to live content with small means.

I stumbled across this verse earlier this week and have been contemplating it ever since. Regardless of it being written 200 years ago, I think it is as relevant today and a mindset to aspire to.

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 Ellery Channing (1780 - 1842)


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