On a day spent in tearful frustration, I grabbed my book on gratitude, One Thousand Gifts, as I walked out the door to go to my medical appointments. In between them, I stopped for lunch at Cracker Barrel. The waitress commented on my book’s beautiful cover, reminding me to open it. In it, Ann talks about taking pictures of a bowl of cheese, and finding joy in the little things, even if it’s just curls of mozzarella and cheddar.
I looked up and saw the paper bag that housed my silverware. “Enjoy every little thing,” it said. Every LITTLE thing. I thought about how often we are so overwhelmed by the big things that we forget to find joy and gratitude in the smaller aspects of life.
I looked at my plate of chicken and dumplings–comfort food for the soul today. The buttermilk biscuits, apple butter and turnip greens; the fall decorations on the fireplace; a friendly smile from my server—all little things that, today, I am so ever grateful for.
Today, when life feels hard, I am able to refocus on the little things…and there, I find joy.
“And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” – Ephesians 5:20