Yesterday I attended a Matthew Kelly talk. Have you ever heard him speak? He does presentations all around the country and he also has many CDs and books that he has produced/written. You can take a look around his website or there might even be some available at your local parish.
I wanted to share some of my favorite points the Matthew made during yesterday's talk.
He began talking about the qualities of people who are engaged. The first is that they are hungry for "best practices", the second is that they are committed to continuous learning. The got me thinking not only about my religion but also about the people who I manage. Looking through the lens of the qualities, I can really identify the people around me who are engaged in what they are doing. The ones who want to do the best job correctly, and constantly want to learn more. These are the people I want to surround myself with.
Among the three areas that he talked about hearing the ordinary voice of God every day, he mentioned getting some time in the classroom of silence. The noise of the world consumes us and we are not listening for God anymore. The three areas where we should be listening are our legitimate needs, our talents and abilities, and our deepest desires.
One of the strongest points Matthew made that will stick with me for a long time is about what some people say about Jesus. There's little doubt that you have heard different people and even different religions say that Jesus was only a great prophet and teacher. Here's the thing though...Jesus said he was the Son of God, so if you deny that he was the Son of God, you are saying that he was a liar. Would you call a liar a great prophet and teacher?
Of course there were many other things that Matthew spoke about and I took a lot of notes, but these are a couple that I wanted to share.
Speaking of notes, we were given a little notebook to take notes in and on every page there were quotes and sayings by various people. Here are some of my favorites:
“Anyone or anything that does not help you become the-best-version-of-yourself is too small for you.” ~Matthew Kelly
“Some people are going to like me and some people aren’t, so I might as well be me. Then, at least, I will know that the people who like me, like me.” ~Hugh Prather“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish almost anything if you’re willing to pay the price.” ~Vince Lombardi
“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: The last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances – to choose one’s own way.” ~Victor Frankl“The challenge life presents to each of us is to become truly ourselves – not the self we have imagined or fantasized about, not the self that our friends want us to be, not the self our ego would have us be, but the self God has ordained us to be from before we were in our mother’s womb.” ~Matthew Kelly
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson