be thankful for small mercies


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be thankful for small mercies

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 thankful for small mercies. Our son's accident left him without the use of his right eye; we're just thankful for small mercies that he still has the use of his left one.
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be thankful (or grateful) for small mercies

be relieved that an unpleasant situation is alleviated by minor advantages.
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be grateful/thankful for small ˈmercies

be happy that a bad situation is not even worse: The thieves took the TV and stereo but didn’t take any jewellery, so let’s be thankful for small mercies.
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At a time like this, we must be thankful for small mercies.
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Then maybe he should be thankful for small mercies in that they didn't just push him off the top deck of the bus