Hey, Friends! Happy Wednesday!
So on Monday we talked a bit about being overwhelmed and displaced. I think at some point we've all experienced that, whether from a first day at a new school (or college), a new job, a move, or even a life change.
I cope with this a lot in missions, especially when going overseas for long periods of time (and then returning). It's to the point now where I often feel like I "belong" in other cultures. America sometimes is the hardest adjustment for me. It just depends on the trip and my situation when I get there. I've learned the hard way not to take anything too seriously the first week or so. My "balance" is off then. I'm exhausted, everything is new and different, and it's easy for things to take impractical proportions.
Like I said on Friday, my faith is a huge thing to help me through. But I've discovered little things have great impact as well. Like laughter with friends. I was surrounded by dear friends on Friday, people who I love and get to work with now. They helped me set up my room, unpacked my things, folded my clothes, made my bed and whatever else needed to be done while I flitted from one box to another and tried to create a beautiful room. They used their gifts to help me through, whether it was humor, decorating, etc. My room looks beautiful now. We accomplished in a few hours what I couldn't have done in an evening. And we had fun doing it!
When we left for town there wasn't much left to do. Just little things that I couldn't complete until I bought things like hooks, shelves, etc. I woke Saturday still overwhelmed, wondering if I should rearrange the furniture again I finished everything. But I couldn't do anything because of an adventure in Chattanooga. When I came back late that night, I had a surprise waiting for me. My incredible roommate and a friend put my bookshelves together for me! When I saw that, my "overwhelmed" feeling disappeared. I felt at home. She has no idea what such a little thing meant to me--not only because I'm a writer and a reader, but because it involved energy and time I didn't have.
So... little things. Big things. They are important. And they vary in power depending on our hearts. As I brainstorm for my mc, I try to keep little things in mind. I think they seal the character for us, ya know? It's easier to come up with the big things, but the secret details, the ones that make the character breathe life and step out of that two dimensional mold, those are difficult to unearth. I hope I'm doing enough. I hope it works. Right now I need to write it out and see what happens!
Have you found the little things for your characters?
See y'all Friday for the story of the adventure in Chattanooga!
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