Big Thanks for Small Things By Sharon

Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.

–Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Thanksgiving is one day for giving thanks. But in these fraught times, one day is not enough. Many people are feeling pandemic fatigue, loneliness, itchiness to get back to some semblance of regular life. Since that day seems slow in coming, how can we survive and even thrive in the meantime?


Being thankful for little, ordinary things may be the answer. Day after day after day.

Today, I am thankful for:

  • The taste and texture of a Baked Apple Chip on my tongue
  • The healed papercut on my pinky.
  • The bright dance of a red maple leaf blowing in the wind
  • The kindness of a neighbor who returned my recycling bin to my backyard
  • The warmth of my house when it is raining and the wind is howling outside
  • Reading a great book, Flying Lead Change by Kelly Wendorf
  • A virtual visit with my dear friend Susan
  • The view of the Ohio River out my window
  • The comfort of a familiar prayer
  • My good health and energy
  • Calls from my far-away children


I look at that list and think: OH, what bounty!


Gratitude for small things brings us right to the present moment. The past may be unresolved, the future murky, but here, now, right at this moment, I am having an absolutely delicious cup of coffee. Continuing to notice and feel thankful for very small things fills me up. The practice keeps me from feeling lonely or bored or angry.


To help jumpstart your list, I’m including here this fabulous recipe for


Easy Baked Apple Chips (serves 2)

2 Gala apples (I’ve also made them with Fujis and Honey Crisps….all are yum)

Dash of nutmeg (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cut out the core and slice the apples as thinly as you can.
  4. Set the slices on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the oven for 1 hour; flip them over; bake for another hour.
  6. Before serving let them cool and consider a sprinkle of nutmeg




  1. What one small thing are you thankful for right now?
  2. And what else?
  3. And what else?
  4. And what else?
  5. Bake some apple chips and be thankful for their crunchy good taste.
  6. Make it a habit to be grateful for small things every day.
  7. Realize that small things are big things.



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