Life Is Short So Don’t Mess It Up

Life is so short. We are born, we live for a time and then, when our time is done, we die. There are those who make a name for themselves in that short time, who people remember, perhaps because of some incredible feat they performed, their contribution to mankind or even because of some atrocity they had committed. The vast majority however are only remembered by those few who’s lives they may have touched.

I belong to the latter. I know that once I have gone I will only be truly remembered by family and close friends. I came to that realisation many years ago and I am fine with that. Even though I will leave no lasting memory once I have been reduced to dust I have vowed that at the very least while I am upon this earth I will be the best that I can be. That mentality has always helped me in my business and is currently helping me in my new job.

In Blogging As In Life Always Give Your Best

From my first day on the job I gave my new bosses 110%. I always start a few minutes early and never leave before my time is due. I never take extra or longer breaks and always make sure that I do the job to the best of my Victoria Amazonicaability. My efforts have not gone unnoticed either. I have been rewarded with more hours and I am also being treated with respect by my co-workers. The reasons i’m this way is twofold. The first being its the way I was brought up and the second is because as a former employer I know what it is like to have staff that slack off and so I can’t possibly do the same to my employer.

This means a lot to me because even though I may not be remembered when my time here is done, at least while I am walking amongst the living there is no-one talking behind my back telling others what a slacker I am. If anything I am setting an example for others, even though they may not see it or make the effort to follow in my footsteps.

The same goes for my blog. I try to maintain a level of professionalism and honesty. I never abuse my readers or commentators and never belittle anyone in my posts. The same goes when commenting on another’s blog. I always try to conduct myself in the manner of a good guest. Where a guest would listen to the conversation I would read the post and as a good guest would contribute to the conversation I try to contribute by leaving a good comment. I would never misbehave by abusing my host or any of his other guests.

Who knows, when I finally bite the dust perhaps people won’t remember my name but they will remember something about me. You know, something like; “Do you remember that blogger, you know what’s his name? The one that had a way with words, had a great sense of humour and used some amazing photos in his post. I think he was an Aussie or something?” If that ever happens you just tell that person that my name is Sire :wink_ee:

 

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  1. I think I’m putting your feed in my Google Reader under the group “Blogs I Like”. btw that’s an honour as I’m pretty selective these days.

    Having 3 kids living in Aussie helps too….

    Nice post, pretty much the way I see myself with my work and my blog!

    ~Bruce

    1. Hey Bruce, don’t worry about the feed mate, you’re better off joining my list. But then you are a member so already know that :wink_ee:

      What part of Australia are you from?

      1. Yep, I’m on your list! Kids are in Aussie, (Brisbane), I’m in Canada. (see my “Seawall” post….)

        1. Great post it was too Bruce. :thumbup_tb:

  2. Hi Sire – What a timely post! I lost my Mother and a best friend this year. The conclusion I have come to is that I try to let everyone around me know how much they mean to me every day. Like you, being remembered by my family and close friends is good enough for me too.

    1. Sorry about your Mother and best friend Michael, I know that must have been an awful time in your life.

      It’s true though that as much as we would like to be remembered for some great accomplishment or something for most of us that will never happen so let’s just be the best person we can so that those who do come in touch with us are always left with a good impression, especially family and friends.

  3. Hey Sire,

    Well I was a bit moved by this post of yours, don’t know if you were feeling somewhat down when you were writing it but I’d definitely remember you instantly by your name!

    Whenever I think about death or something alike, I get a bit depressed because I still haven’t embraced that I have to go some day.

    My dad tried to explain many times that we ALL are going to go one day but I still don’t like that much the idea.

    Anyway, I strongly believe that we should ALWAYS be the best version of ourselves because like you said, we WILL be remembered from what we used to do, our actions, our ways with things, with friends, with our family, all of that IS and WILL be remembered.

    So yeah man, I’m 100% with you and kudos on giving 110% on your job.

    I have never given anything less in the things that I do and like yourself, I guess that does says something.

    Hope you have a great day and don’t worry man, Sire is a name I would never forget! ;-)

    Sergio

    1. Hey Sergio,

      I wan’t feeling down at all my friend, just a little disappointed at the attitude some people have when at work. They don’t seem to understand that the way conduct themselves now may affect their future.

      I know that one day I am going to go and the only thing I find hard about that is leaving the family I love behind.

  4. It is not for other people to decide how “good” your life is. It shouldn’t matter how successful or how rich you are. As long as you are happy in the way that you are now, then you have a good life. Don’t let other peoples’ opinions affect you.

