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be grateful for small blessings

To appreciate small or minor benefits, advantages, or opportunities one is afforded, particularly in the midst of an otherwise difficult, frustrating, or unfortunate situation or circumstance. My car's air conditioning stopped working two hours into my cross-country road trip across America. The radio still works, though, so I guess I should be grateful for small blessings. Our son's accident left him without the use of his right eye; we're just grateful for small blessings that he still has the use of his left one.
See also: blessing, grateful, small

be grateful/thankful for small mercies

if someone should be grateful for small mercies, they should feel grateful that something good has happened, although it is not everything that they wanted They've agreed to end the meeting half an hour early. I suppose we should be thankful for small mercies.
See also: grateful, mercy, small
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Although I myself was gratefully sensible of the kindness of Pesca's motives, my spirits were hardly so much elevated as they ought to have been by the prospect of future employment now placed before me.
Donations gratefully received towards Macmillan c/o Stephen Jones Funeral Director, Pen-y-Bryn, Bethesda.
Family flowers only but donations towards Alaw Ward, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor will be gratefully received through the Funeral Directors Pritchard a Griffiths Cyf, Dublin Street, Tremadog, Gwynedd.
Family flowers only please, but donations if desired will be gratefully received in memory of Barbara for Liverpool House Surgery, Waunfawr per the Funeral Director Huw John Jones, Glanrafon, Pontllyfni, Caernarfon, Gwynedd.
Upon award notification, Aplicor CEO Chuck Schaeffer gratefully responded by stating: "There is no greater honor than to be recognized as a leader based on the success of our customers and by one of the most respected analyst organizations in the CRM industry.
Family flowers only donations gratefully accepted toward St Kentigern's Hospice, St Asaph c/o R.
Family flowers only please, but donations in memory gratefully accepted towards the Alzheimer's Society per John O.
Donations in memory of Gil will be gratefully received towards St.
No flowers, but donations if desired gratefully accepted towards The Alzheimer's Society per R.
Family flowers only but donations in Elwy's memory will be gratefully accepted for Resus at Glan Clwyd Hospital or St.
Finally, we want to gratefully acknowledge Larry Kirk's 33 years of service to the Company.
We are gratefully acknowledge his dedication, business acumen, and leadership.
Donations in lieu of flowers gratefully accepted towards British Heart Foundation and Alzheimers Society c/o R.
Family flowers only please, but donations in lieu will be gratefully received for The Stroke Association.
Any donations in lieu of flowers will be gratefully received by Cancer Research Cymru c/o Donald Roberts Funeral Directors, 46 Maes y Llan, Penmaenmawr.