Write what you know. I’ve heard that advice all my life. But is it good advice?
What I know is my box, my comfort zone. The people that I am comfortable with are usually people like me. My comfort zone is where I live, where I worship, my own neighborhood grocery store where I know what’s on every aisle.
When I expand my circle of friends, I expand my thinking and see myself differently. When I travel to different places, I deepen my understanding of where I live. And when I open myself up to conversations about faith with people who bring different ideas, I gain a clearer understanding of my own belief in Jesus. Getting outside of my world helps to give me perspective. Getting outside the box helps me clarify what I know and helps me to be a better writer.
“Without two eyes – binocular vision – there is no awareness of space’s third dimension. Until sight converges from more than one angle, the world looks as flat as a postcard. The rewards of having two eyes are practical; they keep us from bumping into chairs and enable us to judge the speed of approaching cars. But the final reward is the deepened view of the world itself – the panoramas which unroll before us, the vistas that extend from our feet. It is the same with ‘the eye of the soul,’ as Plato called it. ‘What do they know of England, who only England know?’” Huston Smith
Getting outside the box helps me see the beauty of the box and appreciate “the vistas that extend from my feet”.
Are you thinking outside the of the box? Do you need to get out more?
Please share. Different views bring perspective!
“Every time you feel in God’s creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: “Oh my God, if thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou, Thyself, Creator of all!” Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain
I’m still basking in the glow of nature from my trip to Glacier Bay. Just being in a place of beauty refreshes the soul. Most amazing for me is the reminder of the diversity of the creatures in the world. The beauty, delight and joy of creation shows me the character of the Creator.
Where have you found beauty, delight and joy?
The whole earth is full of His glory. Isaiah 6:3
I go among the trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet around me like water.
My tasks lie in their places
Where I left them, asleep like cattle.
Wendell Berry – I Go Among the Trees and Sit Still
Being in places of great beauty puts everything into perspective for me. It can be hard to get away, but the tasks that seem so important are still there waiting when I get back.
Nothing much has changed at home, but I am different. I am reminded that there is something bigger than me in the world. I am comforted by the vastness of creation that points to the vastness of the Creator.
So thankful for times of rest. How about you?
Be still and know that I am God.
Madonna and Child. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Let me tell you what true surrender is. It is simply resting in the love of God as a little baby rests in its mother’s arms.
Fenelon, Let Go
My heart is not proud, O Lord
my eyes are not haughty
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
But I have stilled and quieted my soul like a weaned child with its mother.
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Psalm 131: 1-2
Let me rest today in your love like a baby rests in his mother’s arms:
Supported and secure
Sure of your goodness
Let me release the things that keep me from your peace:
Help me to carry the feeling of love and surrender through my day.
What difference would it make in your day if you could carry the feeling of love and surrender into your circumstances? I am praying for this today.