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Uncovering the Diamond Under the Rock by Christopher Jones

Uncovering the Diamond Under the Rock by Christopher Jones

Vanessa Carlson


The Serenity Prayer, a poem penned by theologian Reinhold Neihbur, is famously known for this stanza, “Lord grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference…”.

In fitness and in life, the ability to shrug off uncontrollable situations allows one to work hard on profitable endeavors while allowing time to reflect and learn from experiences. These are universal principles for success and success is a multifaceted entity made of Mind, Body, and Soul.

For some, fitness & health can be as daunting an issue as anything in life. Add on top of that your additional roles, titles, and responsibilities such as being a parent, manager, entrepreneur, student, chronic illness, treasurer, etc. In the conjunction of work, children, family, and finances it seems that sometimes you have to “fit” fitness into your life. However, the immediate irony is that without being fit and healthy, our ability to manage all of those other things is seriously hampered.

This is where the first element in Niehbur’s prayer, Serenity, comes in. “Accepting what we cannot change” first implies that we become intimate with knowledge of our situations. If you think you need to improve something in your health, don’t just guess, get the facts. Think you’re overweight? Weigh yourself. Need to get stronger? Then record how much you can safely lift or jot down how many pushups you can do in three minutes. Body image question? Get your BMI or body fat percentage.

Admittedly this is easier said than done. Why? Accepting uncomfortable facts about ourselves sometimes makes us feel hurt, shameful, or a bit embarrassing. However, know that this is normal. Additionally, not only is it normal, it’s even a positive thing, as those strong feelings push our need to change. Then change you must. As Michael Jordan once said, “I can accept failure…but I can’t accept not trying”.

Here’s where our faithful friend Courage steps up to the plate and uses embarrassment or pain as the bat. You’ve written down your factual problems, now let’s write down what you want, keeping your ultimate goal in mind. Don’t worry about realism to start, just give yourself a vision and work the pragmatics from there. Here’s the great news: If your goal or issue is a physical one, there’s no better place to swing at it than at 9Round Simpsonville and make it a lifestyle! The trainers make sure you are learning at your own pace and won’t give you more than you can handle. But they’ll push you when you need it so you’ll never outgrow us!

Wisdom undoubtedly is the ability to learn from your mistakes and missteps (which we all have) and a general appetite for more knowledge. At 9Round, Wisdom starts by having a clear goal. It may be as small as learning how to engage your core or properly squat that makes the difference between attaining your goal in 3 months instead of 6! Matthew 18:3 says accurately “come as a child” and this is no different. To be a kid again means you ask a TON of questions. If your goal is not being accomplished as fast as you would like, you will find out why. Use your customized Nutrition Program on the 9Round site, ask the trainers with question after question, watch the available videos 9Round provides on form & nutrition. Engage yourself and utilize all the tools for success available to you at 9Round Simpsonville HBR.

Life is going to come and go whether we’re ready for it or not. Chris Rock in the movie I Think I Love My Wife in a cynical yet enlightening way sums it up:

“You know, some people say life is short and that you could get hit by a bus at any moment and that you have to live each day like it's your last.


Life is long. You're probably not gonna get hit by a bus. And you're gonna have to live with the choices you make for the next fifty years.”

My point is to live with a sense of urgency. If you did have 30 or 40 years left, why wait? On the bright side if it takes a while to achieve your goal then you have a bonafide mission and a purpose in life already locked and loaded. However, if you only have a year, a month, or even a week, you have no time to waste. Spend it fighting for happiness, achievement, and purpose.

Jon Gruden, former Coach of the NFL’s Tampa Buccaneers, once inspired his team to do their best despite a long and dramatic season with the notion of “pounding the rock”, a metaphor that Jon showed his team by pounding away at an enormous slab of rock with seemingly petite sledgehammer. In the beginning of the season Gruden’s furious wallops on the rock did little, but in the playoffs, before the NFC championship, the once seemingly unbreakable stone had crumbled into a hundred pieces.

Dearest friend, it may be a long road ahead of you, but with cautious lookouts for a stray bus or two you can pummel that rock today with action. You may just find the diamond laid dormant underneath that rock this entire time.

As I close there’s a thought or question that may be looming for a few of you. “What if I’m already proud of what I am? What if I’m already there?” I’ll return you to thoughts of diamonds, and answer your question with mystery, in hopes of bringing you to a wonder as deep and imaginative as a child’s. A diamond is marvelous, beautiful, and strong, but as an ancient Greek philosopher at one time compelled me to ponder, “What could be more beautiful than a diamond?” When I tried to think of such I could only imagine fragmented yet phantasmagoric images of beauty beyond perfection. Though it’s not solid, the mere imagining of the seemingly unimaginable should bring a joy beyond words to you. It is our hope at 9Round Simpsonville HBR that you attempt to reach the incredible and reach for an extraordinary you.

Now we can begin.

Uncovering the Diamond Under the Rock

by Christopher Jones