Matthew McConaughey’s University of Houston Speech

Video Courtesy of “Success Chasers”



you guys and gals and young men and
women are the reason I’m here
I’m really looking forward to talking
with y’all tonight you heard my dad when
played football here and I believe even
graduated from here as some extra
incentive for me to come short and sweet
or long and salty a sugar doughnut or
some oatmeal now out of respect for you
and your efforts in getting your degree
I’ve thought long and hard about what I
could share with you tonight you know
did I want to stand up here to podium
and read you your rights did I want to
come up here and just share some funny
stories I thought about what you would
want I thought about what you might need
I also thought about what I want to say
and what I need to say now hopefully
we’re both gonna be happy on both
accounts as the saying goes take what
you like leave the rest thank you for
having me so before I share with you
some of what I do knows I want to talk
with you about what I don’t know not I
have two older brothers one was in high
school in the early 1970s and this was a
time when a high school GED
got you a job all right and the college
degree was exemplary
my other brother Pat was in high school
in the early 80s and by this time the
GED wasn’t enough to guarantee
employment you needed a college degree
and if you got one you had a pretty good
chance of getting the kind of job that
you wanted after you graduated now me I
graduated high school in 1988 got my
college degree in 1993 and that college
degree in 93 did not mean as much it was
not a ticket it was not a voucher was
not a free pass go to anything so I
asked the question what does your
college degree me it means you got an
education means you have more knowledge
in a specific subject vocation it means
you may have more expertise in what your
degree is in but what’s it worth in the
job market out there today we know the
market for college graduates is more
competitive now than ever
now some of you already have a job lined
up you’ve got a path where today’s job
is going to become tomorrow’s career but
for most of you the future’s probably
still pretty fuzzy now you don’t have
that job that directly reflects the
degree you just got many of you don’t
even have a job at all think about it
you’ve just completed your scholastic
with curriculum in life the one that you
started when you were five years old in
kindergarten up until now and your
future may not be any more clear than it
was five years ago you don’t have the
answers and it’s probably pretty damn
scary and I say that’s okay because that
is how it is this is the reality that
many of you are facing this is the world
that we live in and while I’m not here
to discourage you or in any way belittle
your accomplishments tonight which I’d
like to applaud that one more time you
graduated all right
now I’m not here to be a downer on that
let’s get that straight but I am here to
talk brass tacks I want to skip the
flattery and the attaboys because I do
know this the sooner that we become less
impressed with our life with our
accomplishments with our career with
whatever that prospect is in front of us
the sooner we become less impressed and
more involved with that and these things
the sooner we get a whole lot better at
doing them so I’m going to talk to you
about some things I’ve learned in my
journey most from experience some of
them I heard in passing many of them I’m
still practicing but all of them I do
believe are true now they may be true to
me but don’t think that that makes them
mine because you cannot own a truth so
please think of these as signposts
approaches paradigms that give some
science to satisfaction they’re yours to
steal yours to share like into your own
lives to personally apply in your own
lives in your own way should you choose
to so here we go number one and this
should come up on the jumbotron life’s
not easy is it up there
life is not easy it is not don’t try to
make it that way life’s not fair it
never was it is it now and it won’t ever
be do not fall into the trap the
entitlement trap of feeling like you’re
a victim you are not get over it and get
on with it and yes most things are more
rewarding when you break a sweat to get
them back number two
unbelievable is the stupidest word the
dictionary should never come out of our
mouth think about it to say oh wow what
an unbelievable play it was an
unbelievable book an unbelievable film
an unbelievable act of courage
really it may be spectacular it may be
phenomenal most excellent or outstanding
but unbelievable give others and
yourself more credit it just happened
you witnessed it you just did it believe
it what about the other side of
unbelievable you know that that side
when we humans underperform or act out
of our best character for instance man
flies a suicide jet into the World Trade
Center millions die from diseases every
day that we have cures for Bob the
Builder swears that he’s going to have
your house built by Thanksgiving and you
can’t move in until Christmas the next
year our best friends lied to us
and we lie to ourselves all the time
unbelievable I don’t think so
again it just happens and it happens
