The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Memorizing Poetry Edition

All through my life, I’ve spent time memorizing various poems. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. anyone lived in a pretty how town by e. e. cummings. Pioneers! O Pioneers! by Walt Whitman (probably my favorite).

I like the way the sounds roll off the tongue and paint pictures. I like reciting them (or pieces of them) to my children. I like the flavor of the words.

How to Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude Lately, I’ve been focused on seeing the good in every situation. There are many situations where it’s easy, but if you look deeply, there is good in every situation. (@ dumb little man)

Wants that Morph Into Needs This is lifestyle inflation and it’s one of the most dangerous opponents people have to building a sustainable free life. (@ personal finance advice)

See The Impact When You Donate To Charity I think the big reason that many people struggle with charitable giving is that it feels like a “give and see nothing in return” exchange. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to see what your money is going for. (@ christianpf)

I’m So Judgmental. I Want to Conquer This! Any Suggestions? Everyone has their own path. You can’t fairly judge others by the path you’re on. It’s like comparing a track sprinter’s times to that of a cross-country skiier. (@ happiness project)

It’s So Easy to Talk About Lunch I love this. If you want someone to talk, give them something very easy to talk about. Seth suggests talking about what to have for lunch, because everyone has an opinion. (@ seth godin)

Ask Unclutterer: Encouraging kids to help out at home My technique is to do it in very small timed batches. Our kitchen clock has a countdown timer, so we’ll designate a very specific task – “Pick up the Lincoln logs!” – with a very specific time frame – “Can we get it done in five minutes!?” – and then set the timer. The immediate focus and the short term really helps our kids (ages four and two) to take care of their stuff. (@ unclutterer)

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