When Sand Isn't Sand

Iqbal Atcha
Published on: February 2012
Two years ago, Amy and I visited the Island of Hawaii for our 3rd wedding anniversary. If you've never been there, add it to your bucket list! It's the most gorgeous place on earth!

One of the most amazing things about the "Big Island" is their sand. I've only known sand as being brown but on this one island, there isn't a speck of it. Instead, there is black, green and white sand!

The black sand is as dark as coal and the white sand reminded me a lot of French Vanilla ice cream. To see the green sand though, we had to walk 6 miles to set foot on a small, tiny, but gorgeous colored olive beach. Our legs were sore and stiff the next day, but without a doubt, Amy and I would've done it again in a heartbeat!
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In our everyday lives, we think 'sand is sand'. It's nothing special. You don't even give it a second thought when you lay on it or build castles with it on the shore. But when you see black or green sand for the first time, the bubble you've been living in 'pops' and you realize that the world is a lot bigger than what you thought it was.

Dr. Gary Greenberg is a professor in biomedical research and a photographer. He took pictures of everyday, regular old sand, magnified it 250 times, and revealed to us something very stunning: sand isn't sand! Each grain of sand is a beautiful, complex and unique structure. They come in all shapes, colors and sizes and no two are alike.

You and I are exactly like the sand. We're different colors, shapes and sizes. We look, think and act differently. We have individual strengths and weaknesses. We are unique, we are complex and we are beautiful because that is how we were made.

A beach is made up of billions, maybe even trillions of sand particles. Each and every grain of sand is important. No one admires or walks on only the conch-shaped ones or the blue specks. We walk on the entire beach and we take in all of its beauty. The world we live in is equally as beautiful, with people from all over the world sharing different views, foods and cultural traditions. One is not better than the other and together, we make up the most beautiful landscape in the entire galaxy.

As you walk along the beach of your life, appreciate the sand under your feet. The everyday things and people you encounter are those 'tiny miracles' that support you daily on your journey. Your husband, wife, children, parents, friends, coworkers and people you don't even know on that crowded street are helping you make your destination possible.
Take a moment every single day to acknowledge and give thanks for the many grains of sand in your life. William Blake's poem "Auguries of Innocence" says it best

To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.
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