I just finished reading A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life by Donald Miller. In this book he compares the living of a good life to the writing of a story. Our lives are a blank page and we decide in our actions (or lack thereof) the story we will write.
As this idea comes to him and as he forms it more deeply, he puts it into action in his own life. Literally. He gets off the couch, gets in shape, and goes on many adventures, including riding his bicycle across the country with a group to raise money for a good cause. And in doing so finds he gains so much more than he could have imagined.
He talks about the difficulty of life. And how there is value in things not always being easy. It is in those tough struggles that we learn and grow and improve. “The story made us different characters than we would have been if we had skipped the story and showed up at the ending an easier way.”
I love this idea. He writes, “People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen. But joy costs pain.” We are the writers of our own stories. And when the final page is turned, what do we want the story we leave behind to say about us?
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I’ve asked my good friend Lisa to be a “guest blogger” on our website. She is extremely insightful and has a great way with words. Here is her first review:
I just finished reading Anne Lamott’s Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith. I’ve read several of her books and Anne Lamott is one of my favorite writers. She is open about being a recovering alcoholic and drug addict and often talks about her faith in God and the support of her church having saved her. Those who know me know I have a messy complicated relationship with religion and, if you start preaching to me, I’m gonna run the other way cringing. Do not let the title of her book or the subject matter put you off if you are in the same camp. She is folksy, funny, and down to earth. I tend at times to be loony and neurotic and my mind often takes off in this crazy not good direction and drags me along unwillingly for the ride. She is similar and finds humor in this wacky human tendency and manages to laugh at herself for it, all the while finding love and goodness in all the not always good situations of life and people. When I am off down a crazy tangent of a dark and deserted back alley filled with stinky dumpsters and scary stray cats lurking in the shadows, reading her always helps center me and makes me laugh… laughter always being the best medicine! If you’ve not read any of her books, I highly recommend them!
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