Thursday, 5 November 2009

To Live


















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.

~~ by William Henry Channing ~~

84 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

May this symphony be the music of all our lives!

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

I love this Channing quote so much I have it as the 'lead' on my sidebar. I think it speaks to all that you are Renee.

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

This is beautiful! For years I always felt something was missing in my life, that there had to be something more. I didn't pray for anything specific, but I prayed for contentment because in that, I knew I could find happiness.
Thanks for sharing this piece Renee!
I think are living this symphony!
Love, Darla

rochambeau said...

Dear Renee,
Thank you for these thoughts by William Henry Channing. I aspire to be this way, but fall short. I sent a copy to my mom (because of you) via email, because it describes her grace to Tee.

Love and Hugs to you and Jacquie~
Constance

Jasmine said...

A beautiful poem. A mantra :)

Deborah said...

This is perfection. Wishing you the perfect day, Lovee. **blows kisses** Deb

Marie S said...

This is a wonderful quote that seems to speak to my soul and my heart.
The beauty of the picture tops the quote off.
May we all realise this quiet awareness and understand its abundance.
love and hugs my pretty!

Miss Becky said...

wow, you have set the tone for my day. that is simply beautiful. thank you Renee I love that

Marie S said...

That makes me very happy!!
:-D

Manon Doyle said...

Love this Renee! These words touch me because this is that way I want to be..... I want to live my life in a simple way with an open heart!!

love u

manon
xoxo

Arija said...

I haven't heard a truer word. My motto too.
What a wonderful find of a quote!

I do hope all is well with you et al, hugs, Arija.

Sarah said...

That's a good poem to share Renee and to follow. I saw you had visited Strawberry Girl's great list of how to live the other day. This is having a similar effect on me thanks. How is your day today?
xx

studio lolo said...

I've always loved these words.

How did you know I needed the reminder today?

I emailed it to myself so I can print it out and read it a hundred times if needed.

Thank you Renee.
I love you.

xoxoxo

P.S. Now I understand the comment about my 'beauty.'
I hardly ever show my face, so thank you for your sweet comment ;)

Noreen said...

I love it. Thank you.

Angela Recada said...

One of my favorite quotes, posted today by one of my favorite people. Your life is a symphony, dear Renee, and it touches me deeply.

Sending you much love and BIG HUGS,
XOXOXO
Angela

Annie said...

Beautiful. Thank you for that.
I hope you feel good today and that you get happy surprises.
Big love. XOXO

yoborobo said...

Renee - just the perfect thing to read today. I will read it several more times, and savor the truths. Thank you for sharing this with us! xoxoxo Pam

Jackie said...

I love the quote Renee, beautiful.
Hi Jaquie:) sending thoughts for you as well.
Renee , I want you to see this

http://nancyesartandbeautifuljunk.blogspot.com/2009/10/its-been-awhile-since-ive-posted.html
thought you might have some encouragement.

lakeviewer said...

Wise words. Thanks for sharing this. I'm not familiar with William Henry Channing, but will acquaint myself with more of his writings. Great.

Barbara said...

Beautiful. I love this poem. It's funny, I was just on a blog from a guy in Mexico who said as much in Spanish this morning (different words, but same sentiment.) It's so amazing, this journey, how common we all are, yet how unique. But our dreams seem to flow toward the same sea. Thanks for this, hon. Hope you are feeling well.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Ah, yes, this is what I wish and feel and believe. Thank you, Renee, for a wonder of inspiration today, once again!

pRiyA said...

beautiful

Doris Sturm said...

Very wise words to live by!

Hope you're feeling well today, Renee. Been thinking of you.

Fondly,
Doris :-)

Elizabeth said...

Oh, my gosh. I just love this quote. Thank you, Renee.

Love to you!

The Gypsy said...

Lovely Renee. Here's something I gift to you:
"And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue;
They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.
Through the hands of such as these God speaks, and from their eyes He smiles upon the earth."
(The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran)
Hope you are well.

Kelly Lish said...

That was beautiful Renee.

GreenWhisper said...

:) simply beautiful.. both picture and words x

Lori ann said...

Incredibly beautiful, I hope to live this way.
Robert Louis Stevenson wrote a similar thing, you reminded me of it.
Where is the photo from dear Renee?
love to you and Jacquie too.
XXX lori

TERI REES WANG said...

