I’m hosting a guest post for the book tour for fantasy satire “Serendipidus”. The topic of the post is if one person can make a difference. It’s very intriguing topic, and I hope you enjoy the guest post. I’ll leave the talking to the author now, Jennifer Ott.
Can one person make a difference?
Once upon a time, an inspiring American writer wanted to obtain her master’s degree at a small college in England. She sent her application and thesis to the registrar, but to her disappointment she received a rejection letter and it stated, “Caring is not a curriculum.”
“Maybe that’s the problem with this world!” the young writer exclaimed. “The world could use more caring.”
It’s hard these days to believe one person can make difference and often it’s easier to feel dismayed and helpless, while the issues that plague us only get worse. The saying is true; attitude is everything. How can we be positive with all the problems surrounding us?
Attitude is infectious. People in bad moods can drag people down and happy people can lift spirits higher than ever imagined. Attitude is a choice; we can be positive, or we can be negative. Life is exactly as we make it.
So for argument’s sake, let’s choose the positive. We smile at a stranger and make them feel good. They pass on their smile to someone else. We allow someone to merge into traffic; they are relieved and allow traffic around them flow smoother. We extend our hand to help with kindness, and those on the receiving end will pay it forward. This is how one person can make a difference. It is like a ripple in the middle of a small pond; it continuously flows outward in bigger circles.
Caring may not be a scholarly curriculum, but we can teach it. We teach caring by our words, by our actions and by our attitudes. Those who benefit from our caring learn it and become teachers of caring themselves. The more people who care can make a huge change in the world and that starts with one.
Author: Jennifer Ott
Genre: Fantasy Satire
“Maybe it’s time to set aside intellectualism and experience the wonders of thngs that can’t be explained.”
The Earth has stopped rotating and no one seems to notice or care, except for bleeding-heart supermodel Venetia DeMille. While Mother Earth begins to fade into a silent death, Venetia clings to hope. She solicits the help of a scientist to help, but no avail.
Not to be hindered in her quest to save the Earth, Venetia sets out on a journey around the world to find like-minded people and caring souls – an exuberant youth, a magical healer and a man of God. Although together they are able to rekindle faith, their effort still does not provide results. It is a mysterious meeting of four horsemen that carry them to the east where they experience a connection to the earth and each other.
Could the forces that gather with their united efforts prove to be the remedy to save the planet?
Inspiration comes from watching way too much Monty Python. The abstract and the absurd way of looking at normal life, not only offers humor, but questions many problems in society in a light-hearted manner. If we can laugh at ourselves, if we can laugh at life, problems do not seem quite so difficult to tackle. In fact, problems are not as complicated as they seem; everything is very simple. If you can laugh at it, write about it and read about it, most likely one would think about it.
Author Jennifer Ott has written several satire fiction, Wild Horses, The Tourist and two non-fiction books Love and Handicapping and Ooh Baby Compound Me! Her latest book about the homecoming of a Vietnam Veteran, Edge of Civilization will be released soon.
Jennifer Ott lives in Long Beach, California, enjoys the sun, the sand, the surf and lots of Mexican food.