small circle fame and a fast plastic train

Posted: September 2nd, 2013 | Filed under: life | Tags: | 29 Comments »

I’ve been leaving alphabet behind and building things in my mind. I write for myself because it’s quieter that way. It gives the people without thoughts somewhere else to play. I hung a wind chime in my garden because it’s outside my bedroom window, but it’s so small I can’t hear it. I keep things to myself and hang bits of my worship on display.  Music for a stranger who might pass by this way.

Have you ever thrown a party that got too loud, so you had to step outside in the quiet night until they went away?

You can hear more truth in silence, anyway.

Do you know anyone else who put herself through college just to write a book?

Straight A’s. My, how things change.

I don’t like the mess of self promotion. There’s a psychology to the game. “Create a community, a sense of ‘Us’. Encourage interaction, ask questions to get comments. Write consistently. Like me. Fan me. Like this. Promote me and I’ll promote you. Read me and I’ll read you. Like me and I’ll like you. Get more followers, get more fans, get get get.”

Small circle fame and a fast plastic train.

I don’t like games. I don’t like strategy. I like quality. I like the real deal. I want to be an artist. I want to use words to create a picture that may never be seen. I’m the girl who hung a wind chime I can’t hear.

I’m learning the secrets that others use to sway you. I don’t think religion should be sold like survival gear to the afraid. They don’t talk about Jesus or grace because it takes away the fear. If you’re not afraid, you can’t be controlled. You can’t oppress people who have no fear. I’m learning how the human brain works so that I can help you avoid damaging “group think” and “social loafing”, and “fundamental attribution errors”. Give me some time, I’ll explain.

I want to help you avoid getting psychologically destroyed if your church community doesn’t like you anymore. I want to help you not destroy someone who falls down. I want to help fight the fear.

This is me telling you that I’m still here. I’m learning, I’m building up, and I’m writing.

 

Serena Woods


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29 Comments on “small circle fame and a fast plastic train”

  1. 1 Rich said at 11:48 am on September 2nd, 2013:

    How refreshing to read, Serena. Thanks for uncovering the hidden “charm” of internet and publishing popularity.

    Keep writing; you have powerful things to say… if not for anyone else, at least for you, and for me.

  2. 2 Jeremy Walker said at 2:29 pm on September 2nd, 2013:

    I've learned so much from you, Serena. It's refreshing and inspiring to read and interact with someone that genuinely wants to help people, and not lay claim to the fame that even something as simple as blogging can provide. In the end writing for purpose is always more rewarding than writing for fame….and I think it leaves the reader knowing the writer is being real…not fake…and not with an inward agenda.

    Keep working and studying hard…I have no doubt Jesus has the best yet to come for you! Thanks for inspiring and motivating me today.
    My recent post Infidelity Convo’s w/ Strangers

  3. 3 Jeremy Walker said at 2:29 pm on September 2nd, 2013:

    I've learned so much from you, Serena. It's refreshing and inspiring to read and interact with someone that genuinely wants to help people, and not lay claim to the fame that even something as simple as blogging can provide. In the end writing for purpose is always more rewarding than writing for fame….and I think it leaves the reader knowing the writer is being real…not fake…and not with an inward agenda.

    Keep working and studying hard…I have no doubt Jesus has the best yet to come for you! Thanks for inspiring and motivating me today.
    My recent post Infidelity Convo’s w/ Strangers

  4. 4 Jeremy Walker said at 2:29 pm on September 2nd, 2013:

    I've learned so much from you, Serena. It's refreshing and inspiring to read and interact with someone that genuinely wants to help people, and not lay claim to the fame that even something as simple as blogging can provide. In the end writing for purpose is always more rewarding than writing for fame….and I think it leaves the reader knowing the writer is being real…not fake…and not with an inward agenda.

    Keep working and studying hard…I have no doubt Jesus has the best yet to come for you! Thanks for inspiring and motivating me today.
    My recent post Infidelity Convo’s w/ Strangers

  5. 5 Jeremy Walker said at 2:29 pm on September 2nd, 2013:

    I've learned so much from you, Serena. It's refreshing and inspiring to read and interact with someone that genuinely wants to help people, and not lay claim to the fame that even something as simple as blogging can provide. In the end writing for purpose is always more rewarding than writing for fame….and I think it leaves the reader knowing the writer is being real…not fake…and not with an inward agenda.

