I believe quite firmly that much of the magic in the world resides in small things. There are fleeting moments that nevertheless linger because they expand us with their beauty and meaning. There are delicately detailed door knobs, minuscule mushrooms, and pocket-sized poems that change the tenor of the moment, inviting you into the magic hidden in plain sight all around. There are brief interactions that can fill you with hope for humanity. One small thing can save a whole day.
Tamata (pictured above) are votives– small offerings in exchange for a vow, desire, or wish fulfilled– used in the Greek Orthodox church. These small things, like votive candles lit in churches, pennies tossed in a well, and milagro (miracle) charms in Latin America, are imbued with prayers for healing, love, safe travels, and luck. Tamata and milagros use symbolic imagery that is suggested by the image but decided by the petitioner, like a heart, which could be offered either for someone with a heart condition or for someone wanting love.
You too can imbue small things with potency and the meaning that you decide. Sometimes all we need is something small, but I think we all need at least that. Fortunately, life offers us small miracles, often in abundance.