Today a group of us from Orange are boarding a plane for Portland, Oregon to attend “The Living a Better Story Seminar” with Don Miller. He’s joined us a few times in Atlanta for our yearly Orange conference but now we’re going to his place. We’re gathering in a theater downtown for two days with a couple hundred other lucky people.
I’m very excited to hear some of Don’s yet-to-be published insights and to interact with people from all over that are fans of his books and blog. We already have something in common! I’m looking forward to the way this event is set up too– more of an interactive dialogue with chances to exchange insights and practical ideas with others as we analyze our lives, like wannabe screenwriters looking for scenes with real purpose. The goal is to walk away with a renewed vision to either make our existing stories better or maybe even start a whole new story.
We won’t just be listening or even just sharing with each other– we’ll actually be creating actionable steps to move our story along and push our characters toward transformation when we get off the plane next Tuesday back in our normal everyday setting.
We’ll take good notes and share them here on Orange Leaders if you’re interested. If you’ve read Don, what’s your favorite book, quote or takeaway?
I’ll leave you with this challenging thought:
A good story is about something. Scott Pilgrim is about a guy who wants a girl. Inception is about planting an idea via a dream. Toy Story is about a group of toys reuniting with their owner. What is your story about? Is it clear? Are you making decisions that make it clear? Are you wandering? Is your story wandering? These are the very difficult questions we want to tackle at the seminar itself. Let’s live better stories because the world lives on stories, and it’s consuming stories that aren’t as good as the one you can live with your life.
The next best thing to this Seminar is Don’s book, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years”. (Warning: if you read it on a plane, others will hear you laugh and catch you crying. And it will take awhile to get off because they will stop you to ask questions about what in the world you’re reading OR feel like your BFF because they read it and loved it too! Not that this has ever happened to me…)