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It Isn’t Enough…

How are you holding up?

How are you holding up?

It isn’t enough to…

  1. Say you’re sorry
  2. Be tough
  3. Have a degree
  4. Have a great score on Donkey Kong
  5. Smile
  6. Cry
  7. Wear a seatbelt
  8. Do your best one time
  9. Forgive
  10. Be modest
  11. Tolerate
  12. Be humble
  13. Listen
  14. Cope
  15. Be enthusiastic
  16. Be funny
  17. Be curious
  18. Read a lot
  19. Laugh
  20. Shower
  21. Imagine
  22. Wish
  23. Dance
  24. Have a job
  25. Sing
  26. Communicate
  27. Be versatile
  28. Be patient
  29. Make money
  30. Eat well
  31. Exercise
  32. Confess
  33. Love your family
  34. Love yourself
  35. Be outspoken
  36. Be organized
  37. Respect others
  38. Bend nails
  39. Inspire
  40. Manage
  41. Lead
  42. Write
  43. Brag
  44. Be consistent
  45. Be cheerful
  46. Be decisive
  47. Be attractive
  48. Be seductive
  49. Laugh at yourself
  50. Floss
  51. Move well
  52. Move
  53. Be mature
  54. Be calm
  55. Be spiritual
  56. Pray
  57. Like yourself
  58. Criticize yourself
  59. Be talented
  60. Have a good tan
  61. Have nice clothes
  62. Sleep
  63. Flirt

You and I are all the sum of our experiences, actions, and inactions.  The complete person is often content, but never satisfied.

Do more.  Love More.  Live More.  Lift More.  Laugh More.  Learn More.

Be More.

Are you complete?

Please help fill in the gaps in the comments section.


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  • crestina September 21, 2009, 4:15 am

    Just be yourself.

  • positively present September 21, 2009, 4:55 am

    This is a fab post! It really reminded me that there are so many amazing things we do all the time. Thanks for writing this! 🙂

  • Gordie Rogers September 21, 2009, 5:00 am

    Another take on the saying is, “Always be happy, but never satisfied.” 🙂

  • Kira September 21, 2009, 5:23 am

    I think describing the human condition as a ‘sum of’ anything is a mistake. We are more than ‘the sum of’.

    Chopin’s nocturnes are more than a sum of notes played. Shakespeare’s sonnets are more than a sum of words spoken. And The A-Team series is more than the sum of episodes watched.

    People are like nocturnes, plays and quality eighties tv series—so much more than constituent parts.

    I love it when a plan comes together.

    We are unique personalized expressions of a vast unfathomable universe. That ALONE, without any experience, action or inaction, ensures the value and dignity of each of us.

    I am content and satisfied—not through what I’ve experienced, done or left undone. But rather, through the discovery of my inalienable value and dignity given to all of us born into this glorious reality (we inadequately label)—life.

    And I ain’t gettin’ on no plane!


    • Josh Hanagarne September 21, 2009, 7:16 am

      Kira, I agree, but I was sort of trying to imply that with sum of “inactions.” I know, that’s really, really roundabout. Chopin’s nocturnes are also a series of notes that aren’t played. The spaces in between notes are as important as the notes.

      How do you feel about Rampage playing Baracus, anyway?

  • kyslp September 21, 2009, 6:31 am

    I’m a work in progress. Enjoyed your post.

  • Deb Schiff September 21, 2009, 6:47 am

    One thing I might add to the list is “get back up again.” Part of our learning processes as humans is the act of falling down and getting back up again. That applies on any level. For instance, I broke my foot earlier this summer and undid all the good exercise and healthy eating I’d done all spring by being lazy and eating stupidly. However, I recommitted to going back to the gym, exercising at home, and eating much better once again. In other words, I got back up again.

    Thanks for your inspiring blog. I really enjoy reading your posts.

  • Robby G September 21, 2009, 6:50 am

    This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time. Let the chips fall where they may.

    Cheers mate, you know my “Civilized Savage” ideas contradict this a lot, but hopefully you’ll appreciate the book’s thoughts as well. All the best!

  • Casey September 21, 2009, 7:15 am

    May we add “Think” to the list?

    It isn’t enough to just think. Without action, thought is meaningless, however many people don’t even get the first part down… Or worse, act without thinking.

  • Casey Brazeal (North and Clark) September 21, 2009, 7:31 am

    64. Bike
    65. Wash Clothes
    66. Look at mirrors
    67. Write lists
    68. Ask Questions

  • Grace W September 21, 2009, 7:35 am

    69. Scream!

  • Victoria Vargas September 21, 2009, 8:12 am

    70. Learn something new everyday

  • Kira September 21, 2009, 8:42 am

    Hey Josh,

    Just ignore my pedantic whimsy … I got what you were trying to say 😉

    And I’m torn over Rampage … He’s a likeable guy, but has a few things working against him …

    I think he’ll be pressured by movie execs into crude imitation. I doubt he’ll be given the freedom to try and find his own authentic T-ness.

