By William Ellery Channing
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, birds, 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.
This poem is in the public domain.
The only way down is down, leaving the light for the dark, allowing the surface…
Like King David, they have drunk the wine of astonishment. Mouths open wide, they lean…
Starting here, what do you want to remember? How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?…
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