Our Requests for Kindness, in 6 Words

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photo credit: May The Fourth Be With You – Day 123/365 via photopin (license)

We’re in the midst of kindness right now.

6 words graphicFor humankind, at least. And at least for a week. You might have seen the hashtag #bk2hk on social media. There’s a specific kindness for each of seven days, from courteous driving to sacrifice of personal wants for others to Forgive Your Foe Friday.

[Learn all about #bk2hk week]

Every month, I compile a post called 6 Words. Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he said any story can be told in a six-word sentence. I ask bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt.

[See other 6 words posts here]

In the midst of Be Kind to Humankind Week. In six words, what’s one act of kindness you’d love the universe to bestow upon you this week?

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photo credit: drive thru via photopin (license)

1. The biggest dose of patience available.

Meghan W., of Phase Three of Life blog

2.Some sunshine plus peace and quiet.

Nikki Y., of Nikki Young Writes blog

3. Make her cancer go away. Please.

Meg D., of Dear Crazy Kids blog

4. Back to school – send coffee. STAT!

Lisa W., of The Golden Spoons blog 

5. Sunny skies for summer’s last hurrah.

Kim S., of Copilot Mom blog

6. Would love extra hours to sleep!

Tarana K., of Sand in My Toes blog

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photo credit: moka house carrot cake via photopin (license)

7. Happy coworkers, happy customers…pure bliss!

Britta B., of It’s a Britta Bottle! blog

8. Be the reason someones smiles today.

Tiffany M., of Sounds Like Life to Me blog

9. No judgement without dialogue: SEE me.

Leslie B., of Time Out for Mom blog

10. Please, just let them fall asleep.

Meredith S., of The Mom of the Year blog

11. Universe,  please send a laundry fairy.

Darcy B.

12. Please someone pay for my Starbucks.

Rebecca, of Frugalista blog

EP - drawing by Grace
EP – drawing by Grace

13. Reverse time back to summer vacation.

Rosey M., of Mail for Rosey blog

14. Allow time not to fly by.

Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic blog

15. Please teach my newborn to nap.

Katie M., of Pick Any Two blog

16. Make my husband’s leukemia go away!

Lisa, of Blondie’s BEARista blog

17. Bring me a kitty to love.

Norine D., of Science of Parenthood blog

18. More understanding, love, and a nap.

Kim, of Protean Mom blog

Art by Elise, pen and water colors on paper
Art by Elise, pen and water colors on paper

19. Be mindful and faithful in everything.

Debbie T., of Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains blog

20. Snow day in August=day off!

Jeanette, of Not a Punk Rocker blog

21. Please, just let me sleep in.

Louise H., of Baby Gates Down blog

22. I would love to end judgement.

Alyson, of The Shitastrophy blog

23. Get me out of the red.

Penelope G., of Penelope’s Oasis blog

24. Take it easy, wait your turn 🙂

Tamara G., of The Three Gerbers blog


25. Can’t we all just get along?!?!

Rabia L., of The Lieber Family blog

26. Postive attitute sustains Back-to-School. 😛

Mel B., of World According to Mags blog

27. Bestow balance as I seek it.

Prudence, of Prudence Debt Free blog

28. Sibling squabbling would miraculously cease. Hallelujah!

Gina T., of Full of It blog

29. Room to heal, grow, and love.

Ann K., of The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally blog

30. each person look out for another.

beth k., of i didn’t have my glasses on … blog

Photo courtesy of Annelise Rowe
Photo courtesy of Annelise Rowe

31. Gain my Officer Commission, pretty please!

Aunie, of Aunie Sauce blog

32. Understanding and doing good for all.

Erik W., of This Kid Reviews Books blog

33. In THREE words: To be appreciated.

Michele P., of Old Dog New Tits blog

34. Everyone to adopt a homeless cat.

Ellen, of 15 and Meowing blog

35. Give me strength to be alone.

Erica R., of Erica Rhodes.net

36. Bestow upon me kind people daily

Lorraine J., of Be Kind to Humankind blog

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photo credit: open mind via photopin (license)

37. Open mind, listening heart, warm arms.

Nicki G., of Red Boots blog

38. #Dare To Do The Right Thing.

Kevin F., of Who Woulda Thought? blog

39. Simply stop and smile at people.

Jennifer I., of Another Jennifer blog

40. Gratitude for living and loving life!

Cristina, of Exhale Joy blog

41. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes.

