People who suffer a near-death experience are nearly always renewed in their zest for life.
Why is it that we nearly have to die to fully appreciate and make the most out of the time we have while alive?
I don’t know about you, but while I was growing up, I was taught to follow the rules, to behave respectfully, to eat everything on my plate, and to study hard at school to achieve good grades so that I would be set up for a better life in the future.
While young, I don’t recall any discussions on the profoundness of life. And now, talking with friends, I have found that most of them were also not involved in any discussions, or taught about basic subjects like “What is life?”, “Why are we here?” or “What is the best way to spend the time we are gifted with?” I now know that this is because our parents didn’t know the answers, and more than likely had never spent much time even contemplating these questions.
These questions are ancient, and wise people throughout history have tried to answer them as best they can. They have shared many ideas about the meaning and purpose of life, however, maybe the answers are not so important? Maybe the answers are not universal, or cannot be expressed in any meaningful way with words. So our time may be better spent thinking about things that we have more control over.
What we do know for sure, is that if you are reading this that you are still alive and it’s probable that you will be alive for ‘a while longer.’ Just how much longer, none of us can know for sure, so the best idea, and the most logical one, is to live the rest of our precious ‘alive’ moments in the best possible way… To achieve this, we could focus our time and energies on living in a way that makes us grateful, fills us with appreciation, love, and joy, for this experience that is our life.
Who knows, this may be the only shot we get at being a human being on planet earth- ever….. Or maybe not. However, because it is the only experience we have a conscious memory of, to bring meaning to our lives, we should do our best to LIVE DELIBERATELY, WITH PURPOSE, and strive to have a truly wonderful experience for as much of the time as possible!
So, the question begs to be asked, “If we knew that our time would very soon be over, what would we change about the way we are living our life now to gain the best possible value out of the time we have remaining?”
This collection of “Life is too short” quotes may give you a few things to think about. I hope you enjoy them and can use some of them to reflect upon how you are currently living your life. And maybe, some of these thoughts will inspire you to use your remaining time to do more of the things that bring you love, joy, and happiness….
Life is too short to worry
“There comes a time in your life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good. After all, life is too short to be anything but happy.” Karl Marx
“Life is way too short to continue thinking you’re not worthy or good enough. Regardless of what others have told you, you are enough and are worthy of love and belonging.” Kevin Ngo
“Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don’t hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people.” Zig Ziglar
Our life can either be enhanced or destroyed by the people we choose to associate with. Their habits, state of mind, and opinions affect us for better or worse. If people are tearing us down, don’t appreciate us, or generally pessimistic, it tells us about their life. It doesn’t tell us about us. What does tell us about us, is who we choose to hang out with! Why would we choose to be in the company of people whose very presence brings us down?
Happiness is a choice, and we can choose to be happy by being selective in our thoughts, friends, and actions. How are you choosing to feel on a daily basis?
Life is too short to wait
“Life is too short for us to keep important words, for example, I love you, locked in our hearts.” Paulo Coelho
“If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.” Larry McMurtry
Life is too short to live for other people
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma ― which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs
“Embrace your uniqueness. Time is much too short to be living someone else’s life.” Kobi Yamada
Nearly everyone we know will have an opinion about what we should have done, and what we should be doing now. So what! They don’t truly know us and their opinions are only based on what they know and understand about life and the world.
We should mind our own business and not be concerned with what other people think because they all want to reduce us to something that they can understand and relate to. People are often threatened by what they don’t yet know, and if we step outside of what they know, they feel unsettled and even threatened. However, it is not our job to live our lives so that other people will feel safe and un-threatened. Our mission should be centered on us having the best life experience that is humanly possible….. for our own sake…… just for the hell of it!
Life is too short to waste
“Live as you will wish to have lived when you are dying.” Christian Geller
“Life is too short to just go through the motions.” Philip Rivers
“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that makes you smile.” Mark Twain
“Life is too short to spend it being angry, bored, or dull.” Barbara Johnson
“Men talk of killing time, but time quietly kills them.” Dion Boucicault
“Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.” Stephen Vincent Benét
The more fun we are having, the quicker time flies. As Einstein said: “When you sit with a nice girl for two hours you think it’s only a minute. But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute you think it’s two hours. That’s relativity.”
Life is too short to hold grudges
“What I tell young couples that are getting married is: you’re going to have quarrels, and on some things, you’re just going to have to agree to disagree. And when you go to bed at night, kiss each other and tell each other that you love each other. Don’t go to bed mad. Life is too short. Keep it simple.“ Si Robertson
I remember many years ago when I would be angry and I actually wanted to hold on to the feeling of anger. Now, for the life of me, I cannot imagine what I was thinking….. why do we choose to remain in negative states when the reality is that no one wins! I was the one who lost the most, and I also caused those that I loved to suffer….. that’s not love! I look back now and think that it’s insanity….. I am so grateful that I have learned to become emotionally intelligent so that my health, and the health of all those around me, are enhanced by my presence. Such a wonderful feeling!
Life is too short to wake up with regrets
“Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about those who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would most likely be worth it.” Harvey MacKay
“No regrets … just lessons. No worries … just acceptance. No expectations … just gratitude. Life is too short.” Jesse Joseph
“Life is too short to start your day with broken pieces of yesterday, it will definitely destroy your wonderful today and ruin your great tomorrow!” Author unknown
If you didn’t do something and you regret it, ok, you didn’t do it. If you did something and you regret it, ok, it’s done. Regrets are all about living in the past and rehashing stuff over and over again, that we cannot change, serves no beneficial purpose at all. So, just accept what has happened, get over it, and move on.
We benefit enormously when we focus on the vast power of our minds in this present moment because this is the only moment we will ever have where we can effectively change our lives. Why not choose now, to change your life for the better by releasing all previous regrets and turn your attention to creating a better future for yourself.
Life is too short to be serious
“I believe that if you don’t derive a deep sense of purpose from what you do, if you don’t come radiantly alive several times a day, if you don’t feel deeply grateful at the tremendous good fortune that has been bestowed on you, then you are wasting your life. And life is too short to waste.” Srikumar Rao
“Life is too short to be in boring company.” Andrew Mason
“Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it.” Al Lopez
I know many of us have obligations, commitments, schedules, etc. that require our attention, and often they may not be fun. However, we do get to choose how we feel when we are completing these tasks. If we can focus our minds on positive thoughts we will have a better experience than if we were begrudgingly fulfilling our obligations.
Our attitude is of optimum importance because life is too short to waste an opportunity to feel happiness, to laugh, to apologize, to love, to forgive, and to take risks.
We should, whenever possible, spend quality time with people who uplift us, not those who bring us down, and endeavor to live in this present moment and enjoy it for all it has to offer. The past has gone, learn well the lessons it taught, get over it, and get on with living now. Don’t put off until tomorrow the things you want to do today…. Live to have no regrets! And, NEVER, EVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY!
“Live every day as if it were going to be your last; for one day you’re sure to be right.” Harry Morant
“Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think.” Chinese Proverb
Shared with love and respect for all souls playing the game of life. May your journey be as long and as enjoyable as you wish it to be.