Posts tagged ‘birds’

March 7th, 2011

Subtlety Is the Bomb

by Madeleine Rex

A common amateurish writing mistake (I should know all about amateurish mistakes) is the belief that subtlety is overrated. In reality, subtlety is what we encounter everyday. When was the last time you were greatly effected by something big, dramatic, and over-the-top? Last week? Now consider the last time you were emotionally or physically effected by something the would appear insignificant or innocuous? Two hours ago?

It’s often the subtle issues or events that hit a more personal cord. I, for one, tend to fall for the characters with bunches of small quirks as opposed to those who are constantly extreme.

I started thinking about this yesterday after something subtle (though unarguably tragic) happened to change my life, even if in a small way. I got up in the morning to clean my bird cage to find my two darling birds lying dead on the bottom of their cage. I’d put off refilling their food dispenser a moment too long, and their fragile little bodies couldn’t take it. Following this was a not-so-brief episode of guilt and grief and shock (not in that order). But then I began to think.

The birds weren’t my only problem. My life has been far too messy lately. I’ve been less diligent than I’d like and have neglected the things I love. This small, seemingly innocuous event (of my birds dying) caused me to make some changes in my life, thereby effecting me more than might have been expected.

It’s those things that appear insignificant that can often be revolutionary.

P.S. If I used “effect” incorrectly, forgive me. I can never keep “affect” and “effect” straight.