Simple Gifts

Have you ever really read the words to this classic Shaker tune?

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

When you find yourself and the clarity of love and freedom, you don’t have to be rigid in your dogma, in your interactions, in your life. Flexibility is the natural state for someone who comes from a place of love.

The window for “Thanksgiving music” is so very brief – especially if, like me, you’re already listening to Christmas music. But there’s a lot of beautiful music especially for this week, and much of it is choral. Let’s enjoy it while it lasts.