3/21/20 - Stories in Reverse
This is the return of the Saturday blog. The last time one of these went up was 2011, when I used to write them in the Coffee Bean on Main Street in Santa Monica. Hopefully my writing has improved as much as my taste in coffee.
We’re bringing you weekend blogs, because this is also the mechanism for how we communicate the training for the day and we’ve got to keep the quarantine momentum going.
My job in these articles is to keep you mind going, however. So, here’s a brief but potent concept. Consider this. A massive contributing factor to the survival of the human race is our ability to see and recognize patterns. On a technical level, we communicate, remember, and share ideas through patterns in the form of stories. Simply put, our ability to understand a narrative is the reason we’re a global powerhouse of a species. This is good news.
As popular as the adage, “everything happens for a reason” is, I’d like to offer there is much more randomness than we like to give credit. Often times, life events simply happen for no reason or such convoluted reasons that it would be impossible to untangle “why” something is happening to you. We see a story when there isn’t a story there. This is bad news.
ENTER: the narrative fallacy.
Since we are mean making creatures who recognize patterns and have stories to thank for our evolutionary existence, we have a dangerous tendency. Looking backwards, we string together stories whether there’s a story or not.
If there wasn’t a story as you experienced something in the present, I’d encourage you not to look back into the past to find one. As an expert storyteller, there’s a good chance that you’ll find one whether it’s true or not.
Accumulate 10 minutes in the bottom of a squat..
Complete 4 rounds for quality of:
6 Slide to Hollow
12 Tempo Towel Hammer Curls (Ea)
15 3-Way Shoulder Raise
Conditioning for a score:
Odd: 2 Broad Jumps (7’/5′)
Even: :20 Mountain Climbers (2-ct)
**Log your lowest mountain climber round score