4 Essential Reasons Why Establishing Values Is Important — by Patricia Strasser


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I read this wonderful blog on Artily and sharing it here. Hope you find it useful. Please post your comments below. Thank you

Values are psychological and intangible in nature. Our parents and our role models teach us our value system. There are many influences that determine one’s personal values. Some of these include prior experience, schooling, and religious training. Values are intangible, but evident in how we behave, our decisions and in our interactions with others. The way we act, how we carry out our daily routines, the choices we make, and our responses to situations all reflect the values we hold. The following contains reasons for why establishing strong values is necessary.

Values have a far reaching grip on one’s life and influence different parts of it. 

Values develop into an important driver
in one’s life and
lead one as one
goes about one’s daily tasks. 

Values have a marked effect in many aspects of our lives. The basis upon which you mtake decisions, whether very silly or very important, depends on the values you possess. You will feel at ease when you make decisions that are in line with your personal values. On the other hand, when you do something that is contrary to what you believe in, you tend to become restless and uneasy.

Values become our directional compass in life and the force that drives us. 

What is truly important to an individual is reflected in their values. They develop into an important driver in one’s life and lead him as he goes about his daily tasks. An example of this is how a man who cares about his family and the responsibilities he has to his relatives will make choices that are beneficial to his home and to himself. His concern for his family will direct his decisions and goals. It is also the same in the case of organizations. The value system of a company is a guidepost for both employees and management in terms of the decisions they make and the approach they take with respect to job performance.

There’s so many ways that we behave, interact and make decisions,
and they all come from how deep rooted our values are.

Values influence how other people perceive you. 

There’s so many ways that you behave, interact and make decisions, and they all come from how deep rooted one’s values are. Other people will tend to make impressions of you based on your values. The impression of your families, friends, co-workers and neighbors will be influenced on whether our values are good or bad.

Values help make you into a conscious and purposeful being. 

We would be like robots if we had no values, because we would be without feeling or sensitivity to anything besides our own needs. We will not value truths or hold anything meaningful in life, nor will we strive to put purpose and meaning to our existence. The values you subscribe to define you as a human being and give meaning and color to your life. They cause you to be different from the non living things. A sense of purpose, as well as responsibility and effective inter-personal relationships are all things that are gained from one’s values.

Though abstract, they are an integral part of your persona. This causes many to devote their lives or become a martyr for values important to them.

About The Author
You can learn more about why personal values are important and how to set them at Best of Time Management, which is located at http://www.best-of-time-management.com/values.htm

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An Obituary printed in the London Times…..Absolutely Dead Brilliant!!


I have not verified the source of this article but found it brilliant nevertheless and so sharing it here. How true this whole write up, we are really missing our dear friend Common Sense!


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
– Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
– Why the early bird gets the worm;
– Life isn’t always fair;
– And maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to
realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death,
-by his parents, Truth and Trust,
-by his wife, Discretion,
-by his daughter, Responsibility,
-and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;
– I Know My Rights
– I Want It Now
– Someone Else Is To Blame
– I’m A Victim
– Pay me for Doing Nothing
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on.

A Complete History Of The Mango – From The Times of Mauryas To Mughals


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The Mango season is in full swing all over India. There are ’00s of varieties of this King of Fruits grown in ever District of the country. Each variety is unique in taste and time of availability. The fruit will be available till almost July end although in Maharashtra the last of the mangoes will be Rajapuri, from Rajapur area in Konkan, available till June-end.

The Mango as a fruit has been as much part of India’s history as are the Princes, Maharajahs and Emperors.  Madhulika Dash has written this beautiful piece for Swarajya magazine. Its a wonderful read and you are sure to find some titbits never known before 🙂

Read on : A Complete History Of The Mango – From The Times of Mauryas To Mughals – Swarajya

IIT lectures will be telecast Live



Another super initiative from our young and dynamic HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani. Not only IIT but some other premier institutes will also Live telecast their lectures for the benefit of millions of students in India as well as all over the world! HRD Ministry will set up 32 New Channels in DoorDarshan.

More info here http://toi.in/EP0GzZ/a18ag

Secrets To Solving Problems —- by Steve Gillman


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Another very inspiring blog on Artily with some very nice solutions for problem solving. Not all may apply to each of us but the techniques discussed here are very practical to implement. We can make changes to suit our circumstances. Best wishes 🙂


Learning a few good problem solving
can improve your
bottom line and your life.

Do you ever run out of good ideas, or go around in circles trying to come up with a solution for a persistent problem? Maybe you just need to learn some simple problem solving techniques, and then start applying them. Choose one or two of the methods below, and get in the habit of using them in your personal life and your business.

Using Your Unconscious Mind
Let your unconscious mind do your problem solving. Outline a problem in your mind before going to sleep, and tell your brain to go to work. Einstein had good luck with this technique, sometimes getting the “ah-ha” insight while shaving the next morning.

Next, instruct your mind to keep working on the problem while you do other things. There is more than we know going on inside our heads. An answer may come to you when you least expect it. Try working on problems when you are in a drowsy state. This can result in more creative solutions.

Systematic Problem Solving Techniques
Challenge assumptions. For example, if you are assuming you need a better or higher-paying job, ask “do I really need a better job?” Maybe you can get a raise, or somehow make the job you have better. A business on the side might be an option. Don’t let your assumptions limit the possible solutions.

Break it down. Buying a house is a big move that is really a bunch of small steps. This is true of many problems. Start by addressing all of the components of a problem individually, and it may not seem so overwhelming. This makes it easier to motivate yourself.

Ask others for advice. They may or may not have good ideas, but in any case this helps you be sure that you are not overlooking anything obvious.

Write it down. Then find another way to express the problem and write that down. Continue with all solutions and ideas that come to mind. Write down everything. Later you can pick the diamonds out of the dirt.

Change your perspective. Imagine you are rich, poor, a child, a visitor from another planet. How would you see the problem from this new perspective? Einstein imagined riding on a beam of light, which lead to his theory of relativity, so this technique has been known to work.

More Problem Solving Techniques
Randomly pick an object, and ask what it can teach you about your problem. If you’re looking for a way to fire a bad employee, for example, a mailbox might make you think of writing him a letter (and a billboard might make you laugh). A tree might give you no ideas, but then a frail roadworker might make you think, “maybe he is just in the wrong position, and he can do a good job elsewhere in the company.”

Using this problem solving technique, you’ll have many silly ideas pop into your head. Don’t be too dismissive of them, as they will sometimes trigger a thought that is more useful. You can use this creative technique anywhere, and it’s great for putting driving time to good use.

Solve Problems By Causing Them
One way to solve problems is to ask how you can cause them. This is good technique for personal problems. Too much stress? Think of ways to cause more stress. Hmm…promise too much, don’t sleep enough, allow constant interruptions, leave many decisions hanging there unresolved, and so on. Each of these ways to cause stress can show you something. If you make fewer promises, sleep more, don’t allow too many interruptions, make decisions now (to get them off your mind), you might be more relaxed.

Need customers? How can you scare them away? The point is that if you only look at the problem from the perspective of “How do I solve it?” you tend to see only solutions based on your hidden assumptions. If, for example, you are assuming that your stress is simply due to having too many things to do, you may miss many solutions. So looking at how to cause a problem will show you more ways to solve it.

Still More Problem Solving Techniques
Try “assuming the absurd.” Putting stores in the homes of consumers was an absurd idea at one time, but isn’t that what television shopping networks and internet stores do? What at first seems crazy may lead to ideas that are useful. Backpackers get tired of carrying heavy packs, so one pursued the “crazy” idea, “What if backpacks had wheels?” It’s for sale now (the “Wheelpacker”), and it can handle most rough trails with its modified bicycle wheel.

Pick a few absurd solutions or ideas related to the problem at hand, and work with them for a few minutes to see what comes to mind. If “assuming the absurd” is difficult for you, start by “assuming the opposite.” Need to lower expenses? What if you raise them instead? Find a way to make sense of that, and you are on your way to creative problem solving.

About the author
Steve Gillman has been studying brain improvement, concentration, creative problem solving, and related topics for years. Some of what he has discovered can be found on his website: http://www.IncreaseBrainPower.com, as well as in his free Brain Power Newsletter : http://www.IncreaseBrainPower.com/newsletter.html.



How Good Can It Get? — by Stacey Mayo


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I read this wonderful blog on the blogging site http://artily.weebly.com/ and sharing here. Very simple yet inspiring. You can find many more such blogs on this website.


How good can your life get? Can it be better than it is now? By how much? 

I know that my life has certainly gotten better over time and each time I get ready to go to a new level, I take a dip. Not so much monetarily as emotionally. (And it can be monetary as well.)

This dip happens for people like you and me when we realize we need to do things differently to have our life and our dreams be what we truly want them to be.

When we make big changes like this we often have to let go of a part of us — the part that no longer serves us. Perhaps it is the part of you that wants to be in control and do everything yourself. Well, needless to say, your dreams can only grow so far if you are doing everything yourself. There are only so many hours in a day.    Read more here

Your past does not define you.

Very inspiring post. Fonz puts it so beautifully in a very spiritual way. We really are what we make ourselves to be. Yesterday is gone, today is almost over, but the tomorrow is in my hands to make the best out of it. Indian scriptures also mention this in explaining Purushartha and Prarabdha – free will v/s Destiny.

Sharing the post here. There are many more such on his blog, very useful to all of us.

fonzandcancer blogging to encourage.

Who you were you cannot change, but what you become is in your hands. You can be what ever you want to be, do what ever you want to do. You can achieve what ever you want to achieve. It’s believingwhat you say is true. You see for you to achieve what you want to achieve it means you first have to believe it’s possible then step out in faith putting one foot in front of the other, and move forward. You see the further you move forwards the dimmer the light of your “what was” will be. Of course I am meaning for my cancer journey, it’s not something I want or need to remember. The more days I live without cancer, the more I believe it’s possible to have a future with out it.

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Building The Steak and Egg Special


If you love Aviation history of WWII then follow this blog. Its a great source of well researched true stories that literally created history!


For the men stationed in New Guinea during 1942 and 1943, a variety of fresh food was not easy to come by. There were plenty of coconuts, although the men grew tired of eating them, and the occasional banana, but no other fresh fruits or vegetables. Whatever came through was canned. By the end of 1942, they decided that they had had enough of the canned fruits and vegetables and began working on their own plane that would ferry fresh food from Australia.

This plane, an A-20, was being built from scrapped pieces by T/Sgt. Kip Hawkins and a few other mechanics from the 89th Bomb Squadron. The fuselage was taken from LITTLE HELLION, which belly-landed on November 1, 1942, and the wing sections from THE COMET, which was scrapped after the nose wheel collapsed while the plane was being towed on December 15, 1942.

Wings for THE "STEAK & EGG" SPECIAL An A-20 named…

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