“My Symphony” …

“My Symphony”
by William Ellery Channing

To live life with small means;
To seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;
To be worthy, not respectable,
and 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 occasion, hurry never;
In a word, to let the spiritual,
unbidden and unconscious, grow up
through the common —
this my Symphony.

This is such a great way to live! It is a principled way to enjoy life with little or no resistance.


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