Sharpen The Knife

“If you have to kill a snake, kill it once and for all.”—Japanese Proverb

There is manual of the United States Government Peace Corps used by its volunteers assigned to South America. In this manual is a page I found quite amusing. It was added to the manual specifically for those volunteers serving in the vast Amazon River jungles. The page explains exactly…

What To Do If Attacked By An Anaconda:

The anaconda is the largest snake in the world. It is a relative of the Boa Constrictor. It grows to 35 feet in length and weighs between three and four hundred pounds. If you are attacked by an Anaconda…

  1. Do not panic. Do not run. The snake is faster than you are.
  2. Lie flat on the ground.
  3. Put your arms tight at your sides and your legs tight against one another.
  4. Expect the snake to nudge and climb over your body.
  5. Do not panic.
  6. Allow the snake to examine you and begin to swallow you from the feet end.
  7. Continue to lie perfectly still. The snake will begin to suck your legs into its body. This will take a long time.
  8. Reach for your knife—stealthily. When the snake has reached your knees, slowly, and with as little movement as possible, reach down, take your knife, and gently slide it into the side of the snake’s mouth, between the edge of its mouth and your leg. Then, quickly and forcefully, rip upwards, severing the snake’s head.
  9. Be sure your knife is sharp.Bayonet_OKC-3S_-_Ontario_Knife_Company
  10. Be sure you have your knife.

In the world, you will have trouble (Jesus said that). You will face challenges in your life—it’s unavoidable; and you want to be ready.

You want to have your knife, and it needs to be sharp. You’re going to have to kill some things before they kill you.

If you want to live, some things are going to have to die. If you want to live your life to the fullest, you’re going to have to kill something that keeps you empty. If you want to live big, you’re going to have kill that which keeps life small. If you want to come more fully to life, you’re going to have to deal with the matter of death.

Remember the Anaconda, and…

1. Never panic

2. Keep your knife sharp

3. Be willing to kill things before they kill you

Consider an experiment this week:

What do you already know is threatening your life and health?

What are you willing to do about it?

List three activities that help keep you sharp—focused, energized, healthy.


  • Reading and journaling
  • Daily exercise
  • Meal planning
  • 7+ hours of sleep
  • Meeting with a mentor, executive coach, counselor

*This section was cut from My Near Death Experiment, meaning the rest of material is better.

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