Changing the world one person at a time..aka helping Juan call a cab

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “With one kind gesture you can change a life.  One person at a time you can change the world.  One day at a time we can change everything.”  ~ Steve Maraboli


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

How do you change the world?  
You do it, one person, at a time.  

How do you have a big impact? 
You do it, one person, at a time.

How can you make a big difference to someone?
You do it, one person, at a time.  

At 5:15 a.m. on Saturday morning I had the chance to help one person out.  

I went to bed on Friday night thinking that it was going to be cold and rainy out in the morning.  I said to my wife, “I don’t know if I am going to go running in the morning.”  She said, “That doesn’t sound like you.”  I said, “Well I might just do a Peloton ride on the bike.”  And she said,” Well when are you going to be done?” I replied with, “About 7:00 a.m. and she replied with “Well that bike is louder than you think can you start at around 6:30 a.m. when the kids get up?” I replied with, “Yes. I will be done around 7:30 a.m.”  

When I woke up around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday morning I heard a voice that said “Go for a run.” I could only assume it was the voice of God and I said OK but let me sleep until like 4:00 a.m. and then get up and go.  Again the voice I heard was “Go on a run.” I was like OK I get.  I will go on a run. 

I got up and I took a peek at the weather and it saw it was only going to be slightly sprinkling.  I thought to myself,  “Well maybe I am going to run to beat the rain.”   

I listened to and downloaded some music I thought would be good for the run.  I listened to some songs and was ready to go and out the door at about 4:45 a.m.  This is not unusual for me.  I planned to do maybe 12 miles.  I said I will do two loops of 6 miles and placed my banana and water on top of my car in my driveway. 

I ran toward the Domain which is a normal route for me.  As I was running I went down Altera Parkway.  I saw a guy in a gray hooded sweatshirt walking along the sidewalk and my first thought was to try to avoid him.  I was running with my music and my headphones on but this guy flagged me down.  

He said something like, “I am trying to get a ride home but my phone died and I can’t call anyone.”  And I was like OK.  “He was like can you get me an Uber?”  And I said, “No I don’t have the Uber app on my iPhone and I can’t download it right now.”  

We proceed to talk.  I introduced myself and his name was Juan.  He needed to get to South Austin.  He said he was out drinking last night and then either blacked out from drinking too much or got jumped.  He did have a bruise on his forehead above his left eye.  

I called 311 which sent me to 411.  The 411 call got dropped.  I dialed 411 and when I asked for TAXI service – they rattled off – two different TAX preperation services.  LOL.  And that was not what I needed.  I talked to a live human who directed me to a TAXI service.  

When I called it went to voicemail but the voicemail was not set up.  I tried again thinking something was off, but still got the same thing.  

So I called 411 again and got through to a live person, after trying TAXI services again and getting two of the same, TAX preparation services.  I asked the live person for a different TAXI service and that went through.  I talked to a person and told them my location and address.  They said they would call me when they were sending a driver.  

All this took about 15 minutes.  After we got the TAXI service to send a TAXI to our location in the DOMAIN I told Juan that I would check on him in 30 minutes.  

At this point I am thinking to myself, I guess that was why God woke me up at 3:30 a.m. and told me to go on a run,  It was His divine plan to have me run into this guy to get him a TAXI service.  I smiled inside.  

I ran another 15 minutes and turned around and was thinking I should tell this guy Juan about how God loves him or something like that.  You know share the whole gospel with him.  But by the time I got back all I could get out was, “You know I heard a voice that said I should go running this morning and I think it was to go run so you could get a ride.”  

He replied with, “Yes you know not many people would stop and you were the first person I saw out here this morning.  And that was nice.  Not many people are that nice.”  We chatted for a minute or two more about if the taxi service was going to show up.  

He asked me if the runner’s high was a thing.  I said it was and started to explain something about exercise but right at about 6:00 a.m. the taxi service called to say they were here.  

We motioned to where we were.  He said thanks.  I said God Bless you and we went on our merry way.  

This felt like a good deed.  It felt like God was just using me on a run.  I was a little annoyed at this person interrupting my normal running routine at first.  But, in the end, I was really not that mad at all.  How could I be?  What if the same thing had happened to me?  Would I not want the same kindness in return?   

I was the right guy for the job.  

And so maybe my one act of kindness could just change the world.  It sure made a difference for Juan.  And maybe just maybe we can change the world, if we do it, one person at at time. 

