How to Spend Inconvenience Day, in 6 Words

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Today’s the day to do something good.

GAD GRAPHICIt’s okay if you did something yesterday, or want to wait until tomorrow. Or do something all three days and even into next week. Today is Inconvenience Yourself Day. It’s also 6 Words Day around here, which makes for an interesting combination.

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.

Feb. 24 is Inconvenience Yourself Day. It’s in observance of doing little things for others for a day. In six words, tell of one way you can do something for someone else today – and then go and do it!

I didn’t get many responses this month. Invites go out to select categories:

  • Those who find themselves in my inbox for any reason
  • Those whose blogs I’ve read that month
  • Those who signed up by sending an email to

A short list perhaps will give us all a chance to get out and do something swell for someone else. If you’d like to receive next month’s prompt, just send an email to


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1. When you serve, you build bridges.

Les B., of Ink Interrupted

2. Leave some chocolate on their desk.

Tiffany M., of Sounds Like Life to Me

3. Take time and smile at everyone.

Jennifer I., of Another Jennifer

4. Wednesday’s Love Offering: Minestrone for homeless.

Amy M., of Life is Messy, Life is Marvelous

5. Baking for friends, allies in life.

Yanic A., of Family, Faith, Food, an Fabric

6. Tell random strangers they are beautiful.

Jacquelyn S., of One Woman, Huge World


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7. Shovel driveways and write six words.

Eric, of All in a Dad’s Work

8. Take a glum foodie to dinner.

PD, of Cricket Muse: A writer’s journey as a reader

9. Give a homeless person a meal.

Norine M., of Science of Parenthood

10. Buy someone’s wash at the laundromat.

Jenny, of Peace From Panic

11. Look into their eyes; actually listen.

Julia T., of Diary of a Word Nerd

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12. Make time to actually hear them.

Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic

13. Breakfast, Drop-off, Laundry, Pick-up, Dinner, Bedtime.

Tamara G., of Confessions of a Part-Time Working Mom

14. Go get bagels in my pajamas.

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

15. Pay for strangers Starbucks in drive-thru.

Katy W., of Stereotypically Able

16. Speak no obscenities, today at least.


17. Traffic Jam? No, YOU go first.

Kathy G., of The Second Half of My Life

18. Ask “how are you?”; mean it.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy

19. I’ll come if needed, despite plans.

Rhea, of Life is Messy, Life is Marvelous

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57 Comments Add yours

  1. OK, so I’m the bitch who thought doing what I always do must be enough. And there you are, all of you, having really nice plans of helping people in need, being kind and generous, listening, buying coffee and putting smiles on people’s faces! You are GREAT, you know that? GREAT! 🙂
    E, you have got the nicest friends!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Not a bitch, Tamara! It’s up to interpretation, and as you know, those things we all do that locally definitely qualify to those we love, especially. You’re putting smiles on faces, too – faces you love.

      I am pretty proud of my friends. I’m honored that you’re among them.

  2. Yanic A. says:

    Oh, 11 and 12 brought tears to my eyes…
    Thank you again for including me Eli. I always find these posts inspiring.
    Have a wonderful day! xoxo

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Those were good, weren’t they Yanic? Glad you could play along again. Hope to see you next month, too.

      1. Yanic A. says:

        I’m always up for it! xo

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Sign up for the mailing list!

  3. Love this list and honestly so many good suggestions to do something nice and pay it forward for others in our lives. Thanks for always including once again, too! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Good thing is, we can do these things tomorrow, too. Glad you could make it, Janine. It’s a tight group this time.

  4. Julia Tomiak says:

    These are great! Excellent ideas. Loved the Lao Tzu quote. Thanks!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Julia! I’m glad yours is among them. I’d like to remember Lao Tzu’s words in that quote every day.

  5. Rhea M says:

    Six words: how fun is that?!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I see what you did there, Rhea!

  6. Kathy G says:

    Thanks for letting me play this month. I wasn’t able to perform my inconvenience today, so I’m transferring it to tomorrow.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks for coming to play, Kathy. Thing is, we can stretch this thing 365 days (366 in 2016).

  7. mocadeaux says:

    The kindnesses suggested are much greater than the inconvenience they may cause. Mine for today would be; “You have pneumonia?!?! I’ll bring dinner.” Love the kindness quote!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      You’re right about that, Mo. We can do a million little things that feel like big ones. That quote is one of my favorites.

  8. Kisma says:

    Love all of these answers! I get credit for #15! I did that today only not on a drive thru. In person:-)

    Always love being apart of this Eli, thank you!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s a good batch, Tiff. And nice going on No. 15. I’d like to do them all. Glad you were part of it again, as always.

