First Four Words


Before you read any further DO THIS EXERCISE

First Four Words


  1. Grab a piece of scrap paper and a pen/pencil.
  2. Look through the word search
  3. Write down the FIRST four words that you see in the sea of letters

Don’t analyze, don’t question, don’t look for particular words. Just write down the first four words.

Didja do that?

It’ll be important to “get” the rest of this post!

I offered up this graphic and call on my Tumblr and Twitter earlier this week.


The first four words you see describe you.


This reality both affirmed and terrified people.

Some were comfortable and, dare I say, happy with their word choices.

Others were torn. Angsty. Unhappy. A number asked me if they could change their words. If they saw one word but it was actually part of another did they “Do it wrong?”

It is a funny thing about exercises like this. The snap reaction of decision without thought and analysis reveal the purest sense of our present mindset. This includes whether we are sleep deprived, just got good/bad news,


My words were: Happy, Patient, Peaceful, Witty.


My immediate comment was how wrong it was for me to see patient, because I am possibly one of the most impatient people I’ve ever known. I joked that it must be patient in the medical sense of the word cause I had a cold.

Yet my friend Jodi pointed out to me that patient makes perfect sense for me. I am extremely aware of the idea of patience, and constantly working to exercise it in my life since it is against my nature. I probably pick out moments that I need to be patient in more than others, because of this awareness of my short-coming.


I don’t think that the words are necessarily an exact manifestation of who you are.


There is no right or wrong way to do this exercise. Nor is there any right or wrong answer.

But the results, if you take some time to think about them (with a very open mind) can certainly tell you a lot about where you are in life. Right now. In this exact and present moment.


What were your words? And what do you think of them?

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