03 October, 2007

My Symphony

These words, written by W.H. Channing, were read at the funeral of a friend on Saturday. She had these words framed and hanging on a wall near her bed where she could see them everyday. What lovely words these were for me to hear as I reflected on Jean's life. But greater than that, what incredible words these are to live by, and even better yet...to be remembered by!

My Symphony

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.

I found a commentary online about this short essay, a "recipe for wise living", and William Henry Channing. I am deeply grateful for Jean's life, her friendship and her wisdom.

Life is Good!


quiltkeemosabe said...

What lovely thoughts. And how lovely to have an example of someone who has lived that symphony!

Julie aka "Quilt Diva" said...

Thank you for sharing this ~ and please accept my sympathies at the loss of your friend, Jean. May we each take these words to heart and let them guide and reassure us, inspire and comfort us, especially on days when life is not so easy.

anne bebbington said...

A beautiful piece of writing - needs nothing added.........

Shelina said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I'm glad you have good memories of a precious person. This certainly is a good path to follow.

paula, the quilter said...

Please accept my sympathy on the loss of your friend, Jean. There is not doubt that her passing will be a great loss to all who knew her. The essay is really a beautiful piece.

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

My condolances to you and your friends family.

mamaspark said...

I am sorry for the loss of your friend. It sounds like she was a wonderful person.