Nina G., of Sleeping Should Be Easy blog

42. Please, let my kids sleep in!

Melissa M., of  Wading Through Motherhood blog

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photo credit: Boston Skyline – Sunset via photopin (license)

43. Arrive in Boston safe and sound!

Vanessa, of Say Hello to Gorgeous blog

44. Any kind act, so very appreciated.


45. Be helpful, truthful, gentle, honest, real.

Tania, of Tania 2 a Tee blog

46. Potty training instant success, thank you.

Colleen P., of Lemonthistle blog

47. Open mailbox. YES!! Mortgage is paid.

Rebecca B., of Everyday Life blog

48. Three extra hours of sleep, please.

Dana H., of Kiss My List blog


49. Smile and hug the negative away.

Sandra, of A Momma’s View blog

50.Pizza discovered to encourage weight loss.

Mo, of Mocadeaux blog

51. Take away my friend Kat’s cancer.

Kim T., of Day With K-T blog

52. Let me sleep, make me cookies.

Tamara B., of Tamara (Like) Camera blog

53. Let all suffering be worth it.

Tessa, of Nothing Was Said blog

54. Taking control of my own world.

Rena M., of The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver blog

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photo credit: Drowsy cat via photopin (license)

55. An extra week to sleep in.

Teri B., of Snarkfest blog

56. Unlimited energy that matches my kids.

Megan L., of Meaningful Mommy blog

57. Someone please feed me free pizza!

Rea A., of Blissful Snapshots blog

58. Call and say you’re hiring me.

Lisa, of The Meaning of Me blog

59. A paying job fulfilling Love’s calling.

Jennifer L., of That’s a Jenn Story blog

60. Deliver me, strength from inside me.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy blog kindness quote


64 Replies to “Our Requests for Kindness, in 6 Words”

  1. Many nice ones. Lots of them include sleep, I had no idea this was “grant me a wish day” 😉
    On the other hand: just imagine how kind mankind could be if they all just got enough sleep!

  2. Love the variety here. Some, like mine, were pretty benign. Some got me right in the gut. I’ll gladly give up those extra hours of sleep for some of these to come true.

    Glad to be joining you again, Eli!

    1. Thing is, Penelope, we all have spots we could use some kindness in – some might deal with large issues, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t use kindness other places, too.

  3. Yay! I finally remembered to turn mine in on time to be included! 😀

    Great list and I agree, naps are always a welcome thing 🙂

  4. It’s amazing how many people wrote about sleep! I wonder if it’s because so many are parents of young children? Or is this a widespread phenomenon for all kinds of people? I think you should write a post about it : )

  5. All great & always interesting to see some similarities – sleep, cancer, food. Loved yours at the end.

  6. I think “more understanding, love and a nap” is just about the perfect day! LOL
    as always I am in awe at how varied and all equally wonderful our words are. thanks for always bringing us together to shine like this!

  7. Sheesh, these run the beautiful range from things I want right now, to things I want every day. If I had been answering less selfishly, I wouldn’t even know where to begin.
    So I figured I’d begin with sleep and cookies.

    1. Lots of ways for kindness, Tamara. I hope no one feels selfish for what they wished for. It was intended to be a request for kindness for ourselves, which is kind of a contradiction for kindness, isn’t it? We’re more apt to share kindness than ask for it.

      A nap a handful of cookies feels like a good way to start.

  8. Wow. We’re all sleep deprived and hungry. Sleepover and BBQ, anyone? 🙂

    That’s the answer to world peace right there. Okay, part of it, anyway.

    1. You nailed it, Kim. Get everyone a nap and a barbecue sandwich, but which one first? Got room for 60 sleeping bags in your living room?

      I know a sleepover and barbecue isn’t the way to world peace, but on a local level, it’ll be so awesome a world in turmoil will feel light years away.

      Solid plan.

  9. So heartwarming to read these answers. I can relate with everyone asking for extra hours of sleep! God I need that too! But then pizza makes me happy so I just bought one for myself earlier. Haha!

    1. Hope comes in many flavors around here, Rea. A collective nap is definitely in order. Sign me up.

      I loved sleeping in the couches in the student union between classes. Some of my best sleep ever.

      Pizza’s a strong way to go. Pizza fills a void when hope can’t be found.

  10. Another great list, Eli. As always, it’s a delight to be a part of your blogging community and to be on this list!

    It’s so interesting to me to go through this and see what people value most…how some people use humor to relay their point and others are straight forward and honest…so much so, it’s almost heartbreaking. It’s amazing what you can convey in 6 words, it really is and this topic particularly is such a great one.

    1. Glad you liked it Britta. Thanks for being part of it – the community and the gaggle that comprised this list.

      The moment someone sends me their submission is also a factor. I’ve had people tell me later they wish they were more funny/serious/globally-minded/clever etc. No one sees the list until it’s out, but me. So they come to me in a vacuum.

      1. which makes it so much more unique and thought provoking. None of us know what anyone else is going to say and sure, we may wish we would have sent something better after going through the list, but it DOES give a really unique look into what that person is thinking when they send you their submission…and that’s so cool.

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