1: an ample quantity: profusion
2: affluence, wealth
3: relative degree of plentifulness


Source: www.merriam-webster.com


Abundance (n.): mid-14th century, from Old French abondance and directly from Latin abundantiafullness, plenty,” noun of state from abundantem, present participle of abundareto overflow” (related to: abound)

Abound (v.): early 14th century, from Old French abonderto abound, be abundant, come together in great numbers” (12th century), from Latin abundareoverflow, run over,” from Latin ab-off” + undarerise in a wave,” from undaa wave,” from Proto-Indo-European unda-, nasalized form of root *wed-water, wet.”

Source: www.etymonline.com


“The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts.”

Marianne Williamson (b. 1952, author, and international lecturer on spiritual, personal, and political issues)

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“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.”

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer; best known for “The Prophet”)

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“What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, historian, and an important contributor to the American literary and philosophical movement known as New England Transcendentalism)

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Source: www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/henry-david-thoreau

“As for time, all men have it in abundance.”

George S. Clason (1864-1957, soldier, businessman, and writer; best known for writing informational pamphlets about being thrifty and how to achieve success using parables that were set in ancient Babylon; the most famous ones were compiled in a book, “The Richest Man in Babylon”)

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Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.”

Wayne Dyer (1940-2015, philosopher, self-help author, and motivational speaker, who wrote more than 40 books)

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“Honor your desire for a new life. Say yes to the small inklings of interest and curiosity that present themselves each day.”

Lynn A. Robinson (author, speaker, and intuitive advisor; best known for “Divine Intuition: Your Inner Guide to Purpose, Peace, and Prosperity, Revised and Updated”)

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“Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.”

Sarah Ban Breathnach (b. 1947, founder of the Simple Abundance Charitable Fund and author of “Simple Abundance: A Yearbook of Comfort and Joy…”)

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“The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts.”

— Marianne Williamson


When I was a high school student one of my favorite teachers, Mr. Duffy, gave our class a creative I.Q. test.  It was very simple.  We were given five pieces of paper, and on the top of each page was a picture.  The rest of the paper was blank with lined numbers.  One such paper consisted of a picture of an elephant.  We were asked to come up with different scenarios of what that picture may mean. My imagination took off and I nearly filled each paper front and back.

In that case, the test proposed limited circumstances and my imagination poured out a seemingly unlimited abundance of thoughts.

Making lists has become part of my spiritual toolbox.  When I don’t make lists to guide my day I can wander aimlessly about.

There’s another exercise I have done with friends and that lists those positive aspects at the end of the day.  On most days it may appear unremarkable, until one starts documenting those blessings.  We can train our minds to see the extraordinary, especially when we have a witness to magnify our outcomes.

We don’t always have to write them down.  As Sean Achor in his book “The Happiness Advantage…,” he recommends we can talk about the positive aspects of a day around a dinner table or to a dear friend.

A brilliant and generous woman once told me that we tend to look at our lives as the glass half empty or half full rather than a cup that runneth over.

I can’t agree more.  I think that’s why I love sitting by natural bodies of water.  Water is a dynamic reminder of Life’s vibrancy.  I never see my favorite body of water, Lake Virginia, in the same way.  She can be still and glean like a sheet of glass, or she can swell high like wave in the ocean.

Stay awake, sojourners, for the abundance in our unlimited potential to imagine, dream, and create.

Miraculously Yours, Tonya



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