We all crave a good story, just like we crave a good life. After all, what is a life but a story: a narrative that includes a plot, characters, some sort of crisis, and some sort of potential resolution.
Think about the components of a great story. It has to have a plot. It has a protagonist. It has a villain. It has a huge crisis or problem that needs to be overcome. It involves some sort of journey of identity on the part of the protagonist … forcing her to go through something she otherwise would have not, and through those extraordinary circumstance to emerge a different person. The characters have to face their fears with extraordinary amounts of courage. Most of the time something is at stake… maybe even death … that’s what makes the story so interesting. Most of the time there is some sort of romance, the hero that discovers a love that makes the battles worth fighting and the adventures worth undergoing.
A question that has haunted me ever since I read this absolutely fantastic book two years ago is this one: “am I living a good story?”
Are you? Here’s some questions I’ve been asking myself lately to help me live a better story:
- Are you fighting a battle that’s worth fighting?
- Are you pursuing a love that makes it worth it?
- Are you confronting your fears or are you submitting to them?
- Are you striving towards purpose or are you coasting towards complacency?
- Are you risking anything at all?
- Does the life that you’re living parody the dreams that you’re dreaming?
- Are you creating anything or are you consuming everything?
- Most of all: are you living for a larger Story than your story?