    Keep working and studying hard…I have no doubt Jesus has the best yet to come for you! Thanks for inspiring and motivating me today.
    My recent post Infidelity Convo’s w/ Strangers

  6. 6 Jeremy Walker said at 2:29 pm on September 2nd, 2013:

    I've learned so much from you, Serena. It's refreshing and inspiring to read and interact with someone that genuinely wants to help people, and not lay claim to the fame that even something as simple as blogging can provide. In the end writing for purpose is always more rewarding than writing for fame….and I think it leaves the reader knowing the writer is being real…not fake…and not with an inward agenda.

    Keep working and studying hard…I have no doubt Jesus has the best yet to come for you! Thanks for inspiring and motivating me today.
    My recent post Infidelity Convo’s w/ Strangers

  7. 7 Jeremy Walker said at 2:29 pm on September 2nd, 2013:

    I've learned so much from you, Serena. It's refreshing and inspiring to read and interact with someone that genuinely wants to help people, and not lay claim to the fame that even something as simple as blogging can provide. In the end writing for purpose is always more rewarding than writing for fame….and I think it leaves the reader knowing the writer is being real…not fake…and not with an inward agenda.

    Keep working and studying hard…I have no doubt Jesus has the best yet to come for you! Thanks for inspiring and motivating me today.
    My recent post Infidelity Convo’s w/ Strangers

  8. 8 Jeremy Walker said at 2:29 pm on September 2nd, 2013:

    I've learned so much from you, Serena. It's refreshing and inspiring to read and interact with someone that genuinely wants to help people, and not lay claim to the fame that even something as simple as blogging can provide. In the end writing for purpose is always more rewarding than writing for fame….and I think it leaves the reader knowing the writer is being real…not fake…and not with an inward agenda.

    Keep working and studying hard…I have no doubt Jesus has the best yet to come for you! Thanks for inspiring and motivating me today.
    My recent post Infidelity Convo’s w/ Strangers

  9. 9 Jeremy Walker said at 2:29 pm on September 2nd, 2013:

    I've learned so much from you, Serena. It's refreshing and inspiring to read and interact with someone that genuinely wants to help people, and not lay claim to the fame that even something as simple as blogging can provide. In the end writing for purpose is always more rewarding than writing for fame….and I think it leaves the reader knowing the writer is being real…not fake…and not with an inward agenda.

    Keep working and studying hard…I have no doubt Jesus has the best yet to come for you! Thanks for inspiring and motivating me today.
    My recent post Infidelity Convo’s w/ Strangers

  10. 10 Jeremy Walker said at 2:29 pm on September 2nd, 2013:

    I've learned so much from you, Serena. It's refreshing and inspiring to read and interact with someone that genuinely wants to help people, and not lay claim to the fame that even something as simple as blogging can provide. In the end writing for purpose is always more rewarding than writing for fame….and I think it leaves the reader knowing the writer is being real…not fake…and not with an inward agenda.

    Keep working and studying hard…I have no doubt Jesus has the best yet to come for you! Thanks for inspiring and motivating me today.
    My recent post Infidelity Convo’s w/ Strangers

  11. 11 Jeremy Walker said at 2:29 pm on September 2nd, 2013:

    I've learned so much from you, Serena. It's refreshing and inspiring to read and interact with someone that genuinely wants to help people, and not lay claim to the fame that even something as simple as blogging can provide. In the end writing for purpose is always more rewarding than writing for fame….and I think it leaves the reader knowing the writer is being real…not fake…and not with an inward agenda.

    Keep working and studying hard…I have no doubt Jesus has the best yet to come for you! Thanks for inspiring and motivating me today.
    My recent post Infidelity Convo’s w/ Strangers

  12. 12 Jeremy Walker said at 2:29 pm on September 2nd, 2013:

    I've learned so much from you, Serena. It's refreshing and inspiring to read and interact with someone that genuinely wants to help people, and not lay claim to the fame that even something as simple as blogging can provide. In the end writing for purpose is always more rewarding than writing for fame….and I think it leaves the reader knowing the writer is being real…not fake…and not with an inward agenda.

