Figured I’d blog a bit about the things I’m thankful for–in no particular order–this Thanksgiving. I’m on air right now at WDAV.org, so I don’t know how much I’ll get written, but … And I’m not going to bother editing myself. Just going to write and see what comes out.
1. My mental health. If you’ve perused this site at all, you can probably tell from my book titles that happiness is a hard won treasure for me, one I don’t take lightly. The past couple years have seen a lot of changes in my life, and change is often taxing on folks who struggle with depression. I’m happy to report I’m doing very well after it all.
2. My job. I asked God for three things when I started looking to change careers: a full-time job at an all-classical station, a top 50 market, and a loft/apartment/condo downtown. I applied all over the country and wound up in Charlotte, near to where I grew up, so I can now see my brother often. It’s been great. I’m at an all-classical station, and I live in a New York-style loft uptown. Oh, and if you’re wondering, Charlotte is market number 24 in the nation.
3. My books. Has it really been six years since I made the goal to write a book? I asked God to help me do the thing I’d dreamed of doing for years, and I wound up with, not one, but two books. I remain very grateful for them, and for many emails I continue to receive–just got one this morning–from people saying thanks for how the books have helped them.
4. My faith. This month 19 years ago, I … oh, how does one express it clearly? … began following, entered a relationship with, was saved by, found the meaning of life in … Christ. If you don’t know what I mean, just ask. I’m happy to share my story.
5. My friends. What would life be without people who know you well and look forward to spending time with you? We were made for relationships. We crave them. And I have some good ones.
6. The years I spent in Virginia. This is my first Thanksgiving back in North Carolina after 12 years living in Virginia. I find myself looking back over that decade-plus with tremendous gratitude for the gift of it all–the gorgeous nature; the rough patches that led to a richer life; my many friends at Virginia Tech, New Life Christian Fellowship, and WVTF Public Radio; and knowing that I’m not so far away. I could have wound up anywhere in the country when I moved. I landed just two and a half hours from good friends and memories.