The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose

Paperback | October 4, 2005

byMatthew Kelly

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In this classic bestseller, acclaimed author and speaker Matthew Kelly offers inspiring, take-charge strategies to help you discover your deepest desires, identify your unique talents, and lead a life filled with passion and purpose.

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 person? 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—and become the-best-version-of-yourself. He helps you bring into focus who you are, why you are here, and what possibilities stand before you...

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 to live the life of our dreams. It is a hard lesson because it causes us to realize that we have chosen the life we are living right now.

The measure of your life will be the measure of your courage. 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 courage.

With this groundbreaking guide, Kelly cuts through the stifling clutter of our everyday lives and delivers a clarity that is both refreshing and liberating.

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In this classic bestseller, acclaimed author and speaker Matthew Kelly offers inspiring, take-charge strategies to help you discover your deepest desires, identify your unique talents, and lead a life filled with passion and purpose.Do you ever feel that if you weren’t so busy you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfi...

Matthew Kelly was born in Sydney, Australia in 1973. He is married and has three children. He is the author of numerous books, including Perfectly Yourself, The Rhythm of Life, The Seven Levels of Intimacy, The Dream Manager and Rediscovering Jesus. His books have appeared on multiple bestseller lists, including those of The New York T...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:October 4, 2005Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well worth it "The Rhythm of Life" is definitely an inspiring and thought provoking read. The idea of establishing a rhythm for our life in order to grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually, to become the best-version-of-ourselves is the cornerstone of Matthew Kelly's life philosophy. Having read "Perfectly Yourself" (I love greatly and would highly recommend it to anyone) which is his latest work, one might find the ideas in the Rhythm of Life a bit scattered. The heavy reference of his being a young early achiever and Christianity reference of using God as a spiritual guidance - it's absolutely fine for me, but I can imagine it not being as easy to pocket by some readers.
Date published: 2008-05-25

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Everything Is a ChoiceEverything 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 never fully accept this truth. They spend their lives arguing for their weaknesses, complaining about their lot in life, or blaming other people for their weaknesses and their lot in life.You may argue that you are forced to live in a certain city or drive a certain car, but it is not true. And if it is, it is true only temporarily and because of a choice you have made in the past.We choose, and in doing so, we design our lives.Some may say that we do not choose our circumstances. You'd be surprised. We have much more power over the circumstances of our lives than most men and women would ever admit. And even if circumstances are thrust upon us, we choose how we respond to those circumstances.Others may argue that they did not choose the country they were born in or the parents they were born to. How do we know we didn't choose these things? We are all endowed with free will. Did we not have this free will before we were born? Perhaps one day we will realize that we have chosen much more than we have even imagined.I hope that day is today.For the day we accept that we have chosen to choose our choices is the day we cast off the shackles of victimhood and are set free to pursue the lives we were born to live.Learn to master the moment of decision and you will live a life uncommon.Copyright © 1999 by Matthew KellyRevised copyright © 2004 by Beacon Publishing

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, Critics, Dreamers, and the Future

How Do You Perceive the World?

Can You Hear the Music?

The Measure of Your Life Will Be the Measure of Your Courage

Let Your Light Shine!

Editorial Reviews

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 life.