We’re in the midst of kindness right now.
For 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.
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?
1. The biggest dose of patience available.
Meghan W., of Phase Three of Life
2.Some sunshine plus peace and quiet.
Nikki Y., of Nikki Young Writes
3. Make her cancer go away. Please.
Meg D., of Dear Crazy Kids
4. Back to school – send coffee. STAT!
Lisa W., of The Golden Spoons
5. Sunny skies for summer’s last hurrah.
Kim S., of Copilot Mom
6. Would love extra hours to sleep!
Tarana K., of Sand in My Toes
7. Happy coworkers, happy customers…pure bliss!
Britta B., of It’s a Britta Bottle!
8. Be the reason someones smiles today.
Tiffany M., of Sounds Like Life to Me
9. No judgement without dialogue: SEE me.
Leslie B., of Time Out for Mom
10. Please, just let them fall asleep.
Meredith S., of The Mom of the Year
11. Please someone pay for my Starbucks.
Rebecca, of Frugalista
12. Reverse time back to summer vacation.
Rosey M., of Mail for Rosey
13. Allow time not to fly by.
Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic
14. Please teach my newborn to nap.
Katie M., of Pick Any Two
15. Make my husband’s leukemia go away!
Lisa, of Blondie’s BEARista
16. Bring me a kitty to love.
Norine D., of Science of Parenthood
17. More understanding, love, and a nap.
Kim, of Protean Mom
18. Be mindful and faithful in everything.
Debbie T., of Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains
19. Snow day in August=day off!
Jeanette, of Not a Punk Rocker
20. Please, just let me sleep in.
Louise H., of Baby Gates Down
21. I would love to end judgement.
Alyson, of The Shitastrophy
22. Get me out of the red.
Penelope G., of Penelope’s Oasis
23. Take it easy, wait your turn 🙂
Tamara G., of The Three Gerbers
24. Can’t we all just get along?!?!
Rabia L., of The Lieber Family
25. Postive attitute sustains Back-to-School. 😛
Mel B., of World According to Mags
26. Bestow balance as I seek it.
Prudence, of Prudence Debt Free
27. Sibling squabbling would miraculously cease. Hallelujah!
Gina T., of Full of It
28. Room to heal, grow, and love.
Ann K., of The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally
29. each person look out for another.
beth k., of i didn’t have my glasses on …
30. Gain my Officer Commission, pretty please!
Aunie, of Aunie Sauce blog
31. Understanding and doing good for all.
Erik W., of This Kid Reviews Books
32. In THREE words: To be appreciated.
Michele P., of Old Dog New Tits
33. Everyone to adopt a homeless cat.
Ellen, of 15 and Meowing
34. Give me strength to be alone.
35. Bestow upon me kind people daily
Lorraine J., of Be Kind to Humankind
36. Open mind, listening heart, warm arms.
Nicki G., of Red Boots
37. #Dare To Do The Right Thing.
Kevin F., of Who Woulda Thought?
38. Simply stop and smile at people.
Jennifer I., of Another Jennifer
39. Gratitude for living and loving life!
Cristina, of Exhale Joy
40. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
Nina G., of Sleeping Should Be Easy
41. Please, let my kids sleep in!
Melissa M., of Wading Through Motherhood
42. Arrive in Boston safe and sound!
Vanessa, of Say Hello to Gorgeous
43. Any kind act, so very appreciated.
44. Be helpful, truthful, gentle, honest, real.
Tania, of Tania 2 a Tee
45. Potty training instant success, thank you.
Colleen P., of Lemonthistle
46. Open mailbox. YES!! Mortgage is paid.
Rebecca B., of Everyday Life
47. Three extra hours of sleep, please.
Dana H., of Kiss My List
48. Smile and hug the negative away.
Sandra, of A Momma’s View
49.Pizza discovered to encourage weight loss.
Mo, of Mocadeaux
50. Take away my friend Kat’s cancer.
Kim T., of Day With K-T
51. Let me sleep, make me cookies.
Tamara B., of Tamara (Like) Camera
52. Let all suffering be worth it.
Tessa, of Nothing Was Said
53. Taking control of my own world.
Rena M., of The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
54. An extra week to sleep in.
Teri B., of Snarkfest
55. Unlimited energy that matches my kids.
Megan L., of Meaningful Mommy
56. Someone please feed me free pizza!
Rea A., of Blissful Snapshots
57. Call and say you’re hiring me.
Lisa, of The Meaning of Me
58. A paying job fulfilling Love’s calling.
Jennifer L., of That’s a Jenn Story
59. Deliver me, strength from inside me.
Eli P., of Coach Daddy
A great list of 6 words of kindness and a great way to finish the post!
