Thanksgiving is a good time to count blessings.
For many of us, it has been another good year.
We live in a city of great neighborhoods. Their scale means that we share a thousand things with dozens or hundreds of others who live near us. Unlike more homogeneous places, we have opportunities each day to celebrate our diversity.
Our great institutions — our arts, our sports, our parks — have entertained and edified us. We have celebrated some civic successes.
Our recent challenges have been chances to become more generous, more open-minded, and healthier. And we have risen to many of them — giving to campaigns for the United Way and Catholic Charities; discussing issues like sexual preference, race, and age openly; and enacting a smoke-free ordinance that now includes most indoor spaces.
It is also true that the past year has been a trying one for many people, with their security of job and home disturbed by economic conditions.
So, as we pause to count our blessings, we should certainly remember to share them.