Monday, January 11, 2010

A Better Story

I love a good story whether it takes the form of a book or movie. There is nothing like getting caught up in a page-turning plot.

Over the last few months I have been thinking a lot about the power of story, with a slight twist. I have been wondering what kind of story my life tells.

This thought process can be attributed to Donald Miller. He wrote a book called A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. In that book he talks about living a good story. (To get a feel for what I'm talking about, check out Donald's blog here and here.)

Here's the thing about me. I don't like taking risks and I can be lazy. This tends to create very boring stories. Sometimes opportunities crop up that force me out of my comfort zone into a good story. We are in the process of adopting which adds plot to my story, but many times, especially in the every day times, I let opportunities slip by.

I spend my time reading good stories, or thinking about the kind of stories my life could tell instead of actually living a good story.

The other night Mya had an opportunity to go to a skating party at 9:00 at night. My first instinct was, its too late and its too cold. I want to stay home. But then I started thinking about living a good story and I forced myself to go. We had a great time and I almost missed it.

Bottom line, I want to live a better story in spite of my self.

Will you join me?


Drool Sessions said...

Indeed. It's so easy to say "no". Why is that? As I approach 30 I have definitely been having thoughts of this kind. What kind of story am I developing to leave for my kids? Was I a lazy mom or always willing to have some fun? Hmmmm...deep.

Anonymous said...

Welcome Back, Megan! I bought my son Donald Miller's newest book for Christmas and I can't wait to get started on it, too. I like the perspective of our life being a story.

Gracie said...

I am new to your blog and enjoyed your comments about Donald Millers book. I'm thinking through my story too, which is a great story but can lack the passion that it should be filled with. I also wish that he would have tied to book much more into God's narrative. The parts of my story that are dry inevitably have been when I have stepped away from my creator in some way. Thanks for your thoughts.

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