Complete This Sentence: Life’s Too Short To…

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How would you finish it?

The question arose the other day, when talking with a friend about setting aside a fair amount of time to just play, goof around and enjoy the people around you.

His comment to me was “life’s too short to screw around all the time.”

And, my reply was, “life’s too short to NOT screw around all the time.” Most people bottle up a lifetime’s worth of play on the promise that later in life, if they make it that far, remain as physically and mentally able as they are now, THEN it’s finally time to play.

My friend responded, “if you spend all that time messing around, you never get the important stuff done.”

My response to this was, “first, messing around IS the important stuff, at least a part of it, but I also get more of what he’d consider the “real’ stuff done in a given day that the vast majority of people I know BECAUSE I swing between bursts of play or relaxation and ultra-intense bursts of hyper-efficient work…which is enabled by the fact that I’ve been playing between them.

So, what do you guys think about this question?

And, even more importantly, in the bigger scheme of your life,

How would you finish this sentence: “Life’s too short to…”

It could relate to anything or everything, doesn’t have to be what I was talking about above. Just think about it in the context of your own life, then…

Complete sentence and share your thoughts below…

P.S. – the photo above is the view from my patio at sunset…where I just zoned out for a half hour with my wife and daughter…doing absolutely nothing useful beyond watching the sun go down.

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40 responses

40 responses to “Complete This Sentence: Life’s Too Short To…”

  1. Corky says:

    Life is too short to… waste climbing the corporate ladder.

  2. Ena says:

    Life is too short to spend time doing a job you hate.

  3. Thanks for this question. Very Timely.
    Life is too short to… Spend Time Beating Yourself Up About Your Mistakes.

    Learn, Remember (When Needed) and Move On.

  4. …not make mistakes.

    Mistakes make us better. They help us to improve. Perfection is overrated.

  5. sara says:

    Saw your post on Twitter and had to respond. It’s the beginning of my slogan for my cake baking business. Life’s too short to eat bad cake!

  6. Lance says:

    …not love with our whole heart.

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  8. Lisa says:

    …not go for opportunities when they are presented.

  9. Jonathan Fields says:

    Love it, gang! Though, not everything he wrote resonates with me, Soren Keirkegaard said “life must be understood backwards…but it must be lived forward.”

    That thought has always been a powerful guide for me, with the added understanding that forwards also integrates “now.”

  10. satrib says:

    to sit all day in fron of your pc 😉

  11. Sue Murphy says:

    spend too much time worrying about stuff.
    to not spend on Jonathan’s patio! Beautiful.

  12. joe the eskimo says:

    life’s to short to give up on the one you love


  13. mia says:

    Lifes too short to live by other peoples rules

  14. Allison says:

    Life’s too short to not take chances.

    Life’s too short to forget to dance.

    Life’s too short to not try new things.

  15. John Carson says:

    Life’s too short to … spend time worrying about life being too short.

  16. shelley says:

    lifes too short to get annoyed at other peoples shortcomings

  17. Gene says:

    life is too short to live a mediocre life.

  18. Gofling Girl says:

    Life’s too short–so always pretend today could be your last–and live accordingly.

  19. Life’s too short to not be with your loved ones, ALL the time!

  20. Brad says:

    Life’s too short to live in the past.

  21. Natasha says:

    Life’s too short to waste time reading this blog.

    Haha, just kidding. I love you Jonathan!

  22. viola says:

    Life’s to short to…

    live in the past or the future.

    Life’s to short… that’s why we should enjoy the NOW. That is all that we got!

    Thank you! 😉

  23. Jon says:

    Life’s too short to give up Now…

  24. Jon says:

    Wow Viola and I think alot alike…

  25. Me says:

    Life’s too short to:
    – stay in a job you hate. (I was laid off from Dell last Thursday. Thank you universe, thank you.)
    – spend your time fulfilling someone else’s dream.
    – ignore your gut instinct.

  26. Tim Brownson says:

    Complete This Sentence: Life’s Too Short To..

    Read blogs about life being too short.

    What am I doing here then?

    I have no idea. More importantly, who am I talking to?

  27. Rhea says:

    I think a lot like you, Jonathan. Life is too short to not have fun every day.

  28. Stephanie says:

    I haven’t read everyone’s comments yet because I wanted to see what I came up with first. I have a few. Life’s too short to…

    1. Live the life someone else wants you to live.
    2. Keep up with Mr. and Mrs. Jones.
    3. Stay in a loveless relationship.
    4. Stay angry.
    5. Avoid taking chances.
    6. Put off telling someone you love them.
    7. Value responsibility more than fun.

    Jonathan, I’m with you… there’s a time and place for everything. I think we should all enjoy being naughty from time to time! Thanks for the post.

  29. Life’s too short to watch other people dance.

  30. Laurie says:

    Life’s too short to say no to chocolate!

  31. Life’s to short to hold onto resentments.
    @me: also the happiest day of my life getting laid off from Fortune 100 company.

  32. Life’s too short to finish other people’s sentences. Live your own life.

  33. Jonathan Fields says:

    @ Everyone – love all the wonderful responses gang! Now, follow-up question…

    Is the way you’re living your life in sync with the way you answered the question?

  34. Justin says:

    That’s awesome how you took that photo yourself, I thought it was just something random from Google. I agree, you need to enjoy life all the way through, not just at retirement, which is when you’re old and can’t do a lot of things anyway.

  35. Tim says:

    Life’s too short to:

    …not do what you love
    …waste time gossiping
    …stay at a job that you hate

  36. Andrea says:

    Hold Grudges
    not HUG your friends & family :-)(((())))

  37. usman says:

    Life is too short for love. i dont know how people find time too hate

  38. Life’s too short to chase material stuff.

    And on the other hand, life’s too long to go without indulgences.

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