Monday, February 7, 2011

My Symphony

To live content with small means;
To seek elegance rather than luxury,
refinement rather than fashion;
To be worthy, not respectable,
wealthy, not rich;
To study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly;
To listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages with open heart;
To bear all cheerfully,
do all bravely,
Await occasions, hurry never;
To let the spiritual, unbidden, and unconscious,
grow up through the common--
This is to be my symphony.

~William Channing

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