PAX: Coin Purse, Sundance, Laces out, Prosciutto, DuckTales, Flemish, Speed bump, Ohms, Cable Cutter, vsquared, Band Camp, Sunshine, Sidekick, Picasso, Hardtail, Ringwald, Candu, Wort, Leftovers, Early Bird, Deep End, Moondance, Mudslide, Chief, Chuck E, Burner, Fissure, Stairmaster, Free Candy, The Count
AO: Hill City
It’s been 1 year and 8 months since Gus and YHC first kicked things off here in Chattanooga. Fourteen of those months YHC spent as the Nantan. It has been an incredible honor to lead a group of Men without who’s commitment this would not have been possible.
Over the course of time we’ve had some amazing guys come and go, but some even greater have stuck around since the beginning to see our community grow legs and gain momentum.
If you are here and you’ve been showing up for a while. Keep it up, but understand that there is still more work to be done. There’s always more work to be done.
Recently, in the 43Feet Podcast, Dredd talked about what it means to be a “Dry Drunk”. A Dry Drunk is a term adopted from AA that is defined as the following:
A person with chemical dependency issues who has given up alcohol and drugs, but made no internal emotional or behavioral changes. Essentially, the only difference in these individuals is the absence of a substance. The popular analogy in recovery is, “…if you sober up a horse thief, what do you get? A sober horse thief.”
We take great steps against sadclown syndrome by making ourselves physically better through Fitness, engaging with our community through Fellowship, and examining our meaning and purpose through Faith. But as many PAX will understand, once you show up once or twice the “head lock” that brought you out changes and comes from within yourself. Even though you have brothers out there checkin’ in on you to keep posting, it takes real openness and honesty to change your heart and transform into the High Impact Man the community requires.
So the challenge is to identify your “horse thief”. Don’t just “Get Right”. We also have to Live Right, Lead Right, and Leave Right.
We shouldn’t be fit men who neglect our families, eat and drink in excess, or philander. This shape that we are in, should permeate who we are. Be a fit man who transforms his concentrica. Step up and be a leader with fortitude who prioritizes upright living, because a man cannot give away that which he does not first possess.
Thank you to F3. Thank you to every man who has helped me get better in the past couple of years. And Thank you to our community of PAX here in Chattanooga, I’m excited for the growth and momentum we’ve accomplished so far and I look forward to the future impact you will have on the city.
And remember, our Mission:
Plant, Serve, and Grow small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership.
And, our Creedo:
Leave no man behind, but leave no man where you found him.