Thanksgiving Treasures

On our national day of thanks I have a lot to be grateful for, and never has a day of thanks been needed more than right now. Much of our shared experiences these past few weeks sounds like a bad pitch in a development meeting at Paramount Pictures: large parts of New York in near catastrophic ruins; whole neighborhoods in New Jersey swept away; millions without power; a freak snowstorm; mounting tensions with the Middle East on the brink of war. Even I can’t blame Mercury being in retrograde for these head spinning recent developments.

Yes, in the last month, we survived Superstorm Sandy, re-elected Obama, and not to make this a political statement, but my uterus is tap dancing over Romney’s recent shuffle off to Buffalo. Put a fork in him, he’s done! We handled the great Noreaster of ’12 and worried about friends and family in Israel. All of us regular bloggers have had plenty of topics to write about, but ironically, my pen has remained silent. With so many recent minor and not-so-minor traumas, my first response was to deal with none of it. I needed time to think, calm myself, come back to center and then respond. Mostly, I needed to find my sense of balance. And wouldn’t you know it, just as things started to settle, pumpkin pie time arrived.

And so, in the hopes of putting my best ‘thankful’ foot forward, I am choosing to acknowledge the things in my life that matter most to me:

HOME – Mine is gratefully intact, the electricity has been restored and I have a new-found appreciation for how effectively a gas stove can heat a dark and cold home over six long days and nights.

I have an even deeper love and sense of companionship for both my children and my partner. Petty fights that would be considered typical for a boisterous, creative and slightly chaotic family like mine, don’t seem to matter as much these days. At least not since the almost full week we spent hunkered down around candles playing cards, heating up yet another can of soup and building legos. Even hand cranking our Red Cross radio to keep up with the world outside brought us closer and nothing else seemed to matter than just being safe and staying together.

I am also grateful and keeping fingers crossed for the safekeeping of my family and friends living thousands of miles away in the Middle East. I feel better, having recently talked to one of my brothers, who, this summer, moved with his young family to Israel. One of my sisters also made the move a month later with her three young children. This morning, I finally got to talk to her and appreciate that despite her having been in a bomb shelter for a while, she is also safe, thank God.

And with a new cease fire blanketing region, many of us are breathing easier and feeling gratitude for done by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the other nations at the heart of recent peace efforts.

HEALTH – On a spiritual level, I offer heartfelt thanks to esoteric healing practitioner Bernadette Bloom who has been working diligently to integrate the minds, bodies and spirits of my two babies and my guy, who is now on his second level of training with this powerful healer. I have always been open to transformational modalities that can demonstrate real shifts and am thrilled to see the difference Bernadette is making with my family. As for my health, it is vastly improved thanks to a wonderful integrative MD I started seeing recently. In only four months she was able to pin point and subsequently turn around a pre-diabetic condition, thyroid and hormone imbalance issues (yeah, being an over 40 female has its not-so-desired perks). So I offer an appreciative shout out to Dr. Tania Tyles Dempsey, of Armonk Integrative Medicine for being one of my newer earth angels.

And what a blessing it is to be a part of a caring community that uses social media in a high vibe way, in this case our village is connecting through to make significant and specific contributions to a friend whose husband is being treated for a rare form of cancer. Our prayers are with this beloved family for a full and speedy recovery.

HAPPINESS – This basic, fundamental emotional component of life shines through many of the facets that I experience day in and day out. After all, happiness is a choice, even if the money isn’t coming in the way we’d like, the kids are acting up, and the health concerns are out there.

I wish to give a special woot-woot “hey girls” to a fabulous posse of friends, my Katonah Artist’s Way group, who instill and inspire all kinds of creative dreams within me (and I wasn’t exactly stagnant to begin with). New to my manifesting dream list are my “Spiritually Sexy” cabaret act and book based on a show I started developing years ago, when my children were very young. I am also grateful for my sister goddess Ariane deBonvoisin who continually encourages my writing voice. Adding to my list of inspiring and supportive coaches are Jane Dashow, renowned voice-over talent and actor, whom I met at the Actors Green Room, and Tisha Ioli, casting director, both of whom are bringing out the very best of my voice-over and commercial work. To all of these powerful, nurturing and dynamic ladies, thank you for allowing me to continually find ways to use my voice and to live up to my artistic potential.

So, this Thanksgiving I am grateful, as never before, for the simple pleasures, endless suppport and quiet joys that surround me on a daily basis. I hope your life is filled with an equal amount of bliss. Even if it’s not, like all of us, it’s a work in progress, where little steps each day add up.

Enjoy the meal, the friends, the family and may your bellies be as healthy and full as your hearts this holiday season.

4 Responses to Thanksgiving Treasures
  1. Jenn Deutsch
    November 22, 2012 | 2:25 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Shira and family! I agree the little things and not so little be thankful for them all. I know I am counting my blessings always. Times of hard it is even more important now. Well off to eat dinner with my family I go.

  2. Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    November 22, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    Aw so glad you’re ok girl! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Laura Beth Gilman
    December 4, 2012 | 9:30 pm

    Very very nice, Shira!!! xo

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