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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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
Through God’s Eyes won first place in the “Spirituality and Inspirational” category at the San Diego Book Awards on June 22, 2013.
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• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
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In this eBook, you’ll find answers to questions like:
• What is the cornerstone of a spiritual life, and why?
• What is the secret to liberating yourself from other people’s judgments and expectations?
• Why is there an exception to “Everything happens for a reason”?
Those who worship logic instead of God are only half right. Not only is it logical to believe in God and to live a faith-based life, the existence of a loving, benevolent God that governs all creation is perhaps the only systematic worldview that explains every aspect of life.
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.