Living It Forward By Writing Good Stories

Live It Forward means…

Living intentionally and proactively.

Causing life to happen FOR you instead of just letting life happen TO you.

Determining what you want to be said about you at your funeral and then living in such a way that those words become your reality.

Writing and then living the script of your life. (Remember, what we believe in is evidenced by the steps we take, not just by the words we say.)

Putting Something on the Page

With these Live It Forward thoughts in mind, it’s easy to see why these words from Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles In A Thousand Years jumped off the page and into my heart…

“You’re writing another book about yourself?” Jordan asked. He was sitting at the counter in the kitchen eating a bowl of cereal. He had his laptop open and was choosing the starting lineup for his college fantasy basketball team. He’d been playing the game for a year and finally had a division one team. He said he was going to start his best defense because defense wins championships.

“I’m not writing a book. I’m not talking about a book. I’m talking about me. I don’t think I’m telling a good story.”

Live It Forward - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years“I think you tell good stories. Lots of people think so.”

“I tell good stories in books. I don’t live good stories.”

Jordan poured more milk in his cereal. He was looking at me while pouring the milk. He was squinting his eyes a little and furrowing his brow. He stopped pouring the milk. He kept looking at me for ten seconds or more, like he was studying me. 

“You’re right,” he finally said. “You aren’t living a good story.”

“That’s what I was saying.”

“I see,” he said.

“What do I do about that?”

“You’re a writer. You know what to do.”

“No, I don’t.”

Jordan looked at me with his furrowed brow again. “You put something on the page,” he said. “Your life is a blank page. You write on it.”

I love this! It’s so simple, yet so profound. You and I can live it forward by writing a good story on the blank page of our lives. This is how we move from DREAM to DO.

Questions: What story are you writing on the blank page of your life? Is it a live it forward story?


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