My Symphony

To live content 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, to think quietly, talk gently, act frankly.
To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with an 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 is to be my symphony.

William Henry Channing

*Image via Elle


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