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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Life is too short isms

For many years I  said, “Life is hard and then you die.”

Yes, life is hard.

And yes,  we all will eventually die.

But, in the meantime I must live.

As I’ve gotten older my perspectives on life keep changing.

It’s way too short.

I could have one more day on this earth or fifty or many many more days’.

The only thing I know fore sure is that I have this moment.

Now I say, “Life may be hard at times, but it is too damn short and then you die, so get out there and live in today.”

Here are some of my life is too short isms…

Life is too short…

…to get worked up over the milk spills in my life.

Life is too short…

…to eat the shit sandwiches served up on the menu of my life.

Life is too short…

…to spend pouting today over something that will not really matter tomorrow or the next.

Life is too short…

…to give my power away to a person…especially someone that does not deserve to have this over me.

Life is too short…

….to not be doing things I love. Every single day.

Life is too short…

…to not love completely and with full abandon.

Life is too short…

…for hate, bitterness, meanness, or bullies to be in it.

Life is too short…

…to not spend it with people I love.

Life is too short…

…to not say “I love you” to my loved one’s  as often as I can.

Life is too short…

…to not take the love I feel and put it into action with those I love but most importantly with those that I live with every day.

Love is not just a word or a feeling. It is a verb.

Life is too short…

…to live with a grudge and without grace in my heart.

Life is too short…

…to make mountains out of molehills.

Life is too short…

…to not stop, breathe slowly and wrap myself in the goodness & beauty that surrounds me.

Life is too short…

…to focus on the piles of laundry, the dishes that need washing, the bathroom that needs cleaning, and the dirty little hand prints on the windows. And instead focus on the fact that I have a home to clean and loved ones to share it with.

Life is too short…

…to not laugh at myself & the many errors I make…

…to not find the humor in my daily life because laughter is the best medicine for my soul.

Life is too short…

…to think everything is about me.

Life is too short…

…to not treat myself with the same respect I give others.

Life is too short…

…to not enjoy the simple pleasures in my life…a beautiful sunrise or sunset…a child's laughter…the smile of a stranger.

Life is too short…

…to not cry when I am sad or when my heart is broken by the things it see’s or hears.

Life is too short…

…to not ask for someone to hold my hand when I am facing the giants or monsters in my life.

Life is too short…

…to not smile at strangers and the people I love.

Life is too short…

…to not take chances.

Life is too short…

…to not dance with wild abandon or to sing along to my favorite songs. Even if I cannot do either of these well.

Life is too short…

…to sit for hours in front of a box watching other people live instead of being out there living it myself…well, except for football or baseball. :) which then I could say, life is too short to not take the  time to watch a really good football game.

Life is too short…

…to not risk failure once, twice or more in order to do something I desire to learn or do.

Life is too short..

…to not participate in my own life's happiness.

Life is too short…

…to keep everything hidden inside and to instead set it free so that I too am free to fly.

Life is too short…

…to try to change the people around me and to embrace them and welcome their uniqueness.

Life is too short…

…to have to be right about everything or to know all the answers.

Life is too short…

…to procrastinate taking the steps to do the things I talk about doing “some day”.

Life is too short…

…to get to the end of my life and have it be full of regrets.

 Life is too short…

…for me to not be living out loud right now.

Not tomorrow or next month or when I’m feeling better or thinner or I have more money or I have my house in order. But right now.

How about you? Are you living the life you want to live right now?

Do you have any life is too short isms?

I would love to hear them.

Please know I have been trying to get around to your places and even if I visit I haven’t been leaving comments all too often. I haven’t been feeling the best(thyroid & pain issues) and we are trying to get the little’s bedrooms painted.

When I say we, I mean my husband. :)

I get to be the one to try to keep the chaos and mess to a minimum and keeping the little’s out of the paint. :)

Until next time, love & hugs, Lori

 

19 comments:

Garnetrose said...

these are some great life is too short isms...I am like you. The older I get the more I realize how short life is an I no longer take the crap from those who hurt me like I did years ago. I especially like this one since have my grandaughter..Life is too short… …to not enjoy the simple pleasures in my life…a beautiful sunrise or sunset…a child's laughter…the smile of a stranger.

Amen to that.

Buckeroomama said...

I love your list, Lori!

Life is too short to not hug and kiss and tell my children that I love them. Life is too short not to say thank you for all my blessings now.

Colleen: said...

What beautiful inspiration Lori! I've been thinking about this topic lately and how we often long for something "better" or different when we have so much to be thankful for right in front of us...this list you've written just reminds me to focus on the blessings I have!
I appreciate that.

slommler said...

Life is short for sure!! And as I get older I realize this even more. You remind me to focus on my goals and not to take crap from others. And to look at the mountains that come into my life as bumps in the road...speed bumps if you will...only meant to slow me down a bit but not to stop altogether. To keep journeying forward. Accomplish my goals!!
Thanks
Hugs
SueAnn

Brian Miller said...

life is too shart and getting shorter every day...great list..love is a verb! dont sweat it...hope you feel better soon and get all you stuff done....

SciFi Dad said...

Well said, Lori. I hope you're feeling better soon.

Jeannie said...

Great list - I think you covered all mine. I would like a do-over. The shit sandwiches (as you call them) I was forced to eat when I was young have held me back and I am only starting to emerge now. I'm blinking at the bright daylight and wondering how it all escaped me.

Shrinky said...

Oh Lori, you are so wise! Thanks for reminding me to take pleasure in the moment, it's often far too easy to lose sight of that. Someone, a teacher, hurt my sweet Sam today, and I've been seething with grudges - I needed to read this, and it's really helped. Thank you for that (hugs).

Busy Bee Suz said...

Life is too short to not learn from others. Like you.
Hope you feel better...wish I could help with the painting!!!!

Great post...I am going NOW to get 'out there' and do some living!

jpooh said...

LOVE the list. I, too, find that the older I get the less I waste time on those that are unworthy of my attention/efforts. Life IS too short.

Jan

Jacquelyn Stager said...

Life is too short not to take a moment to stop and say "hi" to someone who has touched me the way you have! This was GREAT Lori! p.s. when I refer to things "we" are doing...I say "that's the 'supportive' "we"... LOL! Hope you feel a little better soon...are you drinking your water lady?

Ash said...

lori - thanks so much for your long comment and i really needed to realise what is more imp. you're an angel.

life is indeed short and thanks for reminding what really matters. :)

~ash's mum

Life with Kaishon said...

I love those rules Lori. Love them. Thank you for reminding me about choosing great ways to view life every day. I heart you.

ladyfi said...

Your list says it all! Life is too short and it would be an awful thing to end it with more regrets than precious memories of its wonder.

otin said...

I always say that life is what you make of it. If you want to be happy then you can be and if you want to be miserable then you can do that also. It is all in the mind how we live!

blueviolet said...

Those are such wonderful truths. The one thing I discovered is that life is too short to not forgive. I felt such peace when I let some things go a few years back. Now I don't feel consumed with anger all the time. I'll never forget, but I'm not dwelling on the bitterness.

Just Be Real said...

I hear ya Lori on many of these. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

Debbie said...

I think you covered all of them! Thanks for the gratitude reminder....I needed that today!!

mommytoalot said...

LOVE this post..I'm behind on reading my blogs..not much me time as of late..but yours as always is the first I come to. This post..was just what I needed to read.
..Again..you are an amazing writer.. You said in the latest post you thought you'd be able to stay home and make money...have you ever thought of writing..? Maybe a book..children's books, inspirational book?
I think you'd do great