This Is To Live In Nelson

During my tenure as Economic Development Officer I had the opportunity of hiring a very creative fellow, Mike Ovenell.  The promotional material Mike developed was anchored by the beautiful artwork of local artist Barbara Brown and went on to win seven provincial economic development awards.

From this material we developed what is known as “The Nelson Poster”  taking Barbara’s artwork and marrying it with the poem, My Symphony,  by William Channing.  Channing’s original poem ends with the line …This is my symphony.  We changed that to read …This is to live in Nelson.

It warms my heart to see this framed poster in so many homes and businesses and to know that it has been sent to friends and relatives around the world.

“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,
to 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 live in Nelson
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