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Embracing the Art of Distinction – What Makes You Uncommon?

Posted on October 29, 2018 in Uncategorized

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

~ Anonymous

In life, all of us experience passing moments of frustration, disappointment, and pain. But we also experience exquisite moments of happiness, pleasure, and bliss. I consider it an honor to assist you along this journey that we are all on, one filled with many unseen potholes, inconvenient detours, and pleasant surprises. As I think about the journey of distinction, I realize that whenever you embark upon any new endeavor, it is essential to take ample time to internalize the lessons you have effectively gleaned from the past – the pleasant, along with the not so pleasant.

Through asking questions and, particularly, by asking those questions that many fear to ask, you can unearth the treasury of wisdom that is necessary to become a person of distinction.

Here are some of those seldom asked but all-important questions:

” Did last year provide everything you hoped?

” Did you advance this past year to the degree you desired?

” Did you build long-lasting, thriving relationships?

” Did you conquer the goals you once so eagerly set out to achieve?

” Could you clearly acknowledge your greatest regret? If so, what would you have changed? What would remain the same?

” Did you move steadily forward or inch slowly backward?

” What significantly hindered you from attaining your goals?

” Today, are you truly happy with the progress you have made in your life?

Once we have completely exhausted our ability to mine valuable wisdom from the vital lessons of the past, be they victories or regrets, we can then set our sights toward embarking upon the new season ahead. At this point, a whole new series of questions must be carefully answered:

” Why is this year going to be your best so far?

” What do you honestly expect from yourself on a daily basis?

” What are your current aspirations for your life?

” How will you overcome the obstacles most people never overcome?

In writing this article, my desire is to delve much deeper than simply revealing ways to make more money or become a millionaire. True distinction encompasses the entirety of you as a person – spirit, soul, and body. While one person may amass great wealth as a bank president, if he suffers from the ramifications of chronic pain and disease, genuine prosperity eludes him. Another individual may enjoy vibrant health as the city’s most prominent heart surgeon, but if she is hounded by the relentless phone calls of creditors, would you call her existence prosperous? Why of course not! I personally define distinction as excelling in every playing field of life. My objective, in writing this article, is to teach you the art of distinction, so that you can create, for yourself and your loved ones, the life of your dreams.

Self-Examination:

Now, you might be acquainted with a handful of wonderful people who flawlessly achieve all their goals – men and women of various races and creeds who regularly rise above every challenge laid out before them. But don’t you also know many more who almost instantly opt out, especially after the rumblings of a potential life storm? Have you ever wondered why life seems to unfold that way? I certainly have.

That is why I regularly set aside time to examine the successes and mistakes of my life, particularly when approaching the onset of a new season. I encourage you to do the same, because in analyzing your current circumstances and addressing each question on a personal level, you will quickly discover the hidden thorns that have pierced the full realization of your dreams.

You may identify with such easily recognizable statements as: “I’m going to lose more weight,” “I’m going to strike it rich,” “I’m going to create spiritual disciplines,” “I’m going to give more,” or “I’m going to eat right and exercise.” Do any of these vows sound remotely familiar? We all have made similar resolutions after reading a book on health or attending a lifestyle seminar. But have we actually moved beyond the enthusiasm of desire and followed through with the habitual disciplines necessary to successfully apply what we’ve learned and attain our goals? My hope is that this article will birth inside of you a fresh start, a brand new perspective on life, a faith-filled anticipation for your future, and the corresponding actions to make that future bright.

Distinction – The Crown of Effort:

Distinction – mind, body, and spirit – isn’t painless, as portrayed by some; but neither is it the cruel taskmaster that others often perceive it to be. Of course, true distinction won’t indiscriminately show up in your life simply because you don a polite smile or wish for it to grace your front door. Genuine distinction comes only to those who have worked hard to achieve it. Oddly enough, distinction is a science (something that can be imitated and systematically reproduced) as well as an art (something that takes much grace and patience).

The art of distinction can be mastered by anyone who is willing to apply themselves to its principles. The laws that govern the earth, specifically the law of sowing and reaping, wonderfully guarantee it.

We can be sure that just as the operation of our universe is exact but complicated, so becoming a person of distinction is simple yet simultaneously complex. By deciding to obey the laws of the universe and by continually learning how to work these laws with skill and precision, you are certain to create the distinction you’ve always desired. Well-known author, James Allen, said, “Achievement is the crown of effort.” Far too few of us accept the fact that achievement never comes without a significant sacrifice. The rewards of life are only distributed to those who have chosen to embrace the art of distinction.

How do you define distinction in today’s confusing world? Distinction results only by voluntarily exchanging the efforts of your minutes, hours, and days, for what you truly desire to come to pass. Distinction isn’t just money or fame or success. It is living a life of fulfillment, knowing you are achieving the purpose for which you exist.

