Sunday, March 1, 2009

Try to Be Brief

I am shamelessly stealing an idea from another blog. I read recently on The LPM Blog the exercise of summing up your life in six words or fewer. Apparently, this was trend at some point for writers to make meaning of their existence with a half dozen well chosen words. Now that's a challenge! My personal justifications usually become run-on sentences that leave even me bored and still no clearer on my meaning. So I thought I should give this test a try. Here are my first attempts at explaining what I have been doing for the last 40-some years:
"Late bloomer learning more each day"
"Finding humor where it's not expected"
"Enchanted living with my three guys"

These were the first ones that came to mind so I guess I have to stick with them. Go with your intuition, right? Now I switched gears a bit and what came to mind next was a song lyric and amazingly it has six words. At first this didn't hit me as the best summary of me. But after saying it a few times to myself, I kind of liked it. It's wide open to interpretation and is much more mysterious than I really am. So it sticks too. From the wisdom of Led Zeppelin, here I am (and you maybe?) boiled down to a six word roux:
"Livin', lovin', she's just a woman"

Now the rest of that songs' lyrics are not flattering, so don't go there. But the chorus is fine if we uplift the interpretation of the word "just". Oops, there I go again with a run-on...

So I challenge you to share your six word soliloquy. What do you have to say, shortly and sweetly, about who you are, where you've been, where you are going? I can't wait to see what you come up with!


  1. Great blog... now let me seeeeeee???

    Dreamer who finally found her dream

    that's me.. always a dreamer (since I was a child) being yelled at by the teachers for my head being in the clouds. I didn't discover photography until 2003 and soon realized it was THE way for me to make my dreams visible to others.

    I almost did:

    Photographer waiting for a celebrity tocomealonganddiscoverher (is that cheating?)..LOL

  2. Hmmmm... I will have to revisit this. I do not dare put what my loving husband said when asked to describe me in 6 words. It will come to me when I least expect it. Nice challenge.

  3. Not as simple as it sounds. I'm still thinking too. I like to use lots of words for everything : ) You know me...don't you think I'm far too complex to use only 6??


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