As most of you know, I continue to bounce all over the country on a week to week basis, as has been my tendency over the past month – or more to the point, the past several years. I’ve been struck by a few things, particularly recently.
It’s beautiful to see what a blessing CrossFit is for so many people. I’ve been blown away by the stories I’ve heard, talking to strangers about CrossFit. I met a whole bunch of new friends at CrossFit Arenal in Baltimore a few weeks back. I’m struck with not only the welcome received when entering a new CrossFit, but also the way our stories resonate – the way we support each other as fellow travelers on a shared path.
Not every CrossFit I’ve visited is like that. Because we’re not franchises, there’s no requirement for how things operate. The most successful CrossFit affiliates across the country, long term, are really communities of people that support each other locally – and the strength that builds is evident in the people and the businesses. Each community is different, created jointly by the vision of the trainers and the personalities of the members. I know from sampling a great many different communities and CrossFits that we are building something unique, special, and powerful right here in the heart of Boston.
I’m immensely grateful to you members of CrossFit Fenway for building that with me. I am listening to you. I’m grateful for the input that you provide, and I learn something new from you every day about how to make the world a better place – starting with this conversation, with this interaction, with this business. You come in every day and add your personality and vitality and good will into this truly remarkable creation – online, and in the WODs – and without you it doesn’t happen.
I’m also overwhelmed with gratitude for the comments and feedback that come in not just from you – my immediate Family – but also from the extended worldwide bunch that reads these pages on the web. I’m blown away by the messages sharing passion and stories and struggles and support. You’re also welcome here anytime, and I appreciate all the messages. Posted, emailed, facebooked… I am always surprised even by the passing statement in conversation: “Yeah, I know you guys. I read your website all the time. I like your (Invasions/Paleo Blog/Pictures/mainsite video/whatever). How’s the new Phase going?”
We’re not alone – not in the facility, not in Boston, not in the world. Keep posting your experiences. Keep finding ways to share more of your life with other people. It makes a difference. You can change the world just by sharing your experience of it, and opening yourself up to being known.