something to aim for

here is another scrap from an old “save this stuff” file, an ideal that we can strive for.

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy and not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babies and sages, with an open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.

– William Henry Channing

19th Century Unitarian Minister

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