Don't Pig Out: Slow Down and Savor Thanksgiving

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“Quit waiting for the one moment that changes your life. Every moment changes your life.” -Anonymous

  • Do you feel like your cell phone has hijacked your life?
  • Do you feel like you never have enough quality time with the people you love?
  • Do you feel like each year gets busier, with more demands, more obligations, more stress?

I want to share with you something that forever changed my life and appreciation for the power of a single moment. Please watch the following (short video) so I can share this story.


This video took place in 1988, which was 7 or 8 years before anyone had a cell phone, and 19 or 20 years before Facebook. Point being, life has gotten so much more distracting and it has become so much more difficult to be present for important moments.

Rather than continuing to get sucked into the madness, I’d like to challenge you this holiday season:

1. Leave the cell phone behind for Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays where the family is together, or at least that’s the way it’s supposed to be. For this special moment, consider not bringing your cell phone to Thanksgiving dinner, or at least not bringing it to the dinner table. The science shows we are becoming physiologically addicted to the buzz of an IM or email comin’ through on the cell. Break the addiction now before it’s too late. Overcome the impulse to constantly look at your gadget and instead spend that time and energy with the people you love most.

2. Ask an “older person” during Thanksgiving festivities what it was like before they had cell phones

I say this only half-jokingly. But I remember in college, we didn’t have cell phones or even email addresses. I often wonder, how the heck did we get in touch with anyone? Life was less convenient way back in the early 90′s…but there was a lot more time to converse, relax, live in the moment.

3. Savor

In many countries, people eat slow and savor the time spent together. The studies show that the average meal in America is 11 minutes long – with some breakfasts and lunches lasting barely 2 minutes.* If you are halfway normal, you, like me, pig out and pass out on Thanksgiving. Here’s a challenge I pose to myself and you…eat slow and savor the food. More than anything, slowing down is a great life lesson. Carlos Petrini, founder of the Slow Food movement, said, “Some things in life which are crucial to our maturity, cannot be sped up, and are only possible if they occur slowly.”

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David Romanelli