gone. You’re entitled to a happy ending, but you’re going to have to create it.

 

There it is! I have now written all that I have been “asked” to write.  

 

A gift received. A debt repaid. An investment in our future… Done!

 

Kyrie eleison!

 

Love You Forever,

--Dad

 

 

 

 

This Week in Training

“Life is a Game of Inches”

 

 

“Either we heal as a team, or we’re gonna crumble.

Inch by inch, play by play… until we’re finished.

We’re in hell right now, gentleman, believe me.

And, we can stay here, get the shit kicked out of us, or

we can fight our way back into the light.

We can climb out of hell,

one inch at a time…”

 

 

Al Pacino as Coach Tony D’Amato in “Any Given Sunday”

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Over the course of months, you’ve received advice on how to develop yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. There is no doubt that you have learned new things about yourself that others would benefit from.

 

For my final challenge of the program, I’m going to ask you to write a letter to a person you love (alive or passed) in order to share what you learned. Don’t worry about it being perfect. My first letter directly to my daughters, "Life is a Game of Inches", was far from it. It’s filled with a lot of salt but also a lot of heart.

 

Sometimes the things that hold us back are not physical. Write this letter and make sure you get your “insides” straight before finishing your “Hero’s Journey Challenge.” It will help solidify your gains and act as a foundation for the years to come.

 

This week the workouts start winding down. Priorities are sleep, nutrition, and technique drills. Also, I will be helping my girls prepare for their ToughKids Race in the evenings.

 

Monday:         Long Stretch / Recover (wk prior)

Tuesday:       Swim 10 x 100m; Run 8 x 200m

Wednesday: Bike 60 min; Run 30 min

Thursday:     Swim 2000m; Bike 60 min

Friday:           Swim 10 x 50m; Long Stretch

Saturday:       Bike 2.5 hours (Easy local roads)

Sunday:        Run 60 min (Easy 1 mile track intervals)

 

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

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


Tip of the week:

What are your greatest fears about race day? Getting exhausted half-way through the swim? A flat tire in the middle of the bike course? A pulled muscle during the run?

 

Make a list of all of your greatest race fears (rational and irrational) and come up with plans to minimize risk or react to the event. Having these fears managed with contingency plans allows you to be more “in the moment” during race day, relying on instincts.

 

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