Today, I received an email from one of the professional groups I belong to on LinkedIn that asked “what’s your six-word story?”
Intrigued, I clicked on the email to discover a discussion centered on the idea of describing myself in just six words.
It made me think of my blogging friend, Sarah, who hosts Six Word Wednesday on her blog, This-Here-Now. In this series, each Wednesday, she writes, as you have likely imagined, a Six Word story. I find her stories thoughtful, sweet, delightful—they are a wonderful “time capsule” of a particular point in her life and in the lives of her family members. What a terrific idea.
Six Words can be traced back to Ernest Hemingway who, in the 1920s, was challenged to write a complete story in only six words. A bet was wagered on the outcome, and Hemingway was said to have walked away with the winnings, having written:
For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
Hemingway, the story says, considered it one of his best works.
I can see why; there’s mystery and sadness in his tale. You’re left asking a host of questions, wondering why those shoes were never worn. You aren’t likely to forget those six words right away.
And, what of my Six Word story? Or yours? Are our stories full of mystery and wonder? Are they unforgettable?
For today, mine is:
She seeks more, grateful for now.
I’d like to think that my story is changing, evolving, growing. Perhaps my wonder is of the “looking forward to what comes next” variety. My story will be different next week and the week after and the week after. That, my friends, is exciting.
To take a cue from Sarah, what’s your six word story? Tell me in the comments.