One of the central ideas in An Invisible Thread is how our lives are mixtures of joy and disappointments. Schroff writes, “[T]he beauty of life is that inside … disappointments are hidden the most miraculous of blessings. What we lose and what might have been pales against what we have” (184).

For this writing option, identify a time when something you had hoped and worked for did not turn out as you planned. Later on, though, it presented you with a new option, a new path, or a new perspective. Describe the difference between your original plans and the “blessing” hidden in that disappointment. What changed?

Consider the following when outlining your essay:

  • What was your specific goal or dream?
    What did you hope for and why was it important?

  • How did your perspective change as a result?
    What “blessing” was hidden in the disappointment?

Write at least 500 words (two typed double-spaced pages). Provide illustrations or examples from your life to support your work. Since this will be the first example of your writing skills for your instructor for your First-Year Seminar course, you should demonstrate your understanding of appropriate sentence structure, grammar, punctuation and word choice.

Please return your essay by Friday, August 8th to

Dr. Thomas Edwards
Thomas College
180 West River Road
Waterville, ME 04901
Tel (207) 859-1362

If you email your essay, please save it as a
Microsoft Word or "rtf" (rich text format) document.

If you have any questions about the Common Read project, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Edwards or Debbie Cunningham, Dean of Retention Services. Debbie’s telephone number and email address are (207) 859-1297 and She will be happy to help you in any way she can.

We are looking forward to receiving your project, and to welcoming you on campus this fall.

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