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A Greater Story

February 13, 2014

 

“People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen.” ~Donald Miller

 

Lately I’ve been getting a little antsy for that time of year where I can run around everywhere (Yes. Everywhere. Well, pretty close) barefoot with no worries of freezing my feet. Ride around town on my old school bicycle with handle bars held high. Or only eat sandwiches and iced tea for lunch nearly every single day because I’m able to go on so many picnics. Love it. But while I anticipate such a wonderful season I’m able to keep myself preoccupied with stories!

 

It thrills me that stories are endless. They truly are all around us. Before you continue reading this…

Let’s get passed the typical idea of reading a storybook. Time to get creative. Imagine every person you encounter within your day as a new story you have walked upon. Now you can’t tell me you don’t relate to this, especially if you work in any form of customer service like I do. Now let’s step back.

 

We were born with the desire for a story. We want something a little unpredictable, risky, and beautiful, with the comfort that whatever plot we walk through we know it is 100% worth it and that we are not alone. We need stories. They drive us. The thing about a good story is that it takes work, and we don’t always have the assurance it’s going to have a fairy tale ending. Donald Miller says, “People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen.”

 

Let’s face it. People hate change. Sometimes we need a tidal wave where we have no choice but to embrace it. It’s only then that we can discover the point of the story. Character transformation. This will likely consist of some fear mixed amongst ambition, but we now have the introduction to living a story with meaning, and we can participate together!

 

“…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.” ~Donald Miller, A Million Years in a Thousand Miles.

 

It drives me insane when I see people settling for a life of safety and consistency when they have such great potential. And while we may throw back the comment, “That’s just not me.” It is! We all have a story to participate in, to create, and to live. What are YOU going to do with it? From several years of dreaming, creativity, and I’ll admit it, some fear… I have decided to embrace!I’m currently in the studio recording my debut album! Eeeeks, you have no idea how much this excites me. Mostly, I’m excited to share it with all of YOU! Especially since it is inspired by so many of the people around me, jammed full of stories in a musical form!

 

I’d love to hear about the story you are creating! Feel free to comment or message me! Let’s bring some creativity to the table, together.

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