every day nothing that we Homo Sapien
Earthlings do is unbelievable and if
there’s one thing you can depend on
people being it’s people so we shouldn’t
be surprised we us are the trickiest
mammals walking the planet I’m not
worried about the monkeys I’m worried
about you and me so acknowledge the acts
of greatness as real and do not be naive
about mankind’s capacity for evil nor be
in denial of our own
happiness is an emotional response to an
outcome if I win I will be happy if I
don’t I won’t
it’s an if-then cause-and-effect quid
pro quo standard that we cannot sustain
because we immediately raise it every
time we attain it you see happiness
happiness demands a certain outcome it
is result reliant and I say if happiness
is what you’re after then you’re gonna
be let down frequently and you’re gonna
be unhappy much of your time joy though
Joy’s a different thing it’s something
else Joey is not a choice it’s not a
response to some result it’s a constant
joy is the feeling that we have from
doing what we are fashioned to do no
matter the outcome now personally as an
actor I started enjoying my work and
literally being more happy when I
stopped trying to make the daily labor a
means to a certain in for example I need
this film to be a box-office success you
know I need my performance to be
acknowledged I need the respect of my
peers are all those are reasonable
aspirations but the truth is as soon as
the work the daily making of the movie
the doing of the deed became the reward
in itself for me I got more box-office
more accolades and respect than I ever
had before see joy is always in process
it’s under construction it is in
constant approach alive and well in the
doing of what we’re fashioning to do and
enjoying it number four define success
for yourself you already liked that one
define success for yourself but check
this out I’m in South of New Orleans a
few years ago and I went to a voodoo
shop and they had this this wooden
partition against the wall at these
columns and in these columns where all
these vials of these
magic potions right and the headings
above each potion defining what they
would give you were things like
fertility health family legal health
energy forgiveness money hmm
yes which column was empty Monday let’s
admit it
money’s king today is what make the work
makes the world go round it is success
the more we have the more successful we
are right now I would argue that our
cultural values have even been
financialized financialized humility is
not in vogue anymore
it’s too passive to get rich quick
on the internet Rich’s 15 minutes of
fame world that we live in and we see it
every day but we all want to succeed
right so the question that we’ve got to
ask ourselves is what success is to us
what success is to you is it more money
that’s fine I got nothing against money
I don’t maybe it’s a healthy family
maybe it’s a happy marriage maybe it’s
to help others to be famous to be
spiritually sound to leave the world a
little bit better place than you found
it continue to ask yourself that
question now your answer may change over
time and that’s fine but do yourself
this favor whatever your answer is don’t
choose anything that will jeopardize
your soul prioritize who you are who you
want to be and don’t spend time with
anything that antagonizes your character
don’t drink the kool-aid and it tastes
sweet but you will get cavities tomorrow
all right life is not a popularity
contest be brave take the hill but first
answer that question what’s my hill so
me how do i how do i define success for
me myself well for me it’s a measurement
of five things we got fatherhood we got
being a good husband we got my health
mind body and spirit we’ve got career
and we got friendships these are what’s
important to me in my life right now so
I try to measure these five
each day I check in with them I like to
see whether or not I’m in the the debit
section or the credit section with each
one a man in the red or I’m in the black
you follow for instance sometimes say my
career’s roll it all right it’s way up
here in the black but I see how my
relationship with my wife maybe it could
use a little bit more of my attention I
got to pick up the slack on being a
better husband get that one out of the
red or say my spiritual health could use
some maintenance it’s down here but hey
man my friendships in my social life
they’re in high gear right I got to
recalibrate checks and balances I got to
go to church remember to say thank you
more often something but I got to take
the tally because I want to keep all
five in healthy shape and I know that if
I don’t take care of them if I don’t
keep up maintenance on them one of them
is gonna get weak man it’s gonna dip too
deep into the debit section it’s gonna
go bankrupt it’s gonna get sick die even
so first we have to define success for
ourselves and then we have to put in the
work to maintain it take that daily
tally tend our garden keep the things
that are important to us in good shape I
mean let’s admit it
we’ve all got two wolves in us a good
one and a bad and they both want to eat
the best I can tell we just got to feed
that good one a little more than the
other one here we go number five
process of elimination is the first step
