inspiration – those little things

“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 (1810-1884)

Those little things. The acts of kindness that perhaps only register as significant on our own personal radars. As I get older, it’s those intimate gestures, the thoughtful birthday cards (as opposed to the presents), the handwritten notes and letters through the post that gratify far more than the impersonal medium of email. In the same way, an expensive meal out can be surpassed simply by being made breakfast in bed by someone you really dig; as if you’d made it yourself with all the right components and the tea at optimum drinking temperature.

Simple pleasures.

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One Comment on “inspiration – those little things”

  1. Andrea Lechner says:

    Y claro que sí, those perfect little things, las que nos mueven y conmueven, las que nos quitan el aliento momentáneamente. Llegar a los treinta y poder vivir esa década, que para mí fue la super valiosa, es algo que te envidio sobremanera – algo de sabiduría sin los achaques que aparecen más tarde, cuando desearíamos ser menos sabios pero más elásticos en todo sentido. Te recomiendo un libro perfecto de Stefan Zweig, La mujer de 30 anios, absolutamente maravilloso. Ma xxxxxx

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