Seven rounds for time of:
15 Kettlebell Swings (24kg/16kg)
15 Power Cleans (95#/65#)
15 Box Jumps (24”/20”)How many “problems” have presented themselves to you over the course of the Whole Life Challenge? For me, they keep popping up, and I’m getting great practice around having problems and not letting them stop me. It reminds me of a Zen story I read recently. Can you relate?
A man seeking help went to see the Buddha. He told him he was a farmer. “I like farming,” the man said, “but sometimes it doesn’t rain enough, and sometimes it rains too much. One year we nearly starved.” The Buddha listened.
“I like my wife,” the man said, “but sometimes she nags too much, then I get tired of her… We have kids too. Good kids, but sometimes they don’t show enough respect, and…” the man went on like this.
After the man finished, the Buddha sat, thought, then said, “I’m sorry, I can’t help you.”
“What? Why not?” said the man, astonished. The Buddha went on to explain that everyone has problems. In fact, he said, we all have eighty-three problems, and he enumerated on them, from birth to death, but as he talked the man grew more and more furious until he questioned the very premise of the Buddha’s teaching.
“Well,” the Buddha finally said, “I may be able to help you with the eighty-fourth problem.”
“The eighty-fourth problem? What’s that?”
“The poblem of wanting to not have any problems.”
– Zen Story