Grateful Leads to Grace

March 7, 2018 by Joe Kiedinger

Grace. A word that is typically heard in religious context. Receiving the grace of God. It’s also used this way, ‘She handled herself with such grace.’ Either way you choose to define it, it comes down to peace of mind. Grace to me is inner peace: comfortable with who you are, confident but not arrogant. Every person I’ve ever met wants more peace of mind. People are so consumed with worry and stress. They strive for more grace in their life.

Being grateful has a direct line to grace. Grateful doesn’t necessarily mean satisfied. For example, you can be grateful that your balance sheet is looking good, but it doesn’t mean you are no longer going to strive to make it better. People often mistake grateful for being satisfied. When this happens achieving a sense of grace is not possible. This distinction is critical for people to make who are trying to better themselves. 

Are you grateful you were able to run five blocks today? Five blocks today eventually could be an entire marathon a year from now, but are you grateful for what you can do right now? It’s the simple formula to a successful life. Just because your grateful, doesn’t mean your done. It’s being grateful in the moment that leads to a peace of mind in the moment that allows grace to fill your world and engage a rich life.

Joe Kiedinger

ACTION PLAN: What are you grateful for right now?

 

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