I like to think that I like change. I've worked as a director in a company, and the one thing trait shared by every company I've worked for is frequent reorganization. This results in significant changes, particularly for a smallish (250 people) company. Some of the people who have reported to me respond poorly to change and need to have preparation and support through the change. I've enjoyed change because of the opportunities that opened up when change occurred.
This is how I've usually thought of change, yet I struggled with representing this in characters. Showing how some characters flow and change easily while others struggle. Particularly, in short stories this evocation can be difficult to accomplish in a small space.
After returning from Sweden mid-February, I caught the flu. It was so bad the following Monday that outside of a technical call with one of my Swedish colleagues (I must have been incoherent on the call), I slept the entire day. On Tuesday, my opinion was that I was nearly healthy. Mostly, because in contrast to Monday I was feeling significantly better.
The flu made me think about change and contrast. Using someone who might not change to show the way in which someone does change. This isn't rocket science, but it is interesting to me when you live through things that make you think differently.
What are ways that you show change in your characters?