At the age of 9, John O’Leary was in his garage playing with matches and gasoline and accidentally created a massive explosion that burned 100% of his body. His injuries were so severe that doctors only gave him a 1% chance to live. He battled through many surgeries and years of physical therapy and did indeed survive. In 2006, his story was detailed in his parent’s book, “Overwhelming Odds,” which laid the groundwork for John embracing and sharing his story. He now travels and speaks at events all over the world inspiring people with his message of positivity, courage, and perseverance. Listen in to this terrific interview with Matt as his shares more personal details about his journey. You can also learn more about John at his website, johnolearyinspires.com or his own podcast (2 million downloads), his weekly newsletter, or his 2 books, “ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life” (#1 National Bestseller) or “IN AWE: Rediscover Your Childlike Wonder to Unleash Inspiration, Meaning and Joy.”
Listen to Matt share how the practice of gratitude has impacted his life. He addressed the St. Xavier HS football team on August 1. https://youtu.be/LysEQz3HxY8
Here are three things Matt does each day to stay grounded as life throws hurdles his way.
1. Find something you are grateful for regardless of how powerful the storm is!
2. Be truly present to those you are with
3. Pay attention to what you are feeding you mind, body and soul
In the video you can listen to the GRATITUDE acronym that may help you think about how you are living each day.
You can follow With Gratitude, Matt on the podcast link below.
God speed teammates.
Monica is the mother of 2 girls, a loving wife to her husband Lance of 7 years, an accomplished photographer, and just an amazing, strong women. Those traits were always there, many passed on by her father, Dr. Bob Cleary, a guest on WGM. Dr Cleary shared his COVID19 recovery story in episode 20. Prior to her relationship with husband Lance, Monica found herself in an abusive relationship that was violent and stressful. She managed her way through this time and is now sharing her story and helping other women avoid a similar path. Listen to this courageous story from Monica about her journey, her faith, her family and the work she does now. You can also learn more about getting help if in an abusive relationship from the board she serves on at http://safeshelter.org/.
It was brought to my attention as I ordered breakfast this morning that today is a very unique day. All numbers are divisible by 7 chronologically. May you have a blessed day and enjoy this Bible verse from Matthew.
Matthew 7:14-21 NIV
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
This month we have two exciting podcasts planned to create more awareness and support of Kidney Cancer Awareness month. On March 8th, we will release a With Gratitude Matt show with Dr. Bradley McGregor as our guest. Dr. McGregor is my oncologist out of Dana Farber. On March 24th, I will be the guest on the show and will highlight more of my experience with Kidney Cancer and what Gratitude has come to mean for me.
We have come so far with treating the disease, but we need more advancements. Still each year we lose 14,000 to Kidney Cancer. With your generous support and the remarkable oncologist working on innovative treatment plans we can beat this disease together.
My goal with your help is to raise $50,000 that will go directly to Kidney Cancer support. I have included a direct link below to my funding page.
– R- Response
– A- Attitude
– T- Tidal Wave
– I- Intentional
– T- Team
– U- Underdog
– D- Daily
– E- Enthusiasm
Please remember to think about these things each day:
- Find something you are grateful for regardless of how powerful the storm is!
- Be truly present to those you are with
- Pay attention to what you are feeding you mind, body and soul!
We appreciate everyone’s support! God speed my friends!
Podcast- With Gratitude, Matt https://withgratitudematt.buzzsprout.com/