As subtle and strong as the ever waiting and watching wise old owl.

karen gerstenberger said...

I love this - thank you! XOXO

shelly said...

Beautiful.

Diana Evans said...

Hi Renee!!! this is beautiful and so what I needed today...you are like an angel....you always know just what we all need!!

Hugs
Diana

PurestGreen said...

I needed this today - thanks.

Jackie said...

I just love you Renee!!
Just because :)

soulbrush said...

how absolutely lovely, never seen this before, thanx. and lotsa hugs.xx

zoe said...

oh, i love this quote! beautiful image to match. thank you for this post..beautiful thoughts...

@eloh said...

Old southern bottle tree. Beautiful. Maybe I'll start me one.

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh my goodness, Renee. This is why women fall in love with poets. I've never read a more elequent mission statement for life. I'm swooning.

Eddie Bluelights said...

A good template for any life is this and if we followed this excellent advice we would all be much better people.
Renee, whilst writing I wonder if you would care to participate in the Sunday Roast column. I would be highly honoured if you agree to appear and you would be a very popular choice. Please email me on: thesundayroasting@googlemail.com
Best wishes and a hug from me ~ Eddie

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

To be happy is not the goal...but to be content is the prize!

Hugs, Carrie

sinnlighet said...

Hej min käraste bloggvän, over there....

One swedish word today; LYCKA
(happiness)..

Agneta

Lori ann said...

The photo in the post darling! i love it.

Sarah said...

This is just beautiful hon! Thank you for the reminder to slow down and just breathe and enjoy the good things rather than the right things! Thank you hon! I loved the picture too. Hugs and love to you hon, Sarah

Michelle said...

Hmmmmm......be nice to think I had achieved some of this. One of these days ....

Baino said...

Excellent words and sentiments and I couldn't agree more! Thanks for an uplifting start to a grey Friday. Yay, 8 hours and it's the weekend.

Meghann LittleStudio said...

What wonderful words to live by...I have a ways to go, lol.
Hugs and prayers,
Meg

Ingrid Mida said...

What a glorious poem. It mimics exactly how I am feeling today. Thank you Renee. I'm going to write it down in my journal. Love and hugs to you my friend.

Silke said...

Dear Renee, I am going to write that down and read it every day! I was just thinking something like that last night - the need to slow things down, to notice the small wonders, to listen, to read, to savor, to discover the perfection of things as they are.... Thank you for this!! Much love, Silke

Bella Sinclair said...

And I love you more than Ces. Hahaha. You know that I do.

xoxo

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

What a symphony! Words we should all live by...

staceyjwarner said...

beautiful.

your comment on my karma post, spoke volumes.

you are an angel Renee, an absolute angel.

much love

Ribbon said...

for me that is the most perfect poem I think that I have ever read!

thank you for sharing this.

x Ribbon :)

PS... think i'm gonna steal this...
yep i am. xx

Snowbrush said...

"To live content with small means,"

Oh, I know, I know. Sometimes I just wish I had lots and lots of money so I could afford to live simply. You know, only THREE mansions and ONE Lear jet.

yoborobo said...

Renee - the yellow one has a big old reserved sign on her now. :) And you are very welcome for the reminder. LOL!!! xoxoxoxo Pam

Marion said...

The simple jars hanging there are so beautiful. Love you. Blessings.

Ces said...

Life sucks!

Bella Sinclair said...

By the way, you may be on a tightrope, but you are never ever alone. Sorry your back is hurting, darling. Would you like me to send you my personal masseur Sven? He can work wonders.

Ces said...

Whoa! I just saw that comment from The Bella. What's that suppose to mean, like I give a shit!

God of Another World said...

Incredible picture. Did you take it? The poem is a wonderful companion, as well.

kj said...

william henry channing--he was a boston boy, corresponded with ralph waldo emerson. i can see the connections, being a boston girl.

i am in love with that photo. one light bulb and four candles. that seems like the right balance to keep it simple.

you know renee, i didn't know you were a prolific reader until recently. duh! you are so modest about the breath and scope of your knowledge. matter of fact, i wouldn't be surprised if you are a Duchess to some country. :)

i love you.

Bailey said...

Oh Renee this is brilliant!
And so beautiful :)

Sonia ;) said...

