my lifetime, I’ve witnessed a multitude of tragic, life-changing events: hurricanes, assassinations, explosions,
riots, terrorist activities, and deaths. And now a pandemic and outrageous acts
of racism, both of which shake our value systems to their very roots.
phrase, “May you live in interesting times,” often attributed to the Chinese,
comes to mind. The first time I heard this platitude, it was meant to comfort
me after a devastating loss. I researched its origin and learned that its
meaning is misleading. Instead of consolation, the phrase is actually a curse,
the extrapolation of which is: “It is better to live in uninteresting times.”
In other words, times of peace and tranquility are uninteresting, while people
are more fascinated by times of trouble.
one aspect of life-changing experiences that offers hope for the future is the term
“change.” Events bring opportunity, in real life and in fiction. This fact has led
me to examine quotations about change, and I thought I’d share some that
resonate with me.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it,
change your attitude. -Maya Angelou
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across
the waters to create many ripples. -Mother Teresa
stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes
out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. –Robert
Every small positive change we make in
ourselves repays us in confidence in the future. –Alice Walker
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas
can change the world. –Robin Williams
my opinion, authors have an extra layer of opportunity, an extra layer of
responsibility in troubled times. Our words, our ideas, our plots, our
characters have the potential to reach numerous readers. We may bring light to
readers in darkness, hope to readers in desperation. We indeed can change the
conversations with my Muse these days, I ask for extra doses of inspiration,
sensitivity, compassion, patience, persistence, and good-heartedness. In
addition to good health and safety, I wish these same doses for you.
Richard strives to make the world a better place, one
book at a time. A member of Mystery Writers of America and International
Thriller Writers, she has won several writing awards, including the Killer
Nashville Silver Falchion Readers’ Choice 2019 award. Her children’s
book, Naughty Nana, and her Detective Parrott Mystery series,
including Murder in the One Percent and A Palette for
Love and Murder, have earned her a world of readers, both
young and adult. Look for A Murder of Principal, which will be released in January,
or her website at http://saralynrichard.com.