Say It All in Six Words

I’ve seen numerous emails circulating about six-word biographies, especially after Wired Magazine held a contest inspired by Hemingway’s story:  “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” If you search the internet,  there are quite a few interesting 6-word financial stories, some of which could be the story of my own life.  =)

Here are some lives in money, in six words. 

*  Bought high, sold low, smacked forehead.
*  I save, he spends, we’re broke.
*  Must mend holes in my pockets.
*  Need to pay off credit card.
*  Spending my days hiding from responsibility.
*  ET phone home. Wire more money.
*  Born with a silver spoon: yum!
*  Do children really cost that much?
*  I came, I saw, I overspent 🙂
*  Doing my best to retire early.
*  Spurts of saving, blasts of decadence.
*  Got more sense than dollars, unfortunately.
*  Spent much, saved little. Oh well.

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks