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


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


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 


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



“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


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


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!


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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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


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


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!  

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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

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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