This is what we do for the joy of the King,
For His peaceable Kingdom,
For a world in despair.
And this is why we bring any hope we can give,
Any bread from the table,
Any touch of His hand.
This is what we do.
This is where we go.
This is why we sing.
This is how we live.
This is who we are.

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Six-Word Story

My friend Ken Read had a wonderful post on his blog recently.  He told about a report he'd heard on National Public Radio which featured a project asking people to summarize their lives in 6 words. SIX WORDS! Yikes!  For word-o-philes like me, that's more of a challenge than Lays'  "Bet you can't eat just one" campaign from years ago.

But the idea does give one pause.  The 6-word summary idea was based on the rumor that Ernest Hemmingway had written one himself (not necessarily his own) to demonstrate the concept.  His mini-mini-story was:  "For sale.  Baby shoes.  Never worn."   Wow.  The mind jumps into high gear filling in the spaces for that one.

I happened to read Ken's entry last week while Lexi and Haley were so sick and Haley was taking her turn at C.H.O.C.  I wrote him my 6-worder for the week:  "Two granddaughters.  In hospital.  Same week" or was it "Two granddaughters in hospital.  Really sucks" ?  Either one would have worked.  

Of course, the 6 words don't have to evoke pathos or pain.  Ken (a college professor) had some great ones of his own that he posted on his office door:
  • Gone crazy.  Be back sometime soon.
  • I'm not afraid to flunk you.
  • Students beware.  I am not organized.
  • Thanks for, gosh, just being you.
  • I'm stupid, but I'm not dumb!
  • Living forever!  So far, so good . . .
  • I love Jesus.  Jesus loves me.
Get the picture?  I challenge you to give it a shot.  I'd love to see what you come up with.  (See, Kurt . . . That's ONE way to get comments!  :o)   )  

So based on my post last night, my 6-worder for this weekend:  "Gonna see some movies.  Can't wait!"


johnsonandjohnson said...

Off of work. Hanging with Emily.

Don said...

Bravo, Jen!

"Give her big Old Guy hug!"

Becky said...

Don you are a logophile; meaning you have a fondness/love for words.

My 6 words are:
Three day weekend brings much joy.

Lyn said...

I can do it in 3 words: My family ROCKS!

Roni said...

School at home. Lord, help me!

Jon in HB said...

Up late again, reading your blog.