I heard about a guy once who wrote a book about his journey and other things and a lot of his sentences started like I started this one.
The grammar, incomplete sentences and all the boring (but geekily important) stuff about writing correctly drove me nuts while reading Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.
Yeah, I cried.
All the rambling sentences aside. It’s a good story. It’s a great story. It’s a transformative story.
Here’s a bit of a new story. Told in his style.
Ala Donald Miller
Sometimes I wonder if all this spectating isn’t good for me. I watch TV. Go to a show. Read a book. Laugh at a movie. I’m enjoying it all. I’m relaxing. It’s great.
But I’m not creating.
I’m watching someone else do something I want to do more of. Seeing people act in shows. Hearing the words of the writing. The cleverness and the boldness and the orginailty speak to something deeper, something that must’ve been put down in the aching part of us that some people call ‘the heart’ but is really deeper than the heart. It’s that part that swims when you love someone. Or sinks when they don’t love you back.
It’s a calling to create and it’s been put there by something or Someone or maybe I just made it up but I know it’s there. I feel it. And I hear it when I watch the world pass by and I feel the jealousy creep in.
My friend Kip went to a psychologist once and he talked to the head doctor about the voices he was hearing in his head. The voices said all kinds of things that weren’t really all that helpful and the psychologist guy told my friend that the voice he was hearing has a name: ‘critical parent.’
So I asked Kip what that meant and he wasn’t really sure so we got a bottle of wine one night and talked about it. He told me about growing up and how supportive his folks were so he didn’t understand what the doctor meant by critical parent. And I don’t know if it was the wine or not, but Kip said something I’ll never forget.
Maybe the doctor was saying that the voice of ‘the critical parent’ is all the bad stuff I can’t seem to ever forget. Ever. Like when I played basketball in high school and missed an important shot one game and I came to the coach afterward and as I was walking up to him I could see him sigh and roll his eyes.
Kip’s aha moment widened and I could see him coming alive in the realizations. His eyes were glassy and his face started to get wet one trickle after another. He went on.
Or when I put my arm around my prom date, hoping she’d at least lean into me and all I felt was her body saying ‘are you kidding me? Keep your distance loser.’
Kip cursed a few times and I realized he was throwing up his critical parent. He was getting rid of it, or him, or her or whatever you call a ‘critical parent.’ It was like his breakthrough became visible right in front of my eyes. I could see him shedding the old skin and he started to glow.
His face started to glow.
I never knew what the word ‘glory’ meant before this happened, but I’m sure that when someone’s face starts to glow, that’s what glory looks like.
And I wanted that glory for myself.
If I were to live a better story, get off the creative sidelines and join the playing field, I knew I’d have to shed some skin.
How does this story resonate with you and your creative journey? (Check out Miller’s book HERE)