In Bob Dylan’s song titled Percy’s Song, the narrator of the song is woken from his sleep to the news of his friend being in trouble. In the fourth verse of the song, the narrator says, “I sat down and wrote the best words that I could write.”
I’m not sure that a greater line has ever been written in a song. Bob Dylan was a lyrical genius, but in those 12 simple words he completely outdid himself. He describes the greatest goal of all those who aspire to put their thoughts onto paper or a computer; to write the best words that one could write. He isn’t declaring that one needs to write the best words ever written in the history of the world, but rather, the desire is to write the best words that one could write.
That is what this blog, The Best Words, is all about. It’s about having an outlet to sit down and write the best words that I could write. I can’t guarantee that they’ll be better words than you could write, but I can guarantee that each time I write, the words that I write will be the best they can be.
I think that is worth something in a world that is constantly trying to shortcut its way towards success, or love, or greatness. The reality is that there is no shortcut. You have to give all you have in every aspect of your life every moment of the day.
So, that is what I am going to do with the blank space and blinking cursor that I constantly stare at. I’m going to give you everything that I have from every fiber of my being written in words. They may be short words, long words, eloquent words or basic words, but that isn’t what really matters.
What really matters is that the words written will be the best words I can write. That’s the only promise that I can give you right now. As to what I’ll be writing about, I’d like to think that I’ll write about a little bit of everything. From sports to music to religion to reasons why people in Tennessee shouldn’t be legally allowed to drive, think of The Best Words as a smorgasbord of one man’s thoughts.
Here’s to the sitting down and writing the best words that I could write.