Rabbi Yair Hoffman writes:
"Serious-minded Chareidi Jews do not merely recite the words of the blessings of the Shma perfunctorily. No. When they recite the words, “Ki haim chayeinu – for they are our life – v’orech yameinu and the pathways of our life..” – they truly mean it."
B'mecholas kvodo, Rabbi Hoffman, those of us who do not identify with the Chareidi world also recite those same words -- and we truly mean it as well.