The Joy of a Perfect Sentence

Just like Garth Brooks, sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers:

Like today, when I was writing a profile of a local college professor for the school’s magazine. I saw a connection between a couple of unrelated comments so I tied them together with a little word play:

While he strives to make his students comfortable in class, he’s also determined to make them uncomfortable with being too comfortable. “My greatest challenge as a teacher is to get students out of their comfort zones,” he says. “Many people would rather hide and be anonymous in class. That isn’t a good way to learn.”

Any writer will tell you this: Finding just the right words to say just the right thing is the very definition of satisfaction. I can’t think of anything I could do or say that would surpass the little flash of joy I feel when I get a sentence just so and it winks back at me in gratitude.

So what does writing a perfect sentence have to do with unanswered prayers? Over the years, I’ve taken on dozens of magazine assignments about subjects that held no interest for me. And yet, every one of these articles has enriched me, has broadened my horizons, has made me a better writer. If I had been independently wealthy early on, I never would have accepted these assignments and I would have been that much poorer for it.

I feel sorry for those unfortunate souls who never have to pay their dues and so never discover the hidden pleasures that wait in eager anticipation for those of us who must do what we’d rather not do. My prayers for wealth went unanswered, or so I thought; I now see that I am richer than I ever imagined because I know the joy of a job well done and a life well lived.





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4 Responses to “The Joy of a Perfect Sentence”

  1. writeowl2 Says:

    The perfect sentence is an elusive thing . . . And a thing of beauty when it is captured.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Well said, writeowl12. You captured it!

  3. Jim Aycock Says:

    Thank you, Phil. It is the language of our hearts in concert with our wordcraft.
    Yes, dues paying does build a strong foundation, making our dream gigs all the more satisfying.

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Yes, when we are in alignment like that, Jim, the satisfaction is transcendent!

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