One thing that I’ve learned over the past 18 months, is that WHAT YOU THINK will manifest itself.
I remember visiting Atlanta a couple weeks ago, and I ran into some old associates of mine. One of them said, “Hey!!! Good to see you. You’ve changed.” I was like, “What do you mean?” He said, “You’re all………POSITIVE.” He was referring to this website, the Daily Positive Quote Facebook page and my personal and fan pages.
A lot of people don’t know that I post those messages FOR ME. Now, since people took such a liking to the positive messages, I’ve decided to keep doing it. Hence, this website.
Over the last 18 months, I’ve been talked about, lied to, shunned and turned away from. I went through a bout of depression. The difference is, I deal with depression a little different from most people. I’ve learned to keep myself busy doing things that make me happy, which keeps my mind active. I’m blessed to say that it has worked.
As a man, when you’re laid off, it’s the WORST feeling in the world. It messes with your self-esteem, you mind AND your bank account. You can forget about dating.
THESE are the times when you find out who your REAL FRIENDS are.
When you’re in need, REAL FRIENDS just know it. You don’t have to say anything to them, because they know your situation and will OFFER to help. Even if they can’t give you money, they’ll at least give you some encouragement to keep you moving in the right direction.
Ironically, your blessings come from the most UNEXPECTED places. For example, when I interviewed for the Promotions Director / Midday position in Roanoke, I met with the owner of the station. We sat down in their conference room, talked a little bit and then he gave me an envelope. I asked “What’s this?” He said, “Open it.” It was a check for my expenses, as I had drove to Roanoke and spent the night before there. I was SHOCKED AND SPEECHLESS. Anyone that knows me, KNOWS I am never speechless. Anyway, it showed me that he has a heart.
With that said, I’ve accepted the position and will be moving there, this Sunday.
This will allow me to do what I love. The business of radio. I love communicating with people. The act of educating, entertaining and informing people, makes me happy.
I want to take the time to thank The Creator for blessing me with another opportunity to do my PASSION. I want to thank the FEW friends that I have for being there for me, through my dark days. I thank The Creator for the way it is and will be. Thank you.
I want to thank my mother and two brothers. Their counsel has kept me going, during some of my dark days.
I want to thank The Broadway. When I was let go in March 2011, The Broadway was the ONLY NIGHTCLUB that kept me around, without decreasing my pay. That ALONE is a blessing.
I want to thank my extended family (you know who you are).
I want to thank my REAL FRIENDS (you know who YOU are).
I want to thank the people who I thought were my friends, because I now know that they weren’t.
I want to thank the 27 potential employers for not hiring me, because if one of them did, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do what I love (yes, that’ 27 interviews in 18 months).
I want to thank the people that I thought I was going to do business with, but for some reason, it never came to fruition.
I REALLY appreciate the radio stations in Hampton Roads, that decided I wasn’t good enough for them. It allowed me to see, that it’s not about true talent and what could benefit their station. It’s about the bottom line.
I forgive myself for putting myself in a position to be hurt. When you know better, you do better.
I’m still learning.
With that said, a new beginning starts in Roanoke on October 22nd and I don’t mind moving on. I have no kids, nor wife. So, nothing’s holding me here. I will say, overall Hampton Roads has been good to me. I received my M. A. in Media & Communications from Norfolk State University (BEHOLD THE GREEN AND GOLD!!!). I’ve met some WONDERFUL people and will cherish their fellowship. In addition, I’ll be back on the weekends, to spin at the Broadway!!!!
So off I go to The Star City, not knowing what to expect, but knowing I will enjoy what I do. I looked fear in the eye and decided to smack it in the mouth.