    Keep working and studying hard…I have no doubt Jesus has the best yet to come for you! Thanks for inspiring and motivating me today.
    My recent post Infidelity Convo’s w/ Strangers

  13. 13 Jeremy Walker said at 2:29 pm on September 2nd, 2013:

    I've learned so much from you, Serena. It's refreshing and inspiring to read and interact with someone that genuinely wants to help people, and not lay claim to the fame that even something as simple as blogging can provide. In the end writing for purpose is always more rewarding than writing for fame….and I think it leaves the reader knowing the writer is being real…not fake…and not with an inward agenda.

    Keep working and studying hard…I have no doubt Jesus has the best yet to come for you! Thanks for inspiring and motivating me today.
    My recent post Infidelity Convo’s w/ Strangers

  14. 14 Dawn said at 10:06 am on September 3rd, 2013:

    First thought; a kindred spirit, except for the artist part. Though I do want share words with others, like you expressed, "hang bits of my worship on display". Second thought; I'll have to reread this to get all it's depth. I always enjoy reading what you share. I'm not a person who reads much either.

  15. 15 Janelle said at 6:30 pm on September 3rd, 2013:

    Your thoughts and words never fail to touch me in a way only the Lord can, so i know you speak truth straight from his heart. I have missed your writing so much lately, but know you are hearing, searching, and learning and will speak it when it is time. Bless you my sister in Christ.

  16. 16 Kelly said at 10:09 am on September 6th, 2013:

    Oh Serena how I love you! You are so refreshing and real. We've never met but I feel so connected to you! Thanks again for sharing your heart!!

  17. 17 Sam said at 10:22 am on September 6th, 2013:

    You are an amazing writer and artist. In my opinion your best writing is when you allow what God has placed inside of you to pour out like a hard rain. Can't wait to hear what's next from you!

  18. 18 serenawoods said at 1:11 pm on September 6th, 2013:

    Thanks, Jeremy. 🙂 Fame is fake. Blog is a weird word. Inspiration is my favorite.

  19. 19 serenawoods said at 1:11 pm on September 6th, 2013:

    Good to hear from you, Dawn. 🙂

  20. 20 serenawoods said at 1:12 pm on September 6th, 2013:

    That's a huge compliment, Janelle. Thank you. 🙂

  21. 21 serenawoods said at 1:13 pm on September 6th, 2013:

    You're awesome, Kelly. 🙂

  22. 22 serenawoods said at 1:23 pm on September 6th, 2013:

    Thanks, friend. I totally get the rain part. It's moody and beautiful and brings out the best art. Maybe that's why I keep losing my umbrella. Ha!

  23. 23 Michelle said at 10:48 am on October 14th, 2013:

    Can't wait to hear what you've learned. Take all the time you need…
    My recent post Animal vs. Diabolical Self

  24. 24 Michelle said at 10:48 am on October 14th, 2013:

    Can't wait to hear what you've learned. Take all the time you need…
    My recent post Animal vs. Diabolical Self

  25. 25 Michelle said at 10:48 am on October 14th, 2013:

    Can't wait to hear what you've learned. Take all the time you need…
    My recent post Animal vs. Diabolical Self

  26. 26 Michelle said at 10:48 am on October 14th, 2013:

    Can't wait to hear what you've learned. Take all the time you need…
    My recent post Animal vs. Diabolical Self

  27. 27 Michelle said at 10:48 am on October 14th, 2013:

    Can't wait to hear what you've learned. Take all the time you need…
    My recent post Animal vs. Diabolical Self

  28. 28 Michelle said at 10:48 am on October 14th, 2013:

    Can't wait to hear what you've learned. Take all the time you need…
    My recent post Animal vs. Diabolical Self

  29. 29 Jay said at 4:19 pm on November 24th, 2013:

    A friend of mine loaned me your book after she, and then I, too, had gone through a situation very similar to the one you wrote about. It's been a few years since my "fall from grace" and my, for lack of a better word, excommunication from my home church. Your book helped me greatly through the worst of times–through the days I received hateful emails, facebook messages; through the days my best friends turned their backs on me; through the days I felt like NO ONE was "for" me except God. Through it all, I never doubted His love for me. I was, and am, so thankful for your book that speaks truth and healing to people like me. I don't read your blog as much as I'd like to, but when I do I am always encouraged. Thank you for being an honest voice. :0)


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