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, hurrying never.

In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.

This is to be my symphony.

William Ellergy Channing


A good friend/role model/teacher sent this poem to me a few days ago.  I’ve never found such a beautifully concise manifesto.  This is all I hope to be and do in the world.  I’m so thankful to her for sharing it with me…and I wanted to share it with YOU!


Teachers come in many forms in our lives…this poem is teaching me right now.

Have a great weekend, symphony conductors!