“A good storyteller speaks something into nothing. Where there is an absence of story, or perhaps a bad story, a good storyteller walks in and changes reality. A good storyteller doesn’t just tell a better story, though. He invites other people into the story with him, giving them a better story, too.”
~Donald Miller | A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
I read Donald Miller’s book months ago, and the moment I put it down I began composing a blog post about it in my head. But this page sat blank. Empty. Story less. I didn’t know how I was ever going to put into words exactly how the book changed my life – exactly what it meant to me. What it still means. I still don’t know how to put it into words other than to ask you to read it for yourself. Because some things can’t be explained through words. Some things are so much bigger than that. The Don’t Give Up Project is another such thing.
I’ve been home from Colorado for one week, one day, and a handful of hours and in this time I’ve realized that even with my profound ability to put words on paper, I’ll never be able to explain this experience. To describe it. This is not a story that I can tell – it’s a story you have to live. That you have to see.
That you have to feel.
I’m not going to try and explain what those three days in Colorado meant to me – or how they’ve changed me. Because I’d only ever do a bang-up job. And this life – this one life – and the amazing people I met and spent time with in a lodge on a vast expanse of mountain land, deserves so much more than a bang up job. So instead of writing – something I tend to rely on to make images speak – to make them matter – I’m going to do something different.
Because I’ve done something different.
I’ve actually gone and made a few images.
I do need to extend a huge and heartfelt thank you to Ash + Jeremy Parsons for allowing me – or rather, all of us – to become the best versions of ourselves. And to discover, together, exactly who those people are. And the same amount of gratitude goes out to each and every single one of the people I shared the lodge with. Each of you are so talented and have so very many gifts. Thank you. For enriching my life. For being my friends. For endeavoring with me on this incredible journey. I love you all so very much. And an extra thank you to Amy Seeley for her amazing musical talent. You can download the song in my video, “Home Without You” on iTunes, but I highly recommend buying an entire album. Or two. Trust me on this one.
And to anyone who’s ever dared enough to dream so big it was scary…..don’t give up.