Sunday, August 05, 2007

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 listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony." ~~~ WILLIAM HENRY CHANNING

9 comments:

Leiselb said...

that it would be mine too....

tshsmom said...

Channing described my lifestyle quite poetically!
I'm good on everything, except the "talk gently" and "hurry never". I'm still a work in progress. ;)

Cherie said...

Leisel, yes, me, too.

tshs: I'm a work in progress, too, with the 'talk gently'. Sometimes yes, and sometimes no.

Tom said...

This is a noble goal you strive for.

Cherie said...

I agree.

tshsmom said...

I don't know Tom; I think you guys are pretty close to that goal. ;)

Cherie said...

Pretty close, yep, pretty darn close....

Cecily said...

Oh my - you only have 'talk gently' and 'hurry never' to go? My life must be a jarring, clashing symphony. My only salvation (aside from, you know, God) is that there must be others who have a more jarring, clashing life than myself. Sigh.

Cherie said...

Ah, don't sigh, Cec, I'm older than you are. It has taken years to get here, and still, I'm not there! AND, I relapse often...too often.