The Simple Life

To live content with small means; to see 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, clergyman & reformer (1810-1884), quoted by Jan Karon in A Continual Feast (NY: Viking Press, 2005), unnumbered page.

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