Giving Thanks for the Small Things

Giving Thanks for the Small Things

Rabbinic Intern’s Message – November 17, 2020

Grant Halasz, Rabbinic Intern

It is hard to believe that it is the middle of November already.  So, with Thanksgiving on the horizon, I am reminded of the importance of slowing down and appreciating all of the little things that we take for granted every day. Especially during these times of uncertainty and inconsistency, we should appreciate and celebrate the gifts we have. We can take for granted the ability to wake up each day, choose to get out of bed, live inside a body that functions, read this TIDBITS email, and the list goes on.  

Whenever I think of being thankful for the small miracles and moments, the prayer adapted to song, Asher Yatzar by Dan Nichols, always comes to mind. The English verse is simply elegant:

I thank You for my life, body and soul
Help me realize I am beautiful and whole
I am perfect the way I am and a little broken too
I will live each day as a gift I give to You

These words paint the picture of everyone every day. Each one of us has a unique body, soul, and lifestyle. We should not shy away from being unique, as it is what makes us individuals. In the second line, we are humbled when asking for assistance from our friends and loved ones to recognize that our full potential is already within. We are whole – spiritually and physically.  “I am perfect the way I am and a little broken too.” Building on this sense of wholeness, we may have personal shortcomings that we feel need repairing, but it is important to realize that we are all perfect because of our imperfections.  Having the knowledge to see who we are and know that we have the ability to better ourselves every day is such a gift. 

I invite you to take the time to appreciate the everyday and to seek out the blessings in yourselves.  Pause from the noise and breathe a deep breath, and then open your eyes to the miracles around you.