Oh to go underground!

So, it’s now officially unofficial! The Yard that is. If you’re reading this then the Yard has gone underground and I gotta tell you, it feels fantastic! I’ve had several people ask me if I was bummed that the Yard had gone back to its roots and I can tell you absolutely not!

You see all this came about from a couple of very well timed, shitty events coinciding at the same time. The events are not as important as the clarity I gained from them. It came clear to me that the trajectory, and my focus for the Yard was entirely too broad, too overreaching, and too much of everything. I had this belief that my positivity and love campaign would bring us all together and we would all embark on this health, wellness, journey together! I was wrong, well, more so I was a little too ambitious. Now don’t misunderstand, I still believe in love and positivity, and I believe I can shift the paradigm, that’s not ever going to change. What I have realized is that my focus, and goal was entirely to large. Like Wes Hopkins always says, You gotta eat the elephant one bite at a time.

I won’t pretend to understand why the department chooses not to move forward with my Health and Wellness plan. They may still, who knows? Certainly not me. I see now why the frustration of working for, asking for, dealing with, any government entity is so, what’s the word, obtuse, impossible, maddening, all of the above. I have always operated my life, my finances, my relationships, on the basis of mutual respect, reasonable discourse, timely decision making, and common sense. These ideals are not, to my estimation anyway, the philosophical views or SOPs of any government agency from the smallest to the largest. While I would like to say that’s ok, we all know it is not. But, I also know, all too well in fact, that this very way of doing things is not going away any time soon. In fact, the more something makes sense, the more a plan or idea is a vast improvement over whatever its supposed to replaces, in regards to a governmental agency, the less chance it has of ever seeing any real support from the powers that be. I believe there are several core reasons this is so, and these reasons though maddening, permeate everything governmental agencies do, and they include but are certainly not limited by, lack of vision, analysis paralysis, stubbornness, hubris, and the main culprit of always doing what it has always done, and always getting what it always got. You are NEVER going to see a government agency produce the same results as a private sector company. The private sector knows it must react to ever changing needs, market places, customer bases, employee needs, innovations, other competitors, and a million other nuances that can make or break a business. They know this because if they don’t react, problem solve, improve, and adapt, then they will cease to exist. Plain and simple. I certainly don’t need to belabor the point, and I’m certain you get it, but there is another half to this equation. With this Yard project I knew not everyone would be on board, and my scatter shot attempts to simply say I’m here whenever you’re ready while a little effective were just that, a little. In that vein the field staff is JUST as culpable as the department, maybe more so actually, for not embracing this idea. Yep, the field staff is more to blame. There are a dedicated few of us who try to stave off illness, poor health, obesity, and poor cognition with fitness, nutrition, and life style. The vast majority here though, plainly don’t give a shit about their health, their wellbeing, or the message they send to everyone around them that they just don’t care. The simple fact is, if it’s important to you, you will find the time, the energy, the courage, the discipline, the drive, to be healthy. If it is not, then you will find an excuse. Truly, it’s that simple! We all know the only thing standing between you and your goals, your health, your wellbeing, and ultimately your success, is all the bull shit excuses you tell yourself. Me included. I’ve been just as guilty of the same mind set, but I saw the problem, me, and I changed it. So to all who come out, who have supported, who have stood up next to me in defense to this idea, this tribe, this crazy notion, that I can help somehow affect change in others’ lives, you will always have my undying appreciation! You also have my word and honor bound duty to keep this ridiculous idea, not only rolling, but to get better! I know! Sounds crazy right!? That’s why we’ve gone underground! By moving away from the departmental partnership, we will forge a new path, a new freedom of movement even. I am very appreciative of the support I have received from the department, unfortunately I haven’t been able to help them understand how much health, wellness, and fitness is needed. My vision was to actually affect change here. That paradigm shift I prattle on about cannot be accomplished by unpredictable support, hit or miss coaching availability, and inconsistent availability of training times and equipment. The department will default to AFDs wellness center, because it’s there and lord knows EMS is headed there in droves. That’s not to say the Wellness Center is bad. What I’m saying is the department says it’s there, go if you want to and good luck! I can tell you that the same old ideology that brought you the food pyramid, calories in, calories out myths, and bullshit LDL of 100 for everyone thought processes, oh and the cardio vascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, depression, and general poor health that worked so well for us so far, right, is the default. After all, these philosophies of modern health have only QUADRUPLED the number of these disease processes in the last 50 years, so we’re doing great! But, again if you’re not busy living, then you’re busy dying! We all work with a lot of folks who ignore the fact that the patients they pick up every day will be them sooner than not. I for one can’t afford the amount of prescription meds, ongoing health care, heart caths, and hip replacements that are all too common these days. More importantly I won’t. How many people do we work with who you know is going to have a poor medical outcome? You know….

I can tell you this though. Not us, not me, and not anyone who will ever come to me and ask for help. This is my line in the sand! I’m here to affect. I here to make a difference, to have a positive impact on those around me! I’m here to find my purpose in this world, and if I can help you find yours, or make your path a little easier, your load a little lighter, or if nothing else to be supportive in whatever it is you dare to achieve in this world, then we all win, together!

Starting Tuesday, 7-22, Brooke McGuire, kick ass Level 1 Crossfit Coach will be programming bad assery at Crossfit 1602, at 1000. She will unless otherwise noted be there every Tues, Fri, at 10a. We have a new face book coming on line with this, The Yard- Crossfit 1602, which will start to ramp up this new community we are building. We still partner with the Employee Association, they have always supported our goals and this project more than you could possibly imagine! We also have an active twitter, just search theyardatx on twitter. And look Pawpaw, if you’re not sure how the Twitter works, ask your kids.

We are on the verge of some amazing things! And, there’s no time like the present to get on board, jump on the home team, and come in for the big win! Till I see your fine ass next time. Put your name on it! Walt

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