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.
William Henry Channing
really admire the fact that William actually sat down to
write such a creed, such an approach to life--most people
never take the time to do so. But in these words
here that are defining words of his life, we see a person
who cares about what he is and what he is to become, and
who is willing to express his desires about both for the
entire world to see.
these words I see a synthesis of thoughts and ideas from
many people who have written about how to get the most out
of life. And if I look at my life as a symphony,
then I realize that it is my symphony to compose--and not
something that outside forces of the world should
determine how it sounds. It's for me to determine
the melodies of my symphony, and for me to determine which
instruments should appear in which order and for how long.
has recognized many things that other people in the world
think are valuable in others--riches, respectability,
luxury, fashion--and realized that there are more
important things in life, such as worthiness, wealth, and
goes into your symphony? Is your current movement
based on fulfilling the expectations of others, or upon
your own needs and desires? Have you decided how you
want it to sound, or are you allowing others and their
thoughts determine how it sounds and which instruments are
being played? Is it completely unique, or are you
composing a symphony similar to ones that millions of
others are composing right now? Your life is your
symphony, and if you treat it that way you will find that
you'll be proud of the uniqueness of the wonderful life
that you've been given to lead.
Do you know any people who are creating symphonies of
their lives that would sound exactly like those of other
people you know?
Why might some people fear trying to create a
completely unique symphony of their lives?
What would be the elements of the "perfect"
symphony of your life?
like any other exciting story, is bound to have
painful and scary parts,
boring and depressing
parts, but it's a brilliant
story, and it's up to us
how it will turn out
in the end.
people behind the words
Two - Year Three
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