An Excerpt...

Purpose Driven Life - By Rick Warren
Philippines
January 17, 2008 8:51pm CST
My friends, this is an excerpt from the book "The Purpose Driven Life". I really love this one... Don't date because you are desperate. Don't marry because you are miserable. Don't have kids because you think your genes are superior. Don't philander because you think you are irresistible. Don't associate with people you can't trust. Don't cheat. Don't lie. Don't pretend. Don't dictate because you are smarter. Don't demand because you are stronger. Don't sleep around because you think you are old enough and know better. Don't hurt your kids because loving them is harder. Don't sell yourself, your family, or your ideals. Don't stagnate! Don't regress. Don't live in the past. Time can't bring anything or anyone back. Don't put your life on hold for possibly Mr/Mrs Right. Don't throw your life away on absolutely Mr Wrong because your biological clock is ticking. Learn a new skill. Find a new friend. Start a new career. Sometimes, there is no race to be won. Only a price to be paid for some of life's more hasty decisions. To terminate your loneliness, reach out to the homeless. To feed your nurturing instincts, care for the needy. To fulfill your parenting fantasies, get a puppy. Don't bring another life into this world for all the wrong reasons. To make yourself happy, pursue your passions and be the best of what you can be. Simplify your life. Take away the clutter. Get rid of destructive elements: abusive friends, nasty habits, and dangerous liaisons. Don't abandon your responsibilities but don't overdose on duty. Don't live life recklessly without thought and feeling for your family. Be true to yourself. Don't commit when you are not ready. Don't keep others waiting needlessly. Go on that trip. Don't postpone it. Say those words. Don't let the moment pass. Do what you have to, even at society's scorn. Write poetry. Love Deeply. Walk barefoot. Dance with wild abandon. Cry at the movies. Take care of yourself. Don't wait for someone to take care of you. You light up your life. You drive yourself to your destination. No one completes you - except YOU. It is true that life does not get easier with age. It only gets more challenging. Don't be afraid. Don't lose your capacity to love. Pursue your passions. Live your dreams. Don't lose faith in your God. Don't grow old. Just grow YOU! When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you'll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is T-I-M-E because the essence of love is not what we think or do or provide for others, but how much we give of ourselves.
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2 responses
• Philippines
18 Jan 08
hello dolce_vita78. i'm glad to read your post. i also have purpose driven book. my bestfriend gave it to as a christmas gift. i haven't finished reading the whole book yet because i'm reading it one chapter a day as suggested by the author. it is indeed a very inspiring and life changing book. hope everyone will have a copy of it. have a wonderful day! :)
• Philippines
18 Jan 08
I also hope that everybody gets to have a copy of the book so as to help inspire people live a purpose driven life.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
18 Jan 08
This discussion was Heaven-sent! Although I haven't read this book (yet), many of my friends have referred to it and quoted from it. I absolutely loved reading the portion you added in this discussion. I'm going to have to borrow the book from a friend to read it! I've been meaning to for a while. I believe I saw this discussion to remind me to follow through at read the book. It looks like it would help me so much. What an excellent piece of work! It's very interesting I would be compelled to respond to your discussion at this point and time in my life. To give you a brief background on what I'm going through right now, I graduated from four years of college (and yes, I came out with a degree!) in May 2007. I had a few goals here and there of things I wanted to get done or start "once I got done with college." That was always what I said. "Once I get done with college, I'm going to..." "Once I'm graduated, I will..." Not much has happened. Yes, I have goals that are farther down the road for me, but what am I doing to accomplish my dreams and goals NOW? So, as you can see, your discussion has really motivated me to first of all read the book and second to set some goals that will actually be met and not forgotten. Thank you so much for posting this! Keep up the good work.
• Philippines
18 Jan 08
Thank you for your response my friend and thank you for sharing to me what you are going through right now. Congratulations to you for obtaining a college degree. Don't worry my friend, for as long as you are truly determined to accomplish your goals, believe me, you will. There is no need to rush... Take your time but grab as many opportunities as you can. Good luck to you!
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
18 Jan 08
Thank you for your timely response and comment. I appreciate your encouragement more than you know. Things are going better for me already! I'm definitely going to be referring back to this discussion when I need it. Thanks again!!! :)
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
6 Feb 08
Hello again, Dolce. Thank you for best response! I think it's very sad you only received two responses for this discussion because I really liked it. Seeing that best response this morning reminded me of what a great time I had reading and responding to this. Thanks again and keep up the good work!
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