Sunday, March 14, 2010


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.

Perhaps, now for the first time in decades, we are turning to simplicity.  It is good to see the beauty in the common things, for it is in the common that our soul finds contentment.  My Symphony by William Henry Channing shares the wisdom of living a simple existence.  As time springs forward on this March Sabbath and the earth looks forward to Spring's renaissance, I am sharing this first post of Unshelved Word's new reflective series on Channing's "proverb."  Please join me in the upcoming days to share the unfettered truth about retreating into simplicity. 

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