Day 2 – Meaning behind your blog name

17 Oct

Ah, this is an easy one.  You can go back to my very first entry to read all about it but one of my favorite poems is by William Henry Channing:

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, hurry never.
In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up
through the common.
This is to be my symphony.

I love it and every once in a great while, I resolve to live my life like that poem.  To stop wanting all the material things in life.  To force myself to be more thoughtful about my life and listen to those who give good advice based on life experience.  To be happy, fearless and content.  To not focus on everyone else, but to focus on me.

One day, I reread and decided I wanted to try again.  And I started to think about the ways I did lead my life instead of the ways I wanted to lead my life.  And I realized that if I were to write a poem about what I do and declared that to be my symphony, it would be the world’s most mediocre symphony.  I don’t even think they’d let me call it a symphony. 

If my life is to be my symphony, then I have to start acting like every day is important and every choice I make (even the little ones) reflect who I am as a person.  And that means that whining and complaining about everything isn’t going to make me happy. But doing something about those things might.

So, that’s how I came up with the name of the blog.  Sorry for anyone who was looking for something musical on here.

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2 Responses to “Day 2 – Meaning behind your blog name”

  1. Stella M. October 19, 2010 at 8:20 am #

    “If my life is to be my symphony, then I have to start acting like every day is important and every choice I make (even the little ones) reflect who I am as a person.”

    That is a wonderful way ever to spend one’s life.
    I like the motives’ behind your blog name. To try and change is a pretty darn brave move for sure.

  2. Karen October 20, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    That’s such a lovely poem! And a great sentiment as well.

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