I recalled a quote from Eugene Peterson and Run With the Horses that was in a church bulletin that I cut out years ago:
The puzzle is why so many people live so badly. Not so wickedly but so inanely. Not so cruelly but so stupidly. There's little to admire and less to imitate in the people who are prominent in our culture. We have celebrities but not saints. Famous entertainers amuse a nation of bored insominaiacs. Infamous criminals act out the aggressions of timid conformists. Petulant and spoiled athletes play games vicariously for lazy and apathetic spectators. Aimless and bored, people amuse themselves with trivia and trash. Neither the adventure of goodness nor the pursuit of righteousness gets the headlines.The message is that we get to write our own story. We can choose to help those around us, go on an adventure, learn a new language, get to know those around us (neighbors?) and make a difference in this world. We are the authors of what we do in this world. Don't waste it. Write a good story.
The book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament is about this too and Miller ties his thoughts to that book too. There is a great, one-line summary of Ecclesiastes in Miller's book.
I heartily recommend this one. I liked it so much I might go back and re-read his other books.
Write a good story.