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!

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Our Dream Jobs, in 6 Words

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photo credit: Time to clean the TIE IV via photopin (license)

I kind of have my dream job.

6 words graphicI write, all day. There’s food around. I love my team. Did I mention the writing and the food? And the laptop. And the company trip to Cancun tomorrow, and the bowling alley. And I get to write. All day. With food.

I think it’s more a dreamy job.

A dream job, maybe, is one that you know exists or hope exists or have dreamed up to exist. Not one you find, then fall in love with. So the dream job would still be a reporter for NPR. I have a jacked-up enough name for it.

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.

Want to receive an email with monthly prompts? Just send an email to elipacheco.ejp@gmail.com, with 6 words in the subject line, to subscribe.

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Titling Our Memoirs, in 6 Words

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We all have a story to tell.

GAD GRAPHICSome of ours have more blue language in them than others. Some are short stories. Others, epic. All have our voice, and deserve to be heard. Even if they wind up on the clearance table.

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.

November is National Memoir Writing Month. You don’t have to write your memoir – just the title. What would it be, in six words?

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How We’d Improve Ourselves, in 6 Words

 

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Ever look up, and see that the month has passed you by?

6 words graphicSeptember was supposed to be self-improvement month. Thirty days has September, as the rhyme goes … which means today’s D Day for the month. How’d you grade out?

Me? I’m about as far from ending the Month of Self Improvement on a good note as the Colorado Rockies are to meaningful October baseball. I’d so like a do-over.

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Our Requests for Kindness, in 6 Words

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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.

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What We’d Say Without Fear, in 6 Words

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Forty times.

6 words graphicThat’s how many times John Mayer says “say what you need to say” in the song Say What you Need to Say. (Elise and I counted on our drive home from Mars Hill and Lees-McRae for college visits.)

It’s good to speak your mind.

So good, in fact, that a handful of bloggers, friends, strangers and strange blogger friends I presented this month’s 6 words prompt to declined – because they say what they need to say.

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What Would Make You Smile, in 6 Words

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When one of those days happens – you know what I’m talking about – I hope for one thing, just one, to turn it around.

6 words graphicJust one thing to make me smile.

Why condemn a whole day to something bad just because it got off to a shitty rocky start?

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.

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What We’ve Done with Brain Switched Off, in 6 Words

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The lights are sometimes on – even if no one’s home.

6 words graphicIt happens. Sometimes, it’s mild – like when I wore the wrong team’s shirt to a soccer match. Or left an egg salad sandwich in my car on a sweltering July afternoon. Wait, that wasn’t minor, was it? We all do stuff with our brain switched off. Right?

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.

March is Brain Awareness month. Sometimes, we’re not so aware, though. In six words, what’s something you’ve done with your brain switched off? Think “put on my hoodie backwards – again.”

Thanks to blogger friends (hey, I left off strange!) such as Mo of Mocadeaux blog and Lisa of The Meaning of Me for posting 6 words post at the same time!

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Friendship (Words You Don’t Want to Hear), in 6 Words

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My daughter, Elise, got a six-word sentence from a friend that she didn’t really want for Friendship Month.

“Some !@#! wrecked our field again!”

This month’s 6 Words post is also a call for a little compassion.

Elise plays goalkeeper at Queen’s Grant High, a charter school in Matthews, N.C. All the team needs is a suitable field. And by suitable, I mean minimally playable.

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How We’d Change Our Stars, in 6 Words

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Changing your stars is kind of a big deal.

It’s like in Scrabble, when you’re saddled with Z, D, D, Y, R, R, L. You cash in your chips for a new set. Surrender up what you have, and trust that whatever you pull out of the bag is to be than what you had.

Every month, I compile a post called 6 Words. Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he claimed you can tell a story in a six-word sentence. I call on bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends. How will they respond to the prompt?

January is Change Your Stars month. What would you change in your life, sky’s the limit, in six words?

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