April 11: Blessed and Grateful
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When I get discouraged or when I get down, the thing I’ve found that works—and works every time, and works the best, and works the fastest—is gratitude. I don’t know anything that can change my internal state as powerful as getting into a space of gratitude, just to drawback from whatever it is that’s going on, to draw back from whatever it is that got me discouraged or got me down, and to ask myself, “OK, what am I most grateful for today?” Or, “What do I have to be grateful for today?” And just start to list the things, and the people, and the opportunities, and the experiences, and just to mentally get myself into a place of gratitude is a really powerful technique.
There are going to be times in your journey where you are going to get down. There are going to be times when you’re going to get discouraged. There are going to be times when people are going to criticize you and it’s gonna knock you off your true north. You’re going to feel disoriented, and you’ve got to find a way to get back on track, to refocus, to build that inner strength, to relight that flame within you. And gratitude is a very, very, very powerful technique for that.
So what are you grateful for today? Sit down, take 5 minutes, grab a notepad . . . just make a gratitude list. What are you grateful for? Write down all the things you’re grateful for, the people you’re grateful for, the opportunities and experiences you’re grateful for.
I’m grateful for running water. Until you’ve been in a place where they don’t have running water, it’s easy to take that for granted. I’m grateful for the incredible people that I’m surrounded with in my family life and here at work at Dynamic Catholic. I look at some people in my life who are really struggling and I realize, “Wow, they don’t have a group of people around them like I have around me.” And sometimes that makes all the difference.
I’m grateful for a lot of things, but you know what? I forget about that sometimes. I lose sight of that. I could get focused in on the smallest thing, the darkest thing, and when I lose that sense of gratitude, things go south pretty quickly.
What are you grateful for today? Take 5 minutes, 10 minutes . . . sit down with a blank pad and make a gratitude list. It’s amazing how it changes the way we think about life, changes the way we feel about life, changes the way we think about ourselves, and refocuses us on what God wants us focused on.
Matthew Kelly, Resisting Happiness
Gratitude anchors us to the present moment, reminding us of what matters most and what matters least.
Count your blessings. Make a list of 10 people, experiences, things, or blessings you are grateful for.
Loving Father, thank you. Thank you for blessing me in so many incredible ways.
Today’s personal reflection features Dynamic Catholic team member Kati Vasalakis. Kati is one of our event coordinators and comes to us from Muncie, Indiana. Kati thinks Remember the Titans is the best movie, played collegiate volleyball, and is determined to eat every flavor of Handel’s Ice Cream before she dies.
What are you grateful for?
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