This is the time of year to count one’s blessings and be grateful for the important things in life–family, friends, pets, good neighbors, enough food for nourishment and enjoyment, enough clothing to protect one from the cold, and a warm, safe place to call home.
It’s a time to reflect on the past year, on life’s ups and downs, to express gratitude for the opportunities that appear unexpectedly, to appreciate the lessons in the setbacks that temporarily derail one’s hopes.
It’s a time to be thankful that we live in a peaceful community, free of the daily violence that plagues so many other neighborhoods in our city. West Ridge is a mosaic of cultures, faiths, and ethnicities, living side by side in peace and freedom.
It’s time to remember those who fought for that freedom, and to be thankful for the ideals represented by the American system of government, ideals that have raised our standard of living both materially and spiritually. We are all blessed to call America home.
No matter which faith one professes, or what name one uses for the Creator of us all, we share the peace of this unique and special American holiday.
May the blessings of Thanksgiving Day be shared by you and yours.