One of the books I've recently read suggests that there are five key secrets everyone should discover before they die. Here is a link to a short intro to the book on if you want to read about it, but I've also listed the title topics of those five secrets below.
Secret #1: Be True To Your Self
Secret #2: Leave No Regrets
Secret #3: Become Love
Secret #4: Live The Moment
Secret #5: Give More Than You Take
I highly suggest buying the book or borrowing it from the library and reading it in its entirety. The author outlines his experiences conducting interviews of hundreds of wise people in their later stages of life. The common themes of their success, happiness, wisdom, etc. are contained in these secrets. They provide insight into living a life you'll be glad you lived when you reach that stage of life and look back on how you've spent your time on this earth.
The first secret has been on my mind a lot lately, but I'm not sure I'm any closer to truly living it. The author suggests the following questions to help you assess whether you are living true to your self:
- Did this day or week feel like my kind of day / week? What would make tomorrow or next week feel more true to myself?
- Was I the kind of person I wanted to be today / this week?
- Am I following my heart right now? What would it mean for me to really do that?
I feel the key with this secret is to really ponder and meditate on who you want to be. I can think of that in smaller increments (good father, loving husband, caring friend, etc.) but other than an unreachable ideal of perfection (i.e. Jesus Christ) I'm not sure I can define an overall person I want to be. That leaves me wanting when it comes to knowing if my life's work or personality or even hobbies are truly me or if they are where I happen to be and what I happen to be doing. At least I theoretically have plenty of years left to figure that out and move toward it right?!
Song Of The Day:
Today's song choice is "I'm Not Who I Was" by Brandon Heath. My favorite part of it is not the lyrics, although those are great, but rather the background vocals on the chorus. I'm not sure why they capture my attention each time I hear the song, but I love to sing along. I'm sharing the song because at least with music I feel like I can be true to myself. I know what I like and what I don't and more importantly, I know why I like what I like (for the most part). The title of this track also shares a message about how we can change into whoever we truly are and I love that concept and believe it to be true!