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The virtues of punctuality

This month we celebrate Mandela month and one of the issues that received the spotlight is punctuality. Mr Mandela was a stickler for punctuality. He repeatedly stated his belief that tardiness in this department is a clear indication of a weak character. It is rude to be late. If you are late for an appointment you are actually saying to the other party that you have no respect for their own schedules and that you deem their time to be of no importance.

Tardiness seems to have become a common phenomenon in South Africa. We even have a term for it: Africa time. Adherents to Africa time think nothing of making others wait for hours. In their arrogance they justify themselves by arguing that they are busy, important, superior even and that their time is much more valuable than other people’s time. Strange that a really important and busy man such as Mr Mandela deemed the time of other people to be precious. He was never late for an appointment and he often took tardy people to task.

Punctuality is not just about being on time for appointments. It is also about turning up at work on time, delivering work on or before target dates, paying accounts on time and using time productively.

Many cases of tardiness can be ascribed to sheer arrogance, but lack of planning also play a very big role. If you have to drive to an appointment, plan for the possibility of heavy traffic or a hold-up. If you have a project to complete, be realistic when you set target dates. Do not make promises that you know very well cannot be kept. Do not cram your diary with appointments (doctors are often guilty of this).

Punctuality is a virtue and nobody has the right to waste the time of another. Cultivate a reputation for punctuality. You will earn the respect of others and you will show others that you have respect for them and that you deem their time to be as valuable as yours.

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Idols through the Centuries

 

Sir Isaac Newton

1642–1727

He invented the reflecting telescope and explained why and how every single macroscopic object in the entire Universe moves as it does. He also invented the pet door.

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci

1452–1519

He could do anything. Engineer, inventor, anatomist, architect, mathematician, geologist, musician, cartographer, botanist, writer, sculptor. He invented the sniper rifle, the parachute about 300 years before Louis-Sebastien Lenormand claimed the honor in the late 1700s, the  hang glider about 400 years before it really took off.  The design was based on a bird’s wings, the helicopter, but couldn’t figure a method for getting it airborne, the tank, the pivoting scissors by bolting two knives together.

His sculptures are not as well known as those of Michelangelo, da Vinci sculpted a 24 feet high gigantic horse out of poured bronze that was completed in 1998.

Da Vinci was a good painter.

William Shakespeare

1564–1616

The man with the lion’s share and a great writer in English.  Famous quote in English literature.  “to be or not to be.”

He only had a grammar school education and worked as an actor before becoming a playwright. Shakespeare’s seamless blend of the finest poetry.  Hamlet and King Lear are universally acclaimed masterpieces which all other drama, before and after, is judged.

Moses

  1. 1300–c. 1180 B.C.

Moses is regarded as the greatest prophet of the Old Testament.

The Pharaoh’s daughter, named Bithiah, found the infant Moses in a basket floating in the Nile and took him as her own son. She named him after the Hebrew verb “to draw,” since she drew him out of the river.

Moses met God for the first time and God showed himself in the form of a burning bush. Moses returned to Egypt.

 

 

 

Author: Ester Byleveldt

Ester is a freelance writer and is available for guest posts.

 

 

References:  Top 10 Most Famous People – Listverse

 

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What is Fool’s Paradise Day?

On 13 July Fool’s Paradise Day is celebrated. Now you may ask what exactly a “fool’s paradise” is and what is celebrated on this day. The Oxford English Dictionary defines fool’s paradise as “a state of happiness of a person not knowing about or denying the existence of potential trouble”. Some websites also call it a “world outside the box… a world filled with dreams, imagination and possibilities…”.

Fool’s Paradise Day joins days like Pi Day (14 March), Geek Pride Day (25 May), Star Wars Day (4 May), Hobbit Day (22 September) and Talk Like a Pirate Day (19 September). These “holidays” are fun days on which people can celebrate hobbies, fandoms, books, act a bit silly, or simply remember the small things in life. 13 July is also not only Fool’s Paradise Day, but also Barbershop Music Appreciation Day, Embrace Your Geekness Day, Gruntled Workers Day, International Puzzle Day, and National French Fries Day!

No one seems to be quite sure when Fool’s Paradise Day started or who started it. Fool’s Paradise Day is in essence a day on which you can just “let your guard down and enjoy the day to the fullest being the craziest you can be”. You can, basically, celebrate anything you want to celebrate on this day — and have an excuse to have some fun. You can always use Fool’s Paradise Day to slow down and spend the day doing a bit of daydreaming as well. Keep in Calendar says of Fool’s Paradise Day: “(the) most fun part can be thinking up what improbable set of circumstances you want to celebrate”.

There are lists of these kinds of holidays all over the internet, with many catering to specific interests. While everyone in the office might not want to celebrate Barbershop Music or join in with their own fool’s paradise to celebrate, everyone enjoys any excuse to have a good time. So why don’t you grab your calendar and mark a few days to celebrate the good things in life with great friends?

Author: Carin Marais

Carin Marais writes web articles, guest and blog posts, and fiction. With interests ranging from pop culture and technology to literature, mythology and archeology, her writing covers diverse subjects. To contact Carin for articles and guest posts, or to read her work, go to her home page, her blog Hersenskim or follow her on Twitter @CarinMarais.

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