If you are like me, you’ve been thinking about the Storyline process and asking if you are telling a good story with your life. You’ve probably been looking for a way to tell a better story with the big picture. Simply asking “Is this telling a good story?” makes the decision making process easier on the big questions in life.
“Should I date this person?
“Should I take this job offer?”
“Should I use my free time to volunteer for a cause that touches me?”
The answer is simple, if it tells a good story, then we should do it.
It struck me this morning that we can apply the same methodology to the mundane things we do everyday. “Is this telling a good story?” If so, let’s do it.
“Should I display an act of kindness to a complete stranger for no reason whatsoever?”
“Should I buy lunch for a friend that I know is struggling with something?”
“Should I get so blitzed tonight that I spend the next two days hungover and unproductive?” (Sadly, I’ve told this story many times)
“Should I use my day off to sit on the couch watching reruns and trying to set the world record for Cheetos consumption?”
I’m reminded of a memory that started Christmas morning when I was 5 years old. It was on that Christmas morning that mom and dad gave my brother a toy guitar. For it was on that guitar that my dad composed his early-morning wake up songs for the kids. Now, dad never actually learned any chords on the guitar, which was fine because when he sang he never actually hit any notes. While the songs were musically horrible, they were terribly effective at getting us out of bed. I can still hear the haunting melody of “Wake up all you sleepyheads” (somehow composed in the key of “T”) in my head to this day. My dad turned an event as dull and ordinary as waking up and turned it into a memory that still lives (and/or haunts me) over 30 years later.
Donald Miller says in A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, “The saddest thing about life is you don’t remember half of it. You don’t even remember half of half of it. Not even a tiny percentage, if you want to know the truth.”
How can you make today memorable?