If you look back on your life, I’d venture to say that a lot your best moments were when you were at your most vulnerable.
When I was 17, I fell in love for the first time. Although it’s hard to remember, I think we had gone on four or five date-like outings, and still no kiss. After the, let’s say, fifth date, we were standing outside his house by my car. We had been talking for two hours. It was late. I got in my car to drive home, and he started walking inside. I was almost out of his driveway when I thought, “This is bullshit.” I reversed the car, parked, got out, walked up to him and kissed him. I was shaking. It comes to mind as one of the most vulnerable moments of my life, and one of the best.
We all have fears. We have universal human fears, like the fear of failure or the fear of misery. Some people have phobia fears. George Washington was afraid of being buried alive. On his deathbed, he made his servants promise to leave his body out for two days, just in case. Richard Nixon suffered from … Continue reading
1952 was the year Elizabeth II became the Queen of England. The country was in the throes of the Korean War, and the average American worker was earning $3,400 per year. One of my all-time favorite movies, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo,” hit theaters. In 1952, Joseph McCarthy launched his “Red Scare” campaign, and Mr. Potato Head hit toy store shelves. Roll-on deodorant was invented and Dwight D. Eisenhower was running for president. It was also the year that my Dad was born.
Natalie: I like that. Alright. So sixty years is a lot of time. What are the most important lessons you have to impart to the younger generations?
Dad: I would say if you have good, basic core values of: being good to other people, working hard, being confident in yourself, those are the things that are going to make a difference over time…
Natalie: What do you mean by soul?
Dad: Well, I think there’s something unique about us that… I’m not sure if that thing that is spiritual inside us continues after death. But I think while we’re here, I think that there’s something about us, inside of us, that’s greater than the sum of our parts: Greater than our intellect, greater than our thoughts, greater than our living body. I think there is something about us that is like a soul. That is unique and greater than the sum of our parts.