To Maui Or Not

George Harrison in the Oval Office during the ...

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On my drive into work today I tuned into a retrospective about The Beatles, and out of all that amazing music and commentary, one thing still managed to stand apart. A snippet of an old George Harrrison interview, when Harrison said, “Really, if you think about it, we’re required to keep doing one thing in life.” One thing only:

Change.

That is, if we’re to have meaningful lives.  

Oh dang. Intellectually, I know this to be true. But, emotionally, I celebrate routine and lists, and people and things that can be counted on.

A perfect day for me is surprise-free (with lots of food) and runs smoothly on time. That’s it. Having to choose between my perfect day and a Maui beach could be a toss-up.

But life’s not stress or surprise-free. No matter how much we try controlling it, life constantly moves in unpredictable directions, for one reason only: to test our mettle. To see what kind of stuff we’re made of; to make us reach down inside ourselves and bring up something we didn’t even know we had. 

Listening to Harrison, I also thought of how change applies to writing fiction–what I love doing–because creating fictional characters is, at its root, about constructing believable plot situations that force our characters to choose between an old belief and a new belief. 

All stories are about change, whether it’s your life story or the story you’re reading. Momentum-less = lifeless, and to be a novelist, to propel a story forward, is to understand momentum’s complete necessity. 

And just messin’ with you about Maui. Of course I’d choose Maui.

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4 comments on “To Maui Or Not

  1. Anonymous says:

    Loved what you said about choosing between an old belief and a new belief………a lightbulb moment!! I’m packing my bags right now- will meet you at the airport………aloha!! (Enjoying the blog!)

    • I know! Looking back over life, I think about all those exchanges (old beliefs for new beliefs). In childhood, it’s natural to believe our parents’ world view– but then, what? about jr. high school age? (but maybe I was a late bloomer!), we begin thinking critically, deciding what & who we like, don’t like, etc. Used to be I was terrified of change. Now, not so much 🙂 Here’s to a beach in Maui!

  2. Anonymous says:

    You have to fly there first 🙂
    You must also like writing fiction because you think you control the plot.
    BTW, there is a Harrison documentary on HBO this Sunday.

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