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Gratitude and Love

When your life is filled with contentment and harmony, a deep sense of gratitude is felt.  It doesn’t mean there are no challenges, obstacles, or darkness, but there is an ever-present feeling that a new day and a new dawn will shine a bright light and will lead you through daily tasks.

As I explored the concept of gratitude and attempted to visualize what it looks like, I found myself seeking images that represent beauty and bring good memories.  The feelings of gratitude have so many subtle layers and evoke harmonious ways to express it.  In spite of pandemic threats, social distancing, and growing fears, I hope that my ICM images will bring the light, smell, and the ambiance of a heart filled with gratitude.

Original Inspiration

Final Series

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Rainbow Treasure

"Gratitude is the real treasure God wants us to find, because it isn't the pot of gold but the rainbow that colors our world."

― Richelle E. Goodrich





"I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.”

― Elbert Hubbard




Life Journey

“It’s funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope.  This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish.”

― Steve Maraboli




Life Mysteries

“Everything worthwhile in life requires love, faith and imagination. All three are mysterious and difficult to put into words.”

― Henry David Thoreau




Nature's Glory

“I thank you God for most this amazing day; for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”  

― E.E. Cummings




Circle of Friends

“Friends, you and me... you brought another friend... and then there were three... we started our group... our circle of friends... and like that circle... there is no beginning or end.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt




Ray of Light

“Love all the Earth, every ray of God’s light, every grain of sand or blade of grass, every living thing. If you love the earth enough, you will know the Divine Mystery.” 

― Dostoyevsky




Extraordinary Simplicity

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”

― Paulo Coelho




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