In the spirit of "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another", I would like to see more action and less talk. Most men talk a good game, but have little to show in the way of accomplishment. So what manly things have you done today?
Thanks to Yankee Cowboy Bob for suggesting to start this as a new topic.
I woke up @ 4:45 to make sure my wife (not a morning person) gets up for work despite not needing to get up till later. I read for a half hour, paid some bills, and logged on. Later I will be attending Toastmasters because one of my goals is to become a better public speaker and to control my fear of public speaking. After that, I will work out for about 1.5 hours lifting weights and doing some intervals. In the afternoon, I will clean my pistol since I went to the range this week.
I also plan to help an old lady across the street, wrestle a bear, and catch a thief (if any of these opportunities present themselves).
Watch out for them picture-takin' bears. You know, Kodak bears? Today I am recovering from a cold. I missed work on Thursday (which is a rare event and startles my co-workers) and toughed through Friday. My "manliness"? If there is some arbitrary standard based on physical feats, then I have to cut up my Man Card and surrender to be eaten by the Manliness Council of Elders, because I went to work, got the doctor's office to correct a prescription that they had overlooked for Saturday's blood work, have to re-sign the lease and complain about the drug dealer on the third floor, decide on a time frame to schedule a follow-up stress test so I can shut my cardiologist up, watched some TV, made noise on AoM, pay bills — obligations and responsibilities from day-to-day existence from a guy whose main exercise comes from the act of pushing fifty. Oh, I have to turn in my audio book to the library, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.
I don't think that manliness is only based on physical feats however, I do think that it is unmanly to not try to improve yourself physically. I think that men should strive to better themselves in every area of life. This is not based on competition with other men, it is competition with yourself. I am not the strongest man around because I too have a physical limitation. I am an above the knee amputee. After I was injured I decided that I was not going to let that stop me. I learned to run again, lift, and box. I really wanted to challenge myself so I actually fought in a boxing match in January. I also went on to earn an MBA after my amputation.
I am not saying this to impress anyone. I am just saying it to motivate and challenge others. I get motivated by other who overcome challenges. Maybe I am missing it because I haven't dug deep enough into the site but I don't really see men challenging other men around here. I see the phrase "Man Up" around here, but has anyone said it to anyone else directly. I try to surround myself with people better than me so I get better, and I'm not sure how many guys on this site are looking for the same thing.
I believe that two important roles for men are to be a provider and protector (which means more than just physical). Becoming better at these two roles demand improvement in many areas such as learning to be a better a father, husband, getting better at relationships, career, money, personal development, etc. Being a protector means taking care or your health and the health of other, which means that men should take CPR and First Aid so that they really can be a hero.
Hmm, well today is a recovery day for me. Yesterday morning I woke up at 0500, and drove two hours to meet my parents and an old boss of mine up in the mountains. We drove for another hour and a half until we got to the site of a helicopter crash from 3 years ago. We unloaded some tools and concrete mix and then started hauling everything up a little trail. We finished up work on a small little memorial overlooking the crash site. The accident killed 2 firefighters, the pilot, and a fire lookout from 2006 on the Payette National Forest. My folks, boss and other volunteers have been working on the memorial for months, and yesterday we finished setting a little bench for friends and family to sit and reflect about their loved ones and enjoy the forest. It was a great day: hard work, hiking in the mountains, and a feeling of gratitude for those who helped make me the person I am today. Afterwards, we fished along the river on the way back to civilization. Didn't catch a thing, but we were all smiling. :-)
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