A Gift From the Sea


God willing we’ll be able to exhale tomorrow.

Meanwhile I’m rereading A Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh and feeling calmer. This book is amazing – first published in 1955 and still necessary reading. She writes about searching for a purity of intention, a singleness of eye, a central core to her life, and how to remain whole and balanced in the midst of distractions. How we’re in danger of giving ourselves away in small pieces and the necessity of purposeful giving and solitude – (and this is so true for people who want to be creative).

She writes of all the distractions in life – and this was 1955 so she’s talking about the radio and tv and the telephone. Today we’re just one click away from the whole world, a thousand friends, Face Book, Twitter, online newspapers, blogs, et al. We never need to be alone.

“The solution for me, surely is neither in total renunciation of the world, nor in total acceptance of it,” she writes. “I must find a balance somewhere, or an alternating rhythm between these two extremes; a swinging of the pendulum between solitude and communion, between retreat and return.”

Her voice is so true and deep;she’s a wonderful companion during these turbulent times.


  9 comments for “A Gift From the Sea

  1. Patty
    November 7, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I sent your post about the fears we share about this election to two close friends. This post suggests what we can do after–read Anne Morrow Lindbergh and relax–however briefly. I want to get a copy for my sweet, grieving daughter, whose husband, my dear beloved funny amazing son-in-law, has just died.

    • Barbara Abercrombie
      November 8, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Patty – This is so sad. A beautiful book on grief – a young husband gone too soon – is Elizabeth Alexander’s The Light of the World.

  2. Lilly
    November 7, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    such a wonderful book. being reminded of AML’s words come as great comfort today, Barbara. Seems like everyone I’ve encountered today is deeply on edge..

    • Barbara Abercrombie
      November 8, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Deeply, wildly on edge, yes!

  3. lilly
    November 7, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    so, thank you!!

  4. Dave Milam
    November 7, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    May each know and live the seach meant for them. Living the right questions yields mastery, meaning, mystery and joy! Thanks for sharing. Live life full.

    Dave Milam

    • Barbara Abercrombie
      November 8, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Dave – Amen!

  5. Madaline Williams
    November 7, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I just recently reread this book too–first read back in the sixties.

    • Barbara Abercrombie
      November 8, 2016 at 10:54 am

      That’s when I first read it too. Loved it then and now.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *