A character is what he does

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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


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Dr. Brett Jacobsen

Head of School
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
Atlanta, GA

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