Published on July 21, 2008
Work / Life Wisdom 25 Words of Pass it on . . . It was about finding meaning, not following rules.
Pass it on . . . Work / Life Wisdom 25 Words of It was about finding meaning, not following rules. 25 words can express an idea, question fears, offer explanation, stop us in thought Maybe 25 words can move us to start changing the world. Liz Strauss
Look for something you see too much or too little of. Write a sentence about it. Count the words you have written. Edit the sentence until you have 25 words exactly. Notice how your idea changes as you edit and how your feelings change with each rewrite. It was about finding meaning, following not rules. Some arrived late. One person only wrote 13 words. The challenge ran July 9, 2008 - July 19, 2008. The challenge read:
Look for something you see too much or too little of.
Write a sentence about it.
Count the words you have written.
Edit the sentence until you have 25 words exactly. Notice how your idea changes as you edit and how your feelings change with each rewrite.
Time Is speed of the essence when requests are made? My time or your time what's more pressing? Honest answers timely given: great start in relationships Karin H Vacation Oh yeah. I can get excited about this one. Here’s a ten word thought about vacation: It’s okay to do stuff, but stuff isn’t rest necessarily. Mark Goodyear Action I live in a tropical paradise, yet I think about the orphans and refugees around the world who are suffering. It’s time to take action . Mark
Is speed of the essence when requests are made? My time or your time what's more pressing? Honest answers timely given: great start in relationships
Love It takes a moment to say I love you but a lifetime to remember that you didn’t . Bhupesh Shah Death Here we all are, a couple of billion slabs of meat, on this small ball of mud, and some idiots want to kill each other? stephenpreneur There The pounding ocean surf calms me. The warm sun on my shoulders and sand between my toes soothes my soul. Three weeks, and I’m there. Lisa
Loving Souls Somebody said marriage is overrated. Actually, Love is underrated. “ What’s in it for me?” guides too many decisions. Loving souls care and stay close together. David Taboada Marriage Marriage is forced by a society obsessed with conformity. Live up to society standards or be shunned. Not everyone is for marriage. Lara Nieberding Waiting Room I’ve spent my first half-century in a waiting room reading a magazine article about the kind of life others have, that I deserve too. Rick Wolff
The details of the gathering don’t matter; what matters is that you gather. Shine My motto, borrowed from Smashmouth’s All Star , is “You’ll never shine if you don’t glow.” Make the choice. Recognize and share your light with everyone. DazzlinDonna A Difference Making a difference, we’ve all heard it said, should be the goal of life. Too often forgot, though: Some differences are made without being known. Diana Gathering Karen Lynch
qi When qi flows there is no pain. Where there is pain qi is not flowing. Keep your muscles and emotions flowing and qi will follow. Ed I’m No Supermom I’m no supermom not everything will get done everyday and sometimes nothing at all but I love my family and that is all that matters Courtney Detach with Love detach with love three words hiding a promise step back from others, let them go like sneezing during a cold then life can literally unfold RadiantWoman
They Were Wrong They said it couldn’t be done. “ It’s too big,” they said. “ You’re crazy to try it,” they said. “ It’s impossible,” they said. They were wrong. Robert Hruzek My Gift Who will give my gift if I don’t? In vain do I blame others for not yet seeing what has been given me to create. Karl Love Love can tie you up in knots binding you and blinding you, but it can also open your eyes to the beauty of the world. Ami
Attraction Use what you stand for to attract customers; use what you do to retain them. Ensure they’re always free to go, and they will stay. JP Rangaswami The Neglected Path The neglected path: avoid debt, save now, save enough, minimize expenses, own everything; money will then be your powerful ally instead of a crushing burden . Aaron Stroud Success Though the world is full of people who will point out your failures, the only person who can tell if you have succeeded is yourself Mark
Use what you stand for to attract customers; use what you do to retain them. Ensure they’re always free to go, and they will stay.