~ Happy Monday ~ 

From Coach Matt 


AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) One act of kindness can change someone’s life.
2) I believe that God has a plan for my life.
3) If we listen to the voice of God, he will direct our paths.  

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P.P.P.S – I did finish my run on Saturday morning with a total of 10 miles that morning….in case you were wondering. 



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Gratitude and thankfulness

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: 


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
~ Melody Beattie

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

The Thanksgiving holiday is coming up soon.  

Here is a short article about the benefits of gratitude.  Gratitude really can change your life.  It is an easy practice that anyone can do.  You can do it anywhere.  You can do it in any situation, and November is the perfect time to do it.  We are about 11 days before the actual Thanksgiving day holiday.  

I have been doing a gratitude challenge on Facebook where I post three things a day I am thankful for almost every day.  It’s fun to share the gratitude with each other. 

What are you thankful for today?  

Another question or way to put it is, what if you woke up tomorrow with the only things you were grateful for today?  

The three things I am grateful for today are:

1) I am thankful and full of gratitude for the gift of today.
2) I am thankful and full of gratitude for the gift of my home.
3) I am thankful and full of gratitude for the gift of my wife’s companionship.  

Here is a gratitude meditation full of gratitude quotes that I listen to often.  In fact, it’s where I got today’s quote. 

Try it.  Reply and let me know what you are thankful for today.  

It just might change your outlook for the rest of the day.
It just might change the course of your life.  
It just might change your heart. 

Melody Beattie also said, “It’s so easy to look around and notice what’s wrong. It takes practice to see what’s right.”

TGIM! Happy Monday!

From Coach Matt


AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) I find deep pleasure in the human existence.
2) I am grateful for each day, but leave each day behind so I can welcome new ones with open arms.
3) I find thankfulness is the little things in life.

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Matt’s Birthday Week!

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Your birthday is the beginning of your own personal new year.  Your first birthday was a beginning, and each new birthday is a chance to begin again, to start over, to take a new grip on life.”
— Wilfred Peterson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It’s my birthday week!! WAHOO! Get excited!!

My birthday is on Thursday, November 11th and I get the day off of work in conjunction with Veteran’s Day.  I would like to take a moment to reflect and thank all those who have served our country.  Also thanks to my Mom and Dad for coordinating everything like it happened so that I could be born.  Additional thanks to Mom and Dad for having me born on Veteran’s Day.  And thanks to God the Father Almighty for creating me the way I am. 

I have a birthday run planned, as well as a birthday bike ride, followed by a RIDE at RIDE Indoor Cycling, and then am treating myself to a massage.  Yes, I am one of those people who loves celebrating their birthday. 

On this amazing Monday let’s celebrate life. 
Because every day is a gift. 
We don’t know when we might die.
But I do know when I was born, and it’s this week. 

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AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 
1) Today I celebrate the unique person that I am.
2) Today I celebrate the unique gifts that God gave me.
3) Today I celebrate the love I have in my life and the unique way God made me.


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Dare to be Different

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The best project you’ll ever work on is you.”


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

Happy Monday and Happy November 1st!

Today marks the official beginning of November and the start of my favorite time of year.  It is a new month and November holds a new energy.  November is my birthday month.  My birthday is on November 11th.  The weather has finally turned a little cooler.  Thanksgiving and the Holidays are right around the corner.  And I am looking forward to it all this Fall.   

I wanted to highlight some cool music that I have been listening to lately that keeps me motivated.  I just bought and downloaded this album called “Dare to Be Different” from fearless motivation.  If you like motivational rap and rock music, this is a MUST LISTEN for you this holiday season!  

Grab or stream your copy here using your favorite music service:
https://www.fearlessmotivation.com/dare-to-be-different-album-fearless-motivation/

One of my favorite songs so far is called “The Best Project” because it has a strong catchy beat and lyrics along with a powerful message.  In addition to that, it has a near-perfect running cadence of around 90 bpm.  If you double 90 bpm you get 180 bpm which is a great running cadence.  It’s a song about how the best project you can work on is yourself.  And I believe that wholeheartedly. 

I also recently downloaded and purchased a great electronic music album from Ben Böhmer called Begin Again.  I have been listening to it a lot this week.  Every time I start it, I think to myself it’s time to “Begin Again”.  The title track “Begin Again” does not have any lyrics to it.  However, I think to myself when I play it that it’s time to begin again. 

Additionally, I think how often in life we get to begin again. 

