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Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.
-- Bertolt Brecht
 

 

Thursday, November 23, 2000

The little things

Often it is difficult to truly experience gratitude for the big, important things. Yes, we can say we’re thankful and certainly on an intellectual level we are. Yet somehow the monumental blessings are difficult to fully grasp.

The little things, though, are much closer and therefore more intense. It is toward those little things that we can most easily experience a warm and palpable, encompassing gratitude. It is in thankfulness for the little things that we can know the sweet and sustaining flavor of true appreciation.

And in so doing, we realize that the little things are not so little after all. For the big, momentous things in life are nothing more than a lot of little things strung carefully together.

Be thankful for the little things, for that warm ray of sunshine beaming through your window, for the refreshing cool wind against your face, for the joy of helping a child to experience something new, for the savory aroma of freshly baked bread. In your retail thankfulness, the depth of your wholesale gratitude for all that is life will grow strong indeed.

— Ralph Marston

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