Saturday, January 19, 2008

Wisdom in 7 Words

How much advice can you distill down to seven words?

The NY Times decided to host a contest for the best 7 words of wisdom phrased as 2-3-2 words. The contest was inspired by Michael Pollard's "In Defense of Food," and his catchy phrase: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.'

In just 2 days, over 700 people responded with their own wisdom; check out the full list here. These are some of my favorites (some of them are a bit trite, but they're good reminders):
  • love life.make things happy
  • Start now. Do not hesitate. Tomorrow uncertain.
  • Sleep works. Be more alert. Skip coffee.
  • Going up? Use the stairs. Every day.
  • Befriend yourself. Perfection’s not necessary. Stop criticizing.
  • Challenge yourself. Get other opinions. Keep learning.
  • Go out. Turn Television off. Live life.
  • Be brave. Experience new things. Better yourself.
  • Celebrate life. Each moment counts. Go forward.
  • Know thyself. Follow your bliss. Enjoy life.
  • Sleep late. Stretch your body. Live well.
What words of wisdom would you want to pass on to your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews?

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