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!