Laughter

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Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Laughter is the best medicine.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today’s message is going to revolve around laughter.  On Friday night my wife and I went to see Tim Hawkins who is a hilarious comedian.  You can check out his stuff on youtube here or his website here.  Please do for a good laugh.  He also has a podcast which I listen to on my way home from work in the car.  I find I laugh when I do that and arrive in a better mood when I pick up the kids and head home.  That link is here for his podcast called Poddy Break. 

Laughter is so good for the soul.  We laughed so much and for so long and it was so good for the mind and body and soul.

In short, according to the Mayo clinic laughter can stimulate organs and increase endorphins, sooth tension, improve your immune system and improve your mood, and increase personal satisfaction.  The whole article is here:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relief/art-20044456

One of my friends says – don’t take yourself so seriously.
So enjoy some laughter in your day today.

May you fill your life with laughter and be able to laugh at yourself and your life.  May you feel the benefits of laughter too.

What are your favorite ways to laugh?  What brings your laughter?  Do you have any good knock, knock jokes to share?

Also if you haven’t done so already join Matt’s Motivational Monday facebook group here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/377050203123338

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) Spontaneous laughter is the joyful soul’s pure delight.
2) It is natural for me to love and laugh
3) Every time I laugh or smile I create positive healing and energy. 

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Happy Monday!

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Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  Even small waves make it to shore. Use the potential you have through intention and action and enjoy your journey. ~ Tony Curl
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I am going to take this quote a little at a time.  To me the first part of the quote, even small waves make it to shore, symbolizes that your small everyday efforts matter.  Your small habits matter.  Sometimes choosing a big goal like losing 50 pounds is overwhelming.  But when you break it down into monthly goals and then weekly goals and then daily goals then big dreams and big goals can seem more doable and less scary.

The second part of the quote, use the potential you have through intention and action and enjoy your journey, to me is also about habits and intention and action.  So it kind of ties back to the first part.  If you have a goal in mind to overcome your fear of say public speaking, then the first step might be to go to a Toastmaster meeting.  Once you go to a meeting or two or three or twenty then you can work on giving your first speech.  After you give your first speech and get comfortable being uncomfortable then you experience growth, and give your second speech and third and so on and then you are less scared of public speaking.  That’s what I did for example with my fear of public speaking.  And then additionally enjoy the journey to your goals.  Enjoy the journey.  We are all on a journey.  Let’ have fun with it.

I have also been listening to this video series  https://kylecease.com/love/ – It’s a pretty cool thing.  Kyle Cease is funny and entertaining as he explains how life transformation can work.  It’s only $20 for the entire 10-hour video series.  It is pretty cool.

I also have been working with a life coach and that has been going well too.

So push back your fear.  Do that thing that scares you.  And have a great Monday making small gains on your weekly goals, daily or monthly goals.

Who is working on a daily goal? Or a weekly goal?  Or a goal for January?

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

I am fearless.
I am limitless.

I am calm and mindful.
I am compassionate with others and myself.

TGIM! ~ A Hero Quote ~

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Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  A hero is one who has healed their own wounds and shows others how to do the same”. – Yung Pueblo

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Lately I have been learning about this quote more and more.  I have my own wounds just like anyone else.  I have my own wounds from the way I was raised and the way my parents showed me love and shaped my world view.  I have my own wounds from my parent’s divorce.  There is still healing to be done there and as I become more healed I feel more alive.  And as I feel more alive I feel like I can help more people with Matt’s Motivational Monday’s messages.  I feel like I can help more people at work and with everything in my life.  I am enjoying life to the fullest and doing a lot of things to heal and to make myself the best version of myself.  Is life always unicorns and rainbows?  No definitely not.  Life is a mix of good and bad things.  But if you can list the things you are thankful for and keep chasing after your dreams, life can be pretty interesting.

Happy Monday.  TGIM!

May you find your purpose in 2019.
May there be an opening up for your voice.
May you proclaim your truth
May you honor yourself
May you be the light in the darkness.
And be the change you want to see in this world.
Because the world is waiting for your uniqueness.

In 2019 will you take that chance?
Will you do that thing that scares you?
Will you get the help you need to be a better parent, employee or friend?  Will you?

Because on the other side of your fear is greatness.  They say it won’t be easy because if it was easy, everybody would do it.  But it will be worth it.

It’s time to change your life and step up and be the person you were meant to be and there is no better time than now to get started on that.

So take some chances in 2019.

Get in touch with your crazy side and let’s make this the best year of your life.

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) I have the power to overcome hardships.
2) I am being sculpted into the best version of myself
3) I choose to stay strong, stay positive, and never give up

Feed the Right Wolf

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Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. 

One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery, and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred, and fear.

The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second, then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

You have been given new life today.  You have been given the gift of today.  Which wolf will you feed today?

In this new year will you choose to do more things that bring you joy, peace, and hope?  What if you did say 10% or 15% more of the things that brought you joy this week?  Or in this month or in this year?

I think that could be a real game changer.

Our family took a trip to Pedernales Falls State Park this past weekend.  It was so amazing to spend about 5 and a half hours in nature.  We hiked around with our kids and two other families and had lunch.  It was really cool.  It was healing for the soul.  It was adventurous.  It was fun. I think it was great for everyone who went.  There is something healing to get out in nature and being unplugged and not having cell phone service.

So this week may you feed the good wolf.  May you fill your life and soul with a couple of awesome and amazing things.

Happy New Year 2019!  Let’s make this a great year!

AFFIRMATION OF THE DAY: I will show more love to the people in my life whether they deserve this love or not.  And I will expect nothing in return.