Being perfectly imperfect.

This is the title of today’s Dynamic Catholic video. That is something we all are very good at doing. One of the greatest themes in Christian spirituality is self-awareness. God constantly wants us to work to getting to know ourselves more intimately: our strengths, our weaknesses, faults, flaws, failings, defects, abilities, desires, yearnings. All of these things give us a foundation about who God wants us to be. About how He has built you to become the best-version-of-yourself.

This is where that pesky debate of fate vs. free will comes into play. Many of us choose to look at our lives and say “I am in control” or “I get to choose.” There is your free will. Others will say, God created me this way so that I can discover who He wants me to be. There is your fate. Which side of the debate to you fall more to?

I’m digging the latter of the two. When I learn more about myself, I am learning more about Him and becoming closer to the best-version-of-myself.

“God has created you—incredibly unique human being—and he wants you to discover and celebrate that incredibly unique human being. And then he wants you to go out into the world and offer your gifts to the rest of humanity. That’s why discovering who we are is so important. And that’s why God wants you to discover who you are, not on a surface level, but deep, deep, deep . . . in a really, very deep way, so that you can go into the world confident of who God has created you to be.” – Matthew Kelly

What a powerful concept. I am an incredibly unique human being, with gifts to give to the world. When one door closes, another will open and my love and compassion will be there waiting to burst through. What is pulling at your heart? Stop. Listen. He’s talking to you. He’s telling you what your unique talents and abilities are–and how to use them to bring LOVE and JOY to this world.

What are your unique talents and abilities? Focus that you cannot do anything you set your mind to. Well, not alone at least. INTENTION and FOCUS are great places to start, but also know that God has a dream specifically for you. Ask him–no, beg him–to show you pieces of that dream a little each day. Listen for that pull from deep within you.

Jesus, give me the courage to seek not worldly success but inner peace by being faithful to who I truly am—wonderfully and uniquely created by God.



So. I have a tribe. And they are a fierce, loyal, dedicated tribe. Most of them have been in my lives for over 20 years, some longer, some shorter. But they are my people. They are not all pictured because apparently, some of us have problems ever remembering to take pictures together.

There is a song by Ellie Goulding called “Army” (please excuse the language if that offends you).

If you don’t have a tribe or an army–do yourself a favor in your search for JOY and GRATITUDE: FIND YOUR TRIBE. Because without that support, nothing else really matters much in the grand scheme of things.

To my Tribe, my army. Thank you. Thank you for the good days. Thank you for the bad days. Thank you for all the days in between.

Written by Shay Rafferty
I help families shift to living live a life of wellness and abundance by using natural, plant-based products.