I was watching the movie Star Wars recently and wondered what made the movie so good. Of course, there are a thousand reasons. But I also noticed that if I paused the DVD on any frame, I could point toward any major character and say exactly what that person wanted. No character had a vague ambition. It made me wonder if the reasons our lives seem so muddled is because we keep walking into scenes in which we, along with the people around us, have no clear idea what we want.
Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
So much for focusing on images this week :) I decided to read for a half hour tonight while I wasn't sleepy, and picked up Million Miles. I wasn't so sure about this book when I started it a few weeks ago. It took me a couple chapters to get into the pacing of the author's voice. Now I'm at the place of knowing a book is good for me - when I can't put it down, and simultaneously, want time to slow down so I can savor every word because I don't want the story to end.
These sentences captured my attention tonight for a few reasons. One, watching the original Star Wars trilogy (which I've never done) is on my list of 34 things to do this year. Of course I zeroed in on that mention right away. Now I'm even more eager to watch the movies to observe how each character knows what they want. And the idea of life being unclear because of not understanding what you want out of it is one I've been pondering a lot lately. I've thought about it using different words, but the idea is the same. Hmmm. . .