Pieces | 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 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 Hendry Channing





As we become curators of our own contentment on the Simple Abundance path… we learn to savor the small with a grateful heart.” Sarah Ban Breathnach


16 thoughts on “Pieces | My Symphony

    • Dianne..so so happy to hear that! I go back to it over and over, each time a different part reaching out to me. Love the solidarity in this symphony! xo


    • Thanks PSB – William Henry Channing summed it up perfectly – it’s just been one of those messages that got in, stuck, stayed and plays on repeat. I felt it was time to share 🙂

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  1. What a gorgeous poem. When I read it, Audrey Hepburn comes to mind. And of course, each person’s symphony sounds like no other, and cannot be imitated at any price. Beautiful!


    • Maureen – yes, the elegance of Audrey Hepburn is a perfect pairing to these words and a call to a way of being in our world. Grace in motion.


    • Isn’t it!? I’ve had this tucked away for months and refer to it over and over again. Such a beautiful reminder and nudge for ‘how to be’ 🙂


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