to our identity
aka where you are not is as important as
where you are
all right 1992 I got my first job as an
actor three lines three days work in a
film called Dazed and Confused all right
all right all right all right there we
go so this director of that film Richard
Linklater he kept inviting me back to
set each night putting me in more scenes
which led to more lines all of which I
happily said yes to I mean I’m having a
blast people were telling me I’m good at
what I’m doing and they’re writing me a
check for $325 a day I mean hell yeah
give me more scenes I love what I’m
doing well by the end of the shoot by
the end of the film those three lines
had turned into over three weeks work
and it was mine it was wooderson’s 1970
Chevelle that we went to go get
Aerosmith Tickets it man yeah it was
badass well a few years ago I’m watching
this film again and I noticed two scenes
that I really shouldn’t have been in and
one of these scenes my character
Watterson III exit screen left to head
somewhere and then I reinter the screen
and to double check if any of the other
characters wanted to go with me now and
re watching the film and you’ll agree if
you know Watterson Watterson is not a
guy who would ever say later and then
come back to see if you were sure you
didn’t want to go now when Wooderson
leaves Watterson is gone he does not
stutter step flinch rewind ask twice or
solicit you know what I’m talking about
Watterson there’s better things to do
like liking those high school girls man
cuz I get older and they stay the same
age the point is I should not have been
in that scene shouldn’t come back should
have exited screen left and never come
but back then making my first film
getting invited back to the set cashing
that check and having a ball I wanted
more screen time I wanted to be in the
scene longer and more and come back into
the scene right but I should have been
there wood arson shouldn’t have been
there it is just as important where we
are not as it is where we are look the
first step that leads to our identity in
life is usually not I Know Who I am I
Know Who I am that’s not the first step
the first step
usually I know who I am not process of
elimination defining ourselves by what
we are not is the first step that leads
us to really knowing who we are you know
that group of friends that you hang out
with that really might not bring out the
best in you you know they they gossip
too much or they kind of shady they
really aren’t gonna be there for you in
a pinch how about that bar that we keep
going to that we always seem to have the
worst hangover from or that computer
screen right the computer screen that
keeps giving us an excuse not to get out
of the house and engage with the world
and get some real human interaction how
about that food that we keep eating this
stuff the taste still good going down it
makes us feel like crap the next week we
feel if Darja can we keep putting on
weight well those people those places
those things stop giving them your time
and energy just don’t go there I mean
put them down and when you do this when
you do put them down when you quit go in
there and you quit giving them your time
you inadvertently find yourself spending
more time and in more places that are
healthy for you that bring you more joy
why because you just eliminated the
who’s the where’s the what’s in the
winds that were keeping you from your
identity look trust me too many options
I promise you the too many options will
make a tyrant of us all alright so
getting rid of the excess the wasted
time decrease your options if you do
this you will have accidentally almost
innocently put in front of you what is
important to you my process of
elimination no one who we are is hard
it’s hard so give yourself a break
eliminate who you are not first and
you’re gonna find yourself where you
need to be number six
don’t leave crumbs and the beauty of
delayed gratification so what are crumbs
or the crumbs I’m talking about are the
choices that we make that make us have
to look over our shoulder in the future
you didn’t pay that guy back the money
that you owed him and tonight you just
saw him three rows behind you
she ate you slept around on your spouse
and you just found out that tomorrow she
and the lady you’re having an affair
with are gonna be at the same PTA
meeting shit again you drank too much
last night
you’re too hungover to drive your son
does 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning baseball
practice these are the crumbs they come
in the form of regret guilt and remorse
you leave trumps today they will cause
you more stress tomorrow and they
disallow you from creating a customized
future in which you do not have to look
over your shoulder so let’s flip the
script instead of creating outcomes that
take from us let’s create more outcomes
that pay us back fill us up keep your
fire lit turn you on for the most amount
of time in your future these are the
choices I’m talking about and this is
the beauty of delayed gratification arty
yourself up
do yourself a favor make the choices the
purchase is today that pay you back
tomorrow residuals in my business we
call it mailbox money I do my job well
today and that movie keeps rerunning on
