Bring something to the table.

I read something a couple of years ago that stuck with me.
There are three types of people in this world. Have a dinner party, you’ll see all three.
The first type are the people who bring something in…a bottle of wine, a hostess gift, some cheeses or desserts. Something to share during the meal they’re about to enjoy.

The second type are the ones who don’t bring anything, but they don’t eat either, they just show up for the company and to maybe have some small talk. They’ve got minimal impact on your planning or budget other than maybe seating arrangements.
The third type are the ones who don’t bring anything, eat, and then continue to eat and go back for seconds and thirds.
Obviously, the first guest is the ideal, because they’re both adding and taking away, and in doing so, they’re providing an essential part of the experience. The second guest is so low impact that their presence is neither required nor is it noted when lacking. They’re just there. Not unpleasant, just not particularly interesting.
Guest number three?

They’re toxic. That’s the guest who’s invited for reasons like…she’s your buddy’s wife…or he’s your coworker and office politics dictate you gotta have him there. Otherwise? We generally don’t choose to have these people in our lives.

CrossFit is the same way guys. It’s part of our table of life. You’ll get FROM CrossFit what you give TO CrossFit.
This box…it’s a community. When Mark came down pneumonia, the collective was “That sucks…tell him to rest up and get well!” When we talk about anyone’s progress with any of the classes, it’s always “Man that’s GREAT!”

Of course you have the option of coming into class and busting your ass and then hitting the road without hanging around and socializing. Sometimes, that’s just the mindset you have and some days aren’t meant for socialization. I’d never slight someone who didn’t want to hang out and get to know one another. But guys, there’s such a great group of people here…and y’all are all “mutually suffering” through the WODs. It sucks for you and it sucks for someone else just as bad. Bonded in sweat so to speak.

We’ve all worked heavy lift days where we’re trying to move something heavy, and on those days, we all stand around watching and cheering each other one. When Kerzee’s working on a heavy lift, we’re standing there pushing him through that mental block. When Bayer’s doing his deadlift, we do the same.

We’re here for each other. We should be here for each other. Nothing but good can come from supporting each other through the sweat and the callouses and the ripped hands and the whipped shins from double unders. 🙂

So bring something to the table. Support your fellow athletes. They’ll do the same for you.

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One Response to “Bring something to the table.”

  1. Becky Says:

    That’s what makes XF unique & effective for me. I know this post is old but I have just begun this journey and playing catch up with the concept. XFNA is a great addition to my life & I hope I can be one who “brings it!”

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