    1. I have to ask you Shalani why you and others remove the url in their name. Just so you know I usually delete those comments but I left yours just so you had a chance to satisfy my curiosity. Naturally if you don’t come back your comment will also disappear.

  5. The title of this post is what caught my eye. I’m definitely of the opinion that we shouldn’t bother wasting the short lives that we have. Not only do I try to give everything I do my all, but I make sure to set priorities and then stick to them! You have to have convictions.
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    1. People may not realise it Amanda but opportunities to give your all can happen almost anywhere. It can be at your workplace, in your family home or even when your out and about. Sometimes even going out of your way to help someone in need is all that it takes.

  6. I’m with you all the way on this one. I too have always gone the extra mile in any job I’ve undertaken. But as an employer it is rather difficult to find employees with the same qualities. Anyway I don’t care to be remembered as a great worker or boss I will be happy for my family and friends to remember me fondly. Like Michael I lost my dear mother in law in september and she will always be remembered with love and affection.
    If I ever hear anyone talking about that funny Aussie blogger I will know exactly who they’re talking about and remind them that your name is Sire!

    1. So sorry for your loss Danica, but the reason you have such fond memories is because of the way she lived her life.

      Also, it’s not so much that I want too be remembered as a great worker as that I don’t want to be remembered as a slack one.

  7. Life is short! That phrase should repeated in everyone’s head multiple times a day. Don’t only apply this phrase to blogging, apply it to everything you do in your day to day life…. Why? Because life is really too short :)

    1. Sorry that you had to lose your link. Please read my comment policy before leaving another comment.

  8. You are totally right, Sire; both in what you said here and in the chimp-mail. These do seem to be attitudes many younger folks just don’t “get” anymore.

    1. It’s such a shame that they don’t get it Allan, but then they are young and there is always time for them to change. But then life is short and you never know when it’s time for you to go so they don’t want to leave it too long. The longer they leave it the harder it will get to change bad habits.

  9. Yes unfortunately life is very short and it’s important to make the most of it. Too many people refuse to even think about it and waste most of their lives.

    1. The worst thing Matt is people who do the wrong things leave a bad example for others to follow, especially their immediate families who look up to them.

      1. Yes that’s very true, our children rarely do what we tell them but they often follow our example (good or bad).

  10. Life is short – sure is when I was 18 I was immortal, now I am 50 I realise the value of family and friends and how fragile life can be.I have always tried to set a good example to my children/grandchildren. I believe I will live on through them

    1. Man, I know the feeling, especially as I have a few years on you David. I remember when I was a kid when time used to just drag on and now the years seem to fly by.

  11. It’s true life is too short, every year seems to pass by quicker and quicker, the first ten years take an eternity but after that it seems a straight race to the finish. I often think about whether I will be remembered and have come to the realisation that I probably won’t after a few generations of my family have passed on as well. But then I don’t think it matters too much, I just want to die knowing I contributed a little even if it’s not enough to be remembered for.

    1. Yep, I was saying the very same thing to David, and I hadn’t even read your comment yet too :wink_ee:

      When In was younger I wanted to do something that I would be remembered by but as I grew older I knew that wasn’t going to happen and I was alright with it. The important thing, in my opinion, is that you want to make sure you’re not remembered for the wrong thing.

  12. Hi Sire,
    Very nice piece of writing. One should ponder upon these things sometimes and should make an effort to do things from which one will be remembered by the others.

    1. Thanks Omar, I’m glad you liked it.

  13. You’re absolutely right Sire. I just went through a brief memorial visit with friends of mine from college to honor another friend of ours that recently passed away from cervical cancer. Younger than me and that kind of thing always seems to make us reflect more on our lives and whether we’re living it the way we should.

    By the way, 2 typos in the first paragraph in the yellow section. :wink_wp: And I also got a notice saying I had to subscribe to comments; is that new? We both know I’m not doing that since I’ve already clicked on the checkbox.
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    1. Sorry to hear about your friend Mitch. One never wants to see a friend or loved one pass away but its even worse when it happens unexpectedly before their time.

      I’m not sure why you got that notice? Something I will have to look into.

  14. What! We die?

    I agree we will only be missed by those who were close, If you happen to get famous, you’ll be missed by a lot of people for about 1 minute.

    1. For many it’s not so much about being missed as it is about being remembered Penny.


  15. Twitter:
    Life is short! That’s exactly why you have to mess it up. If you aren’t messing up I believe that means you aren’t really living at all.

    All experiences gained is an increase in knowledge. Ultimately all knowledge leads to self-knowledge. Which ultimately leads to a happy content life.

