Channeling Channing

William Henry Channing was born on this day more than two centuries ago, May 25, 1810.

From Wikipedia:   William Henry Channing was, in 1863 and 1864, the Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives.   He was a prolific writer, contributing to the North American Review, the Dial, the Christian Examiner, and other serials, a member of the Transcendental Club, and corresponded with Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Among his inspirational writings, one piece, his “Symphony”, is well-known:

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.

I love this.  It makes me smile to share it with you today.

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