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

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Farewell Oswald!

I could feel it rising up inside me Sunday night. The need to get my house back in remove the holiday clutter was tangible. I love the holiday and the richness of the reds and greens but there is something so peaceful about the seeming barrenness that comes when all of the decorations have been cleared away. The blank shelves and empty spaces soothe the mind and make room for new thoughts and ideas to breathe.
It's a fitting end to the year don't you think? Full from the wonder of Christmas but deliberately settling into the quiet to contemplate and evaluate life and home. This time between the end of the old and the beginning of the new is a gift in to savor that offers comfort and anticipation.
How will you use this week?