I was one of many people who participated in Liz Strauss’s opportunity to write 25 words of Work, Life and Wisdom. Liz asked everyone to put together a quick sentence (25 words or less).
Much like Twittering, this exercise was a brilliant way of getting people to be more concise and succinct with their message, rather than meandering in out of tangents and angst-avoidance.
But I’ve taken this post one step further: Rather than copying and pasting from the original, I’ve given the list a slick new look. I’ve done this not only because of how the link to my 25-word sentence was conjoined with another, but this way I get to see what each person said a little easier:
The most amusing of them all is Claire Raikes:
Sometimes I blog like a London Bus – Insofar as you can wait ages for one to turn up and then two come along at once.
Dennis Salazar said:
Why does time seem to accelerate as we age? It could be because we finally appreciate the value and how precious each day really is.
Brad Shorr said:
The world crumbles again and yet all things must pass. There is nothing new under the sun. I remember his words: Do not be afraid.
Mother Earth said:
Friday has a feeling that speaks to a freedom from all things rigid, it parallels swinging on a swing, seeing fluffy clouds between your feet.
Katie Konrath said:
Today I suggest to you Bite off more than you can chew, Forget when anyone watches you askew. Just pursue something big, exciting, and new.
Suzie Cheel said:
Fly like a bird. Float like a cloud. Follow your instinct. Feel the fear. To experience the freedom that brings feelings of joy, and peace.
Christine Taylor said:
It’s not enough to have, you also need to hold. Whether love, talents, or possessions: Love must be enjoyed, Talents and possessions used. Take action.
Tom Volkar said:
Boldly express your wildness. Release all fear of judgment. Inspire us with your raw, untamed vigor. Be the wild spirit who came here to soar.
Todd Jordan said:
No person an island they say. Then why do we work so hard to keep folks on their own islands. Consider inviting them to yours.
Stephen Smith said:
Work when you work. Live when you live. Balance them carefully. The science: Knowing the difference between the two. The art: Knowing when to stop.
Peter Knight said:
Leave for the last minute of the last day, this exercise on inspiration in twenty-five words: there’s too much haste and impatience out there, anyway.
TheFemGeek appears to write a 25 word sentence every other article.
Phil Baumann said:
It started when I wrote my first lines. I thought it was heaven I was following. Instead I found a thread that led me home.
John Cooper said:
“Be the change you seek,” said Gandhi; how few heed him, how much we need them; “lead, follow, or get out the way,” I say.
I am beginning to realise how true of these words by Paul Downey:
In front of a Web connected computer he can change the world with vigor, instead chronic procrastination means life is frittered away, page refreshing Twitter.
Jenny Mannion said:
I see too many people blaming external factors or others for their own unhappiness, not realizing their own power for greatness lies within awaiting discovery.
Liz Strauss said:
Words measured carefully tell how we use our life and our energy. It took only 25 words to say we need to love ourselves first.
And I said:
Here we all are, a couple of billion slabs of meat, on this small ball of mud, and some idiots want to kill each other?
Yes, some are missing from the final presentation. This is because they did NOT link to their 25-word sentence, and I found myself spending far too much time trying to find it.