Friday, August 20, 2010

"To live content with small means..."

“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's Symphony

This was emailed to me today from friends in New Zealand - or, as I like to call it, Godzone - the county where I grew closer to God.

I hope that they don't mind me sharing their email: it touched me and brought me to tears...

Hi Sheonad,
Just got this quote from a friend, knew it would be something you would like, so have a read and inspire yourself, and I think you live like this Sheonad. God has entrusted you with a great task and I know you will be doing it bravely and with cheer (when you can!).
We are thinking of you and D,
H and G

I so wish that I was living like this, contently and elegantly, enjoying the noblest gifts that God has given me.  Living a life that is worth while, that is helping others. A life that is leading to something greater.

But I don't think that I am.  I always want more.  I want a better life for myself and my family.  Perhaps I am failing God.  Perhaps I needed this email today to remind myself of what is important in life and to try harder to live contently and wisely...

Deep thoughts for a Friday...

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