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The Joy of Six

canstockphoto14158670The Challenge: to write a six word love note.

It came from my friend Lois, a fellow Wordie, who is a master of writing,and can whittle a big idea down to a juicy nugget of truth. (Even though her new book is called TMI – Too Much Information!)

My words of love  –  A hopeful start ~ a grateful heart  – flew out of my mind and onto the paper.

Since then, this six word concept has been rolling around in my head.

And the idea came to me that these words could be used in a multitude of ways.

What a thought – that six simple words could hold a powerful message.

Especially in our culture of excess and overstimulation.

I Googled the idea of expressing thoughts in six words, and found entire websites dedicated to Six Word Memoirs, which originated from Smith College having been inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s 6 word story:

For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.

How would you tell your life story in six words?

My off the cuff response to that question:

 Using the voice I’ve always had.

(I hope contractions count as one word.)

But here is another thought…

Why not use a six word message to encourage, delight, or surprise?

Once you get the hang of it, they come pretty easily.

Who would believe it’s even fun?

As the season of Lent begins, the thought of giving ( as opposed to the old “giving up” idea) is very appealing.So each day for the next 40, I will share some combination of six words with someone in a positive way.

Good exercise for mind and heart.

And while we’re on the subject of Lent, here are six of the biggest words ever:

The Way, The Truth, The Life.

Just think of the volumes that have been written on those.

So if you could tell your life story in six little words, what would it be?

Or how could you gift someone with a six word message that would add cheer or comfort to their day?

Your thoughts would be most welcome…

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