“Too busy”, comes up often today. “Not enough hours in the day”, also heavily overused. Cindy reminds us, as she often does; when it comes to giving time to others there is no such thing as “too busy”, or “not enough hours”. There is only you and success, or you and regret.
Looking back, I find many of my writings of start with, “As a Mom”…but that is what I do. I am a Mom and for the past 15 years it has been my full time job just like every other Mom. So, most of my conversations are somehow focused on being a Mom. That was until I started CrossFit. Now, most of my conversations will somehow lead back to being a CrossFitter, and a Mom.
As a CrossFitting Mom I try to raise my kids understanding that actions speak louder than words. For example any parent can give their child a toy and say, “look what I got you…now go play.” But it is the parents that takes the time with their child doing something that the child wants that is giving the bigger gift. I have a busy household but when my 4 year daughter wants to put her dress up clothes on and play restaurant with plastic food for the 10th time in a day…I do it. Now, that fact that she says once she puts her fancy dress that I can only call her “Sassy” well, that’s a whole other post.
But I ask you this…how do you give?
Now, I am not talking about giving money…some of the best gifts I have ever been given had nothing to do with money. This is not about money at all, it is about what you can give your family, your friends, your fellow CrossFitter, people that are in need, and even yourself.
Giving can mean so many things…you can give a hug to someone that you think could use it…you could give a high five to a fellow athlete that just PRed…giving someone space just might be the gift that they needed…meeting a friend for coffee giving then 30 minutes of your day…
In my opinion there is no gift of giving that is too small. I believe that it is within the small moments of life that we can find our biggest joys.
Every day we are blessed to be given the chance to give thanks in our own special way. In 10 years my daughter won’t remember everything that she got for Christmas when she was four, but she will continue to grow up knowing that Mom will play restaurant over and over again because that what Moms do. In 10 years I will not remember that long list of things to do…But I will for always remember that little gift my daughter gave me that day, or should I say “Sassy” gave me that day, the gift of a smile and a memory. And I can’t thank Sassy enough.
5-Thruster @ 135
5-DB Weighted Pull-up @35#
5-Burpee Box Jumps
AMRAP 15 Minutes
-then rest 2 minutes-
AMRAP 4 Minutes
(Practice technique. Add weight or an overhead element if necessary).