TV five years from now I’m getting
checks in the mailbox it’s a heck of a
deal so whether it’s prepping the
coffeemaker the night before so all you
got to do is press the button in the
morning or getting ready for the job
interview early so you don’t have to
cram the night before or chooses not to
hook up with that married woman because
you know you’re gonna feel horrible
about it tomorrow and your husband
carries a gun or paying your debts on
time so that when you do see that guy
three rows back tonight you don’t have
to hunker down your seat hoping that he
don’t see you get some ROI
you know what that is return on
investment your investment you customize
your future don’t leave Trump’s number
seven dissect your successes and the
rest of prosity of gratitude we so often
focus on failure don’t we we studied
failure obsessed with failure we dissect
failure in our failures we dissect them
so much we end up intoxicated with them
to the point of disillusion I mean when
did we write in our diary usually when
we’re depressed
what are we gossip about other people’s
flaws and limitations and we can dissect
ourselves into self-loathing if we’re
not careful I find that most of the
times our obsession with what is wrong
just ends up breeding more wrong more
failure now the easiest way to dissect
success is through gratitude giving
thanks for that which we do have for
what is working appreciating the simple
things we sometimes take for granted we
give thanks for these things and that
gratitude reciprocate creating more to
be thankful for
it’s really simple and it worked now I’m
not saying being denial of your failures
no we can learn from them too but only
if we look at them constructively as a
means to reveal what we are good at what
we can’t get better at what we do
succeed at now personally I’ve read a
whole lot of my bad reviews all right
I’ve had quite a few written by the more
talented critics they are the ones who
give constructive bad reviews they
reveal to me what did translate in my
work what came across what was seen or
what was it now I don’t obsess on the
unfavorable aspect of their review
review but I do see what I can learn
from it because their displeasure
actually uncovers and make
more apparent what I do do well what I
am successful at and then I detect fact
our life’s a verb we try our best we
don’t always do our best
well architecture is a verb as well yes
it is and since we are the architects of
our own lives let’s study the habits the
practices the routines that we have that
lead to and feed our success our joy our
honest pain our laughter our own tears
let’s dissect that and give thanks for
those things and when we do that guess
what happens we get better at them and
we have more than dissect number eight
make voluntary obligations
my mom and dad since we were young they
teach us things as children teachers
mentors the government and on laws they
all give us guidelines for which to
navigate this life rules to abide by in
the name of accountability I’m not
talking about those obligations I’m
talking about the ones that we make with
ourselves with our God with our own
consciousness I’m talking about the you
versus you obligations we have to have
it now again these are not societal laws
and expectations that we acknowledge and
endow for anyone other than ourselves
these are faith-based obligations that
we make on our own these are not the
lowered insurance rates for a good
driving record you will not be fine to
put in jail if you do not gratify these
obligations I speak of no one else
covers these but you they are your
secrets with yourself your own private
counsel personal protocols and while
nobody throws you a party when you abide
by them no one’s going to arrest you
when you break them either except
yourself or some cops you’ve got to
disturbing the peace call at 2:30 in the
morning because you were playing bongos
and your birthday suit yeah that was me
an honest man’s pillow is his peace of
mind and when you lay down on that
pillow at night no matter who’s in your
bed we all sleep alone these are your
personal jiminy crickets and there are
not enough cops in the entire world to
police them it’s on you
it’s on you number nine from can to want
all right check this out in 1995 I got
my first big paycheck as an actor I
think 150 grand the film ah was almost
boys on the side and we were shooting
Tucson Arizona and I had this sweet
little Adobe guest house on the edge of
the swirlin National Park the house came
with a made my first maid
it was awesome so I got a friend over
one Friday night we’re having a good
time and I’m telling her about how happy
I am with my setup the house the maid
especially the maid I’m telling her look
it’s like she cleans the place up after
I go to work she washes my clothes the
dishes put fresh water by my bed leaves
me cooked meals sometimes she even
presses my jeans and my friend she
smiles having happy that I’m excited
over this and she says well that’s great
Matthew uh if you like your jeans
pressed and I kind of looked up batter
my jaw caught hanging open I stuttered a
moment had that dumbass look that you
get when you just been told the truth
and you didn’t think about it and I hit
me I hate that line going down the front
