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 thoughts on “How to Spend Inconvenience Day, in 6 Words

  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. 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. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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. 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.

  6. 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. 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. 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!

    1. 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!

  7. 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!

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