“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

At one of my favorite blogs, 37Days, the author Patti Digh shared this quote and posed the question, “What is your simple symphony?”



The quote and the question are powerful. And they totally nailed for me what it is I seek to live each day.

A simple symphony – make that my simple symphony.

How elegant.

How completely right on.

Mind you I don’t always get there. In fact I often don’t get there.

Then I must remind myself that life is all about the journey, not the destination.

I apologize for sounding a little like a fortune cookie. It happens sometimes with me!


So one afternoon this week I was hurrying out to feed Miss Pepper. I was later than usual, because I’d gone to lunch with an old friend. Hurrying was on my mind and I almost missed the “crocus in dried leaves” symphony playing right at my front door.


But just in the nick of time, I saw it.

I looked down at the flowerbed beside me and saw these perky crocuses, nestled in a bed of brown, dry leaves.

I stopped. Inhaled deeply and for a second or two, just appreciated the sight. It was definitely my simple symphony for the day – at least one.

I’m convinced we have multiple symphonies available to us all the time.


So I pass on Patti’s question to you: What’s your simple symphony?