And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by from this day until the ending of the world but we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, For he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother, Be he ne’er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition, and gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves acursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whilst any speaks, that fought with us upon St. Crispin’s day!
– Henry V – Shakespeare
This process is teaching me the value of having men around me who can support me and have my back. If you are following this blog, you have met Sherman but I want to take a moment and introduce you to Sherman and David.
Sherman is my coach. He reeks of fitness. The dude is ripped and yet carries himself as the most down to earth guy I know. Sherman hails from Bama and as such cries, “Roll Tide” every year during College football. However, his beloved Steelers made an early exit to my Broncos during the playoffs. Sherman has taught me so much that I cannot imagine having a better coach and friend to get me through this process. Sherman knows how to push me and yet, this week I had to deal with whether or not I could really trust him with my workouts. Last night, I let my heart tell my body what to do to prove that whatever Sherman gave me I could do. While we aren’t necessarily shedding blood together, I am shedding pounds.
David entered into my life through one of my wife’s really good friends. When David started dating Amy and we met him, I immediately liked him. As David and I got to know each other, I realized that our belief systems and likes are so close that we get along very well. When David and I want to see a movie that we know our wives won’t we call each other. I can call David anytime I am freaking out about the future and what I should do after the competition ends and know that I will find a listening ear and a wise spirit to hear me.
These two men form part of my band of brothers. They support me and keep me going. They help me not get paralyzed with fears but face them with courage. These men are with me on this Crispin’s Day of my life.
Whose with you on yours? Last night, as Sherman and I finished, I told him about this story from Henry V. It’s the story of men who fought unimaginable odds to accomplish a great victory. Men throughout history have received this name when they fought together (101st Airborne, 501st PIR Easy Company from WWII). It’s a thing of honor.
This is my Crispin’s Day. Sherman, David, and I are in the battle of my life. We are fighting to help me see my kids graduate from high school and their kids born. I couldn’t imagine walking this road without them.
When I left Sherman last night, I gave him a fist bump and said, “Crispin’s Day, Baby!! Crispin’s Day.”