Writing Project: 25 Words that Connect Us

Have Got Another 25 Words?

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If you were reading last July, you might recall the 25 Words of Work/Life Wisdom writing project we did together . . .

25 Words of Work/Life Wisdom Cover
It’s based on the premise that one meaningful idea can be expressed in precisely 25 words.

The 25-word writing exercise is a powerful and elegant experience of thinking. Write a sentence. Then watch the initial idea evolve as you edit to engineer exactly 25 words.

Here are 25 words that connects us.

Heart on the water from sxc.hu

When I know
life is a story,
I’ll carry no pain.
I’ll meet you
wide open
like sunset
gives its heart
over to the night.

Will you add 25 words of your own?

It’s communication. It’s participation. It’s connection. It’s a blog post.

The 25 Words that Connect Us Project

Will you accept my invitation to put 25 words about how we’re connected into a blog post? Here’s how you might go about it.

  1. Think about connections, connectedness, being linked together, synchronicity, serendipity, community, oneness.
  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 October 16th.
  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 that connect us” blog post, featuring what you wrote.

Are you in? Surely you have 25 words to spare for this one.
Have your link here by 1:00a.m. October 17th, 2008 on the clock in the sidebar on this blog. That’s Chicago time. :)

Click to see the SLIDES of what everyone wrote last time.

–ME “Liz” Strauss
Work with Liz!!


  1. says

    Enabling technologies are ubiquitous and available to almost everyone. But connectivity does not necessarily produce unity. Unity is a spiritual issue, not a technology solution.

  2. says

    I’m so glad you’re doing this again Liz – I couldn’t manage it last time – was I moving house? – but would love to join in with this one.

    I can’t wait to see the wonderful words that emerge from this… and to enjoy the sweet connections that develop

  3. says

    Aw, Liz, you know I can’t stop at one. They are here and below.

    Keyboards clicking; thought bombs ticking.
    The sound of downloaded minds.
    Cacophony or harmony?
    Static or insightful words?
    Does it matter?
    It’s how freedom is fueled.

    You reached out, used my name, and replied.
    First contact!
    To be heard. To receive. To feel. To interact.
    And that was just the beginning!

    Thanks for the mental workout, Liz!

  4. says

    Hi, Liz.

    Glad I have the link to this post from my update reader. I’m a new follower on Twitter too. This is a very nice challenge – hopefully I will be able to join.

    PS: Just saw the alert. Thanks so much for following me back. Wow… :-)))

  5. says

    Hello Liz,

    I really like your site and I really appreciate your efforts to help the whole blogging community. Here goes,

    “Break bread with me through the blogging medium my sisters and brothers; and crawl through the ether that both binds us and defines our limits.”


    I think my site name describes what I am doing.


    I left some more sentences there.

    Thanks for this opportunity Liz.

  6. says

    If a picture paints a thousand words, what can twenty-five words picture? Possibly, an intriguing exercise of conciseness meant to inspire the senses.

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