Maddie's Moments for the month of July


Maddie’s Moments” – what I know now – poem about balance


So, here’s my monthly share for July.


William Henry Channing wrote about balance. He was born more than two hundred years ago in 1810 and died in 1884. How is that an individual could even then sense that the world around him had lost its focus and that he felt so strongly about it that he wrote “His Symphony”? So I share it with you to reflect upon, dwell on, pick apart and see where you may need to draw attention to how you focus your daily life.


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, birds, 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.

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