The Art Bank

The Art Bank

Rediscover the Art of Conversation Without it Costing the Earth

Posted on March 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

If the 19th century was defined by the industrial revolution, then it can only be said that the technological revolution certainly helped to define the 20th century. From telephones, televisions and automobiles, to aeroplanes, space travel and the internet; there can be little doubt that the past hundred or so years have seen the biggest technological advancements in the history of the human race.

But, whilst there can be little doubt that this technology has in many ways enhanced people’s lives, there are some major drawbacks to living in an age where you are connected to everybody, in every place at all times. Indeed, whether it’s through emailing, text messaging or instant messaging, there is barely a moment in the day when you are not able to contact the ends of the earth, all from a few clicks of a button.

However, it’s possibly fair to say that somewhere along this technological highway, people have forgotten the art of conversation. That is to say, it doesn’t even occur to many people to simply pick up the telephone and speak to friends, loved ones or even business acquaintances that you have grown to know purely through a cobbled-together collection of words on a computer monitor or handheld mobile device.

Of course, there are probably several good reasons why people have migrated more towards typing and texting as their preferred mode of communication. Firstly, there is the convenience of being able to squeeze a text or email in whenever there’s a spare moment; they can be stopped half-way through and resumed later should an unexpected distraction come along.

Then, there is the perceived cost, or lack thereof, of typing and texting over traditional telephone communication. An email or instant message costs nothing, whilst the cost of a text message is usually very little.

But, so much immediacy is lost through typed communication. An email ‘conversation’ can last for hours or days, whilst a plethora of text messages can be exchanged before an outcome is reached. And this can have major implications for personal and business relationships, which is why it’s important not to underestimate the positive effect verbal communication can have in any situation. It also adds a richness and sincerity that is hard to replicate through any other medium.

Furthermore, it doesn’t have to cost the earth to have a telephone conversation, even if they are in different countries to each other. Cheap international calls are readily available from all types of telephones including mobile phones, payphones and home landlines; meaning that the art of conversation can be rediscovered without it breaking the bank!

The Art of Giving Gifts on a Budget

Posted on March 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

The art of gift giving; it really is a science. So many occasions, so many expectations, so little money in many, many cases today. How do we fulfill obligations without breaking the bank? It’s simple: keep it simple, get back to the basics. Very, extremely simple items can be spruced up and made impressive with a little something called personalization.

Personalized gifts can vary widely, can be appropriate for any gift, for any occasion. Personalized gifts are most definitely the way to go for any budget. A snapshot on your camera printed, framed and personalized are priceless and better yet can be done for less than $10. Think about the options for this particular gift: birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and the list really goes on for that one. Baby gifts: bibs, burp cloths, blankets. Again, keeping it very simple but add baby’s name and voila! It’s a cherished simple gift and again can be accomplished at a modest price of less than $20. Buying for a teen? Think embroidered head band or personalized laptop sleeve. Buying for mom? Mother’s jewelry in so many forms, different price points appropriate for any budget…think do-it yourself, family project. You don’t have to be super crafty to get the job done right. Think of any occasion and the money saving gift answer can be found by way of a personalized gift.

So with Black Friday less than a month away, with shopping madness set to begin, take a deep breath and remember to just keep it simple. Come up with a list of who you need to buy for and ideas for each. Do a little research, a little digging. You don’t have to spend a fortune to bring smiles and warm memories.


The Art of Giving and Helping Others

Posted on February 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

In this world of un-grace and troubles, stories of charity and giving are always placed at the highest pedestal of life. Only a few consider helping because of the thought that by giving, they will become poor. This should not be the case because the art of giving has its serious impact and results.

Why You Need to Give to Charities?

Charity organizations need to pay their office rent, power bills, communication bills, and other expenses. There are staffs that must be given allowances; there are volunteers that must be fed. Projects and plans must be carried out with the aid of the finances and funds that are raised by the organization.

With the simple donation that you can make, you are helping the organization to meet the needs in paying bills. Most importantly, you are helping to supply the lifeblood for the operations, programs, and projects of the company to go forward and avoid halting the help for those in need.

To record the fact, organizations don’t have special arms to make money for themselves. There is no product that will gain profits; and their social services are not bringing professional fees. Small charities are very dependent on the donations that are received. Everything surrounds in every dollar that is donated by individuals and companies.

The problem of most small charities is the inconsistent flow of funds. Projects and programs of the small charities must flow constantly; but if the funds of the small charities are hampered because of the inconsistent donations, everything is ruined. Inconsistency of donation leads to stagnation of the plans of the small charity. Eventually, small charities will defunct itself and close social services.

What You Can Do?

Are you working at the moment? Or are you a student? Or maybe a business owner? Whatever you are right now, you can make a difference with what you have. It is very great to make a massive impact in the lives of others by helping them reach their potentials. It will be a blissful one to help and know that you are keeping your commitment of giving back.

Yes, you don’t need to give millions to donate and help others. A single penny can be much if many will give. No need to worry about how you can give. There are many ways to give – write a check, note a bank transfer, or maybe donate through donation website. These ways will help you make a difference in your life.

A massive impact of helping others may extend to your family. Yes, when you give to small charities, you are teaching your kids the art and value of giving. You are giving them the privilege of making an impact for their lives in the future. It is a great chance to build a great person out of your kids.