Enduring The Fire
Jon Mattern shares his experience of the tragic fires in Paradise, CA in 2018. Jon shares the events leading up to the evacuation from Paradise including how his own home was consumed in the raging fires. Jon explains the aftermath of the fire and the significant death toll along with his view of hope and growth even in adverse circumstances. This episode is a great reminder to accept help when needed, follow your heart and show kindness in all circumstances.
“Help whenever you can”
I think all of us should help whenever we can. There is always something tragic and I think it takes everybody doing a little piece to make this world go round.
“The House is Gone”
Nobody really knew anything. I knew our fence was on fire… so I assumed it was gone, but I didn’t know. The fire happened on a Thursday and then on Friday a good buddy who works for the utility company was able to go out because he had to work to do… but he was able to go by our house and he sent me a picture, I think Friday afternoon was when i finally had a picture of our house… it was gone.
I was surprised at how much money came so quickly. In about a week there was $20,000 … and you could see who donated it… there were people that we didn’t even know from around the world. There was so much generosity. there are many good people out there you know you don’t hear that a lot, especially now… so that was really touching.
Get In Over Your Head – Corey Blake
In a break from our usual format, co-host Corey Blake takes his position as guest and shares some of his insights on Hope and how to “get in over your head”. Corey shares some of the key experiences that shaped his world view and helped create his love of opportunity and abundance thinking. Corey also explains how “positive thinking” and “understanding the worst case scenario” are not contradictory ideas. This episode is well worth a listen.
“Get In Over Your Head”
I’ve said on this podcast a few times this idea I’ve had of “just getting in over your head”… Jumping in and seeing what happens… If there’s opportunity, take advantage of it. The pattern I have seen is those opportunities build on each other, and they and they begin to compound and eventually good things continue to happen.
“Worst Case Scenario”
I also look at the worst case scenario a lot which sounds maybe pessimistic, but a lot of times I’ll look at a situation that my previous self (the first 20 years of my life) would have said, “Here’s all the negatives and that’s why we’re in trouble” or “that’s why this isn’t gonna work out.” But now I say, let me just jump straight to the worst possible thing that could happen, and then let me be okay with that… Looking at it from that perspective but doing it through a lens of hope and saying, “well, let’s let’s put our best foot forward and give it an honest effort so that that doesn’t happen” but I know what it would look like if it did, and that’s okay… that gives you a level of confidence moving forward.
“Hope IS a strategy”
You can’t sit around or rest on your laurels and hope one day you are successful, or hope you are a good dad and wait for that hope to amount to something, Hope by itself is not a strategy… If you start any strategy with hope in mind and with optimism and ambition…then good things will happen.
A Changed Man – Daniel Robinson
Daniel Robinson was featured on The Berrics as a inspiring prison reform story and a man who loves to skate. Daniel shares the story of his incarceration as a teenager and the events leading up to it. He talks about what kept him hopeful during a 14 year prison sentence and the mindset and approach he has taken to rebuild a meaningful life for himself, including a dog rehabilitation business and documenting his return to skating on YouTube. This episode is a slight departure from our normal fare but holds some amazing pearls of wisdom and moments of magnetizing candor that is bound to leave you hopeful and ready to face the day.
“A Blank Slate”
Now that I have a clear head and a blank slate that I can write whatever I want on… I can fill my mind with whatever information I want to fill it with and I decided I don’t want that to be prison war stories or reminiscing about using drugs and partying. I want it to be all of the things that I’m interested in…things that are practical, things that are educational, things that are uplifting…whatever is right… Now I get to decide what I put in my brain.
I can’t help but think about the ways that my life should have been could have been better when I was younger, but it’s irrelevant at this point. Am I gonna let that dominate my thought process now? or am I just going to do what I need to do to take care of myself and my loved ones? Because dwelling on how things could have been is just living in the past.
It was almost unfathomable for me to think that I could be doing life in prison for something I did when I was a kid. I spent a good set of almost two years fighting my case, that’s two years of not knowing whether or not I was going to do life in prison… it’s the hardest pill you’re gonna ever have to swallow.