Giving Thanks for Dignity

posted May 28, 2013, 10:29 AM by Tia Karelson
November 16, 2012

Giving Thanks for Dignity

Last week I spent a day at our beautiful, LEED-certified Central Library in downtown Minneapolis learning about economic development. A fantastic video touted the many wonderful reasons to live in and bring business to Minnesota, including our bike paths, theatres, high concentration of Fortune 500 companies, and high quality workforce. By the end, I was sold. I wanted to live and work here. Lucky for me, I do.

But during a break, where I perused the library’s fiction section, I overheard a troubling non-fiction conversation. Two men discussed their living situations in local shelters. One lamented the deplorable conditions of the shelter bathroom, full of urine; with an odor so strong he could not bring himself to open the door.

The contrast of his circumstance with the economic development conversation is a startling reminder that, promotional video notwithstanding, all is not picture perfect.

November is a month of giving thanks. As I contemplate all the things for which I am grateful, big and small, I now add basic dignity to that list. Moving forward, a personal goal is to do more to improve the lives of all citizens in our community.