    The Native American Indians have a saying I heard once. “Only The Rocks Live Forever”.

    I think while we are here and while we can love and be loved we should take advantage of how precious every second of every minute truly is…

    I recently lost a good friend who was very very young. Only 27 He had a illness most of his life. He taught me just how precious life is.

    Don’t squander it, live it to the fullest and be grateful for what you have because there are tens of thousands of others who have much less…..And would die to be in your shoes..

    Great post as usual sire thanks!
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    1. The problem with that line of thinking is that so many young people who follow it fail to plan for the future and then when it comes they find themselves unprepared Larry :smoke_tb:

  16. Nice post. It does seem that a lot of people today don’t really get the concept of taking pride in what you do.

    I tell my own children that if they will simply show up and do their best, they will probably set themselves apart from 3/4 of the crowd automatically. From there, they can do whatever it takes to improve where it is needed. A lot of folks are just looking for the easiest way to get the job done. That is seldom the best way though. Do your best, and live with integrity. Just those two tips can take anyone a long way.

    1. My sentiments exactly Chris.

  17. Great thoughts Sire, imagine how world will change if everyone thinks like you. This is my personal experience that thirst for money will never end and will make your life insane. But thirst of working with commitment will never let you down for a second in whole life. Hardwork gives you confidence plus it also makes you satisfy that you did your best. When you will sleep with such thoughts you woke up freshly and ready for every challenge.

    1. Umair, the world probably would be a different place if people lived their life differently. The problem is that it will never happen but that should not deter people because at least those that do the right things generally leave the others behind.

  18. Vey timely post! My aunt died recently, and that really hit home!

    Thanks again!

    1. Sorry about your loss Carlos. I’m sure she is dearly missed.

  19. Oh Sire, that’s really a great post! Just like you, I’m always looking forward on how I could set as a good example to others. Though there are times that I am actually tempted to act like stupid, lol, I still try to manage myself and as much as possible to maintain good attitude. I do hope everybody will do the same way.

    1. That’s the way Christina. Keep it up and I’m sure you will go far, certainly a lot further than those that continue to act in a stupid manner.

      1. Yeah Sire! I’m not losing hope that because of having the right attitude, soon I will make such a huge accomplishment which I can be proud of! Your post is truly an inspiration.

        1. I’m sure with that attitude that you will do well.

  20. You’re right that honesty and professionalism is needed in blogging. There are so many who do not consider the ramifications of their words. It creates a damaging effect especially when later in life people are checking up on you and they see what you wrote or how you acted.

    1. That is especially true today when so many people reveal so much of themselves, not all of it good I might add, online. I’ve heard of situations where it has cost some their jobs and prevented others from obtaining one.

      It just goes to show that you have to be diligent with the way you portray yourselves both on and off line.

  21. It is a very hard thing always be the best. To hype all-day on 110% – thats impossible. Sometimes it works but after a while you need to relax. Always on hype – it is the hardest way to make a living.
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    1. You don’t have to wear yourself out Cindy, you just have to give your best.

  22. Just in time for Xmas and just in time for the new year this was indeed inspiring and will no doubt inspire a few new year resolutions.
    I know for sure mine is to be on time and stop being fashionably late so much. :cool1_tb:

    Live life to the fullest surround yourselves with people who make you happy that right there is strength in numbers against the ones that don’t.

    1. Not exactly what I was getting at Van but a valid point nevertheless.

      1. I promise to make the next one more focused on the theme of the subject. :blush_tb:


  23. Twitter:
    Hi Peter,

    This post kind of moved me too. I can’t really describe it, but I feel like it has woken something up in me.

    I have been dealing with sever depression for the past 5 years or so and it really get tough sometimes to appreciate life.
    Thanks for a very different and awakening post peter.
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    1. Hey Satrap,

      I’m glad you liked it and I’m very thankful that it helped you in some way.

  24. Its true life is so short and we should use it in a right way we should not waste every single minute of our life.. great post and keep posting this kind of article..

    1. I actually believe that we should be doing this regardless of how short life is.

    1. Death certainly is a sobering thought.

  25. Life is short, so let’s use our short time in this world to make good things, good relationship, good job and give the best for those we love so much. Life is not only about what we receive but also what we give for people surrounding us

    1. Nicely said Yulia.

  26. Life is incredibly short. I often get scolded for doing stupid and reckless things. Such as driving fast and racing people, saying that I don’t care whenever someone trys to lecture me. My excuse is, life is short. I’m just living.

    1. You are also being very selfish Josh because putting people in danger just so you can have a great time is not the right thing to do.

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