Picking a word to give up was easy, the word has followed me all my life and is more prominent this season than ever. Having just ended a relationship with someone I saw myself marrying, disappointment was never far from my lips or hers. They say if you want to make God laugh you should tell God your plans; however laughter is hard to come by when the plans you’ve had seem to crumble around you, and nothing you do fills the void left in the wake. Giving up disappointment was an impossible mission, one I failed at over and over through the week, but I found solace in a monk’s words on conversion: “You need to say ‘yes’ to your life and yourself, amazing person that you are.” In these simple words of assurance I’ve been given license to give up disappointment and say yes to something bigger.

Tom, MA