For the fourth annual Chi Psi Thanksgiving blog series, we asked the Central Office staff to tell us about what they are most thankful for this holiday season. Today you’ll hear from Associate Executive Director Donald Beeson.
What are you thankful for this holiday season?
As I reflect on the things for which I am thankful in 2013, my thoughts are significantly influenced this year by my stage in life. While the year has brought significant changes, those changes have created a comforting sense of peace and stability.
My wife, Alice, often says, “You are only as happy as your least happy child.” There is wisdom in this statement. Fortunately, this year has been one in which happiness has ruled. Our oldest son is a junior at Texas Tech and has forged a relationship with a lovely young woman who seems to complement him in every way. Since his eighth birthday, our younger son has tried to convince us that Detroit is a lovely place to live. With a world view driven by sticks and pucks, this year he fulfilled his dream and now is in 10th grade at Cranbrook School (near Detroit) where the ice is a stone’s throw from his dorm. Living in an empty nest is different, but we’ve been amazed by how easy it is to reclaim how we lived our lives 22 years ago. (Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without the least happy child being happy and content.)
Looking beyond my personal circumstances, I am thankful that Chi Psi has continued to grow in ways that will ensure the long-term stability of the Fraternity. Adding three Alphas in one year is an amazing feat for a Fraternity that sometimes approaches extension with unfounded apprehension. I am especially grateful for the work of Justin Froeber and Derek Taylor. I’m in awe of their ability to recruit men that both reflect the full diversity of our campuses and embrace the values that create a strong foundation for a new Alpha.
Thanksgiving provides a chance to pause before the hectic December holiday season. I am grateful that Teri Sloan pushes us to commit our thoughts to words each November. It is a wonderful exercise that helps us with our perspective on the year, our jobs, and most importantly, our family and friends.