#November #FreeRangeDiana

| November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

What Matters Most

 

I’m a spoiled brat. I admit it. I want what I want when I want it. If things don’t go the way I want them to I get all boo boo kitty and pouty and crabby and generally am unpleasant to be around, which of course, makes me more boo boo kitty and pouty and crabby because I’m being ignored. But I’m learning that the world doesn’t revolve around me, and though that’s a totally deflating reality, it is somewhat liberating as well.

 

You see, there are people in the world that have nothing, and there are others who have lost everything. I’m sure you’ve followed some of the horrible natural disasters we’ve been experiencing around the world – Mexico, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, California, Japan, Zimbabwe, China, Peru…the list could go on and on.

 

Then we have the man made catastrophes, shooting attacks in churches, airports, schools, sporting events, nightclubs and concerts. Drugs invading our neighborhoods, the suburbs, the nice people next door to the tune of 2.4 million opioid addicts and 65,000 deaths in a year. Sexual harassment, assault, racism, bullying, sexism. The list goes on and on.

 

I think about what people who have experienced these tragedies are going through and suddenly realize that its time for me to put an end to my own personal pity party and do what we all want to do this month – be grateful. I have my home, even if it’s a struggle to pay for it. I have clean water to drink and food in my refrigerator, which is still working. I have a brain that isn’t fried and arms and legs that still work. My neighborhood has not been burned down or flooded out or blown away.

 

November is a month we celebrate Thanksgiving. Just hearing the word makes me a bit more thoughtful lately. Giving Thanks. That’s an act of humility and instead of bemoaning what I don’t have that doesn’t matter, I’m determined to be grateful for what I do have that does matter.

 

How do you feel about your life right now? When you look at what you have rather than what you don’t have, how does that make you feel?

 

Let this Thanksgiving be a revelation for you. Share the gifts you have with others. Be your best self by getting out of your own way. Focus on what is good and positive in your life. And if you can, if you have a little extra anything – time, talent, money, food – share it with someone who doesn’t. Your gratitude will multiply in ways you can’t imagine now.

 

Feel free to email me with how you’ll make this Thanksgiving special and what matters most to you at FreeRangeDiana@gmail.com. You can also join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1600879276872846/

 

Remember, focus on what matters most and enjoy a free range life!

 

Diana

Category: Healthy Living

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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