“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 the stars and birds,
to 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
(seen on posters with some adjustments including
last line: “This is to live in Nelson.”)

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