6 words to grace and back

Elizabeth Minkel at Smith Magazine recently wrote a nice article about their 6 word memoir book and the meme I started. It’s been a blast for me to follow the meme as it rippled its way across the vastness of the blogosphere. I’ve mostly read and commented on the memes that linked directly back to my original post because it would be impossible to google and read every single blog that has played! I thought it was time to do my own random list of some of the bloggers who played the meme, so here we go…

The very first to play, Melynn: A work in progress, be patient.

Fighting Windmills: Just six, can’t I have seven?

Julia: Can I be a cynical optimist?

Seabrooke: From deep within, a quiet song.

Phil: Looking at others looking at me.

Carol: I have become mother and daughter.

Dave: A migration never limited by horizon.

BustedBabyMaker: I cried. But new smiles awaited.

Zack (the 5 word rebel): Help people. Be useful. Improve.

Adam: Being active outdoors justifies fried food.

Lisa: Searching for happiness in ordinary moments.

Lori: An imperfect soul;observing God’s fingerprints.

Brent (another rebel): A cult of multiple personalties.

Kerri: I don’t know, but I’ll try.

Stephanie: Just let me finish this chapter!

This is obviously a very short list of people who have embraced the 6 word memoir meme, however, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has played so far. I’ve traveled far and wide tracking the meme as it left its memeprint on mom blogs, birder blogs, photography and book blogs. I’ve read the blogs of those dealing with health issues, the trials and joys of home schooling children, and the trials and heartbreak of those struggling with infertility. I’ve read angry, funny, sad, and hopeful memoirs, but the one thing they all have in common is that they all offer a six word glimpse into that messy, lovely, vibrant, indomitable, grace filled thing we call the human spirit.

18 thoughts on “6 words to grace and back

  1. This is a beautiful post! These memes are FANTASTIC! No wonder you chose these to be highlighted.
    I absolutely loved doing this one and loved following along and reading what people had to say about themselves.
    What a wonderful way to see inside the souls of others. Just 6 simple words, but so truly expressive of who people are.
    Thank you for starting thi!

  2. This might have been one of the more fun blog “games” that got passed around the River Valley Bloggers (RVB) in the rural mountains of Maine. Thanks for sharing it with Beth so she could in turn hare it with all of us.

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  4. I loved this meme. It really made me sit back and think. I loved reading all the others to see what everyone came up with.

  5. Wow, that article was really cool. I guess I didn’t realize the scope of it until today. Thanks for tagging me when you began! It makes me feel like I am part of something important.

  6. I really enjoyed it, it made me sit down and really focus on what I’m doing.

    I even adopted mine as my blog subtitle.

    Thanks for the shoutout.

  7. Oh, so it was you who started all that. Actually, I think that may have been the first time I came to your blog site in response to the meme.

  8. I’m flattered you picked mine for inclusion among your toplist. This was a great meme, really made you think carefully about yourself, both in terms of what defined you, and how best to sum that up in just six words. It’s impressive how far it’s spread!

  9. Thanks so much for linking to the article – I’m glad you enjoyed it. This is a beautiful post, and it expresses a lot of what I feel when I come across a really wonderful six-word memoir (you and I have probably seen more of them than most). Thanks for starting all of this; the populist spirit of SMITH is one of the things that brought me to the magazine, and I can’t think of any better expression of that than your meme.

  10. Since I don’t have a blog I’ll steal a chance to play and leave mine here… Sometimes the journey just really sucks.

    Of course, sometimes it’s really great too!

  11. Thanks so much for your kind comments on my site. I wondered what the author of this meme would think of how I messed it up. I’m glad to see that you weren’t too angry about it.

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  13. Thanks for the initial invitation and including my six word memoir meme on your list. Plus, it was cool to see that I was the first one to play. Great article, and great post!

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  15. yeah.
    I’m stuck with it now and when i tested the given link to you I got a 404 and now I have to go back and edit.
    How appropriate that my 6 words were

    No good deed goes unpunished.

  16. Love all the memes! What great fun – thanks for getting it going and for stopping by to read mine.
    p.s. I have hacked a couple of power cords myself. The first time I waited to die too. I think I got more careless after that since I knew it wouldn’t kill me…

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