Why You Can Overcome Anything

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9:35PM
Jameson: “Well, what do you want me to do with that?”

Matthew: “I don’t know. Let’s see what it looks like. Because I wasn’t even looking directly at the camera, but it could be a fun thing where we say, ‘We weren’t supposed to be shooting this tonight, but Matthew started ranting.’”

9:32PM
Matthew: “When we’re talking about the meaning we give to things, right, I was thinking about nature, nurture… and how the bamboos on this side of the garden grow much higher than the bamboos on this side of the garden. And how there couldn’t be more evidence of the fact that the right conditions produce healthier trees, healthier plants, healthier people.

“But the tree analogy doesn’t hold up as a perfect analogy for people. Because on the one hand, if people have the right conditions, they’re likely to be stronger, more confident, more secure, more loved, more everything, and therefore lead better lives.

“But the difference between trees and people is that people create meaning. Trees don’t. Trees need light. Human beings can create light. It’s in the ability to create light that we have this ability over and above what plants and trees do, that are solely dependent on the right conditions.

“We as human beings aren’t solely dependent on the right conditions. It’s that story of the two brothers that grow up with the same alcoholic father who treats his whole family like crap. Then these two brothers grow up and one goes on to treat his family like crap and become an alcoholic and the other one treats his family incredibly well, like kings and queens, and never touches a drop of alcohol.

“Both men later in life are asked the question, ‘Why are you the way you are?’

“Both men say exactly the same thing. ‘Well, with a father like mine, how could I have been anything else?’

“What we’re describing there is not simply two trees having grown up in the same conditions, that grew up to the same height, but two trees that grew up to very different heights under the same conditions. Why? Because human beings don’t just need light. Unlike trees, they have the ability to create their own light.

“That’s what meaning does.

“When we can create meaning behind something, we decide whether it’s going to give us light or darkness. That’s what makes human beings truly incredible, Jameson. Is that we can create meaning. That is why conditions are not the only things that determine a human being’s success.

“It’s even why the worst conditions can produce the greatest success. Because the greatest darkness can give way to people giving the most intense, profound meanings to that darkness. In other words, the greatest darkness can give way to the greatest light. That’s how we’re different from trees.”

Jameson: “Did you know bamboo is a grass…?”

Matthew: “We’re going to have to do it again…”

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  1. Exilda says:

    while very helpful indeed my life will never be the same

  2. Somaye says:

    Reminds me of a poem

    Still I Rise
    BY MAYA ANGELOU
    You may write me down in history
    With your bitter, twisted lies,
    You may trod me in the very dirt
    But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

    Does my sassiness upset you?
    Why are you beset with gloom?
    ’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
    Pumping in my living room.

    Just like moons and like suns,
    With the certainty of tides,
    Just like hopes springing high,
    Still I’ll rise.

    Did you want to see me broken?
    Bowed head and lowered eyes?
    Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
    Weakened by my soulful cries?

    Does my haughtiness offend you?
    Don’t you take it awful hard
    ’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
    Diggin’ in my own backyard.

    You may shoot me with your words,
    You may cut me with your eyes,
    You may kill me with your hatefulness,
    But still, like air, I’ll rise.

    Does my sexiness upset you?
    Does it come as a surprise
    That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
    At the meeting of my thighs?

    Out of the huts of history’s shame
    I rise
    Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
    I rise
    I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
    Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

    Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
    I rise
    Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
    I rise
    Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
    I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
    I rise
    I rise
    I rise.

  3. Melly says:

    Did you know bamboo is a grass. Lmao Jamesson AFTER the whole rant.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    So true but is it possible that someone can block your light sometimes?

  5. Laurie says:

    Your delivery is excellent. Wisdom with a shot of humour! Well done, Matt :)

  6. Amanda says:

    Moving. Very much so. That kind of insight, that depth is a gift or it comes from years of seeking or its both. Either way,this is truth and it is beautiful. Thank you for sharing

  7. Elke says:

    Dear Matt,
    thank you from the bottom of my heart for this video . It reminds me of what I‘ve been through and what made me to person I am. Even when you suffer from the hardest disease ( cancer in my case – the darkest moments indeed) there‘s always something you can give. Being reduced to nothing changed everything. To me love life is not only with one person – it is, as you said, a light ☀️plus inspiration . Thank YOU for being like this.
    XOX Elke

  8. Terry says:

    That was so profound! Love it!

