Every now and then life has a way of getting our attention. In his book, A Million Miles In A Thousand Years, Donald Miller calls these moments “inciting incidents.” Every story is composed of inciting incidents, those moments that come our way that shift our story. Hard times of life can be inciting incidents that force us to see our life, our story, differently. Oftentimes these moments of life jolt us back to what is really important.
It’s interesting how that works, isn’t it? Life can get mired down in the mundane if we’re not careful. We can get buried in the stress and worries that are a part of life, but we can also become consumed with a bunch of stuff that really doesn’t matter, and we end up wasting our life instead of living a better story that makes a difference!
Perhaps it was this very issue that inspired Erma Bombeck to write a column entitled, “If I Had My Life to Live Over Again.” She wrote: “There would have been more I love yous, more I’m sorrys, but mostly given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it, and never give it back.”
What about us? Have we seized every minute of life and filled it with joy and purpose? If you had your life to live over again, what would you do differently? How would you spend your time? What kind of story would you live?
How about starting right now?
Cliff C. Wright, Jr.