April 11: Blessed and Grateful

Day 36

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When I get discouraged or when I get down, the thing I've found that works and it works every time and works the best and works the fastest is gratitude. You know, I don't know that anything that can change my internal state as powerful as getting into a space of gratitude. Just to, to drawback from whatever it is that's going, to draw back from whatever has got me discouraged, has got me down, and ask myself, "OK, what am I most grateful for today?" You know? Or, "What do I have to be grateful for today?" And just start a list of things and the people and opportunities and experiences and just to, to mentally get myself into a place of gratitude, is a really, I think powerful technique. Because there are going to be times in your journey where you are gonna get down. There are gonna be times when you're gonna get discouraged, there are gonna be times when people are gonna criticize you and it's gonna knock you off your true North, you're gonna feel disoriented and you've gotta 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 five minutes. Grab a notepad, just make a gratitude list. What are you grateful for? All the things you're grateful for, the people you're grateful for, opportunities, experiences you're grateful for. I'm grateful for, for running water, you know? And 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, you know, in my family life and, and here at work at Dynamic Catholic. You know? 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. You know? 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, 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.

“Everything is a gift, and when you step back and truly consider it with any measure of honesty, it is all incredibly humbling.”

Matthew Kelly, Resisting Happiness

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Focus

Gratitude anchors us to the present moment, reminding us of what matters most and what matters least.

Act

Count your blessings. Make a list of ten people, experiences, things, or blessings you are grateful for.

Pray

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. She 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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