The blessings jar by Jessica Kristie

The following is a beautiful contemplation written by my friend and poet Jessica Kristie (

In the face of building odds, where does one find courage? Strength can be a fading mistress when struggles arise. Periods in ones life that bring challenges tend to also force out the ugly. Knee-jerk reactions take precedence and isolation rears its ugly head. Everyone handles pain differently and some prefer to take a backseat. But how can we stay focused on the good things when everything is shifting and even crumbling around us?

For me, 2013 came with a force, but I was ready. I haven’t mastered the swells yet, but I’m happy to say that I’m still in the boat.

I want to share one of my personal secret weapons with you… my blessings jar. The only resolution I made for the new year was to count my blessings, literally.

When facing difficult circumstances, and we take a moment to find the blessings that still fill our world, the journey can feel more precious and with purpose. It has been a great way to force positive moments even in the darkest times.

It’s not too late to start your own blessings jar. Take any old jar and every time you feel blessed write it down and put it in the jar. On new year’s eve, read all your blessings and take joy in the wonderful year you had. The truth of the past gets put in a much more positive perspective.