‘Tis the season for dozens of blogs, website postings and individuals writing about how thankful and blessed they have been this year. Perhaps you’ve seen the ‘30 days of Thanksgiving’ posts where people start Facebook posting once a day for a month (rarely finishing the full 30 days) about something they are grateful for in their lives. All well-intentioned, but it’s a busy month – who has time to write 30 separate posts about being thankful?
After recently visiting a very remote island in the South Pacific, I’ve come to realize a lot of people focus on the wrong things when deciding for what the are grateful. These tribes/villages/clans have next to nothing – as in, no indoor plumbing, many depending on walking for getting around, use scrap cloth as window coverings and raise their own chickens and goats for food.
Yet they without exception greeted my group with the biggest smiles and waves wherever we went. As we were welcomed into one tribe’s village with a ceremony where the chief grants us permission to be there, and sharing a special drink, the feeling that many of us ‘don’t know how lucky we are’ overwhelmed me. While so many of us are thankful for having big houses to live in, cars to drive around, plenty of food at our local grocer and good jobs, we forget that many live on much less – and are much happier.
This Thanksgiving season, remember that. Take time to really BE with your family and friends, and less time cooking a fancy meal. By all means, have a good meal together, but don’t let it stress you out to the point you don’t enjoy the holiday. Be thankful for the simple things, like this easy Instant Pot side dish recipe that will save you some time, and lighten up an otherwise calorie-laden table.
1 lb brussels sprouts, stems trimmed and outer leaves removed
½ TB olive oil
½ cup finely diced onion
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
2 strips bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
Hot sauce to taste