Every day can be a new beginning. 
Every hour can be a new beginning. 
Sometimes I feel like after I go for a short walk during a break at work I begin again. 
Or I start to drive somewhere and I think OK here we go. 
We are going to begin again.

Do you ever have any moments in life where you think about beginning again? 

Today I dare you to be different.
I dare you to embrace who you are.
I dare you to do those weird things you do.
I dare you to trust God’s whisper into your life more than the demands of the world around you.
I dare you to take a step in the right direction for your life
I dare you to eat healthy.

Finally, here is one more quote of the day:

“Acknowledge the abundance in our life, it creates waves of grace on which to move in the world. Generosity means giving, and it begins in the heart by affirming confidence in the abundance of the universe. Abundance flows in a circle, so when you fear and think scarcity thoughts, then the flow of abundance in our lives becomes contracted. Generous actions for a generous heart bring peace and abundance for you and all in the circle. Recognize that you always have something to give, and then share it with others.”  

Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo –


Happy Monday!

I hope you have a great day, a great week, and a great month ahead!

From Coach Matt

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 
1) The best project you can work on is yourself.
2) You deserve all the best things that life can offer you.
3) You were made for a purpose and a reason. 

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Do you love you body?

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Your words have so much power. Every day, if you tell yourself ‘I love you,’ if you give yourself one word of validation, it will change your mind.” — Ashley Graham

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Do you love your body?

If our thoughts are powerful enough to affect everything we do, then how do we think about our bodies?   Do we give them enough love? Do we give them enough rest? And finally do we give them enough healthy foods, water, exercise and fresh air?  

I think if you do you will find that your body can be a pleasant place to live.  Happy Monday!

From Coach Matt

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1. I love my body, just the way it is.
2. My body is the perfect size, shape and weight.
3. I give my body what it wants.
4. My body is healthy, strong, and radiant.
5. I treat my body like royalty.

LIFE is a GRIND…

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

I went to my diabetes doctor the other day and he walks in and the first thing he says is, “Diabetes is a grind.”  I couldn’t understand him at first because he had his mask on and it’s kind of hard to understand him.

I said, “Oh wait what did you say?”  He repeats himself and says, ” Diabetes is kind of like a grind.”  He explained how it’s always going on and it’s always something you have to monitor and keep up with.  You don’t get a break from diabetes management.  There is no vacation from it.  (I tried that, but that didn’t work) It’s just there with you all the time and you have to live with it and manage it.  

And for the most part, I do a great job with it.  But there are times that it gets a little out of control.  Either my blood sugar goes too high or the times where my blood sugars go too low.  Going low does not feel good at all.

Managing diabetes is kind of like LIFE.  

In life, you have emotional highs and emotional lows.  You have good times and bad.  And one of the things I learned along the way is that consistency is key.

I have an exercise schedule I try and follow consistently.  I have an eating schedule I try and follow consistently.  I have a sleeping schedule I try and follow consistently.  I have a work schedule I try to follow consistently as well.  

Life is a grind and so is diabetes.  

We get through it and we keep going.  

If I can do it, so can you.  

Keep grinding towards your goals.
Keep grinding towards your dreams.
Keep grinding towards your path.  

One day you will find yourself on the other side of all of it and look back and see that it was all part of the divine of life.  Amen?  Amen!    

From Coach Matt 

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) Life is a grind
2) I wake up motivated.
3) I wake up hungry to work.
4) I live my life with purpose.
5) I am always thankful.  
6) I can see the positive amazing things around me all the time.

GOALS!


Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” ~ Zig Ziglar


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I set a personal goal to ride my bike 42 miles in my 42nd year of life.  I wanted to do this goal soon after I turned 42 but the holidays were a busy time and I was not able to do it then.  I put it off for a while but still had it in the back of my mind.  

Over the summer I felt like it was too hot to achieve this goal so when the cooler weather hit I felt like it was the perfect time to do this. 

It required me to ask my wife to agree to give me about 4 hours on a Sunday morning off and then a route to do it.  It would be a really cool bonus to have another rider with me. 

I sent out some text messages to my biking group and they said they could maybe join me. 

The weekend of this event I still did not have a definite go-to person. 

I prayed about it and asked God.  I said Lord please help me find another rider.  After I tried my personal friends and those plans didn’t work out.  I was searching desperately for another person to come.  I texted friends.  I posted on my Run Matt Run page but no one responded. 

At some point on Saturday morning, I felt like I heard God say – just wait and let my plans unfold.  I was like OK GOD.  I will wait and see how this will unfold. 

