A Six-Word Memoir® is the story of your life—some part of it or all of it—told in exactly six words.

In classrooms and boardrooms, churches and synagogues, veteran's groups and across the dinner table, Six-Word Memoirs have become a powerful tool to catalyze conversation, spark imagination or simply break the ice.

Here on Six Words, we offer a simple platform to share the short, sharp story of your life, as well as provide daily prompts to share your six-word takes on the topics of our times.

More than half a million short stories have been shared here. Read more about six.

So give six a try—and make your words count.


Six Word Memoirs
Social Buttons Facebook Twitter Tumblr Pinterest YouTube


If it's painful, you can stop.

by Solstice22 on August 4, 2014   |  FacebooktwitterTumblr

~ ~ ~ ~ ~
This simple idea is actually difficult for me. It's just not physical pain I'm talking about here, but emotional and mental pain too. I forget that I can be in control of how much I'm willing to put up with.

Today, for example, I had three examples of this. Rather than tell you all the details, I will tell you that I just stopped. It was an amazingly powerful feeling to simply not continue the interactions. I didn't have to be rude, or get all emotional, or even dwell on what went wrong or why. I could just stop and do something else more enjoyable for a while. I still have to deal with the situation, but I didn't have to continue doing so today.

The most amazing thing to me about today was that I recognized (1) I wasn't getting anywhere by continuing, and (2) I didn't feel like proving how patient I could be by continuing.

It's the second thing, that has always been my downfall. I always seemed patient on the outside, but inside I was getting stressed. The "reward" for being the patient person has lost its appeal to me. Mainly because there isn't a reward with annoying and exasperating situations. Better to just end it and try again another time. Better to stop stressing myself out.

A new feeling for me, this being in control. And I mean control in a good way. More like taking care of myself control, not bossy and demanding control.

So although today was a semi non-productive day in regards to what I set out to accomplish, in another way it was the most productive day ever in regards to how I've learned to take care of myself.

If I don't like the experience I'm having for any reason, I have control. I can stop.

So simple. :) Yay!


Six Word Memoirs Logo
Powered by Smith Magazine