The Rhythm of Life (Paperback)

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 (Paperback)

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 (Paperback)

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 (Paperback)

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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Product Type Media Books

Author Matthew Kelly

ISBN 978-1942611400

Book Format Paperback

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By Denny on Friday, March 20, 2020

My "classroom of silence" begins at 5 am with prayer and reading. This book has been a perfect daily reader as it is divided into short sections. That is how I am reading it; one section, one idea, one daily thought/inspiration at a time. I've purchased a second copy to give to my son who struggles with alcoholism, as I am sure that it will help him to move forward with his life and become the person I know he can be.

One of the best books ever written on how to live our life.

By Donna Boboch on Tuesday, July 31, 2018

I cannot stop to keep on gifting this wonderful book to everyone I love, like, or care about. Or to recommend it to everyone in my circle of influence. It is truly a lfe changing book. There is not a word in it that is not clear as a bell and most helpful. A joy to read, share, and live its undeniable wisdom each day on our journey.


By Patricia on Monday, April 2, 2018

This book helped me in so many ways I needed to share it and I now buy it for nieces and nephews as a graduation gift. So insightful.

Everyone should read this book!

By Teresa Ford on Wednesday, January 24, 2018

I loved this book so much! Literally every page there was at least one sentence (usually whole paragraphs) that I would underline because they really made me stop and ponder, or just appreciate the beautiful, true words. This is just the second book I have read of Matthew Kelly's and I am a big fan. It has so much wisdom and insight that is life-changing. Yet, it is presented in a way that is hopeful and manageable instead of overwhelming. If you're debating whether to buy this book, go ahead and do yourself a favor and get it. I'm truly grateful to have read it.


By Travis R. Hess on Monday, December 25, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. It's the first Matthew Kelly book that I have read but definitely not the last. One of my top 10 books that I have ever read, it's that good. It ranks right up there with “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren and “Chasing Daylight” by Erwin McManus. Thank you for inspiring me to live my life passionately, laugh often, love always, cultivate soul, not to be afraid to dream big and embrace my God!!

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