    And funny comment at the end about Bamboo being grass. LOL!

  9. Ffyona Campbell says:

    Great concept Matthew, but you’re being such a man about this. You put “Man” at the top of the chain and say that we humans along have the power to create light. If you’d just looked at plants a bit longer (as Jamieson clearly has) you’ll have seen they send out shoots all over the place if they find they’ve grown in a crappy place, or it becomes crappy becouse maybe someone leaves a coke can on it, or a plastic bag or cuts down the tree that was giving it shade. This is where we lose you Matty, because you are only a man, and can therefore only focus. We women can then look up from the fruits of your focaus and see the bigger picture of how we fit into Nature, where we can play our part. And, ulitmately find love AND save the planet. If we each recongise the others strengths and men stop thinking they are on top, that the buck stops with them on the top of the pile. Capeesh? That’s what got us into this mess. (As well as men who just need to be told they are clever.) Yes, you are clever Matthew Hussey, in fact you are a genius. But, so am I, and I can see more than you. Because I am a woman. And that’s the forgotten art of woman, it’s what’s kept us all down all this time: we can see further than men, but only because the men feed us their focus.

  10. Andi says:

    Oooh, it really made my day, thank you Matt!:D
    Never mind your little mistake, the message was so great that I also totally forgot that bamboo is a grass….:D
    It was sweet anyway. :)

  11. Silke says:

    Exceptionally beautiful…and as always, I really appreciate the humor. I follow your videos not necessarily for the dating counsel (though that is really interesting and uplifting), but because your messages are elevating & empowering no matter what/where you apply them to. So heartfelt thanks, and some day I would actually hope to join a retreat.

  12. JCee says:

    Ahhh. So cute.

  13. Lisa says:

    Matthew,
    I’m ready to invest in myself & educate myself on how to date/attract a quality man I desire.

    What do you suggest? Your audiobook?

    Thank you!
    Lisa

    • MH Team - Sara says:

      Hi Lisa! Sara here with Team Matthew Hussey! :) I’m so excited you’re ready to invest in yourself on how to date and attract a quality man that you deserve and desire! I highly recommend checking out our “What Men Want” or “How to Talk to Men” programs, along with taking advantage of a free trial period with our “Fast Track to Mr. Right” membership program (this trial period is available for both of these programs at checkout). Any, or a combination of these programs, will help you get started so you can start learning and applying Matt’s advice fast. Let me know if you have any questions and please keep me updated with your results at support@matthewhussey.com!

  14. Julie says:

    How is it you always have the perfect videos for whatever we are going through? Thank you for your kind words. The light you have created is blinding and has changed peoples lives.

  15. Kat says:

    True , we either stand strong grow tall or wither and die ..under lifes circumstances. .. I look back and can’t believe what I have stood so strong through , death , bullying, stalking, physical injuries, I stood strong . Yet I seen to have withered when it comes to love finding my true partner(male) , finding a career not so lucky there either .. but I’m changing all of that now .. wish me luck if I can stand strong through everything else this should not stop me .

  16. Mariana says:

    ‘And THAT’s why we’re different from trees’ ❤️ I love this guys’s style to make a point.

  17. Natasha says:

    Am failing to understand everything Matthew all guys just leave me for another woman I really don’t know what’s wrong with me

  18. Daniela says:

    Beautiful!

  19. Rachael says:

    Matthew your videos lately have given me hope in my darkest times in all my life I have become out of light the most horrible person in the world and have created darker and darker times for myself I really need help to change that around and be the light I once was please can u tell me how

  20. Betsy says:

    PREACH! Beautiful (and funny).

  21. AJ says:

    That was an awesome video MH ! And Jameson

  22. Julie says:

    Love this so much! ;) <3

  23. Lakshmi says:

    Trees create a lot of meaning too I love trees and grass Otherwise I agree with the rest of it

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