Everybody has their own way of giving thanks—whether it’s volunteering to help others, sharing a plate of food with friends and family, or throwing a party with great music. That’s why the holiday season is the time of year when anything can go down. This time of year brings out different emotions in everyone. Some of us assess the year gone by, some plan for the future.

We may be spending happy times with loved ones or not-so-happy times with not-so-loved ones, but at times like this it’s helpful to remember the old Jamaican saying, “Where there is life there’s hope.” In other words, if you’re reading this, it’s not too late.