I have found life more painful than joyful. I understand Thomas Merton once saying, “Suffering is the core of my existence.” Yet, Jesus said he came that we might have life, even a joyful life. So, while giving up the word painful was difficult, it was possible to give it up for a week. Life still has its challenges, but in giving up one word I have embraced another word in its place: forgiveness. By forgiving others, and most of all myself, life has become more joyful and less….
Ed, MD