If I could sum up the essence of elegantwoman.org, it would be found in this quote,

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 Ellery Channing

I thought about this long and hard on what to write to you in June.

Elegant Letters is not structured, or formal in any way. It is just something I would like to do to add a personal touch, since I can’t be there to reply to every email. 🙂

But I just can’t get over my amazement of the WISDOM in this quote and thought I’ll share it with all of you.

To break it down,

  • To live content with small means
  • To seek elegance rather than luxury
  • Refinement rather than fashion
  • To be worthy, not respectable
  • Wealthy not rich
  • To listen to the stars and the 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
  • Wow.

    Which ones of these do you have and which ones you are just learning to appreciate?

    I’m on the … ‘To listen to the stars and birds, babes and sages with open heart’

    … 🙂

    Have an elegant June. xoxo

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