July 17, 2010 by jbrettjacobsen
There is a knowing I feel that guides me toward better stories, toward being a better character. I believe there is a writer outside of ourselves, plotting a better story for us, interacting with us, even, whispering a better story into our consciousness. And I found myself wanting even better stories. And that’s the thing you’ll realize when you organize your life into the structure of story. You’ll get a taste for one story and then want another, and then another, and the stories will build until you’re living a kind of epic of risk and reward, and the whole thing will be molding you into the actual character whose roles you’ve been playing. And once you live a good story, you get the 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.
Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years