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,
await occasions, hurry never;
in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common
- this is my symphony.
~William Ellery Channing
- Channing's symphony of life includes 12 qualities, actions, perspectives. Reflect on each one.
- Which qualities seem most poignant for you?
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