Good days are like good sentences

Image: Teddy Kelley

If I had to pinpoint one thing that makes a great book, I’d tell you great sentences.

It seems simple, I know. But there’s just something about someone who can write those impeccable sentences that keep me glued to the page. Bukowski was the master at this. Jonathan Carroll is up there too.

Good sentences are clear, even if they’re poetic. They don’t drone on and on. They have a cadence to them and lead me into the next one like a greased chute. No friction. The simplest sentence can make you taste life like you’ve never tasted it before. It can make you stand back with awe wondering how someone could say something so deep, so rich, but so lucid.

Yes, it’s daunting to undertake a creative project in the world of writing — a blog, a book, even a sizable article. Being faced with the blank page can make one’s brainspace so inundated with fear and overwhelm, it’s enough to make you want to… Do something else. Anything, in fact, except for continue that heinous brand of self-torture.

But what if the goal was to just put one good sentence down? Even a short one to start with. And then another. And another. One sentence at a time.

Seems much more munchable, doesn’t it.

Well, same as in life…

Days are like sentences. Taking care of one at a time will lead to an incredible body of work.

Good days. What if this was the main focus in life? To make today a damn good one. To fill it with music, love, laughter, creativity, and connection. To do work that matters, spend time with people who matter, do only the things that matter, and discard all the rest.

I’m pretty sure, if we did that, the big picture stuff would handle itself. The magnum opus would reveal itself looking back.

But for now, may you have good days befall you regularly.

Just this one day. Your daily bread.


Jonas Ellison is a spiritual writer, teacher, practitioner, and an interfaith minister-in-training. He helps people deepen their lives through applied spirituality while documenting his journey along the way.

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