After much work editing and formatting, I looked over the proof copy that arrived. I wasn’t sure what I would discover, but I didn’t expect to see all of the flaws and imperfections. There were stray commas peppered on the pages, spacing didn’t seem to be aligned, and words missing started jumping out at me. How could that be? Did I not investigate for hours on end to ensure it would all be ‘just right’?
That sensation of defeat and discouragement was starting to slither along beside me with accusations aimed to silence me or convince me to give up. I felt prepared to start replacing copies, feeling as if those tiny flaws and imperfections were magnifying the flaws and imperfections of my life. I suppose if we hold a magnifying glass to ourselves and each other, we will discover all of the faults we seek to find.
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