The Measure of Wealth: Play With Your Words Writing Prompt #63

“Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money.”

I find that a pretty powerful quote, and wanting to attribute it properly did a web search to see who first said this. While I didn’t ever find a source for the quote beyond “Unknown” and “Anonymous,” it was interesting to encounter the variety of titles that had utilized these words: Lifestyles of the Rich and Idle, Obstacles to Living Life Fully: Possessions, Where is Your Value? and even the header of the agenda for the Hermosa Beach City Council meeting of May 2, 2012.


Think about this quote and the titles of the websites and articles that used it. Why do you think the writers of any of those articles found the quote appropriate to their subject?

  • What do you think about the quote?
  • Do you agree?
  • Disagree?


  • How do you measure your wealth?
  • What do you value?
  • Is there anything for which you would not take money?


Write an expository essay exploring one of your strands of thought. Remember to include an introduction and conclusion, book-ending a body that is rich with examples and detail.


When done, read what you’ve written with your writing partners or share as a comment here. Compliment one another on the clarity of the writing. Consider:

  • Is the topic introduced in an interesting manner?
  • Does the body of the essay contain examples and descriptive detail?
  • Does the conclusion leave the reader feeling that this piece of writing is complete.

Enjoy one another’s variety of perspectives!

Preschool Literacy:


Gather paper and writing materials.

Ask your preschooler, “What is something you love?” The answer could be a person, a thing, or an activity. Follow up by asking him to describe it.


Write down everything she tells you.


When you are done, read back what he  said, pointing to the words as you say them to reinforce the one to one correspondence between written and spoke word. Find some clip art, pictures from magazines, or stickers to illustrate it, and post the writing where it can be shared with others.