of my jeans I hate that line and it was
then for the first time that I noticed
it I’d never thought about not liking
that starch line down the front of my
jeans because I’ve never had a made
Dharma jeans before and since she did
now for the first time in my life I just
liked it because I could get it I never
thought about if I really wanted it well
I didn’t want it there that line and
that night I learned something I’m just
because you can yeah come on
it’s not a good enough reason to do
something even when it means having more
be discerning choose it because you want
it do it because you want to never had
my jeans pressed again I hate that line
number 10 a roof is a man-made thing
this may cut a little close to the bone
since the geography but I think we all
were there and we will all remember
where we were but in January the 3rd
1993 he was the NFL playoffs and your
Houston Oilers for playing the Buffalo
the Oilers Rupp 28 to 3 at halftime 35
to 3 early in the third Frank Reich and
the bills come back to win 41 to 38 and
overtime for one of the greatest
comebacks in NFL history now the bills
want but they didn’t really beat the
others the others lost that game they
beat themselves y’all remember that huh
why why do beat themselves for how was
it because at halftime they put a
ceiling a roof a limit on their belief
in themselves aka the prevent defense or
maybe they started thinking about the
the next opponent in the playoffs at
halftime I mean they were up and they
came out plate on their heels lost the
mental edge the entire second half and
they lost in a mere two quarters
defensive coordinator Jim Eddie went
from being called the defensive
coordinator of the year and the man
first in line to be a high head coach
next year to a man without a job in the
NFL you ever choked
nobody has ever choked I have yeah you
know talking about fumbling at the goal
line suck your foot in your mouth once
you got to the microphone had a brain
freeze on the exam that you
totally prepared for forgot the
punchline to a joke in front of 4,000
graduating students at the University of
Houston commencement or maybe you’ve had
that feeling of oh my god life just
cannot get any better than this moment
and ask yourself do I deserve this now
what happens when we get that feeling we
tense up we have this sort of outer body
experience where we are literally
through seeing ourselves in the third
person and we realized that the moment
just got bigger than us never felt that
way I have and it’s because we have
created a fictitious ceiling a roof to
our expectations of ourselves a limit
where we think it’s all too good to be
but it’s not and it’s not our right to
say or believe it is
we shouldn’t create these restrictions
on ourselves a blue ribbon a statue a
score a great idea the love of our life
our euphoric bliss who are we to think
that we don’t deserve or haven’t earned
these gifts when we get them it’s not
alright but if we stay in process
alright within ourselves in the joy of
the doing we will never choke at the
finish line why because we aren’t
thinking of the finish line because
we’re not looking at the clock we’re not
watching ourselves on the jumbotron
performing the very act that we’re in
the middle of no we’re in process the
approach is the destination and we are
never finished bo Jackson
what do you do used to run over the goal
line through the end zone and up the
tunnel the greatest snipers and marksmen
in the world they don’t aim at the
target they aim on the other side of the
target we do our best when our
destinations are beyond the measurement
when our reach continually exceeds our
grasp and when we have immortal finish
and when we do this the race is never
over the journey has no port the
adventure never ends because we are
always on the way so do this do this and
let them let somebody else come up and
tap you on the shoulder and say hey you
scored let them run up and tap you on
the show and say man you won
let them come tell you you can go home
let them say I love you too
let them say thank you take the lid off
the man-made roofs that we put above
ourselves and always play like an
underdog here we go
number eleven turn the page the the late
and great University of Texas football
coach Darrell royal know if y’all
remember him he won national champion in
69 he won a couple of national
hello Darrell whoaaa he was a friend of
mine and a good friend of many people
now a lot of people looked up to this
man one of the people looked up to him
was a musician named Larry now at this
time in his life Larry was in the prime
of his country music career he had
number one hits and his life was rolling
and he had he had picked up a bad habit
of uh snorting the white stuff somewhere
along the line and at one particular
party after a a bathroom break Larry
went confidently up to his mentor
Darrell and he started telling him a
coach Roy listen as he always had and
when Larry finished his story and was
about to walk away coach royal put a
gentle hand on his shoulder and he very
discreetly said hey Larry you uh got
something on your on your nose there but
Larry immediately hurried to the
bathroom near where he saw some of the
white powder that he hadn’t cleaned
other nose he was ashamed he was
embarrassed as much because he felt so
disrespectful to coach royal and as much
because he’d obviously gotten too
comfortable with the drug to even hide
it as well as he should well the next
day Larry went to coach’s house
he rang the doorbell coach answered and
he said coach I need to talk to you
Darrell said sure come on in Larry
confessed he purged his sins to coach he
told him how embarrassed he was and how
he had lost his way in the midst of all
this fame and fortune and towards the
end of an hour Larry who was in tears he
asked coach he said coach what do you
what do you think I should do
my coach being a man of few words just
looked at him and calmly said Larry I
have never had any trouble turning the
page in the book of my life
well there he got sober that day and
he’s been sober for the last 40 years
you ever get in a rut you know I’m
talking about you get the funk it’s
stuck on the merry-go-round of a bad
habit I have but we’re gonna make
mistakes you got to own them then you
got to make amends and then you got to
move on guilt and regret kills many a
man before their time so turn the page
get off the ride you are the author of
the book of your life turn that page
number 12
give your obstacles credit you know
those uh no fear t-shirts that were out
I don’t know he used to wear them 10
years ago no fear you may remember those
are just me I saw him everywhere all
right I don’t get them and I never did I
mean I try to scare myself at least once
a day I mean I get butterflies every
morning before I go to work I was
nervous before I got here to speak
tonight I I think fear is a good thing
now why because it increases our need to
overcome that fear all right say your
obstacle is fear rejection all right you
want to ask her out or you want to ask
him out but you fear that he or she may
say no all right you you you want to ask
your boss for that promotion but you’re
scared he’s gonna think you’re
overstepping your bounds well instead of
denying those fears declare them save
the fear out loud admit it
give them the credit they deserve don’t
get all macho and act like they’re no
big deal and don’t get paralyzed by
denying that they exist and therefore
abandoning your need to overcome them I
mean I’d even subscribe to belief that
we’re all destined to have to do the
thing that we fear the most anyway at
some point so give your obstacles credit
and you will one find the courage to
overcome them
you will to see more clearly that
they’re not really worth prevailing over
so be brave have courage and when you do
you get stronger you get more aware you
get more respectful of yourself and that
which you fear number thirteen so how do
we know when we cross the truth 1313
some was asking why did I pick thirteen
that’s an unlucky number
well I don’t know when thirteen got the
bad rap and became the mongrel of
numerology it’s never done me wrong
thirteen in fact thirteen has been a
pretty lucky number for me and I want to
tell you how I’ve always taken these
twenty one day trips by myself to
far-off places where I usually don’t
know the language and nobody knows my
name their adventures one but they’re
also a purge all right they’re cleanse
for me they’re like a 21-day fast from
attention from all the things I have and
my well-appointed life they’re a check
out so I can check in with me see how
I’m doing be forced to be my own and my
only company to have a look in my mirror
and we all know what can happen when we
do that
sometimes we do not like what we see
well in 1996 right after I got famous
from a film I did called a time to kill
I I headed out on one of these 21-day
walkabout and this time to the jungles
and the mountains of Peru the sudden
fame that I just gotten was somewhat I’m
unbalancing my face was everywhere
everyone wanted a piece of me people
I’ve never met were swearing that they
loved me everywhere I went there I was
on a billboard a magazine cover it was
it was just weird over a hall you know
as I was asking myself what’s the
reality in this and what’s the bullshit
did I deserve all this these were all
questions I was asked myself who was I
was another now there’s always an
initiation period with these trips
an amount of time that it takes for the
place to initiate the traveler the time
it takes to disconnect from the world
that we just left and become completely
present and the one we are traveling in
now for me that initiation period
usually lasts about 13 days 13 hellish
days until I’m out of my own way after
that the whole trip is really fun and
smooth sailing well it was the night of
the twelfth day in my 21 day trip I’m
settling into camp
I’d already hiked 80 miles to this point
and I had a 3 day trek ahead of me to
Machu Picchu and I was full-on sick of
myself wrestling with the loss of my
anonymity I was guilt ridden for sins of
my past had a lot of curette I was
lonely disgusted with my company mine
and I was doing a pretty good job of
mentally beating the shit out of myself
anyway grappling with these demons on
this night I couldn’t sleep
all of these badges and banners and
expectations and anxieties that I was
carrying with me I needed to free myself
from them who was I that’s myself I mean
