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GORUCK Tribe: December 2021

Here is a rundown on all details for December 2021: Sacrifice

December 2021 Exclusive Patch: Sacrifice

Imagine a world where we think only of ourselves. We live our lives at poker tables, the clock ticks and tocks and it doesn’t matter if it’s day or night. Some stranger is shuffling the cards, just deal already so we can start keeping score with everyone else. It’s always another game, you shield your hand and make your bluff and stack your chips if you wanna be a star. People come and people go, we stare at them through dark sunglasses, brims down low and we order another cocktail on the rocks and we search for tells out of the corners of our eyes and we think me me me and we play through the options of our lives which rest on just this very one hand, this very next card. Sometimes, the crowd gathers at our back and they pretend to care but they’re just sitting in the Colosseum watching the barbarians suffer their fate. It’s all entertainment, and nothing more. We take our cards and we play our cards and we win or we lose, we ante up until there’s no more chips or no more time, whichever comes first. Whenever they get around to it, they drag our cold dead bodies off the floor and divvy up our lives and the game goes on, and it never misses us because we never really loved anything or anyone, including ourselves.

What a waste. 

The best in life has been preserved by the sacrifice of others, there is no such thing as a self-made person despite the trappings of the day catering to our every whim as if we deserve it all for nothing. This season of giving and gratitude, selfishness and excess, presents and pandering, and every season of our lives is wrapped into every day. The choices we make and the ones we don’t make, yet. We all know our path, or we know where to find it. Let us start there, and begin anew one step at a time and then another and the more we walk our paths, the more we love our lives, the more our time means to us — the more sacrifices present themselves, every hour of every day. What a gift this is. But a harder path is certain and the loss mounts and doubt and fear dim all the streetlights in our lives. To love, or to retreat? To give freely and ask for nothing in return, to sacrifice our lives for something greater than ourselves, or to stack lonely chips at lonely tables for all the lonely days of our lives? Ask yourself the hard questions and then pay close attention to what you know to be true.

The answers are your path, and mine, and let’s walk them together for as long as we have breath in our lungs and blood in our hearts, come what may.

Jason McCarthy

Founder, GORUCK

Pearl Harbor

80 push ups

1 mile Ruck

 

THEN

12 Rounds alternating

7 Sandbag Clean and Press

41 Flutter Kicks on odd rounds,

*41 mountain climbers on even rounds

 

THEN

1 mile Ruck plus Sandbag

80 push ups

Significance:

80 years ago, 2,403 service-members and civilians were killed during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December, 1941. We will do this memorial WOD to pay respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Watch the Pearl Harbor WOD Demo By: Cadre DS

Ruck every day this month – you pick the distance, weight, and time. And complete one Heavy 12 Miler (Baseline + 20% or Double Baseline if ready).

Write down the answer to something you’ve been thinking about for far too long.

Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl

This seminal book, which has been called “one of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought” by Carl Rogers and “one of the great books of our time” by Harold Kushner, has been translated into more than fifty languages and sold over sixteen million copies. “An enduring work of survival literature,” according to the New York Times, Viktor Frankl’s riveting account of his time in the Nazi concentration camps, and his insightful exploration of the human will to find meaning in spite of the worst adversity, has offered solace and guidance to generations of readers since it was first published in 1946. At the heart of Frankl’s theory of logotherapy (from the Greek word for “meaning”) is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but rather the discovery and pursuit of what the individual finds meaningful. Today, as new generations face new challenges and an ever more complex and uncertain world, Frankl’s classic work continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living, in spite of all obstacles.

A must-read companion to this classic work, a new, never-before-published work by Frankl entitled Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything, is now available in English.

“Sacrifice Comes Before Success.”

Love Monster,

President, GORUCK Nation

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