As 2017 draws to a close, I'm reflecting on the lessons it has taught me. Here are five things for which I'm most grateful this year.

5 Things I’m Grateful For In 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, I’m reflecting on the lessons it has taught me. Here are five things for which I’m most grateful this year.


This year has challenged me to maintain a thankful attitude in every circumstance. There were days when I had to grit my teeth to do so. But, through all the peaks and valleys of my journey, I’ve always found at least one thing that made me smile or look up with gratitude. Here are the ones that stood out for me, so far, in 2017.

5 Things I’m Grateful For In 2017

1. Creativity

My creativity fills me up and keeps me going, even when I want to curl up like a foetus and stay beneath the covers. It’s my breath, food, and drink. It’s as important to me as one of my vital organs. I’m thankful for the Creative Source that keeps giving me ideas without fail.

2. Vision

I’m a highly visual person. It wasn’t until I became an adult that I realised that’s how I learn. This year has taught me to not only look, but also see. I’m learning to pay attention more, to look beyond my physical sight. Sometimes, when you’re going through tough times or experiencing chaotic circumstances, they tend to cloud one’s understanding and perspective. Whenever that happens to me, I remind myself that I’m like a fly on a wall. It takes time to see the big picture.

3. Friendship

In Jamaica, we have a saying: “Good friend better than pocket money.” I treasure the few bonafide friends I have that go all the way back to my childhood and college days. I’m grateful for those who didn’t walk away when I made choices that they couldn’t understand, but which were vital to my peace of mind and the path I had chosen. Over the past two, three years, I’ve made new friends whom I hope to meet in person one day. I feel such an alignment and resonance with these dear souls. They are the family I’ve chosen.

4. Nature

Sometimes, I lose my faith in humanity. Never in Nature, though. It is constant and true. It teaches me about birth, life, death, and rebirth. Surrounded by it, I am renewed. I just have to see one of its myriad hues, smell one of its fragrances, or hear one of its creatures calling to another, and a creative switch turns on in my mind.

As 2017 draws to a close, I'm reflecting on the lessons it has taught me. Here are five things for which I'm most grateful this year.

5. Pain

I left this one for last because it’s the hardest. It’s the thorn in my side, my woe. Yet pain has been one of my greatest teachers. It alerts us to anything that’s wrong with the body. It’s the body’s fire alarm. This year, I’ve learned that I need to stop resisting and raging against the pain that life brings. Yes, I’m like a mule that won’t budge, a trait that my late paternal grandfather had pointed out to me when I was a child. It’s hard for me to yield, but I’m willing to learn to sit with discomfort. To feel all the feelings and their rawness. To sit in the eye of those storms and listen. And learn.


What are you most thankful for this year? I love to hear from readers. Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Emma Lewis

Good things to be thankful for! For me: Home, Husband and Beloved Companion, Nature (always), Jamaica (good, bad and ugly), Faithfulness and Loyalty…


Thanks, Emma! I like your list. It has the things that matter the most.


Thank you for sharing your wonderful list of things to be grateful for – a feeling of downy peace and resonance came over me as I read them. The images you’ve selected are warming; and your comments on friendship reminded me that I consider you someone whose realness and sensitivity, creativity, talents, and aspirations make you seem like a friend to me although we’ve yet to meet in person (and test each other’s nerves- LOL!) This post is worth bookmarking, to return to whenever I feel myself getting cloudy and ravenous.


Your comment warmed my heart. Thank you, my sister-friend. I see you as a treasured member of my innermost circle and look forward to meeting you in person.

Test each other’s nerves, huh? DWL!

I’m happy the post resonated with you. Come back to it as often as you need.