100 Words


My friend Corinne Rodrigues started a great little initiative over at her blog and invited others to participate. What one does is to write 100 words on a prompt, which Corinne releases on her 100 words post, every Saturday. The words you write can be in poem format, a story or a short essay.

Last Saturday, Corinne’s prompt was: BE CAREFUL.

So here I go…

Be Careful

Your thoughts are yours and use them wisely. When you’re not careful about your thinking, you let your imagination run wild and you feel bad about yourself. The world you live in seems like a difficult place. When you take care of your thoughts, not only do you change, but the world around you begins to look different. Observe what you think with vigilance. Be careful about what you let into your minds. When you do this with persistence and compassion, your efforts will be rewarded. For all the good things you imagine and dream of, might just come true.


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  1. Ah…that’s nice to see you carry on with the 100 words started by Corinne – Hiten 🙂

    I did tell her that time that it would be so tough for me to limit myself to ‘just’ 100 words, because even my comments run longer than a few 100 words at times. 🙂 I need to learn the art of brevity from her and you too!

    Yes indeed, thoughts are what lead us to take actions, or say the words we do, so we do need to be very careful about them and use them carefully. I couldn’t agree more with what you wrote. I guess being careful in our thoughts helps us become a better person too.

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. Hi Harleena,

      Yes, I mentioned to Corinne in her post last week that I would be continuing the 100 Words post. There’s nothing like making one follow up on something, than to make it public! 🙂

      Yes, I know what you mean, Harleena! Your comments are usually longer than most and jam packed with tips! If you made your comments a bit longer, they would be almost like blog posts!

      I’m really glad you could resonate with my 100 words. Many thanks for commenting and for showing your support!

  2. Loved it, Hiten. Did you find it challenging to make complete sense in 100 words – I do. The temptation to go on is great. I love Harleena’s comments but would like to see her take on the 100 word challenge too! 😉
    Thanks for joining in.

    1. Hi Corinne,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I was very happy to join in! Absolutely, I found it a challenge to make sense and keep the piece to 100 words! I kept going over 100 words, so had to look at what word or two to add or remove!

      I hope Harleena joins in too!

  3. i couldn’t have said this better myself, Hiten. We can write so much with a few words, only if we allow ourselves to do so. You’ve said quite a lot here – a very profound thought, with only 100 words. You didn’t need any more because you captured the message succinctly.

    Thank you for your inspiration. And you’re right. Our thoughts shape our lives. I’ve been vigilant lately to mind my thoughts and lead them to where I want to be, not the other way around.

    1. Hi Anne,

      I loved your comment. As you say, we can get so much across in fewer words, if only we try. I guess that is what the very best reporters and journalists do, too

      I’m really glad you could appreciate the 100 words I wrote. I guess these words capture the essence of the main way I have created significant change in my own life.

      What you wrote in your comment was so true. We can lead our thoughts to where we want them to. Some people believe this isn’t possible, until they try to do so.

      Thank you.

  4. Nice topic and well written. I believe that most of our actions are based on our thoughts and our actions determine what we are. Controlling our thoughts invariably means refining ourselves.

    By controlling thoughts, change is much easier to adopt to.

    Good post!


    1. Hi Aditya,

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the topic and the 100 words!

      I loved what you wrote in your comment. Indeed, our behaviours and connected to our thoughts. Our thoughts can make us act or not act depending on the type of thought. Learning to take charge of what is going on in us at the thought level, as you say, helps us to change ourselves.

      Thanks so much for leaving such an insightful comment.

  5. Hi Hiten

    Sometimes you can say a whole lot more in fewer words and their impact can be greater. What do they say…”less is more”.

    A yes or no can be all that is necessary at times instead of a detailed explanation even when you really want to give one.

    I can really see the point of the exercise. It gets rid of the filler as to make a post longer. Our time is limited anyways. I would rather read a shorter post with lots of power, than one that goes on and on to fill a lot of white space.

    You pretty much summed it up with your 100 words.


    1. Hi Mary,

      Yes, indeed, “less is certainly more”!

      What you wrote about the power of shorter posts, reminded me of a former colleague who was an expert in holding very short and powerful meetings. The meetings were very specific, task focused and to the point. I always remember thinking one can get so much done in such a short space of time.

      Thank you very much for leaving such a great comment. It’s wonderful to see you here!

  6. Very aptly put it. Well, trying to practice this…thinking the right thoughts. A bit improvement I must say.

    1. Hi Janu,

      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

      I’m so glad you liked the 100 words and that you are putting right thinking into practice!

      Please let me know how you get on.

  7. HI Hiten,

    For me Less is always more.

    The message is loud and clear in those 100 words. As human beings we are not perfect and so require improvement in every sphere and thoughts really creates actions and if we need to improve our actions we definitely need to work on our thoughts.

    Thanks Hiten for sharing this.


    1. Hi Sapna,

      It definitely seems like the consensus is less is more.

      I appreciate your comment and am glad my 100 words could resonate with you. What you wrote in your comment is so true. We humans are not perfect and will always make mistakes. Let us celebrate our ability to get things wrong and use our capacity to think properly, so that we can continue improving.

      Thank you for leaving such an insightful comment. I really appreciate it.

  8. Well that sounds like a wonderful challenge Hiten but I would find it very difficult to just write 100 words. I bet I could do it though if I really tried and chose my words well.

    I love what you wrote here and I have no doubt that Corinne is getting those post filled up quickly. I think that’s pretty smart though to just keep it at 100 words. That way people have to get straight to the point.

    Great job, I love what you wrote.


    1. Hi Adrienne,

      Indeed, it is an excellent challenge. I think it is a very clever idea by Corinne to get people together.

      Yes, it is tricky because one has the temptation to keep on writing. Keeping this particular piece to 100 words has got me thinking about concise writing, which is something I probably haven’t been doing enough of recently. So, Corinne’s challenge has been useful in this regards.

      I’m really glad you liked what I wrote and I really appreciate you dropping by and leaving your comment.

      Have a great weekend!

  9. Great topic, It’s so important to protect and guard our thoughts. The thoughts we have reflect our attitude and actions. If we want to know who a person is on the inside we just have to observe their behavior and attitude.

    1. Hi Dan,

      It’s great to hear from you and I’m glad you liked the topic!

      What you wrote in your comment is so true. All our actions are a reflection of what we’re thinking and feeling and the outside behaviours a person displays is a good indication of what is going on inside that person.

      Our thoughts can be so powerful in allowing us to make major transformations in our lives.

  10. Great post in 100 words. Loved it.

    Here’s one of my favorite quotes from one of the preeminentI philosophers about thoughts and their effects. I thought you might like it.

    “Thought in the mind hath made us, what we are.
    By thought was wrought and built. If a man’s mind hath evil thoughts pain comes on him as comes the wheel the ox behind.

    If one indure in purity of thought joy follows him
    As his own shadow – sure.” — James Allen

    1. Hi Matthew,

      I’m really glad you liked the 100 words!

      Thanks very much for sharing this brilliant quote by James Allen. I loved it! He is so right. If we entertain negative thoughts in our minds, then we suffer. On the hand, through entertaining joyful thoughts, we increase our happiness.

      Thanks so much for leaving your great comment!

  11. Hiten,
    I’m back to read more of your thoughts and I saw you replied to my comment.

    You are welcome. I meant what I said.

    – Matthew

    1. Hi Matthew,

      It’s great to see you at the blog again! Hope you’re having a good weekend. 🙂

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