Passionate Discourse

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I first heard the phrase “passionate discourse” used by John Burch. You see, very often, he and I clash in ideology on subjects about which we both are very passionate. Many of our meetings sound like knock-down, drag-out fights because we’re both stubborn, hard-headed and think we’re right – and we’re both willing to go to the mat to prove it (passionate and committed.) Cheri referred to this in her comment from yesterday’s blog. Sometimes in a group, community, organization, team, etc, there will be disagreements, and differences of opinions – I actually welcome them, because it’s an indication of “aliveness,” communication and self expression… as long as the people engaged in the conversation are mature enough to not take it personally and the verbal discourse doesn’t get personal or abusive. Passionate discourse helps us define ourselves as a community. Have you encountered this in your work-place, at home, or in any organization you’re a part of? How do you know when it’s gone beyond passionate discourse and turned nasty, personal, and just plain dirty? What do you do, if you’re engaged in it, to keep yourself from going too far?

Smidty’s ready… are you? Next Saturday – Hooverball Tourney!

Today’s Workout

“Fight Gone Bad”

Three rounds of:
Sumo deadlift high-pull
Box Jump: 20″ box

In this workout you move from each of five stations after a minute. The clock does not reset or stop between exercises. This is a five-minute round from which a one-minute break is allowed before repeating. On call of “rotate”, the athletes must move to next station immediately for best score. One point is given for each rep, except on the rower where each calorie is one point.



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