Donald Miller was the final keynote speaker at WDS. I got the chance to hang out and chat with Don in the atrium for 30 minutes or so before his keynote and it was great to get some personal insight from him. There were a bunch of highlights in his talk, but the one that stood out to me was this little story:
Don was talking to one of his friends who had decided that life didn’t have meaning. Life was meaningless. End of story.
After thinking about that for a bit, Don asked his friend a question:
What if life isn’t meaningless? What if just your life is meaningless?
— Joel Runyon (@joelrunyon) July 11, 2013
“Maybe life isn’t meaningless…Maybe just YOUR life is meaningless” – @donaldmiller
At first it sounds like an insult, but, as he went on, Don explained:
If life is a canvas and you’re in charge of what goes on it, and you continue to feel like life is meaningless or boring or whatever, – if, for whatever reason, your canvas seems startlingly blank – maybe it’s time to add some color, meaning and adventure to it…
As he wrapped up his talk, he mentioned that, just as great paintings happen when painters paint, great stories happen when characters take action.
Great Stories Happen When Characters Take Action.
What type of story are you telling with your life?
What action are you going to take to make it happen?
If you feel like life is meaningless, maybe you need to add some meaning.