“No, life cannot be understood flat on a page. It has to be lived; a person has to get out of his head, has to fall in love, has to memorize poems, has to jump off bridges into rivers, has to stand in an empty desert and whisper sonnets under his breath… We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn’t it?” –Donald Miller
We crave stories. It is the story of our lives that impact people more than anything we say out of our mouths. So with that in mind, I’m initiating a 1,000 day challenge.
This isn’t something new, many people have bucket lists or impossible lists of things they want to accomplish. But this list is special because it is for me. Things I want to do to challenge myself, to be messy and beautifully uncomfortable, to not just get out of my comfort zones, but to drop a nuclear bomb on them. Spankin’ comfort Armageddon.
Why 1,000 days?
I picked 1,000 days out of curiosity. What could be done in that amount of time? I’m going to try and do as much as I can and venture out to live a better story. The dates are:
Day 1: April 7, 2011
Day 1,000: January 1, 2014
That’s nice Jermaine, but what does this have to do with me?
For you to hold me accountable and to invite you to do this with me. I invite you to come up with your own 1,000 days. I’m starting on April 7, and I don’t want to do this alone. So I challenge you to come up with your own 1,000 day challenge and we can start on the 7th.
Email me if you make a list or write about it in the comment section. I would love to hear about it and help you make it happen.
I’ve talked a lot here, now it is time to go do something worth talking about. It is time to engage the culture, accomplish personal goals and do some good in the process. If we accomplish a personal goal, that will by default make the world that much better. Even if you do something that seems small, it creates ripples and encourages other people that they can do the same.
I’m posting my list next Thursday, April 7th. Some things on the list are things I’ve always wanted to do, some things I’m terrified to do, some things are just plain ridiculous that would be spankin’ awesome to do. I’ll mark things off as I accomplish them. Let’s see what we can accomplish in 1,000 days.