October 25, 2008

"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, 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.

In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony."
by William Henry Channing


Lynn said...

Beautiful photo...yours?
And lovely, meaningful poem we can all do well to live by.

TerBear said...

Hi Lynn,

I wish I could take credit for the photo. I also wish I could say I had been to Salzburg, Austria. Isn't it beautiful there? My Dad and Step-mom were in Austria recently. When I was doing a bit of research, I came across this gem of a picture. It is a public domain picture, so no photo credits were listed.

Perhaps one day I will be there to take a picture of my own. :-)