The Gratitude Challenge

Hello Sailors,  
These past few weeks have been quite an adventure to say the least! While it has been difficult to be away from our normal schedules, God is still present with us as we work to figure out new routines. This is a very challenging season for each of us, but God is still good and He loves you immensely! 

Today I would like to invite you to participate in the “Gratitude Challenge.” 
Even if you have done this before, it is an incredible habit that can help us recognize our many blessings even in difficult situations. All you need to do is to consider three things you are grateful for each day. You could do this for a week, you could do it throughout Spring Break, or you could even make this a routine you practice the whole time we are away from campus!  Try not to repeat the things on your list—by day three or four you will be amazed by all the little blessings that surround you.  
Some ideas for practicing the Gratitude Challenge:  
  • Choose a place to write them down. These can be in your journal, in your MDSA agenda, or even just on a piece of paper. You could also keep a stack of sticky notes by your bedside table. After you write your three things each day, display your sticky notes in a place where they can inspire you daily!  
  • Consider posting your list of what you are grateful for or texting them to your friends.  
  • Turn this into a family activity. At the dinner table, ask your family members to share things they are grateful for each day.  
  •  When you make your lists, send them my way! I would love to collect some of your thoughts and post them for our MDSA community to see. This challenge is for students, faculty, and staff to participate in together. 
It can be all too easy to feel weighed down by what’s going on in the world today. When we approach each day with a grateful heart, however, it can transform the way we see our own circumstances. I hope this challenge can bring a little extra positivity into your day. God is GOOD, and I am praying for you!  
“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for what He is sending us every day in His goodness.”  
St. Gianna Beretta Molla  
Yours in Christ,  
Miss Bolesta   
Campus Minister  
Mount de Sales Academy 

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