My book, An Irreligious Faith is now in the hands of my editor. Fortunately, she is not someone that a literary agent or publisher recommended. She is a friend and a gifted writer who gets what I am trying to do with the book. Besides correcting grammar and phraseology faux pas, she had freedom to suggest anything she thinks will make it a better book.
What if you could edit your life like that and add new plot twists that would change your story? Donald Miller suggested this very idea in his book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.
It’s a wild concept because we usually think of our story as being pretty much written and unchangeable. We call it circumstances, responsibilities, and financial necessities. Let’s get real. These things exist and give us certain parameters for decisions we make, but probably not to the degree we think they do.
Life editing is a long term process. Just as my editor has reminded me about the need for segues to help bring the reader along, we need transitioning time in real life. It is usually not a good idea to quit your day job to pursue your dream that is still in the dream stage.
Yet, I can’t help but feel that most people have a hard time getting in touch with their heart of hearts and understanding what they are here for and how they can make their greatest contribution to life. It is so hard to shut out all of the noise of expectations. It was incredibly difficult for me to that. It literally took years, but this is where life editing begins.
I hope that you will begin the process and pass on some of your initial thoughts about how you would edit your life. Here’s a starter question. What makes you feel alive?