    And besides, I doubt Rampage has the skills to successfully express whatever inner-T-ness he may have. The dude can do funny and bad-ass, but he lacks the moral gravitas that Mr. T brought to everything he did.

    I actually think Ice Cube would’ve been a better choice … but I’m an ‘old school’ kinda guy 😉

    Hope you have a good week, dude!

    Cheers 🙂

  • Cynthia Eastman September 21, 2009, 8:42 am

    71. Have friends
    72. Help others
    73. Be curious

  • Bill Jones September 21, 2009, 9:18 am

    71. Don’t just be yourself…be something better…especially if you suck…and remember we all suck at something!

  • The Guru Girl / The Resume Guru September 21, 2009, 9:24 am

    What a wonderfully thorough explanation of “complete’. Sort of a modern twist of “the sum of the parts is greater than the whole”.

    I seek to continue to live, to never stop learning and I concur. Today, I suddenly felt complete. Thank you.

  • Stephanie Smith September 21, 2009, 10:11 am

    Love Deb’s “get back up”! Want to add: get a massage, go someplace you have never been, get angry, then get happy. 🙂
    As usual, you are an inspiration Josh!!

  • Jessica Marie September 21, 2009, 11:06 am

    Appreciate beautiful things

  • Casey Brazeal (North and Clark) September 21, 2009, 11:32 am

    Jackson was born to play Baracus.

    The UFC committed an inexcusable error not writing him a contract that would prevent him from doing so. Now two of the best fighter in MMA are out of the game till some silly movie comes out.

    When are you gonna right an MMA article.

    • Josh Hanagarne September 21, 2009, 11:38 am

      Casey B, what would you picture me writing about MMA? That’s an interesting idea.

  • Niel September 21, 2009, 12:11 pm

    It isn’t enough to be good.

    I say be great!

  • Marina September 21, 2009, 1:23 pm

    74. Sweat

    You have to live life as hard as you can. Only by working hard and fighting for the things you want, do you start to appreciate how strong you really are.

  • Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings September 21, 2009, 2:52 pm

    75. Be crazy.
    76. Live your dreams.
    77. Take a chance.
    78. Try something new.

  • Casey Brazeal (North and Clark) September 21, 2009, 4:03 pm

    I don’t know what you would write about it. I am always tempted to talk about it when there is a big fight coming up . Sometimes I call in my buddy Elias Cepeda who is a journalist with experience talking about the subjec like i did for UFC 98 http://northandclark.net/2009/05/ufc-98-podcast-preview/.

    But if I was doing a more personal blog like yours I might look to MMA as a metaphor, or hold up a fighter as an example in training or perseverance. You have set up such a great place for commentary that you can really talk about anything.

  • Leah September 21, 2009, 7:05 pm

    I totally love this. How about it isn’t enough to be kind. To care. To call.

  • Michael September 22, 2009, 5:18 pm

    It isn’t enough to try!!

    Life is about what you get out of it… If you don’t have what you want then you haven’t done enough.

  • Jeremy September 22, 2009, 6:54 pm

    Drop it like it’s hot while doing the dishes.

    • Josh Hanagarne September 22, 2009, 7:06 pm

      @Jeremy. You win. That was the best laugh I’ve had all day.

      @Helen: The flaw of the system is basically that once you commit to the rigidity of a system, you might ignore other opportunities to improve yourself, should they present themselves outside of the rules of the system. As it pertains to strength training, basically everything works for about 6 weeks and then should be changed up, even if only a little bit. As it pertains to everything else, this is what we’re talking about when we try to think “outside the box.”

  • George Angus September 27, 2009, 6:55 pm


    Great how-to manual for life.

    You are living large, my friend.

    Printing this out for distribution.


  • Michele | Writer's Round-About September 27, 2009, 9:21 pm

    Wow, I’m always so blown away every time I stop by here, Josh! I love all your answers–and all the answers here in the comments. Very awesome!

    Is there anything left for me to add? Hmmm… How about it’s not enough to: have a blog, plan, lose weight, overcome illness, escape domestic violence…


    • Josh Hanagarne September 27, 2009, 9:56 pm

      Michele, those are all worthwhile additions. Always glad to have you. When are you going to write something for me?

  • Michele | Writer's Round-About September 27, 2009, 10:33 pm

    Thank you, Josh! 😀

    Oh my, I’m speechless–and so very honored! I’ll see what I can whip up for you. 😉