“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 them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; ….who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt 1910

Thank you to the F3 Raleigh pax that have stepped up and shown their presence at The Arena since its launch earlier this year.  We have had some inspiring moments and developed brief but strong relationships with several employees and clients at The Healing Place, including Teddy, Big Poppy, Pacey, Yogi, Drago, Freebird, and Torch.  It has also become a memorable workout, with the infamous uphill run both ways.

At our first Arena COT, Big Poppy, the Program Director at The Healing Place, told us that a key part of recovery for the clients of THP is becoming reacquainted with society, and that this is frequently difficult with the stigma of addiction.  By providing an F3 workout to the clients of THP, they have an opportunity to begin this re-integration into society and aid in their recovery.

With this is mind, we have decided to change the schedule for The Arena, in an attempt to offer a time more convenient and accessible for the clients of THP.  Client Appreciation Day occurs one Friday a month, typically the last Friday of the month, and during these days clients have the afternoons off.  The hope is that by having an F3 workout during this time, more clients will be inclined to step into the Arena and experience the benefits we all know F3 offers.

The re-launch date of The Arena under this new format will be Friday, September 26th at 2:30pm at The Healing Place on 1251 Goode St.  The workout will likely be 45 minutes, but may be less depending on the number of clients present.  We will need 8-10 pax for each workout, so please sign-up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtHl8o5KyEVvdGlYNUpuV2U4TjJFTUEyRWpscjF5akE&usp=sharing or go the F3 Raleigh Schedule page for the link.

Obviously holding an afternoon workout is new to F3 Raleigh and challenging given everyone’s work schedule, but we want to give this new time a chance as it will be more convenient for clients.  I continue to be inspired, humbled and amazed at the power of F3 and the willingness of the pax to be present and patient as we work to develop and strengthen important initiatives like The Arena.

Contact Duff or Country Wide with any questions, and please talk this up during COT.  See you in the afternoon gloom (new lexicon needed here).  Aye!