There’s so many things to be grateful for. Sure I have my moments when I feel like all hope is lost but then I am reminded of all of the good that constantly surrounds me. I feel fortunate to be able to put things into perspective and say, “You know, it’s really not THAT bad.” Like everything, it’s only a stepping stone. There’s a great quote by the explorer Ernest Shackleton, “Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.” and he’s right. Anything in life that can be termed difficult doesn’t also mean the end. Things are generally only as hard or as complicated as we make them out to be. In reality there’s always a solution or a pretty damned good opportunity to make a negative into a positive, as much as in our control to do so. No, I’m not saying we are superhuman and with the flick of a wand we can create world peace but what we can do is realize that no matter what occurs in life that tries to break us down we CAN overcome it. We, each of us, has the strength and ability to make a choice. We can choose to be the most strong, resilient version of ourselves or not. I prefer the first option, truthfully.
Often times though this bout of strength and positivity can diminish when certain obstacles occur. As such, when all really does feel lost it helps to have a strong support system. Those around us, who care, have our backs whether we realize it or not. Sometimes we overlook the invisible hands that seem to be holding us up when we are clouded by the chaos in our lives. Without those hands we may not actually feel our strength alone is enough to push on. I’ve been there, when I wonder how can I physically get past this then I remember those who are alongside me at such a trying time. It’s that feeling of reassurance I sometimes need to remind myself that it’s not just me in this world. To know that I don’t HAVE to fight this battle on my own. As much as I often want to be in charge of my own life and be able to deal with what’s on my shoulders by myself, I know it’s okay to allow someone to squeeze my hand a little through it, too. It may be just what I need, a rock, a constant, that gives me that extra umph to forge on. In a world that can seem chaotic more often than not there really is more good than we are able to see, such as those who love us enough to fight WITH us. To be faced with difficulties and to have those that are willing to offer up their own strength to get us through when we may need it most is something we should be nothing but eternally grateful for.
Got enough going on at the moment that dinner is the last thing on your list? No worries when you can whip up this simple and healthy dish! (Bonus, it even makes a great appetizer!)
Sweet Potato Chicken Sliders
Makes: 10 sliders/Total cook time: 25 minutes
- 2 medium sweet potatoes with skin, sliced into 10 rounds about 1/4 inch thick
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups shredded chicken breast, cooked (perfect use of leftover chicken!)
- 1 c avocado
- 2 small vine tomatoes, sliced into 10 rounds 1/4 inch thick
- Trader Joe’s Tropical Mango Pineapple Salsa (or sub any mango salsa)
- Goat cheese crumbles (optional, omit if paleo)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Line or lightly spray a baking sheet and arrange potato slices spaced apart onto pan.
- Sprinkle potatoes with cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, sea salt and pepper.
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are slightly tender.
- In the meantime, add chicken and avocado in a bowl and mash with a fork. Set aside.
- When potatoes are done remove from oven and place a tomato slice onto each potato then top with a heaping tablespoon of chicken avocado mixture. Repeat for all potato rounds.
- Place back in the oven to warm for 5 minutes.
- When done, top each with a spoonful of salsa and a little pinch of goat cheese. Serve while still warm.