You see I am a planner.  I like to know the plan ahead of time. 

The plan that happened was a great plan and totally worked.  Karen texted the group text on Saturday at about 1:30 p.m. that she could ride the downtown loop.  I said great, let’s do it. 

We set up a time and it happened. 

The joy, and fulfillment, and elation, and adventure and fun of completing the goal were all there.  It was so cool. 

I even randomly ran into my wife and kids who had a play date at the park at mile 40.5.  They were cheering me on as I passed them.

Anna wanted me to stop and so I did and we talked for a minute or two. 

What a fun way to start the day!

The ride itself wasn’t that hard.  There were a couple of hill climbs but nothing crazy.  Karen and I had the same “sense” of direction and rode by feel instead of an exact planned out route.  I am kind of directional challenged.  But we figured it out!

What are some of your goals?  You still have time to do them by the end of the year!

Once you started setting goals and completing them it makes you realize how capable you actually are and how amazing your body is. 

For me, the event in my head, is always bigger and harder, than the actual event itself.  Such was the case for this.

Happy Monday!

From Coach Matt

p.s. Our family made it to the pool this weekend and was a great joy!


AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 
1) Today I will take a big step toward reaching my goals.
2) My mind is energized, clear and focused on the process of my goals.
3) I free myself from the doubt and pessimism that keep me from achieving my goals.


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Garmin DATA Of the RIDE

Me at the end of my 42 mile RIDE.

Karen and I near the end of the RIDE

When life throws you a curve ball…

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When life throws you a curve ball, don’t let it knock you down and keep you down.  Get up, re-adjust, brush yourself off, and keep it moving forward.” 
~ George Bronner ~


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  Most days in Austin, TX go pretty well.  We live in a great city, with lots of cool trails to run on.  We have some pretty cool bike lanes throughout a lot of the city.  In fact, I rode on some this weekend from North Austin to downtown and back.  That was fun!  32 miles!

We wanted to go to the pool this Sunday and we ended up driving all the way to the Round Rock YMCA on Sunday, only to get there and find out that the pool was closing early.  So no swimming! 

I was kind of sad and mad because of this.  All my wife wanted to do all weekend was go swimming.  She tried on Saturday but they didn’t have enough lifeguards to open the family pool  And then Sunday didn’t work out either.  But ya know that just happens sometimes in life. 

I tried to think of all the other cool things that happened that day. 

Sometimes I think of this quote or idea that some child in Africa is dreaming about having my worst day ever.  We have it so good.  We live in a wealthy country in a great city.  And we often forget that.  So it’s all relative I guess.  And we can take the proper perspective on it. 

So get up, re-adjust, brush yourself off and keep it moving forward.

From Coach Matt

p.s. Here is a little fun rap song I did about our final quarter 4 class we are starting today. 

Quarter 4 – Fitbit Rap by Coach Matt


AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 
1) I am filled with gratitude
2) I am filled with grit and determination
3) I am equipped with everything I need
4) I am a boss
5) I am blessed

Celebrate that!

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: 
Celebration is a kind of food we all need in our lives, and each individual brings a special recipe or offering, so that together we will make a great feast. Celebration is a human need that we must not, and can not, deny. It is richer and fuller when many work and then celebrate together.” ~ Corita Kent 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: We just finished up another 12 week Fitbit class that I lead for the City of Austin.  At the end of it, I encourage people to celebrate whatever they have accomplished.  Being able to do some positive, whether it’s big or small, let’s celebrate it all.  That’s where I found this quote for today.  A lot of people get a lot of steps in every day.  That’s great!  Celebrate that.  Some people don’t meet their daily step goals.  At least they are trying.  Let’s celebrate that!

We should celebrate more things in life.  Right? 

Do you have a joyful moment or a celebration to share?  Let’s hear it.  Reply and let me know. 

Here are some things I encourage people to celebrate:

1) Getting your 10,000 steps in more days than not.
2) Trying every day to get your 10,000 steps in.
3) Practicing a new fitness routine.
4) Rising in the morning to get your body moving.
5) Having a meditation practice. 
6) Having a gratitude practice. 
7) Waking up today. 


What would you add to the list? 

TGIM! Let’s celebrate this day!

From Coach Matt


AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) I am enough. 
2) I celebrate the little things in my life.
3) I celebrate the big things in my life.
4) I celebrate me and my accomplishments. 
5) I enjoy sharing celebrations of other people.