Gratitude—The Essence of the Holidays

by Mila Besich, Mayor, Town of Superior

What an incredible year this has been! As we enter the threshold of the 2021-2022 holiday season, I look back at all we have worked through —ongoing setbacks and the chaos of the pandemic, supply chain issues, and, of course, the ongoing need to do more with less. Less staff and, in some instances, diminished supplies and resources.

As I reflect on the work we have accomplished in 2021, what stands out the most is how our staff, business community, nonprofits, and residents have tackled the never-ending challenges. I am filled with heartfelt gratitude for the efforts, creativity, and the tenacity they have selflessly provided to keep life moving forward.


Gratitude is essential to our vitality and success as a community, and I am forever thankful to everyone who has served as a volunteer or has gone above and beyond to help ensure that Superior’s momentum continued on unabated despite challenges that came our way.

We can express our gratitude by supporting our unique business establishments, charities, and other organizations that make our communities special. What makes each of our Pinal County communities distinctive is the different, one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, events, and experiences that have become part of our individual community identities.

We each can express our gratitude by visiting these locally-owned shops and restaurants before we order from Amazon or patronize businesses and venues in the major metro areas.

And let us not forget the many organizations that support the needy in our communities. They especially deserve our unwavering gratitude for making life better for the people they serve. Supporting our local nonprofits with time or financial resources, and maybe resolving to be more involved in your local community nonprofits, are great ways to express gratitude.

Superior, just like our sister Pinal County communities, has a treasure trove of art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and services to fill your gift list and holiday menus and activities. Take a holiday hike and burn off some of those holiday calories at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum or the Legends of Superior Trails.

As we close 2021, I thank each of you read this column in each edition. If you have visited my hometown of Superior, thank you! If you haven’t made the trip, definitely put it on your 2022 must-do list.

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, and uplifting holiday season and New Year.