Million Miles in a Thousand Years

By: Donald Miller.

“If he was right about a good story being a condensed version of life– that is, if a story is just life without the meaningful scenes– I wondered if life could be lived more like a good story in the first place. I wondered whether a person could plan a story for his life and live it intentionally”

“If I have a hope, it’s that God sat over the dark nothing and wrote you and me, specifically , into the story, and put us in with the sunset and the rainstorm, as though to say: enjoy your place in my story, the beauty of it means that you matter and you can create within it even as I have created you.'”

“I’ve wondered, though, if one of the reasons we fail to acknowledge the brilliance of life is because we don’t want the responsibility inherent in the acknowledgement. We don’t want to be characters in a story because characters have to move and breathe and face conflict with courage. And if life isn’t remarkable, then we don’t have to do any of that; we can be unwilling victims rather than grateful participants.”

“I wonder if people who say life is meaningless really mean THEIR lives are meaningless. I wonder if they’ve chosen to believe their whole existence is unremarkable and are projecting their dreary life on the rest of us.”

“Once you know what it takes to live a better story, you don’t have a choice. Not living a better story would be like deciding to die. Deciding to walk around numb until you die, and it’s not natural to want to die.”

“Here’s the truth about telling stories with your life. It’s going to sound like a great idea, and you are going to get excited about it and then when it comes time to do the work, you’re not going to want to do it. People love to live a good story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen.”

“There is a force in the world that doesn’t want us to live good stories. It doesn’t want us to face our issues, to face our fear, and to bring something beautiful into the world. God wants us to create beautiful stories and whatever it is that isn’t God, wants us to create meaningless stories, teaching the people around us that life just isn’t worth living.”

“The ambitions we have will become the stories we live. If we don’t want anything, we are living boring stories. If we want a roomba vacuum cleaner, we are living stupid stories.”

“Once you live a good story, you get a taste for a kind of meaning in life, and you can’t go back to being normal; you can’t go back to meaningless scenes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time.”

“The main way we learn story is not through movies or books; it’s through each other. You become like the people you interact with. And, if your friends are living boring stories, you probably will, too.”

“I used to believe that charming people were charming because they were charming, or confident people were confident because they were confident. The truth is, we are all living out the character of the roles we have played in our stories.”

“Whimsy- the nagging idea that life could be magical; it could be special if we were only willing to take a few risks.”

“When we look back on our lives, what we will remember are the crazy things we did, the times we worked harder to make a day stand out.”

“A good movie has good scenes, and so does a good life.”

“I wondered how much it costs to be rich in friends, and how many years, and how many stories and scenes it takes to make a rich life happen. You can’t build a beautiful end scene by sitting on the couch.”

 

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The Droids You Are Looking For

The last time you heard from me, I was freaking out a little bit about my thesis. Well, I still am. But now, I have– robots? (How can you freak out when you have robots?) Over the last few weeks, I’ve been sewing cute little stuffed robots to sell so I can buy materials for my grief group. See. Cute, right…?

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Well, I took the little robots and a description of the grief group to my quilting friends at camp who were very generous in their verbal and financial encouragement. (Thank you. Seriously. Thank you.)

Don’t worry. I’m planning on sewing up a few dozen more bots. And for some inspiration, I present to you:

Jane’s Top Three Favorite Songs About Robots:
(Do yourself a favor and definitely watch the last one. Just be warned- there is some language in it…)