I'll be writing some posts with excerpts based on this book.
Did you always wonder what it would feel like when we are about to die? Will we be happy to die or not?
What if i told you we have answer to these questions.
There really are some secrets you must discover before you die.
Most of the people don't die happy. Less people die happy and all of them seem to have a common trend on the way they lived their life.
Be True to Yourself
The greatest tragedy in life is to spend your whole life fishing only to discover that it was not fish you were after.
—Henry David Thoreau
I believe there is one such secret, and it is the first thing we must discover about life if we are to live wisely.
There was a set of words and ideas that came up again and again. People kept saying such things as “you have to follow your heart,” “you have to be true to your own self,” “you have to know who you are and why you are here,” and “you have to know what matters to you.” What separates those who live well and die happy from most of us is that they continually asked themselves whether they were living the life they wanted to live and following their heart toward the answer. The first secret is
to be true to you, to your self, and live with intention.
Choose to live life awake unless you are continually examining your life to make sure it is on target, there is a very good chance that you will wind up living someone else’s life, which means coming to the end of your life and realizing that you had followed a path that was not your own.
Three questions that really matter
But how do we live true to ourselves? The secret is to live with intention, to consistently and regularly ask three critical life
• Am I following my heart and being true to my self?
• Is my life focused on the things that really matter to me?
• Am I being the person I want to be in the world?
Often the seeds of not being true to our “self” begin very early in our lives, when instead of asking what we want to do with our lives we compare ourselves to others.
Don’t try to be anyone else, just make sure you are being you.
The first question must always be this: “Is the life I am living true to my self?”
Is your life missing the mark?
There are two levels to this issue of being true to one’s self. First, on a day-to-day basis, am I living true to my soul? The problem with life is that it is so daily! A happy, purposeful life is the accumulation of many happy days.
Follow your Heart
“Following your heart” means many things: It means doing work that suits your deepest interests; being true to your self in the kind of life you choose (and honest about what you want); and taking time to hear the small, inner voice that tells you if you are missing the mark of your deepest desires.
Following our hearts requires courage.
Following our hearts may even involve quieting other voices that may want us to follow their dream.
Never stop asking whether you are following your heart, whether the life you are living is truly yours. What you will eventually learn is that if you keep asking that question, you keep moving closer to the bull’s-eye and then find contentment.
You have to follow your heart, because to deny that is to deny everything. Of course you will make mistakes, you will miss the mark, but if you keep current with your self, you move closer and closer to who you came here to be.
So many people keep saying someday they will follow their heart, be the person they want to be in the world. If there is something you need to do, get to it. If you follow your heart and stay current with your self, it works out.
Here are four questions to think about each week to help you be true to yourself.
• Did this week or day feel like my kind of week/day? What would make tomorrow or next week feel more true?
• Was I the kind of person I want to be this week? In what way do I want to be more like the kind of person I want to be tomorrow or next week?
• Am I following my heart right now? What would it mean for me to really follow my heart right now?
• How do I want to live this secret more deeply next week?