Thanks Sandra – and who better to sound off on kindness than Dalai Lama?
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!
A good roundup, eh Tamara? It wasn’t long ago the word of the day for these was wine; we’ve come a long way.
I often believe the world just needs a nap.
I second every single one that said that they wanted an extra few hours of sleep.
I think everyone who reads this should follow it up with a nap, Katy.
i loved many of these, especially #8,14,and 22. i feel lucky to have been a part of this one )
Those are winners, beth. so is yours.
Another great list and you know I just love being a part. Oh and you totally picked the right one for me at of the two I sent you!! 🙂
Glad you liked it, Janine. I could have gone either way with the ones you sent!
So great! I’m honoured to be a part of your list! So many great requests for kindness….and extra sleep. I totally sympathize.
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!
It’s a mixed bag of kindness, isn’t it Dana? Benign kindness is still kindness. Some feel more urgent, yes.
Great to have you in as always.
A perfect way to celebrate the importance of dreaming for the sweet stuff! 🙂
I hope I never stop dreaming for the sweet stuff, Meredith. Ever.
I am all for kindness every day. The world would be such a brighter place, wouldn’t it? Thank you for inviting me to join in, Eli!
Kindness is free and has no calories, so why not, Kim? It’d make rush hour easier, even.
Glad to have you along!
I can’t pick a favorite because they are all pretty awesome! Love being a part of this, thank you so much!
I didn’t include any sucky ones, Tiffany. (I didn’t get any! And calling them sucky wouldn’t be very kind.)
Thanks for playing along, and for the link on your blog, too.
Some of these made me cry, gah…totally feel like my problems aren’t a big deal after all.
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.
Yay! I finally remembered to turn mine in on time to be included! 😀
Great list and I agree, naps are always a welcome thing 🙂
What an amazing list of kindness you’ve curate, Eli! Every single one made me smile and feel warm :). So happy to be a part of it.
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 : )
I really needed this right now, Eli. So glad I could participate and then read it at the exact right time.
All great & always interesting to see some similarities – sleep, cancer, food. Loved yours at the end.
This was a great list to read ! Lots of people need sleep 🙂
A great list again Eli! I went to some others and met some great bloggers! Thanks for doing this.
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!
Winning numbers for the Megamillions jackpot.
I’d settle for winning numbers in the min-millions jackpot. Or finding a crisp fiver in my jacket pocket come fall.
Great lists. I’m really happy to discover so many other bloggers
Thanks V. It’s a good group of scribes in the list, you included.
Great collection! This is my favourite:
Be helpful, truthful, gentle, honest, real.
Tania, of Tania 2 a Tee blog
Thanks Lainey – I look forward to checking out your blog. Tania’s sentence is good, isn’t it? If we could all only.
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.
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.
Thanks for including me! They are all great. But am I in the friend, blogger or strange blogger friend category?
Glad to have you in the house, Jennifer. It’s a good barrel of hope, isn’t it? If you have to ask which category you’re in …
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.
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.
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!
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.
Did you forget mine again … ? :-(Jennifer A. G. Layteformerly Jennifer Anne Grosserhttp://www.newenglandcondo.comhttp://www.thatsajennstory.comAuthor of Trees in the Pavement
What are you talking about? It’s right there at No. 59.
Amazing how varied our desires are…and each important in its own right.
Hope’s crucial in its own right. Without it, what is there?
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.
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.
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.
And I love when readers click through on the links to others’ blogs … it’s like a mini billboard into the writer behind the blogs and words.
Loved reading the responses! Thanks for having me! I appreciate it! 😀
Glad you liked it, Erik. Always good to have you along!
All I can think when I read this list is, “My goodness, there certainly are some beautiful people in this world.”
All I can think of when compiling this list is, “Good gravy, there certainly are some beautiful people who answer these prompts.”
Thanks for the mention! It was great to be part of the week.