Some (good) food for thought

You may have heard this phrase or are at least familiar with it. “Here’s some food for thought…” – when a person starts off a conversation in this manner, they are prepping you for two things:

1. To hopefully provide some wisdom via a clever analogy about giving your brain physical food to eat and
2. Provide their own take on an experience they had

We relate through experience; not mere head knowledge. So telling a story of what we experience means more than just spitting out a popular quote we once heard. This is why we say “here’s some food for thought…” and then (hopefully) back that up with an experience. If you’re giving the food, you want the other person to chew on what you’ve provided and be full. And if you’re being fed, you hope that what you’re being given is closer to filet mignon than a molded sandwich.

Yeah, you sometimes get both.

In writing this series of books, I’ve found that everyone wants to give you food for your thoughts. They want you to consider different logos or title arrangements (because they like it their way); they want you to get more people to edit your work (because they did the same); or maybe they want you to consider nixing a whole section of the book completely (because they didn’t relate to what you shared or feel like it’s too long or too short to follow). This is all well and good for the writing process; we all need to be challenged to think outside the box daily, but it will not aid you in the long run if you are willing to appease everyone else’s well wishes. Yes, you need to take wisdom when a path is unknown to you, but eventually you will have to go with your gut and trust your instincts on the message you intend to bring home.

So rather than say, “Here’s some food for thought…”, I want to say, “Here’s some good food for thought…” – trust yourself in what you’re called to say and be. The world may provide a plethora of attractive information or curious temptations, but the gentle nudges you feel within are there for a reason. They are not to be ignored; they are to be brought forth; explored, even expanded upon.

I’m sure that the next book I write will face similar challenges before its release. I’ll be met with some second-guessing, some writer’s block (heaven forbid) and some potentially ill advice, but I know that when the time is right, I’ll be ready because the nudge will be gone. I won’t be relying on the approval of someone close to me; I’ll be relying upon that push inside of me that’s aching to come forth. And once it’s out, I won’t have to wrestle with that push any longer. That’s the beauty of a labor that’s well done – you’re no longer combating the thought of an unfinished or questionable work within you.

Will I learn more from this second writing venture? Oh, absolutely – and I look forward to continue learning with each new publication. The mistakes (I am sure of), the subtle triumphs (I’m hopeful of); these will prepare me for the next push I receive and ultimately better myself as a writer.

And that’s as nice a reward as any, is it not? Kind of like being served filet mignon. Or to be fair to you vegetarians out there, a tray full of the finest greens and veggies this old world has to offer. Bottom line – you’ll know you’re being treated to a meal that’s ultimately fulfilling, not just temporarily satisfying.

Comments

  1. That’s some good food for thought!

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