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Matt Schweppe Matt Schweppe writer. actor. life enthusiast.

Matt Schweppe is an enthusiast of life. He writes, coaches, and acts. He founded Taking-A-Stand and he co-founded The Authentic Family Experience and The Inspired Leadership Institute. [www.mattschweppe.com]

My family has been through quite a lot. We’ve always been able to stay connected through the chaos because of our commitment to one another. How do we continue to love? We explore love at deeper levels and enjoy the experience of life, whatever that is to each of us and whatever we’re each enthusiastic about. This connection gives me a rich, meaningful experience.

This importance of family and relationships has come forward during my generation. During most of my life, things didn’t quite make sense to me. In my senior year of high school, I found out that my mom was an alcoholic. It had been hidden from me because my parents wanted to protect us, but I’d always knew something was up and this created confusion. I took that confusion, that knowing that there was something more, inside myself and experienced a hunger that made me want to experience life – but I didn’t know how.

I was in a state of immobilized fear by the time I went into a training program to be a coach. A lot of the other coaches in the program pointed out that I actually had choices. From that, a sense of freedom emerged. It felt like a miracle. I realized I’d wanted to share with so many people for so long, but hadn’t known a way that would work for me to do it – until I created my own way.

There’s so much emphasis on doing something. For me, though, getting back on track if I get off means slowing down and realizing that there’s nowhere else to be and nothing else to do but be here right now.

When I’m not in a place of feeling alive, it’s usually because there’s something I feel I need to do or to be and I’ve chosen resistance or fear, when really all I need to do is meet myself wherever I am, here and now. I don’t have to change, just celebrate being here and now. I do this celebrating in different ways. I do whatever occurs to me to do in the moment. Maybe I’ll move my body in whichever way feels best. Or I’ll get some exercise. I ask myself what I’d like to be doing right now and then I go in that direction.

What I’d like to be doing right now is just what I am doing – feeling alive and celebrating people.

– Matt Schweppe

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