What truly matters in 6 words?

Why not more words? Why not fewer words?

This was what I thought when I read about Morning Star Community Services’ 10th anniversary program that will kick off next week at Plaza Singapura with a project called What Truly Matters in Six Words.

The project’s aim is to give people a platform to pause, reflect and give a six-word answer to the question, “What truly matters to me?”, according to an article on Morning Star and its celebration published in yesterday’s Straits Times.

Why six words? Because half  a dozen words sound good? Won’t a dozen sound better? Why not five words since that would represent the five fingers on our hands? Or 10 words as that would reflect the fingers on both hands?

Yet I didn’t need to ponder for long on the choice of six words — instead of other numbers — because the ST article went on to explain that it is based on The Six-Word Memoirs  started in 2006 by the United States-based online story telling journal, Smith Magazine.

That project encouraged its readers to tell their life story in just six words and was so popular that it even led to the Six Word Memoir book series.

So that’s the reason why Morning Star has chosen six-words!

Somehow I wish it was just inspired by the concept and not allowed itself to become a copy cat down to even the number of words.

Surely Singaporeans can be more creative (which incidentally add up to 6 words)! 😀 😀

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4 thoughts on “What truly matters in 6 words?

  1. Yeh, it’s one of those imitative thingies some pple in S’pore r so fond of doing, when it’s quite meaningless or merely gimmicky. It’s in the same genre of things like Slice of Life — which incidentally is promoted ad nauseam on 93.8!!

  2. Hi auntielucia,

    This is Alyssa from SMITH Magazine–thanks for setting the record straight! Have you submitted a memoir to us already?

    Best,
    Alyssa, SMITH intern

  3. Hi Alyssa, thanks for dropping by. No, I’ve not submitted any memoir to Smith Mag, 6 word or otherwise! 😀

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