as transitive verb :  to gather or pile up especially little by little: amass
as an intransitive verb :  to increase gradually in quantity or number




Accumulate (v.): 1520s, “to heap up” (transitive), from Latin accumulatus, past participle of accumulare “to heap up, amass,” from ad “to,” here perhaps emphatic, + cumulare “heap up,” from cumulus “heap” (related to: cumulus).  From 1759 in intransitive sense of “grow in size or number.”




"Big challenges are an accumulation of small challenges."

Anne Wojcicki (b. 1973, American entrepreneur and the co-founder and chief executive officer of the personal genomics company) 

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“Wealth is not what you have for yourself. Wealth is what you share with others.” 

J.R. Rim (writer and author of "Write Like No One is Reading")

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"It does me good to write a letter which is not a response to a demand, a gratuitous letter, so to speak, which has accumulated in me like the waters of a reservoir."

Henry Miller (1891—1980, American writer whose autobiographical novels achieved a candor—particularly about sex—that made them a liberating influence in mid-20th-century literature)

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"Meditation is not the construction of something foreign, it is not an effort to attain and then hold on to a particular experience." 

Sharon Salzburg (b. 1952, New York Times bestselling author, teacher of Buddhist meditation practices in the West, and co-founder of Insight Meditation Society)

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“God's people are not to accumulate stuff for tomorrow but to share indiscriminately with the scandalous and holy confidence that God will provide for tomorrow. Then we need not stockpile stuff in barns or a 401(k), especially when there is someone in need.” 

Shane Claiborne (b. 1975, Christian social activist and author who is a leading figure in the New Monasticism movement and one of the founding members of the intentional community, the Simple Way, located in Philadelphia, PA)

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"The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith." 

Billy Graham (b. William Franklin Graham, Jr. in 1918, American Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 reaching a core constituency of middle-class, moderately conservative Protestants)

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"All through history, there have always been movements where business was not just about the accumulation of proceeds but also for the public good."


“It does me good to write a letter which is not a response to a demand, a gratuitous letter, so to speak, which has accumulated in me like the waters of a reservoir.”

Henry Miller


When I was young, I haphazardly accumulated a great deal of stuff, which were mostly frivolous thoughts and needless worries.  But, as the great Maya Angelou once said, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

Eventually I got stuck in my grief and narrow perception and needed to seek professional help.  But after a while I had to drill deep psychologically and spiritually.   I had amassed a boat-load of mess, and my nervous system was compromised.

So, I invested in my healing, psychotherapy sessions and advanced spiritual retreats in nature.  But, what matter also was in sustaining a daily regimen of meditation.  That spiritual practice disciplined my mind, heart, and body to relax and let go, and continues to do so.

Another practice I developed over the years was in writing and receiving letters and emails of gratitude.  These letters have always and continues to inspire me.  When gratitude and appreciation is increased, life is valued at levels never perceived before.

Sojourners, we prosper not by accumulating things, but by increasing ideas, inspiration, and optimism in our daily lives, and we do that together!

Written with Love, Tonya









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