I can’t get this out of my mind.
Ever since I read about the challenge allegedly put forth by Ernest Hemingway in the early 1900s—“I bet I can write a short story using only 6 words”—I’ve been impressed with his response.
Here it is:
“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
Hemingway won the $10 bet.
It is a complete story.
We might each fill in the missing blanks with different details. But we all have either known of (or personally lived) this story.
A story, a life, a single act of kindness, need not be long to be memorable, powerful, or important.
Each still matters.
What story are you living today?
- On the Blog—July 2022
- Wait, What? Should We Add “Thoughts and Prayers” to the 2022 Banished Words List?