  9. jennymarie4 says:

    Love these inspiring words! Thanks so much for including me Eli! Jenny

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      aren’t they great, Jenny? Glad you could be part of it.

  10. jennymarie4 says:

    Reblogged this on Peace from Panic and commented:
    When Eli of Coach Daddy asked me to participate in his six word story challenge, I loved the idea. Six words on something nice you can do for someone else. These are inspiring!

    Today when I was out for a walk, I noticed a group of gardeners working on the common areas in a neighborhood. A homeowner came out of his garage with a case of orange sodas and was passing them out to the hot, tired-looking gardeners. I thought it was such a nice gesture, and helped those men get through the rest of their day 🙂

    Check out Eli’s wonderful blog! And have a great day/evening!

  11. Love it! Thanks for including me, Eli.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked it, Jennifer. Seems like it was just your speed.

  12. stomperdad says:

    Thanks Eli! Awesome words, as usual. I got out of shoveling. It’s raining, not snowing.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks for playing along, Eric. It was a good batch. There’s still plenty of time for snow for you, right?

      1. stomperdad says:

        It’s still February. We usually get snow until April. Lots of time. Excep today it’s 55 degrees and raining.

  13. ksbeth says:

    thanks for inviting me into your playhouse once again, eli. and so much love and kindness here!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      i need to get to yours again soon, beth. quite proud of the love and kindness around here – thanks for being part of it.

  14. walkerkaty0 says:

    Reblogged this on Stereotypically Able and commented:
    What would you do to pay it forward?

  15. walkerkaty0 says:

    I probably say this every time, but I love doing these!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you do, Katy – it’s great to have you in them.

  16. cricketmuse says:

    Enjoyed playing. Lots of food suggestions–caring and food have a connection, don’t they?
    The hubs did one for me: “Deliver forgotten lesson plan to wife.” He gets hero points. Ooh–there’s your next six: what earns hero points? My hubs is the best when it comes to hero points–forgotten lesson plans, warming up soup, rubbing tired out tootsies. Or is hero points too genderized? Wunderbar points?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Good to have you, PD. Food and love are deeply connected. Your guy did a good thing. Hero points are great but heroes never want them, you know?

      I’ll come up with the next prompt today. Stay tuned.

  17. Indira says:

    Nice post. I liked all. ‘ Make someone feel she is needed.’

  18. Lulu says:

    Saw your post reblogged on Peace from Panic. I love this idea! I’m still brainstorming what I can do, but it might go something like this, “Send letter to a lonely friend.” Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hey Lulu – so glad you did. I just checked out your blog and followed immediately. Great reading there and I can’t wait to delve in a bit.

      Glad you like this idea – we do it every month. Sign up for the automatic email (not so automatic, I still do it the old-fashioned way, by hand.)

      I like your idea a lot. How cool are letters in the first place? Tons more when you really need one.

      1. Lulu says:

        Hey Eli! Thanks for your wonderful comment and for following my blog. I just had a chance to read more of yours and start following. Very thoughtful, and you have a way with funny analogies and metaphors. 😉 Hope you have a great Friday and a lovely weekend!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Same to you, Lulu – glad we’ve crossed paths.

  19. Great list again! Always love these. Always wondered how one got to be lucky enough to be on the list to receive the prompts, too. 🙂 I’m happy to participate anytime, so sing me up for the next one.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked it Lisa! It’s just serendipitous – I’ll read a post and send an invite, or ask people in my inbox. Now, you can sign up to receive them every month. I have you down!

  20. stomperdad says:

    Reblogged this on All In A Dad's Work and commented:
    Every story can be told in just 6 words say Ernest Hemingway and Eli Pacheco. In honor of “do something nice day” yesterday, Eli’s 6 word story tellers told what they would do to make the world a better place for someone. You’ll find mine in here along with 18 others. What’s something nice you would do for someone? Happy Reading!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks for the reblog and for playing along, Eric!

      1. stomperdad says:

        No problem, Eli. Thanks for having me!

  21. 1jaded1 says:

    Thank you for accepting my sign up. People laughed when I used substitutions. I like all of these.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      it’s a good batch, no?

  22. Ah… this is good. REALLY good. ❤

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hey, Thanks CC. I’d love to get you in the next one.

  23. Rorybore says:

    We may have been small this month — but our ideas are Mighty!!! So many great quotes this post. I love the heart showing here. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Absolutely mighty, Rore. I’m proud of the output. Straight from the heart.

      1. Rorybore says:

        You do good work here Coach – creating this safe place for us. ❤

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        I love that you come here, Rore.

  24. I had no idea there was such a day! Great list, as always. And how am I not on your mailing list? Seriously???

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Kinda cool, right Lisa? Glad you liked it. You’re on the list now. See you for March!

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