Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Day 4.112 Google it

Jack: The people that I deal with, they don’t care about your rules. All they care about is a result. My job is to stop them from accomplishing their objectives. I simply adapted. In answer to your question - am I above the law: no Sir, I am more than willing to be judged by the people you claim to represent; I will let them decide what price I should pay. But please, do not sit there with that smug look on your face and expect me to regret the decisions that I have made, because, Sir, the truth is I don’t.

There is our JBQ of today. Jack is on trial. He is being grilled by the hypocrisy of our system personified by a greasy, corrupt proxy for democracy known as a US Senator.

It is the malignant 'don't ask and don't tell' paradox of doing business in the age of terrorism. Jack gets results. He saves the world, or at least the US part of it, every season. How he gets these results is the issue. He bends the rules. He tortures. He finds and saves truth, justice and the American Way. He is the classic and tragic Greek hero in a modern setting. He is affected, has been hurt as mush as he has hurt, many times as result of the very actions he takes to protect the innocent. His pain is ours. We are lost and hopeless without him because we need his heroism, courage and commitment to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Without Bauer we don't have Jack.

Leading us directly into the repeating metaphor of our first week of Super Eights. It is like Season 10, Episode One. We are back and we have a score to settle with the terrorists who have kidnapped our fitness, holding our strength hostage and demanding an outrageous ransom.

The beauty lies in the simplicity. Go as hard as you can, 100% all out, for 30 seconds. Rest and recover as best you can for 90 seconds (that 1:3 golden ratio) and repeat 8 times.

I applaud the heroic participants in our session this morning. It takes balls. We break with convention. We go beyond. We do whatever it takes to accomplish our implausible objective.

The rewards are special. Without pressure you don't have diamonds. It HAS to be hard. You won't find these results anywhere else. Not on TV, not at Safeway not in an alley in Pioneer Square at midnight. If you Google search all the elements and rewards associated with this protocol; Speed, power, endurance, will, grit, focus, and the ability to truly appreciate and embrace these impossible profiles in courage…

You get Jack Bauer.

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