Living Is Doing

“A character is what he does."

"I live in fantasies. I live terrific lives in my head. It’s part of the creative imagination, to daydream, to invent stories.”

“My entire life had been designed to make myself more comfortable, to insulate myself from the interruption of my daydreams.”

- Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

Reading this part of the book left me a little uneasy. Am I really living or am I comfortably living vicariously through others on social media, videos and reels? We are the main characters in the stories of our lives, and a character in a story grows and develops as they make their journey through life. This growth is shown through their actions. They have to do something to show the reader or audience this development. Living is doing, not watching, reading, imagining, daydreaming or planning, while life happens around us.

What do you daydream about your life? What actions can you take to move these dreams and fantasies from your imagination to reality?

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“Here's the truth about telling stories with your life. It's going to sound like a great idea, and you're going to get excited about it, and then when it comes time to do the work, you're not going to want to do it. It's like that with writing books, and it's like that with life. People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen. But joy costs pain.”

― Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

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