On Saturday and Sunday, Phil and I volunteered at the Cayuga Nature Center's MapleFest. We were stationed at the "Primitive Camp," demonstrating primitive ways to boil sap. We used a large coal-burned log to show the visitors rock-boiling. It was a fun two days, and I think I learned a lot about group-presenting, and rock-boiling. I heard fun stories and great questions that I still ponder.
Initially with rock-boiling, my main fear was exploding rocks. Thankfully, I was well guided in my rock hunt (thank you Tim and Jed), and the rocks held up well. The day went smoothly, the sap boiled on. But, when I got in the car to leave on Sunday afternoon, I glanced in the mirror and saw that I had burned my left eyebrow and eyelashes! And I hadn't even noticed! Although it made me glad I had not let any of the eager kids in the audience attempt to fetch the rocks, it also made me realize (at least on one level), how oblivious I had been all day.
How can I trust myself to stay calm in the face of a real survival situation, if I lose awareness just when eyes and expectations are turned upon me?