By Published On: September 30th, 2015Categories: Inspirational, Purposeful Living

My favorite book is Gifts from the Sea by Ann Morrow Lindberg. In this elegant read the author uses the analogy of collecting shells at the beach to share timeless words of wisdom such as these.

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith.

What a lovely way to describe the unnecessary hunt for jewels that would otherwise splash onto our shores if we trusted the tides in our lives. As Ann Morrow shares, there really is no need to exhaust ourselves digging feverishly in directions that are often distractions from something much greater pooling towards our toes. The practice of trust is not an easy one. Fear can quickly erode our patience jetting us back into action and leaving us exhausted and perhaps too clouded to see the treasures in the sand. Yet those that trust will have clarity and the energy to enjoy the gifts as they naturally arise.



  1. Joanne September 30, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    This is a beautiful thought. I will share it with my mom. Thank you.

    • dawnkohler September 30, 2015 at 5:23 PM

      Thanks Joanne! So happy you found it inspiring.

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