Living Without Pretenses

My grandpa died today. He’s ten thousand miles away so all I can do is think about him. And the first thing I think is that he had no pretenses. I don’t remember anything fake about the man.

I did a Hero Workshop today at Oakland Country Parks for their summer camp staff and we talked about the attributes of heroes. I think living without pretense is my new favourite. Seth Godin said a few weeks ago that he was too busy to be fake. Unfortunately too many people have enough time to create personas and forget about being real.

Francis Keith Langdon was real. They’ve been calling him the “miracle man” for the last few weeks. I called him grandpa.

4 Responses to Living Without Pretenses

  1. kat June 11, 2007 at 7:13 pm #

    I’m really sorry to hear about your grandpa.
    Wishing you peace.

  2. Pamela Slim June 11, 2007 at 11:20 pm #

    My best wishes to you and your family as you remember your sweet grandpa Matt. Mine passed away 8 years ago and I think about him very often. He was, as you described your grandpa, the real thing. Lived with authenticity and integrity his whole life.

    The good thing is Francis Keith Langdon lives on in you. That is the beautiful thing about family blood — it never goes away, just passes on from one generation to the next.

    Hang in there and thanks for sharing.

    All the best,


  3. Matt Langdon June 12, 2007 at 9:49 am #

    Thanks very much for your thoughts. As with what I try to teach, people like this exist as examples to follow. So, living without pretenses has just become much more important to me.

  4. Sam Grumont June 14, 2007 at 6:13 pm #

    Hi Matt

    I called your grandpa – Dick. It was a priviledge to know Dick and he was a man without artiface. I loved to get him telling stories about onion farming days with his brothers and the ‘onion grower vigilantes’- well these are my words. Dick lived to enjoy the love of his kids and more, his grandkids who all loved him. Dick is one of those people you always feel better for knowing.