Outside the Window

My friend and fellow strength coach, Good Ryan, is spending time in Kabul, Afghanistan these days for work. He was there last fall, home for a bit, and back again. He posted some pictures yesterday that gave me pause and he was kind enough to let me use them here.

Yesterday was another Monday off school for the Oz man and we had the very serious duty of deciding whether to A) watch Braveheart on AMC for the 4,392nd time; B) have him try to teach me more of the Hobbit Lego xBox 360 game which didn’t go too well the first time; or C) play another “to the death” game of Uno. Pretty intense.

Then I saw this…

It’s so common for our world to be so small, that looking outside the window is more like looking in a mirror. The neighbors have about the same kind of house, about the same kind of car, and about the same kind of schedule. So often, our reality represents to us how the rest of the world is unless you are one of the lucky people who get to travel outside of your comfort zone here and there.

While I will not minimize the pressures and problems our children face, looking far outside the window, we can see the pressures and problems children in other societies face are quite different. I’m very thankful that my children have homes (or hotel rooms for my traveling construction worker); more than one days supply of clothes; and as much food as they can take in without too much trouble in getting it. And I can remember that not all kids are so lucky, here and abroad.

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

Mahatma Gandhi

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to jep6095@gmail.com At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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