With many a' tear shed the past several months and even more the past few days, I wrap up my ownership of CrossFit Kirkwood with this:
My last "Meg Mottl" post.
As you know, with potential changes on the horizon for the Mottl family, we needed to secure CFKW in super solid hands and transfer ownership to allow us flexibility when the need arises.
We have successfully done just that with Jeff Younger and Neil Jones.
*I'm repeating myself here, but please know that Husband Rich and I will still be at CFKW teaching classes, taking classes and working out for as long as we're living in St. Louis. And even contributing (thanks Jeff & Neil!) to the NEW website and blog, which will be up and running shortly!
For the opportunity for continued involvement at CFKW, we are insanely thankful.
I'll circle back around.
Need to share a bit first.
You know that's how I roll. :)
I have had an aligning-of-the-stars as of late.
Love it when that happens and thoughts swirl together in a familiar way.
And, there were 3 instances that intertwined (and THREE is the most magical in a literary sense. Makes it all the better!)
Let me explain.
About two months ago, I cleaned out a drawer in my home office and found a DVD of an interview from 2004. Popped it right in the computer and watched it. Then made Rich and the kids watch it as they'd never seen it. Then placed it back in the drawer- more neatly this time, of course! :), The last 30 seconds of the video have replayed in my mind ever since.
Now, let me preface- this is a clip from my teaching days, and I was interviewed and filmed for one afternoon in my 7th grade language arts classroom. It's about a minute and a half long, but you might fast forward to the last 30 seconds-
*Random, but interesting note: the classroom footage was shot on the VERY DAY I returned to my class from maternity leave after having had my precious Kellen. Not kidding. That VERY day. The interview was shot a couple days later after school.
The words to focus on:
"I would hate to think that any of my kids didn't think that I cared about them. I think that before you're willing to learn and take risks you need to feel comfortable and safe and know that it's all okay. And, I know myself as a learner, I also need to feel safe and comfortable and that the people around me care about me and that I do my job well. I think that's the same for kids."
The CrossFit Coaches' Prep Course material was recently released online, and I printed out the handbook to read through for information's sake. Found myself highlighting sections and jotting down notes to share with the CFKW trainers at what was the upcoming August trainers' meeting. A text-to-self connection occurred with this handbook to the video posted above:
"The common trait of trainers with a positive presence and attitude is that they genuinely care about their clients' success. It is this care that means more to clients than the trainer's knowledge. Many clients have little interest in the technical aspects of training. Their interests often lie in unrelated professions and hobbies, and they are at the gym to improve the quality of their lives. The mechanisms of their success at the gym are much less important to them than the results and success itself. In addition to seeing results, clients know if they feel welcomed and cared for, respected, inspired, and motivated. They can sense whether the trainer has their best interests at heart."
A text-to-text connection with Maya Angelou's words. This quote has been posted on the magnetic board in our kitchen for two years. Found myself re-arranging the calendar and photos and bits of "keepers" pinned up there (I know... I know... again with the organizing...) and this grabbed my brain as it tied in with the above two:
There you have it.
I hope you feel it. I hope you've ALWAYS felt it. Hope you continue to feel it. From ALL of us at CrossFit Kirkwood.
Not only do our trainers know "their stuff" and strive to continue learning and expanding their technical skill sets, but each and every one of us CARES greatly about each and every person who comes through the door. I believe it's one of the distinguishing traits of our gym.
Believe you me (my cooperating teacher used to always say that during my student teaching. Must be a southern MIssouri thing. Just came out of my fingers as I typed), I digress.
Rich and I care A LOT.
Your health. On a cellular level. :)
Your overall fitness.
Your inclusiveness in our community.
Your comfort in the gym.
You as an individual.
You as a part of the CFKW family.
Have had many a tearful conversation this week, and one point Rich made repeatedly was that we have made decisions and choices and plans for the past 6 years based on what we felt would be best for the community as a whole. For ALL OF YOU. Granted, not always popular, but always what we felt was right.
Thanks for the 6 year ride as the proud owner of this special, special place.
I love it.
Could not have fathomed in August of 2008 all that I would learn about myself and others in the years to come.
CrossFit Kirkwood afforded us the treasured opportunity to meet amazing people who have touched our family in countless ways.
Before wrapping up, I must leave you with
CrossFit Kirkwood Words to Live By:
1. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
2. Do or do not. There is no try.
3. Dead Last is better than Did Not Finish is better than Did Not Start.
4. It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena...
5. Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted.
6. If man made it, don't eat it.
7. Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
8. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
9. So, I seek to make today count- every day. That is all any of us can do. We're making it count thanks to and through community.
- Tara Boland
10. And, please, oh, please, oh, please don't forget:
- You are ALL "ALL SORTS OF AWESOME" to me. Always will be.
- CrossFit Kirkwood ROCKS!
- WHOOP! WHOOP! will NEVER get old. Neither will YAHOO! or YAMMA! YAMMA! for that matter.
- "Anyhooo" is MUCH better than "Anyhow." Just sayin'...
- Meg Mottl
What you are comes to you.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Can't thank you enough... sincerely-utterly-totally... for "coming to me."
From my recent letter to CFKW:
"I love everything about what we've created here and want nothing more than the gym to thrive and grow in the most capable hands. I know that it will."
ONWARD AND UPWARD, CFKW!
Congrats to you, Jeff Younger and Neil Jones, on "adopting" the best gym and the best community in all the land.
So, WHO LOVES YA?