The Rhythm of Life (Hardcover)

Chapter One 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 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.

The Rhythm of Life (Hardcover)

by Matthew Kelly

Get clarity about who you are and why you are here so you can live the amazing life you were born to live.

Also available in Spanish

The Rhythm of Life (Hardcover)

by Matthew Kelly

Get clarity about who you are and why you are here so you can live the amazing life you were born to live.

Also available in Spanish
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About The Rhythm of Life (Hardcover)

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?

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.

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Author Matthew Kelly

ISBN 978-0743265102

Book Format Hardcover

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Awesome Book

By Edward on Sunday, May 24, 2020

This book layouts how to have a meaningfully life so you can live life with Passion and purpose. I think a little bit more Focus on that God gives this loves to us and puts this desire in us would be my only suggestion on improving the book.

Great book

By Ann on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

One of the best books I’ve ever read. Makes you think about your priorities and fitting the most important things in first. One book I think I will go back to over and over.

Sooo good!!!

By Jennifer on Tuesday, March 26, 2019

I've always wanted to be a reader, you know, that person you see on the bus/train/plane or wherever always holding a book. Buying the books has never been the issue...have shelves full...but actually reading them is a different story! I went to a Dynamic Catholic event and of course left with a bagful, difference is after I started reading them I can't put them down. It was hard to part with this lovely book when I put it in the back of the church!

Excellent guide to happy living

By Tim on Thursday, November 30, 2017

Matthew has a knack for simplifying things we may think are difficult. This book is an excellent guide for making life simple and enjoyable. I refer to it over and over again. I had my wife read it and now I'm having my kids read it. It is an invaluable resource for everyone! It's an enjoyable read that's hard to put down!

Must read!

By George on Thursday, August 24, 2017

This was the first Matthew Kelly book I ever read and I continue to go back to it year after year. There are so many nuggets and words of wisdom, I find something new every time I read it. I always put the book down inspired and ready to better my life either physically, mentally, spiritually or emotionally and that is one of the reasons I would say this is one of the top books I've ever read.

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