Writing Project: 25 Words of Work / Life Wisdom

Make an Observation

The Living Web

When I released my eBook, a dear friend told me what he would like to see is my inspirational writing. He’s a wise man, so I listened. Every day I find some time to go back through years of writing to find what of it still inspires me.

Yesterday, I found these thoughts — each expressed in 25 words.

pennies in a jar

I watch her
work tirelessly for others,
making withdrawals
from her emotional bank account.

No time for a deposit.
No wonder she feels without funds.


I watch myself
focusing intently,
giving my brain control
of my emotional bank account.

Time to stop and marvel
before my funds start running out.

I had this thought in 25 more words. . . .

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.

Would you add 25 words of your own?

The 25 Words of Work / Life Wisdom Writing Project

Will you accept my invitation to put 25 words of advice or wisdom into a blog post? Here’s how you might go about it.

  1. Look for something you see too much or too little of.
  2. Write a sentence about it.
  3. Count the words you have written.
  4. 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.
  5. Add a picture if you can.
  6. Post your 25 words on your blog by July 19th.
  7. 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.

It will be my challenge to a creative way to connect all of the ideas together. In a giant “25 words of wisdom” blog post, featuring what you wrote.

Are you in? Surely you have 25 words to spare for this one.

Click to see the SLIDES of what everyone wrote.

–ME “Liz” Strauss
Work with Liz!!


  1. says

    Oh yeah. I can get excited about this one. Here’s a ten word thought about vacation:

    It’s okay
    to do stuff,
    but stuff
    isn’t rest

    There’s a variation on this about truth (instead of rest), but it contains some naughty words (instead of stuff).

  2. says

    Hi Liz! I saw your tweet and figured I would just paste my entry below –

    I live in a tropical paradise, yet I think about the orphans and refugees around the world who are suffering. It’s time to take action.

    Have a GREAT day.

  3. Casey Zalusky says

    Thanks for getting this started. While I don’t have a blog, it’s great to read what others have shared.

  4. says

    Hi Liz, As I twittered to you — I LOVED this writing project. Thank you! I had been “working” on a post for 2 days that was stumping me. I saw your post and KNEW that would take the place of my previous post! It was JUST what I needed and I could see using this exercise for a long time to come! Hope you like my 2 entries and I can’t wait to see how you tie them all together! Thanks again. Gratefully, Jenny

  5. says

    This is not really all that good, but I wanted to give you a little 25 word thought.

    How can we live without wondering how we got to where we are

    I read my Grandfathers WWI Diary, now again he’s not so far.

    Burma Shave (you know I just had to add that!)

  6. says

    Hi Peter!
    Creativity finds the perfect answer inside the question . . . had I fewer goals, less haste, and more patience I would make this comment exactly 25 words.

    Oh I did. :)

  7. Bobby Clark says

    Need to wake up
    From this automated existence
    Learn to live life passionately
    As time is running out
    And there is much yet to experience.

  8. says

    Couldn’t resist this challenge:

    Majestic white egret walking ahead turns to stare, oh mystical union! She shudders and plop – a spreading white puddle. Laughing, we get out the hose.

    (file under: see too much of this )

  9. Anant says

    One wishes that we all went back to having a lifetime to describe things that mattered instead of counting words – as I am doing now.

  10. says

    What a good day I can share this thoughts of mine.
    Saying words to someone must be comes
    in the heart not in mind.coz words are
    easy than actions.
    Once you say It, You do it.


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