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  • Matthew Kelly

Stop Trying to Hack Life


The idea that life has to be hacked tells us all we need to know about our bankrupt culture. We have wandered so far from the purpose of life and so far into meaninglessness. The result is that we think we need to hack life, not to thrive, but merely to survive. It is time to stop trying to hack your life.


Welcome back to Best Christmas Ever! Where we are exploring 28 Ways to Make this Your Best Christmas Ever!


#16 is… Stop trying to hack your life.


Quick fixes don’t work, short cuts defeat the purpose, and neither is a path to excellence.


Is there any such thing as a meaningful life hack? If there is, please let me know in the comments below. Is there any such thing as a profound life hack?


Life hacks are a distraction from the main event. Life is for living. Even our problems, frustrations, and inconveniences should be lived. Why? Because they serve the greater meaning and purpose of life, which is to help you grow in virtue and become the-best-version-of-yourself.


The fundamental mistake we make is to think that we are here to solve the problems. And yet, we know that as soon as we solve today’s problem, another problem will emerge.


We are not here to solve the problems, the problems are here to solve us. When we work through problems with a values-based approach we grow in virtue. And virtue is the not-so-secret ingredient to improving as a human being, having a better life, and transforming society.


Our lives only genuinely improve when we grow in virtue. Society only authentically progresses when the people who make up that society grow in virtue.


Patience, kindness, compassion, generosity, courage… these are what we yearn for. These are the gifts to give those we love this Christmas.


Matthew Kelly


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