not only on this trip but in this life
so I stripped down to nothing I I took
every moniker that gave me pride and
confidence all the window dressings the
packaging around the product I discard
them all I got rid of my lucky and
faithful American cap I stripped off all
my talismans from adventures past I even
discarded my late father’s gold ring
with an M on it that he gave to me and
it was a meltdown of he and my mom’s
class rings and gold for my mom’s teeth
even got rid of that I was naked
literally and figuratively and I got
sick so cool sweat
now few hours later I awoke on this 13th
morning to a Rising Sun surprisingly
fresh and energized a dress made some
tea and I went from not sure what a
destination machu picchu but rather to
nowhere in particular my gut was still a
bit peaked from last night’s purge but i
curious lee felt pretty good felt alive
felt clean
i felt free and light long a muddy path
on this walk I turned a corner and there
in the middle of the road was was this
Mirage the most magnificent pinks and
blues and red colors that I’d ever seen
it was electric glowing and vibrant just
hovering just off the surface of the
jungle floor as if it was plugged into
some neon power plant I stopped I stared
there’s no way around it the jungle
floor in front of me was actually
thousands of butterflies there in my
path it was spectacular so I stayed a
and somewhere in my captivation I heard
this little voice inside my head say
these words all I want is what I can see
and all I can see is what’s in front of
me now at that moment for the first time
this trip I had stopped anticipating
what was around the corner
for the first time I stopped thinking
about what was coming up next what was
up ahead time slowed down I was no
longer in a rush to get anywhere and my
anxieties were greatly eased a few hours
later I returned to camp packing for my
continuing out of my step even the local
Sherpas I was traveling with they day
they noticed calling out to me so he’s
loses Mateo so he’s lose which means you
are light in Spanish see I forgave
myself that more
I let go of the guilt the weight that
was on my shoulders was lifted my
penance was paid and I got back in good
graces with my god and I shook hands
with myself my best friend the one that
we’re all stuck with anyway ourselves
and from that morning on the adventure
was awesome I was present I was out of
my own way I was not anticipating next I
was embracing only what was in front of
my eyes and giving everything to justice
that it deserved
you see I crossed the truth that morning
now did I find it I don’t know I think
it found me why because I put myself in
a place to be found I put myself in a
place to receive the truth so how do we
know when we cross the truth well I
think the truth all around us all the
time I mean I think the answer you know
it’s always right there right there I
think it’s all around us we just don’t
always see it but it always grasp it
hear it access it usually because we’re
not in the right place to do so so what
do we do first I believe we’ve got to
put ourselves in the place to receive
the truth that’s the minute we live in
an extremely noisy world with all kinds
of frequencies coming at us
we got commitments we got deadlines fix
this do that plans expectations and they
all make it hard to get clarity and
peace of mind so we have to consciously
put ourselves in places to receive that
clarity now that may be prayer that may
be meditation that may be a walkabout
that may be being in the right company a
road trip whatever it is for you
schedule that time schedule it so if we
do that if we hear it if we put ourself
in a place to hear then we do and it’s
become clear a truth natural and
infinite then the second part comes
which is to personalize it
ask yourself how it works for you how it
applies to you personally why you need
it in your life specifically and if you
do that
then comes the third part have the
patience to internalize it and get it
from our intellectual head thinking
about it and into our bones in our soul
in our instinct man we cannot rush this
part it does take time
so if we get that far we’ve received it
we personalized it and we’ve
internalized it if we make it that hard
then comes the biggie man this comes the
fun one gotta have the courage to act on
it to actually take it into our daily
lives and practice it to make it an
active part of who we are and live it if
we do that right if we do that then we
have what I believe is heaven right here
on earth and that’s the place where what
we want is also just what me I mean
that’s the ticket in it think about it I
know that’s where I want to live so
while we’re here and they’re gonna run
across the Jumbotron let’s make it a
place where we break a sweat where we
believe where we enjoy the process of
succeeding in the places in ways that we
are fashioned to where we don’t have to
look over our shoulder because we’re too
busy doing what we’re good at
voluntarily keeping our own counsel
because we want to traveling towards
immortal finish lines we write our own
book overcoming our fears we make
friends with ourselves and that is the
place that I’m talking about

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