This year, the holidays give us special reason to reflect on what matters most to us and the importance of those we love. Our Thanksgiving will probably look different this year and that is okay. This month, I shared my advice for prepping like a chef, and planning for the day after the big day. Now I just want to share a simple thought: As the holiday approaches, take this time to savor every single bite.
Savor every moment you have with friends or family. Savor every bite of the meal you will enjoy. Savor the small moments that might have gone unnoticed. Wherever you are, and whomever you share your day with, in person or remotely, this is the time to pause and reflect on the blessings of daily life that we may have taken for granted before. Take a moment to consider all the people you will never meet who have contributed to your meal and your wellbeing in a million ways. I know I am deeply thankful this year for the basics, like being reunited with family and having food on the table.
This Thanksgiving, let us set a table with intention, set a place for gratitude, and invite the spirit of those we love and those we miss to dine with us. We can greet the holiday season and the dawning of a new year with a grateful heart. We already know it won’t be the same as usual. We know it may be hard. But no matter how plentiful or humble our meals and gatherings will be, we can appreciate them for what they are and take the time to savor every bite.