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My (serious) New Year’s Resolutions

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Deep thanks to the NPR station somewhere between Texas and Arkansas that fed me this beautiful quote early New Year’s morning. It has stayed with me since, and lends itself well to a resolution of sorts:

“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’s Symphony: some background, and its appearance in an Arthur Brisbane editorial – from the 1906 collection, “Editorials From The Hearst Newspapers””


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