Updated: Aug 1, 2019
"To be kind and have courage."
I invite you to consider for a moment the following question. What do you think is the secret to life?
The three statements above illustrate just a few of the responses I received when I queried a few friends, co-workers, and family on what they thought was the secret to life. And although I had my own view, it was fascinating to listen to the perspectives from my peers, all of which I thought were meaningful. Unsurprisingly, however, I discovered there are many perspectives on what the secret to life is.
But with so many differing perspectives to one seemingly simple question, how might you know which one is correct, or if there really is a correct answer to that question in the first place? Or, perhaps as one person I queried answered, "...there is no secret. Life just is."
And while we can take this beautifully simple philosophy that "life just is" and live a good life, what if there is something more about life, perhaps some special nuance to living that if we knew it, somehow would make our lives better?
So again, I ask: what do you think is the secret to life?
For some, the secret to life is "being positive." For others, "happiness." And still for others it's "having faith," or "living life to the fullest." And while each of these secrets are meaningful and valid, what if there is something more to be understood? What if there is an ultimate "secret to life" that underlies all the other secrets?
No matter what you believe to be the secret to life, I assure you, that secret depends on the one thing that is so important that without it, the secret could not exist. And that, my friend, is you.
You are the ultimate secret to life because you are the only one who holds the key to unlock all the other possible secrets - whatever you believe them to be. You are the ultimate secret to life because you are the only one who has been give the gift of your life to do with it whatever you choose. You are the secret because you have the opportunity to choose... how to live your life... how to respond to life... and even what to believe. And, our beliefs have a much more profound impact on our experience of life than what we may realize. Why? Because it is our deeply held beliefs that guide our attitudes, actions, and choices. Choices we make every single day that impact our lives in real and meaningful ways. Choice we make whether they are made consciously or unconsciously; and whether they are made out of fear or out of love. How we experience life is directly related to the choices we make, which are directly related to the feelings and beliefs we hold about ourselves, the world, and what we believe is possible.
So, if you are the ultimate secret to life, then understanding who you are on a deeper level can not only help you live life with greater awareness and purpose, but can empower you to live your truth authentically and without apology. And while this may seem simplistic, this is not insignificant.
No matter what you believe to be the secret to life, know that the power to choose how to live your life rests firmly in your hands. And your hands only.
So, what are you going to do with this extraordinary opportunity that is your life? Choose wisely and remember: The ultimate secret to life is you!