“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.”
–William Henry Channing (1810-1884)

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That is a beautiful poem. So is the photograph of the flower. What kind of flower is it?

Shirley (Choosing Voluntary Simplicity)

Donnell, the flower is a bloodroot… pretty, isn’t it?


I have to thank-you for these wonderful quotes and also for the beautiful photographs you take. I enjoy your blog so very much. Thank-you for all the effort you put into it.


Beautiful poem and photos. Thank you for sharing!


I read this poem several years ago and copied it out in my journal. Then we moved and I never could find the journal which meant I lost the poem. I only remembered the gist of the sentiment and I have always wanted to find it again but didn’t know enough about it to know what to look for. I couldn’t believe it yesterday when I read your new post and saw this poem. Thank you for finding this for me. The photographs are beautiful too.