Symphony for One

It has been a while since I have posted anything to the blog. At first I thought it was pointless but I realized that I needed to thank all of you for your love, support, compassion, friendship and tell you how much it has meant to me. These days are difficult and bittersweet. As I go through Seth’s things I see his smile, his look of concentration, hear his laugh, feel his presence. I don’t know when he wrote this, but I cannot think of a better way to share Seth with all of you:

Symphony for One

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 an open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never.

Let the spiritual grow up through the common;

To choose to get better, never even; to trust a stranger, to keep a promise, to love.

To know G-d.


By Seth D. Palmer




12 Responses

  1. Thank you, Karen. I’m sure all of us can only vaguely imagine what you’re going through, especially when you find something like this among his things. And I’m in tears reading it, because it’s so unequivocally Seth-like. God bless, and all best wishes.


  2. What a wonderful, thought provoking, reflective and inspiring piece, and a great way to remember.


  3. Karen,

    Thank you so much for sharing the poem that Seth wrote. It sums up everything that Seth was and believed in.


  4. I still cannot believe he is gone. I will miss him. Thank you for sharing his words with us.

  5. Karen,

    As we all cared for Seth and remember him often, his friends… now yours.

    I’m sure many like I, check the blog to remember and re-read some of Seth’s entries and to see if there’s an entry from you on how you’re doing.

    Stay strong and keep in touch…

  6. Karen,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have been following your blog and many others to find inspiration for the journey and fundraising we are doing to fight this horrible desiease. My prayers are with you and your family.


  7. Karen —

    Thank you for sharing Seth’s writing with all of us. It brought tears to my ears today. If there is anything or any help you need, please let me know.


  8. Karen,

    Thank you for your post…and for posting. It’s a touchstone, for me (and I think many of us), a way of “hearing” Seth’s voice, still. Thank you.


  9. This poem now hangs on my wall in my office for all to see and is my inspiration. Thank you for sharing. I miss you both very much. All my love, Angela

  10. Karen – that’s a lovely poem and a worthy one for a life that was short but rich.

  11. That poem sounds like Seth, intelligent, contemplative and wonderful.

  12. I was just getting to know Seth through his blog entries. I’m so sorry he is gone, but his words keep him alive today. What an incredible person I wish I could have known in person – but the kind of person we all know in our heart. His light shines still.

    ST, NHL Survivor 1 yr

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