Abundant Gratitude

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.” — Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American poet, writer, and visual artist

Tiny grains of sand

Circling this ocean basin

Prolific beauty.


Note: In this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, we’re to portray “Prolific.” To me, that means large quantities, abundance, even fruitful. Since this time of year around here is hardly lush with spring flowers yet, I’m opting for a photo from a few years back, back when I was on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

16 thoughts on “Abundant Gratitude

  1. And a lovely photo it is. The haiku fits it perfectly. Both, combined, remind me of the beginning of Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence”:

    To see a World in a Grain of Sand
    And a Heaven in a Wild Flower

    • I wasn’t thinking of Blake when I wrote this Haiku, but it’s one I enjoy a lot. Fascinating that his poem sparked so much in the way of other creative efforts (songs, an Agatha Christie novel, etc.) Guess it’s true that there’s really nothing “new” to create — we just keep recycling stuff in our own way!

  2. Stunning photograph, Debbie! Reminds me of my time spent living in Boca Raton, Florida, the beaches there a stunning. White sand, crystal clear blue water!

    OMG…I love the quote you shared by Kahlil Gibran because it’s so true, and something I try to remain conscious of – to pray (and give thanks) for the days of joy and abundance. Btw, I read Kahlil Gibran book, The Prophet, many years ago and really enjoyed it.

    And beautiful Haiku, my friend!

    Wishing you a fantabulous weekend!

    • Thank you, Ron — I’m glad it sparked some happy memories for you! I used to love walking on the beach, feeling the sun and wind, tasting the salty air — can’t believe it’s been so long since I did all that!

      I, too, am a big believer in the importance of gratitude. Even the least among us has way more than we deserve, and far too often, we fail to be thankful. Sure, it’s hard to be grateful for the hard times, but everybody can remember to express thanks for the good times!

      Happy weekend to you — fingers crossed, this will be winter’s last gasp! xo

    • Thanks, Dawn. I suppose we both looked at the beach and saw “prolific.” I thought about Spring flowers or Fall leaves, but the Haiku led me toward the sand and water!

    • Thank you, FF. Yes, the Mississippi Gulf Coast features 62 miles of scenic shoreline, and I can attest to its beauty. They’ve worked hard to make sure it stays that way, too!

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