The Top 3

Things you Missed -
From the Story (Part 1)

I thank you for reaching this milestone in history! That is correct! Today is a new day, and it will be a day like no other. If these words sound far-fetched, mundane, or even foolish, they should not. Each of us has the opportunity to add valuable insight into their own lives, and the lives of others, because this is another day that you get to add to your own personal narrative. That’s right! Today we add to our own personal story. Please: carpe diem!

From the movie, the Dead Poets Society (1989):

“Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary. Because we are food for worms lads. Because, believe it or not, each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold and die.”

Valuable Lessons

” I am challenging your mindfulness”

I do not want to lose momentum here, so I will jump right into my own narrative. In ‘The Maker Mindset – From the Story (part 1)’, I explore the reactions of a group of friends after they learn that one of them is missing. The story focuses on what they decide to do and how their reaction turns into immediate action. From this story, we can learn some valuable things about ourselves when faced with critical, life-changing events. How and what you do with information can and will impact your world, and the world of those around you.

This is the top three things you missed from ‘The Maker Mindset – From the Story (part 1)’.

This article will challenge you. How much do you remember about the story? I am challenging your mindfulness. Were you present in the moment when you read the story? Or were you distracted? We will find out.

Image by Genty from Pixabay

Let me be clear about what I mean regarding mindfulness. People often define terms differently. Mindfulness is one of those terms. In certain circles, mindfulness may mean focused concentration. In other circles, it could mean being present in the moment. When you read a story, are you focused? Are you present in the moment? Do you remember what you read? How deeply to do become engaged in the story’s plot and characters? I will begin the challenge.

Image by pendleburyannette from Pixabay
Image by pendleburyannette from Pixabay

The Questions

“Some of these questions were answered; some were not.”

First, how many adventurers were there in the story? And what was their current situation? Looking back, we read that there were six people going in search for a lost friend. In total, that makes seven people we are aware of. But the story is vague on certain points. At the very least, we are given only a few tidbits of information that we assume are true. Immediately, I am thinking of the following questions.

  1. When, exactly, did the missing friend go missing?
  2. Is the missing friend actually ‘missing’?
  3. Or is it that no one currently knows of his whereabouts?
  4. Where could the missing companion be?
  5. Who was the last person to see him?
  6. What is the status of the missing companion?

Some of these questions were answered; some were not.

Smith's Crack

“This is a perfect starting point for a story…”

Second, where did the group go to search for their companion? More importantly, why did they go there? Even though the story is based in the fantasy role playing game environment, Smith’s Crack is an actual place in our world. Smith’s Crack is located near Mountain Home, Idaho. It’s a lava fissure. After finding out about this place (accidently I might add), I wanted to use it in a story! With a little investigation, I found this place to be an ideal point for an adventure. An obscure place. A barren landscape. A scary underground cavern. This is a perfect starting point for a story, especially a story focused on fantasy role playing.

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Image by Thomas Mühl from Pixabay

Ambiguous Elements

“All these background hints tell us that their journey is required…”

Third, how long did they plan to be gone? In other words, how much time did they allot for the journey? The story tells us that the adventurers did not plan for a long journey. In fact, the story gives us the exact number of days for the mission. Unfortunately, the reader is not told why the adventurers planned for such a short journey. What facts are missing from the story?

  1. Where is the group of friends at the beginning of the story?
  2. What is the distance between their current location and Smith’s Crack?
  3. What is the actual location of the missing friend?
  4. Did anyone else help the group get to Smith’s Crack?
  5. Does the story give any background knowledge on Smith’s Crack or the Abyss?

Specific details of the story are left out. We can only hope that the story, either in a prequel or sequel, will provide some insight into these key narrative points. Additionally, some plot points to think about could be:

  1. Why would you give yourself only one day to find someone?
  2. Why would you go on a mission that has a minimal chance of survival?

However, even with all these ambiguous elements, there is some reward from reading the story. In the role-playing adventure, we can surmise that:

  1. The mission is real – and the drama is real!
  2. The characters are responding with their emotions, and the audience can relate to that.
  3. This is a close group of friends.
  4. All friends trust and respect one another.

All these background hints tell us that their journey is required – they must go in search of their friend. Additionally, the reader may also assume that the group of adventurers will not stop after only one day. This journey will last if the adventurers have breath. The reader may assume that the adventurers will continue with the mission until the they are successful or perish in their attempt.

Story Tellers

“Those that tell the stories rule the world!” –
Native American (Hopi Indian) Proverb

This is probably more fact than (proverb) fiction. Why? Should we read this proverb and feel empowered? How about frightened or scared? What do you know about history? Coming from the two words: ‘his’ and ‘story’. Are we to assume that any history lesson is simply a version of the truth, and not necessarily truth? And how do you decipher between the two?

Although this article is not intended to inspire the conspiracy theorist in you, it should get you to think. Stories have always been used for a purpose. Regardless if they are being used to teach a lesson, inspire action, or warn us of impending doom, we can learn a lot from stories. However, writing your own and becoming comfortable with your own words can be challenge. Let us be better tellers of our own story!

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

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