This short, but very meaningful, email arrived this morning from a listener named Doug:
"Greg, I'm having a heart valve replaced tomorrow. I just wanted to say 'thanks for making my life better.' Keep up the good work."
Obviously, my initial email thoughts are for Doug's welfare. My prayers are with him for a successful surgery and quick recovery.
Doug has some important things on his mind at the moment. Yet, he still took a moment to drop me a line of thanks. It's very humbling to receive an email like that one. I'm quite grateful.
I've said many times on the air that I love my job. Hosting a talk show challenges my intellect and makes me think. It sparks my creativity and imagination. I enjoy feeling plugged in to local and national events.
However, the most wonderful part of my job is the many relationships I've forged with listeners over the years. Many regular callers have become personal friends. Listeners have invited me to their weddings and their parties. They have sent gifts, books and cards to me.
And they have sent notes and letters. Some aren't fit for print. But those are few and far between. Most messages are like the one from Doug...thoughtful and considerate. Listeners have shared their thoughts, ideas, pet peeves, wishes, dreams, problems and kindness with me.
To Doug...and to all my listeners...thank you. Your phone calls, messages and friendship have enriched my life in so many ways.
George Bailey was right. It's a wonderful life. Thank you for being part of mine.
Greg Belfrage (@belfrageshow) is heard 6am-9am on KELO 1320 AM and 107.9 FM. Greg can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.