Friday, January 19, 2007
Sorry the cell phone photo is so bad, but that tiny blue dot behind the microphone is famous Catholic author and Speaker Matthew Kelly, who spoke at Eric's high school today. If you've never heard of Matthew Kelly, you don't follow the Catholic best seller list, at the top of which Kelly consistently resides.
Eric's Freshman religion teacher, a wonderfully enthusiastic and faith-filled teacher, arranged the Matthew Kelly visit. He spoke for about an hour and then gave each of the students a copy of his latest book. It was the first time I've heard Matthew speak, so I was thrilled to hear his talk. I risked facing the wrath of my son and joined the other moms who sneaked in to hear this wildly motivational young man.
Matthew Kelly's talk was largely based upon the tenants of his successful books:
* Spend at least ten minutes per day in the "classroom of silence"
* You are not too young to do anything. You are not too old to do anything.
* Your life changes when your habits change.
* Always work at becoming the best version of yourself
While Matthew's talk was clearly geared at the high school students in the gym, at least one 43 year old woman walked away feeling incredibly inspired and ready to look for opportunities to make a difference in our world. Thanks be to our God, who gives us a fresh opportunity each day to become the best version of ourselves. I'm still a work in progress!