A mantra to live by

xoxoxoxo

YayaOrchid said...

What a beautiful writing!Oh, to be like that. We can only try.

Miss•Elena•Eous said...

Absolutely beautiful. If only everyone would be quiet for a moment and listen to the symphony...

Snowbrush said...

Since I don't know if you get back to read comments to your comments...

Renee: "From the very first I liked you."

Which is no doubt why you, a woman with four million two thousand and twelve followers (give or take six or seven) actually visit my blog from time to time. I go to your blog, and I read response after response from people who absolutely adore you, and I rather envy that, but I should also think you would find it a bit overwhelming at times--I know I would. I must say that, as nice as you are, I am at a bit of a loss to understand such a constant outpouring of affection toward anyone. Maybe it's a woman thing.

Maggie's garden said...

This is a beautiful quote Renee. I wish for you the best for someone deserving of it. You give such a glimpse into the challenges of your life. I wish I had a magic wand that could make it all better for you and Jacquie. It seems you have been through so much...I can't even imagine. I do believe that our thoughts are the creators of life...so I will be creating in my minds eye a picture of health for you both.

TheChicGeek said...

My favorite quote, Renee. It is perfect in every way...a pure symphony!
Love,
Kelly

ToM KiDDo said...

that's so meaningful :)

Dede said...

I have never seen this one before, it is truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

(((HUGS)))

A Cuban In London said...

And I can definitely hum to that melody, too.

Apologies if my blog is playing up. I have no idea why it's doing what it's doing. I hope blogger sorts it out quickly. Your comments are always welcome.

Greetings from London.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

So very true - they are words to live by! I am going to print that out and hang it next to my workstation.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Intriguing image, beautiful words. -J

Anonymous me said...

This is just perfect Renee. Where would I be without you to remind me that there is wonder all around ... if only we stop and look. My daily prayers continue btw, as ever. And I have added one of Tessa's beautiful pictures to my Christmas list with a double bold asterix to ensure it gets bumped up to the top! Subtley not being my strong suit. xx Jos

Ruth said...

I had to look Channing up on google. What did we do before computers? Encyclopedias I guess. That he was Unitarian says a lot - a voice of awareness. Really speaks to me.

Love to you today.

art and beautiful junk said...

Hi Renee,
Thank you for leaving me a message at my blog. I appreciate the prayers. My prayers are going out to you as well. Yes, it is a whole different world with cancer. I am not sure what the chemo is as I start it today. I have been in shock for about two weeks now and just grasping the seriousness of this disease. Denial? maybe. But probably not. Just going through the stages of grief I think.
I love your blog and your art. I am going to do my art like I've never done it before. It is so healing for me. I go to another place as so many artists do. I love it there and I plan to go there a lot. This is new for me so I will take it a day at a time. Keep in touch please and I will do the same.
Thanks for the poem. I was just about to go there when I go the diagnosis. Now I know this is what I must strive for.
Peace, love and blessings to you and yours.
nancye

Woman in a Window said...

Renee, this appeals to me vastly. At first I was rejecting the words elegance and refinement even, but was relieved that we don't need to be respectable, and then on the second reading I thought, these words are products of the time it was written in and both refinement and elegance can come in unlikely packages. I imagine a man in a second hand shabby suit but with undeniable refinement and a woman like Leonard Cohen's Suzanne in rags but absolutely elegant. That I can abide by. Never hurry. Let all grow organically. And a pretty mason jar never hurt anyone.

Love it, Renee
and you too.
Sending you all the best.
xo
erin

LDWatkins said...

Oh, I do love that. Just what I wanted to feel...soothing. Thanks, Renee. You give so much.

Holly said...

Renee - may i please steal your entry and post it on my blog? i will give you full credit - i love it!

Anonymous said...

This just sings to my heart. What beautiful words...
Sending my love.
Tracie

Mother's Moon's Message said...

beautiful... and the words ring so true... likewise I stole it and tucked it away for use on another day or just when I want to be lifted... thanks for sharing such wise words...

nollyposh said...

Oh that is so beautiful & the pic so appropriate sighhh... x

BT said...

What a beautiful quote this is Renee. I shall aspire to follow it. You already have.

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

this is a beautiful poem and a wonderful guide for life!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Dear Renee ~ What you say and share is always so beautiful. I am going to carry this one with me.~ XO