Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.39 in
Published: October 4, 2005
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0743265254
ISBN - 13: 9780743265256
About the Book
In this practical and inspirational "New York Times" bestseller, Kelly restores readers on a path towards purpose, sharing the simple steps that nourish the most basic requirements--food and exercise, love and friendship--and satisfy the deepest longings of every soul.
Read from the Book
Everything Is a Choice Everything is a choice. This is life''s greatest truth and its hardest lesson. It is a great truth because it reminds us of our power. Not power over others, but the often untapped power to be ourselves and to live the life we have imagined. It is a hard lesson, because it causes us to realize that we have chosen the life we are living right now. It is perhaps frightening for us to think that we have chosen to live our life exactly as it is today. Frightening because we may not like what we find when we look at our lives today. But it is also liberating, because we can now begin to choose what we will find when we look at our life in the tomorrows that lie unlived before us. What will you see when you look at your life ten years from now? What will you choose? Life is choices. You have chosen to live this day. You have chosen to read this book. You have chosen to live in a certain city. You have chosen to believe certain ideas. You have chosen the people you call friends. You choose the food you eat, the clothes you wear, and the thoughts you think. You choose to be calm or restless, you choose to feel appreciative or ungrateful. Love is a choice. Anger is a choice. Fear is a choice. Courage is a choice. You choose. Sometimes we choose the-best-version-of-ourselves, and sometimes we choose a-second-rate-version-of-ourselves. Everything is a choice, and our choices echo throughout our lives...and into history...and on and on into eternity. Most people ne
Table of Contents
Contents Part One What Do You Want from Life? Everything Is a Choice Do You Really Know What You Want? The Happiness Paradox Too Busy Doing What? Quiet Desperation The Five Questions The Meaning of Life Seven Dreams A New Perspective Live Passionately Part Two Finding Your Genius The Gentle Voice Within Understanding Our Legitimate Needs Beyond Our Wants Harnessing the Power of Our Needs and Desires Everybody Is a Genius Part Three The-Best-Version-of-Yourself Overwhelmed by Experts Choosing Happiness The Enemy of Excellence: Minimalism Are You Free? Follow Your Star Celebrating Your Unique Self Part Four Discovering the Rhythm of Life Why Are We All So Busy? What Can Creation Teach Us About Ourselves? Priorities Timing Part Five It''s All About Energy Our Most Valuable Resource Creating the Rhythm The Three Instruments Sleep: The Foundation of Energy The First Instrument The Sacred Hour The Second Instrument The Seventh Day The Third Instrument The Art of Slowing Down Part Six The Way of Excellence A Childhood Lesson What Is Success to You? Why Are They Successful at Everything? 1. The Knowledge Principle 2. The Dream Principle 3. The Vision Principle 4. The Life Principle 5. The Thought Principle 6. The Dedication Principle 7. The Belief Principle 8. The People Principle 9. The Communication Principle 10. The Final Principle The Ten Principles of Excellence Part Seven Living the Life You Were Born to Live Enjoy the Journey Be the Difference That Makes the Difference Leaders
From the Publisher
Do you ever feel that if you weren''t so busy you would be happier,
healthier, more effective, more fulfilled...and maybe even a better
Once every twenty-five years or so, a book comes along that
perfectly identifies our common search and struggle for happiness,
and teaches us how to find lasting fulfillment in a changing world.
This is that book. Not since M. Scott Peck published The Road
Less Traveled have we experienced a voice as refreshing and
authentic as Matthew Kelly''s.
The Rhythm of Life will help you to bring into focus who
you are and why you are here. Through this book Matthew Kelly will
help you discover your legitimate needs, deepest desires, and
unique talents. He will introduce you to
the-best-version-of-yourself and lead you to a life filled with
passion and purpose.
Here are just a few of the timeless creeds that he presents in
The Rhythm of Life...
"You were born to become the-best-version-of-yourself. This is
your essential purpose. Embrace this one solitary truth and it will
change your life more than anything you have ever learned. In every
situation, ask yourself, Which of the options before me will help
me become the-best-version-of-myself?"
"Everything is a choice. This is life''s greatest truth and its
hardest lesson. It is a great truth because it reminds us of our
power. Not power over others, but the power to be ourselves and to
live the life we have imagined. It is a hard lesson because it
causes us to realize that we have chosen the life we are living
"The measure of your life will be the measure of your courage.
Courage animates us, brings us to life, and makes everything else
possible. Fear stops more people from doing something with their
lives than lack of ability, contacts, resources, or any other
single variable. Fear paralyzes the human spirit. Life takes
"Energy is our most valuable resource, not time. The rhythm of
life is a way of life that brings our legitimate needs, our deepest
desires, and our unique talents into harmony with each other. The
result: passion, purpose, and energy."
Kelly has a way of thinking and writing that cuts through the
stifling clutter of our everyday lives and delivers a clarity that
is both refreshing and liberating.
Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly
Effective People I loved this book! It provides significant
insights into living a happier, healthier, more rewarding