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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

25 Words of Work/Life Wisdom

I have not participated in a Group Writing Project in months and I am very grateful to Liz Strauss from Successful Blog for this wonderful opportunity. I thoroughly enjoy blogging but sometimes it is nice to go back to my roots of poetry and looking at fewer words at a time instead of editing a 1,300+ word post. I love writing exercises as mentioned in my post "5 Writing Exercises to Help Heal Pain" and this project brought my attention to another area of my writing -- the importance of every word. I loved Liz's personal examples in her post explaining the "Writing Project: 25 Words of Work/Life Wisdom". Here are my entries:


I see

too many people


external factors

or others

for their own unhappiness

not realizing

their own power

for greatness

lies within

awaiting discovery.

A "vision board" is an excellent way to set goals

and "see" what you want in your life.


I see

too few people

smiling at strangers

passing on

the kindness, warmth

and infectious lightness of mood

a smile brings

in a few seconds.

(A smile from my daughter Christina pictured ALWAYS lightens my mood)

The rules are simple and are as follows: Make an Observation -- Look for something you see too much or too little of.
  1. Write a sentence about it.
  2. Count the words you have written.
  3. Edit the sentence until you have 25 words exactly. Notice how your idea changes as you edit and how your feelings change with each rewrite.
  4. Add a picture if you can.
  5. Post your 25 words on your blog by July 19th.
  6. Link back to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section. I don’t want to miss yours when I compile all of them.
Thanks again to Liz Strauss for coming up with this Group Writing Project. I hope many join and am excited to see the final result when Liz puts them all together.


Peter | Pick The Brain said...

Your daughter has a great smile Jenny! It put a big smile on my face :)

ps I followed your Twitter link to this post. I'm starting to like Twitter more and more....

Jenny Mannion said...

Hi Peter,

Thanks for the compliment on Christina -- those dimples get me every time! I was so happy to see pictures of Rohan and I hope you, Kathryn and Xavier get some sleep soon! ;-)

I just started using Twitter more as well and am enjoying it. Combined with google reader it is fun AND a time saver -- what's better than that?! Good luck with everything and thanks so much for commenting. Gratefully, Jenny

Liz Strauss said...

Hi Jenny!
Great to see what you wrote about. Thank you for smiling to heal the pain. :)

Jenny Mannion said...

Hi Liz, Thanks so much for the great exercise. I can see using it in the future as well. Your blog is very inspirational as you have so many loyal readers and comments (plus AMAZING content). I am having fun reading everyone else's entries. Thanks again. Gratefully, Jenny

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