*Special thanks to my friend and regular guest contributor to this blog, Henry Petty, for sharing his 2012 gratitude list with all of us.*
In 2012, I am grateful for getting to know a lot of friends whom I really didn’t know. For example, I might see her, if I’m lucky, once a year in passing or at a sushi restaurant, but thanks to the miracle of social media, I am still able to carry on my friendship with Bethany. It’s wonderful to see how far she’s come in life, and how she continues to be a beacon of light hundreds of miles away.
I am grateful to be able to use my skills of dancing and making a complete fool of myself for the benefit of raising money for AETN, the benefit of entertaining others Gangnam Style at our employee holiday meeting, and to bring precipitation to North Little Rock in the dead heat of summer. A sweet little lady volunteering at AETN told me that God has given me the gift of dancing. Keep in mind, I’m not a small guy. I have tree trunks for legs, and my footwork is questionable at best. But I still dance. I’ve always loved dancing from the very first time I gave it a shot at summer camp in high school. It’s always stayed with me. I don’t think I’m that good at it, but others find entertainment at what I can do – and that’s alright with me.
I am grateful for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, where my soul is sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. I have grown spiritually more in 2012 than any of the other 32 years I’ve been on this rock. It’s powerful. It’s amazing if you really the work and love into it and just “let go”.
And I am thankful for pressing on. There have been events in my life where I have “cheated death”. I have seen others much much younger than I pass away. I’m here for a reason, God still wants me here, and I’m going to work every day to find out what that exactly is. Maybe it’s the dancing.
Be sure to check out Henry’s blog!