5 Timeless Secrets to a Perfect Life

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There are many elements to a beautiful life. Work that you love, travel that inspires you, hobbies that make you laugh, and even adventure that pushes you to the edge.

But at the end of the day, what really matters?

What are the few items engraved in our DNA as human beings, that encompass everything?

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In my experience, we want to make life so complicated. We want wealth, passion, purpose, health, and joy. But we're idiots. We want the things that truly matter, yet we chase everything that doesn't.

 I have a wise mentor who taught me that immaturity often demands perspective. We need to look at life differently. It leads me to one of my favorite positive quotes.

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the food I want to eat, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.”

So here they are, the unmistakable, unchangeable, secrets that truly create a perfect life:

Family

We can't escape it. For some it causes joy, for others pain. But family is more than blood. It's those who are greater than friends. Those who have remained with us for years, even decades. They have chosen to do life by our side. These people are the ones who truly bring us joy. Let's not forget that. Instead of investing in a hobby, in a project, or in a job. Let's invest here.

Friends

I follow a few neurological blogs (I know… how boring), a scientist from Yale University confirmed our minds are unmistakably designed for community and love. Friends offer both. Think about the happiest moments of your life, who was there? We spend so much time searching for happiness when it can likely be had in a simple conversation with good friend. Call them, today.

Fitness

Without our health, not much else matters. About 6 years ago I got very ill. I was diagnosed with an inner ear disorder which caused extreme dizziness for months a time. It was horrible. I became depressed, anxious, and border-line suicidal. It made one thing very clear. Without our health, life is short, depressing and hard to enjoy. But this is an area where many of us dig our own graves. We eat poorly, we don't exercise, we take prescription medicines that treat symptoms rather than heal the problem. Let's fight for our health. Go for a walk. Buy organic food. Go vegan for 90 days. Whatever it takes to protect this precious element of your life.

Food (and drink)

We can't live without it. We were clearly made for it. It's a source of joy and community for the human soul. Like anything, it can be abused. But let's talk about a healthy value of loving food. I think there is a reason Jesus chose communion (which means community with food) as his way to be remembered. We have been created with an amazing ability to taste and to even feel different ingredients. Food is what brings us together, it heals us, and it provides a way for us to survive. Never feel bad about investing into quality food with great people. It's these moments that make up the best times of our lives.

Faith

Now I know all of you might not agree on this one, but that's okay 🙂 – For many of us, faith in a Creator, does not make us weak, it offers us connection, community, joy, safety and most of all, purpose. For me personally, my faith has offered me incredible transformation and consistency. By knowing what I believe it allows me to create a life that aligns. It helps me through the toughest times and provides me a super natural ability to love people. If this is something you desire, reach out to God. Get to know him. I believe it is wiser to live as if there were a God and find out there wasn't, than to live as if there is no God, and find out there was

What items have pulled you away from what really matters?

There are many elements to a beautiful life but at the end of the day, what really matters? Here's 5 Timeless Secrets to a Perfect Life

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    • Very nice points Jim. We are called to become the best version of ourselves, growing physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. I believe that the above points enable that growth. In regards to service, family is a big part of that. The word family comes from the latin word famulus; which means servant. We are called to serve each other; especially those closest to us. Finally, all of the above requires work; nothing comes magically, but with steady and constant effort. Work truly dignifies.

  1. Could you include a link to the blog from the Yale scientist? I’d like to look further into it for church community life. Thanks!

  2. I agree with you on Faith. Actually, I think it matters the most. Meditation in a quiet time daily often brings me strength, peace and hope.
    Joy

  3. LOVE, your closing sentiment on Faith! I have always said: “I would rather believe in something with all my heart and be wrong, then not believe and be right!” Don’t remember where I picked it up from, every once in a while I ask Google, but they haven’t figured it out yet either!

  4. I feel like I spend most of my life waiting for something to happen and I recently decided I am no longer going to wait. Why spend your life waiting, rather than just enjoying the life you have at this exact moment in time. I sometimes feel like I mix up waiting with hope/faith. If my faith and trust in God is strong, than I should be able to be satisfied with the now and the future. God’s plans are not my plans and I always have a hard time remembering this. If I continue to wait for things to happen, I will eventually miss out on time with my family, friends, and other great opportunities God has for my life.

  5. Thank you Dale for all the time, effort, and heart you put into these blogs. I have been through some trials most recently and at the end of it I realized that these trials would have probably not seemed as difficult had I been as strong and diligent in my faith and devotion to the Lord. I found your blog and as I began reading through your passages I realized that I had completely forgotten exactly what I needed, God and his infinite wisdom. Now, I look forward to reading each blog even when the title may not seem applicable to me and started having a devotional time each morning. I have found that the most vital part of my day is the few moments I spend reading my devotional book and speaking with the Lord. I feel as though a covering has been placed over me and I am prepared for the day. However, when I forget or run out of time to have my devotional time with the Lord I am anxious all day long, anticipating the worst and remaining negative. Additionally, the words that I allow to come out of my mouth through the day are more careful and calculated on the days when I have spent my time with the Lord preparing for a positive, kind approach to life. The devotional time builds my confidence and self esteem which makes me an even kinder, compassionate person. I don’t speak about Jesus directly to people because I work in the public school setting but I hope and pray that my kindness and heart displays my faith for which all my abilities and gifts are because of God’s love, devotion, forgiveness, and kindness. Your blogs remind me that we are all going through things and that we are not alone, but it is up to us to address the situation and go forth or hide and do nothing. Thank you for reminding me that my faith and devotion to the Lord embodies the strength I have so desperately needed and have had all this time but I had to do my part in asking for Gods help.

  6. I don’t agree on point 5. I’m an egnostic. I agree when people believe in god and exercise the positivity it somehow improve people’s life and make this world a more peaceful place. For me during my tough times praying became a resort for me to dwell in negativity to express my negative thoughts. It didn’t work for me. The real thing that changed my life is when I learned about the law of attraction. One of the oldest law on earth. It became my foundation of living a happy life. Everything in life from there on went well. I have lesser doubts and contradiction in life than when I believed in god. I am a happy and free person.

  7. “We want things that truly matter, but we chase everything that doesn’t”. That is so true. I loved this post! My favorite is number 5! People try to fill the hole in their heart with things of this world, but only God can fill that void. God is the only One who can truly satisfy.

  8. I just came across this site this morning by watching the video “46 Positive Truths Everyone Needs to Hear”… It came across my Pinterest board. Which led me to other articles on here, which led me to saving this page to my favorites! Sharing the positive, and ways for people to create that positive within themselves is the greatest power we have! Living as an example of this and radiating it to others around you can catch like a virus… and spread! THIS is what we should all strive to become infected with!! Thank you for sharing all you want to put out in the world, I shall continue to follow and read 🙂

  9. Fitness. Your right I don’t often think about how important it really is sometimes, it’s not just to look good but to feel good and to do better for yourself. I think I might make this my months resolution.

  10. Worrying about the future, particularly from a financial perspective, often pulls me away from what really matters. But the greatest moments of peace and happiness in those terrifying times have been the good meals, enjoyed with friends and family in faith. 🙂 Thanks for a great post Dale. 🙂

  11. God, I love this post! From time to time materalistic things pull me away, but I know where to go to recalibrate my energy. This blog is one of those places! Thanks for what you do. -xo-

  12. This article was really inspiring, even the faith part. But you had to throw in Pascal’s Wager at the end, kind of ruined the whole article after that.

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