People with doctorate degrees earn an average of $81,000 a year.
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015)
There’s an old unmarked family burial
plot in our front yard, but no one knows exactly where it is.
The only clue we had was a notation on a 1969 plat of the
Nashville’s water department needs to run some
new lines across our property, so they hired a company to use
ground penetrating radar (GPR) to find the exact location.
Since GPR only shows irregularities in the soil, the
technician painted “AOI” on the most likely locations, which
stands for “Area of Interest”.
there was one location he was positive about, because the signal
perfectly outlined a vault.
a fan of the old TV show “CSI”, I was curious about how the
process of identifying the remains would go. And, it just
so happened that NBC ran two related stories the day before.
One was about a construction crew in Philadelphia that
accidentally dug up old bones from an 18th century cemetery
which was previously believed to have been moved in the 1850s.
The other was in St. Augustine, where archaeologists
discovered the skeletal remains of seven people in the cellar of
a wine shop.
Because the Nicholas
Cage movie “National Treasure” is my all-time favorite, I began
wondering what history may lie buried in our yard.
The GPR tech said that when there are no
headstones, it’s usually one of two things:
members of a family who couldn’t afford headstones.
Slaves, who were often buried with no headstones.
seemed so sad that they were forgotten, so I asked the GPR tech to outline the
one he was sure about.
A contractor who was doing some
other work at our house said it looked eerie, and asked why I would care
so much about someone I never met.
I explained that I’m a
Christian, and can’t respect and honor God without respecting and
honoring His most precious creation. Even if I were
an atheist, I’d
believe just as strongly that EVERYONE deserves a basic level of
dignity and respect.
This isn't just a matter of doing
the right thing; it’s also a matter of SELF-respect.
In 29 years of being
self-employed, I've learned that the more
successful people are, the more self-respect they have. And the
more self-respect they have, the more respect they have for
While drawing a line around a grave is a small
and temporary gesture, the principle behind it is huge.
wish I could teach everyone still trying to climb the ladder of
success how much they hurt themselves every time they’re
disrespectful to others – including those they don’t
think are “important”.
While every person I know who makes over $1 million a
year has a high level of self-respect, very few have
over-inflated egos. Most have the heart of a servant, and are
always looking for ways to serve others and pull people up.
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