Eight years ago I underwent a paradigm shift of the kind one can't plan or orchestrate in this life, but instead one arrives at primarily by God's hand.
On May 15, 2005, the Feast of the Holy Myrrhbearers,* I was Chrismated into the Orthodox Christian Church.
Every aspect of my life, from school to work to family and everything in between, has been changed for the better because of it.
And I've been grateful every day since.
*This year is a year in which the liturgical and civil calendars line up almost identically to how they did that year, since today is also the Feast of the Holy Myrrhbearers. Always fun when this happens. </liturgicalgeek>
Edit: Looks like I commemorated this event last year on the blog as well using much the same language. Guess it's just that important. :)