Blogging Sometimes I blog like a London Bus - insofar as you can wait ages for one to turn up and then two come along at once . Claire Raikes Open Mind What frees a closed mind? Love and acceptance steadfastly offered — no strings attached, no expectations, no guilt. A heart of love opens all doors. spaceagesage Brevity and Life Wisdom The world’s most precious resource is not oil; it is joy, a life-sustaining energy that is also extracted, from the soul instead of the ground. Terry Starbucker
Fear The world crumbles again and yet all things must pass there is nothing new under the sun I remember his words do not be afraid. . Brad Shorr Friday Feeling Friday has a feeling that speaks to a freedom from all things rigid, it parallels swinging on a swing, seeing fluffy clouds between your feet Mother Earth Every Day Matters Why does time seem to accelerate as we age? It could be because we finally appreciate the value and how precious each day really is. Dennis Salazar
Today Today I suggest to you Bite off more than you can chew Forget when anyone watches you askew Just pursue something big, exciting, and new . Katie Konrath Fly Free Fly like a bird Float like a cloud Follow your instinct Feel the fear To experience the Feelings of joy, and peace Suzie Cheel Enough It’s not enough to have, you also need to hold. Whether love, talents, or possessions— Love must be enjoyed, Talents and possessions used. Take action . Christine Taylor
Island No person an island they say. Then why do we work so hard to keep folks on their own islands. Consider inviting them to yours. Todd Jordan Wildness Boldly express your wildness. Release all fear of judgment. Inspire us with your raw, untamed vigor. Be the wild spirit who came here to soar. Tom Volkar Wisdom work when you work live when you live balance them carefully the science: knowing the difference between the two the art: knowing when to stop Stephen Smith
Far How can we live without wondering how we got to where we are I read my Grandfathers WWI Diary, now again he’s not so far. Joe Hauckes Twenty-five words . . . Leave for the last minute of the last day, this exercise on inspiration in twenty-five words: there’s too much haste and impatience out there, anyway. Peter Knight Changing the World Change The World You Say? Not On My Agenda Today! It’s All Work, No Play. Change The World Another Day. Life Needs Reevaluation Right Away! Vicky H
See Too Much Majestic white egret walking ahead turns to stare, oh mystical union! She shudders and plop - a spreading white puddle. Laughing, we get out the hose . Liz Williams Wake Up Need to wake up From this automated existence Learn to live life passionately As time is running out And there is much yet to experience. Bobby Clark Love Life is a series of selected fictions. When we acknowledge our shared Truth we find Unity/Love. . Meryl333
Wishes One wishes that we all went back to having a lifetime to describe things that mattered instead of counting words - as I am doing now. Anant Lead "Be the change you seek," said Gandhi; how few heed him, how much we need them; "lead, follow, or get out the way," I say. John Cooper Smaller World Indubitably the world`s smaller, relationships form quicker, ideas, stupidity transmitted in milliseconds, concepts unseen forged. But when masses aren`t happy always One must bear blame. Elaine B
Laughter Laughter is a truly healing medicine, reducing unneeded stress, softening sometimes unbearable pain, and brightening someone else's day. Are you helping to heal the world? Eric Peterson Discovery I see too many people blaming external factors or others for their own unhappiness not realizing their own power for greatness lies within awaiting discovery. Jenny Mannion
Malaise In front of a Web connected computer he can change the world with vigor, instead chronic procrastination means life is frittered away, page refreshing Twitter. Paul Downey Me Look at me . . . Listen to me . . . Give to me . . . Help me . . . How did it become about loving yourself instead of loving your neighbor as yourself? Lillie Ammann Every Day Matters Putting your priorities in the right order is much harder than it sounds. And it's even harder keeping them there. But it's worth the effort. Paul Whitehouse
Home It started When I wrote my first lines. I thought it was heaven I was following. Instead I found a thread that led me home . Phil Baumann The Key Today I remember that surrender is the key to writing and life: trusting that all is in divine order in every moment, in every breath. Mark David Gerson Change Asked: “How would you change the world?” Pondered “Which world?” Realizing just how general a statement, I concluded, “Why not let the world change me?” theFemGeek
Brad Shorr Mother Earth Katie Konrath Suzie Cheel Christine Taylor Tom Volkar Todd Jordan Stephen Smith Peter Knight Joe Hauckes Vicky H Bobby Clark Meryl333 Liz Williams Elaine B Anant John Cooper Eric Peterson Jenny Mannion Paul Downey Paul Whitehouse Lillie Ammann Mark David Gerson Phil Baumann theFemGeek Karin H Mark Mark Goodyear Lisa stephenpreneur Bhupesh Shah Lara Nieberding David Taboada Rick Wolff Diana DazzlinDonna Karen Lynch Courtney RadiantWoman Ed Karl Robert Hruzek Ami JP Rangaswami Mark Aaron Stroud Terry Starbucker spaceagesage Claire Raikes Dennis Salazar 25 words can express an idea, question fears, offer kindness, stop us in thought Maybe 25 words can move us to start changing the world. Thank you to everyone who participated by writing or by reading this document. Liz Strauss
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