Create, nourish…

I’m changing things up… because the next months are all about big life changes for me. Mostly the kind of “change” that leaves you like a kid flat under a swing set staring at blue sky, wondering who snuck up and knocked the wind out of you (and why the heck the sky’s still sunny and blue when everything else feels so bad).

The book that’s helped me recuperate over the past month is Donald Miller’s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.” It’s been around for a while, but apparently no one’s bothered to tell me how great it is. It is REALLY great.

Here’s his note at the beginning of the book: “If you watched a movie about a guy who wanted a Volvo and worked for years to get it, you wouldn’t cry at the end when he drove off the lot, testing the windshield wipers. You wouldn’t tell your friends you saw a beautiful movie or go home and put a record on to think about the story you’d seen. The truth is, you wouldn’t remember that movie a week later, except you’d feel robbed and want your money back. Nobody cries at the end of a movie about a guy who wants a Volvo.

But we spend years actually living those stories, and expect our lives to feel meaningful. The truth is, if what we choose to do with our lives won’t make a story meaningful, it won’t make a life meaningful, either.” – Donald Miller

Fortunately, after that uplifting bit, he gives us a whole book about “whether a person could plan a story for his life and live it intentionally.” And, outside of my work and wonderful friends, I happen to be in a particularly good starting-from-scratch place to build a whole new story.

sketchbooks

So I’m giving myself a challenge to regularly post the following topics (since the million or so gratitude exercises I’ve tried aren’t working and mostly make me feel dishonest right now):

  • To share a portion of work I’ve created for the day
  • To share one thing that’s nourished me
  • To share something that sparked motivation or inspiration to keep me going
Something Nourishing (starting simple here)

Something Nourishing (starting simple here)

My goal is to look back over the year and watch daily bits of life turn into my own intentional story, and to maybe provide inspiration for anyone else in a similar story-building spot. Time to get back on the swing set.

the sail

My “spark” for the day – taking time off to be on the water