Great Cape Escape II: Words Like Abundance

The moment I let go of it was the moment
I got more than I could handle
the moment I jumped off of it
was the moment I touched down

— Alanis Morissett

It started simply enough: a few shells collected on the first day set down next to some small reminders to meditate. And each day thereafter, there was more — scallop shells and sea glass, colorful stones and heart-shaped rocks, driftwood and whelk.

This small altar greeted me every morning and upon my return to the room each afternoon — a reminder of gratitude for treasures found at every step.

“What wonderful abundance,” a friend commented. “I can feel the serenity.”

They become the words I meditated on: gratitude, abundance, serenity.

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Read More
• Great Cape Escape 2013
A Journal of Days
Elemental Things
Sand and Water

LYRICS: Alanis Morissett, Thank You [listen]
PHOTOS ©2013, Jen Payne

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  1. Anne Morrow Lindberg wrote in her ‘Gift from the Sea’ that she greedily collected the beautiful shells at her feet, until she realized she could only collect a few, and that they were more beautiful when they were few. What you have here is just that…a “few” laid out to truly understand and appreciate their wonderful abundance –an abundance, as you say, of beauty, serenity, perhaps joy? I hope you brought them all home with you!

    1. I did take all of them home! I’ve tucked them here and there around the house, but I have to say, I’m really tempted to find a way to set them out like they are in that photo. It was so…soothing.

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