Thanksgiving 2009

First Match

Last weekend I began to teach our son:

  1. How to strike a match
  2. How to light a fire
  3. How to be respectful of fire
  4. Which side of the fire to approach

We have a campfire pit in our yard and this is the time of year for using it.  We burned enough yard and tree trimmings to make an excellent cooking fire.

He was hesitant to strike the match.  Perhaps even afraid. He’s nine.

As a Father, it seems intuitive to be the one to teach him certain things that will be taught by others, if I don’t beat them to it.

Striking a match is just the beginning.  Ya with me?

Thanksgiving 2009

The Fear of Living


Yep, that’s our biggest fear.  But it never shows up on any list.


Because no one will admit it.

How do I know?

Because, think about it, if the fear of living wasn’t our biggest fear, why was this phrase – carpe diem – invented?

Carpe diem translates to:  “While we’re talking, envious time is fleeing: seize the day, put no trust in the future.”

Thanksgiving 2009

Final Answer

The greatest human fears:

  1. Public Speaking
  2. Death

The list goes on, however, these are generally accepted as the top two.

Audaciously, I submit that the greatest human fear is the fear of living.

Think about that one and call me crazy.

Thanksgiving 2009

Greatest Fear?

Which one of these do you think is a human’s greatest fear?

  • Skydiving out of a plane at 10,500 feet
  • Giving a 90-minute speech to 3,000

If you had to pick one, which be would it be?

Carpe diem.

PS.  The greatest fear human’s have isn’t either one of these. It’s…. (tomorrow)