Wednesday, April 6, 2011


i will seek elegance
rather than luxury,
refinement rather than fashion.
i will seek to be worthy
more than respectable,
wealthy and not rich.
i will study hard,
think quietly,
talk gently,
and act frankly.
i will listen to the stars and birds,
babes and sages,
with an open heart.
i will bear all things cheerfully,
do all things bravely,
await occassions,
and hurry never.
in a word i will let the spiritual,
unbidden and unconscious
grow up through the common.

~willianm ellery channing~

With love and hugs.

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