Giving Thanks, Really

| November 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

Giving Thanks, Really


This time of year our thoughts move toward what we’re going to prepare for our feast, who will be sitting next to whom at the table, and who has priority over the tv remote control. Life gets hectic, adding more tasks to do and errands to run to our already busy schedules. But, we all do love that meal, that once a year time when we absolutely count on getting together around the table and sharing a feast.

Of course, there’s a lot more to it than the food we love this time of year – roast turkey, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it all! But that’s just the beginning. What we sometimes fail to remember is that all of that bounty is truly miraculous. We are, no matter how much else may be challenging in our lives, able to enjoy the food on the table and share it with loved ones, family, friends, or even all by ourselves if we choose. The reality is we have a lot to be grateful for, even if we need to be reminded of it amid all the many obligations and stresses we have.

This year, I’d like to you to make your Thanksgiving truly one to remember. Take time to write a list of everything, big and small, for which you are grateful. Note them all – a comfy bed, the roof over your head, the smile on your kids’ faces when they see that big turkey magically appear and know nothing of the exhausting process that got it to the table.

See the enchanted faces of those who manage to maul through the meal in minutes, even though it took took hours to prepare. Do your best to get lost in the wonder of celebration and don’t worry so much about the details. Before or after eating, have your family, friends, or if you’re on your own just do this yourself, say out loud the 3 things for which you are most grateful.

Listen carefully to what you hear. Does everyone say, I’m grateful for my iPhone? Or, I’m grateful for Netflix? Someone might. But I bet they don’t. I bet what you hear is gratitude for what is a lot more meaningful in life. Love, health, a beautiful home, wonderful friends and much, much more.

If you find yourself or your family getting a little too caught up in a materialistic approach to gratitude, do me and yourself a favor. Find a homeless shelter, place of worship or mission to donate your time by serving a meal to those who don’t have a home, friends, family or a guaranteed meal other than the one you’re serving them. It’s not only a beautiful gift of gratitude in action, it can be one of the most important ways for you and yours to come together and make a difference in the life of someone who truly is in need.

I wish you all a beautiful Thanksgiving and would love to hear your stories about how it went. Please feel free to send me an email at You can join also the Facebook group at

Remember, express your gratitude and open up a free range life!


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About Diana Laskaris: My name is Diana Laskaris and I have many skills. I’ve climbed corporate ladders, produced motion pictures, transformed troubled businesses, started nonprofits, and even hung out my own shingle. I once held the title of “Swiss Army Knife.” I laugh a lot, enjoy traveling, cook for anyone, hug everyone, love all animals and the colors of autumn leaves. I understand that life is short and time is our most limited resource. I believe that stress affects every aspect of our lives and people would free themselves of it, if only they knew how. Well, I do know how and I’m sharing those skills with others. Let me tell you why. In 2001, I lived in New York. I ran with the big dogs, heading up a digital studio after helping create the first business models of the mobile entertainment industry. It was an exciting time in the “Silicon Alley.” And then the world came crashing down around me, literally. On September 11, 2001 the World Trade Center, two blocks from my home, exploded in a blaze and collapsed into ashes from an act of terrorism. The experience changed me forever. View author profile.

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