Abandon all thoughts that the responsibility for your unfulfilled dreams and goals can be shifted to the shoulders of someone else. Instead, embrace the innovative concept that fulfilling your dreams and achieving your goals lies solely with you. From now on, see yourself governed by this thought: The achievement of my ambitions is directly proportionate to the focused effort that I put forth.

The ultimate achievement-power of one focused individual has yet to be measured. God superbly empowered us with the most up-to-date construction tools, but we must build the house. Which type of life would you prefer: Something magnificent or “just the same old thing”?

The choices is yours.

Educational Trips to Explore the Art and Science of Paris

Posted on October 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

As the largest city and capital of France, Paris is just a short hop away from the United Kingdom and makes for an exceptional place to go on educational trips for a taste of the art and science that makes the city what it is today. With a history that dates back over two thousand years, exploring Paris and its surrounds can seem to be a monumental task for educational trips to the city, but it is easy to manage the wealth of information and culture if you focus on a few key sights or topics.

While in Paris, it is hard to ignore the arts. World famous museums, such as the Louvre, are around every corner, but if you have a little time and want to get a more in depth look into a museum, consider a visit to the Musée d’Orsay. Don’t neglect the sciences, either, which have a background that can be explored when you visit the Cité des Sciences.

The Musée d’Orsay

Situated on the left bank of the Seine, the Musée d’Orsay literally cannot be missed. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, which is a stunning Beaux-Arts train station that was built between 1989 and 1900. The building itself was completed just in time for the Universal Exposition of 1900 and the station remained one of the most important stations in France until 1939 when the short platforms became an issue for the longer trains. During the 1900s, the station was used as a film location, by auctioneers, and as a theatre company before the building was saved from destruction and opened as a museum in 1986. Educational trips here will reveal its history and heritage: it was designed to bridge a perceived gap between the collections of the Louvre and the National Museum of Modern Art. The resulting museum is light and airy and known for its extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works of art with names that everyone will recognise – such as Monet, Degas, Manet, and Van Gogh, just to mention a few.

Cité des Sciences

Officially known as the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, this museum is must-visit destination for science focused educational trips to Paris. Located in the outskirts, the Cité des Sciences is also the largest science museum in Europe. The museum opened in 1986, and is recognisable for its large bioclimatic façade of glass. Inside the museum features a planetarium, IMAX theatre, a submarine and a range of leisure activities that combine the history of science and modern scientific issues with entertainment and activities. Here students focused on maths, space, environmental issues and even the human body can enjoy the exhibits before heading out to explore the parklands around the building.

Spending Cuts May Bite, But Thank God for the Arts

Posted on October 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

With museums in the UK breathing a collective sigh of relief following George Osbourne’s announcement that they will escape the worst of the government spending cuts announced on Wednesday, it’s worth remembering just how fortunate Britons are when it comes to the arts.

London is home to some of the greatest museums in the world, and amazingly, it seems most of them will remain free to enter. In fact it remains possible to explore some of the very best in art, entertainment and culture in England’s capital without breaking the bank. Train companies regularly offer special discounts on fares to London, and National Express are currently offering coach tickets to the capital for as little as £1. Even hotel accommodation can be found relatively cheaply if you know where to look. For example some companies offer visitors two nights stay for the price of one at hotels across the UK, making a long weekend or short break in the capital much more affordable.

So with the Autumn leaves providing a beautiful backdrop, and the Summer crowds thinning out, what better time to celebrate the huge array of free museums, galleries, attractions, bars and places of interest that London has to offer.

Make the most of London’s fantastic free museums

London is home to some of the greatest museums in the world, and amazingly, most of them are still free to enter. For example, The British Museum hosts new exhibitions including ‘Impressions Of Africa’ and ‘Buddism Across Asia’ this Autumn, both of which are free.

The Science Museum has just opened a free interactive exhibition on genetics entitled ‘Who Am I?’, while The Victoria & Albert Museum is displaying the short-listed artists for its 2010 Illustration Awards until December 19th. There’s also The Natural History Museum with its famous collection of dinosaur skeletons, The Imperial War Museum, which features interactive exhibitions on life in the trenches and The Holocaust, and many more.

Take a free guided tour of Tate Modern

Not only is Tate Modern free to enter, but it also offers free tours of its various galleries at set times throughout the day on a first-come-first-served basis.

Exhibitions at Tate Modern this Autumn include a series of works from Italian artist Rosa Barba, and an instillation from outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, that has seen the entire back half of the gallery’s Turbine Hall covered in over 100 million hand made porcelain sunflower seeds. The gallery also features permanent works from the likes of Peter Blake, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Anish Kapoor, Francis Bacon and many more.

Experience a heavenly choir at Westminster Abbey

Visitors to Westminster Abbey can not only explore this wonderful building for free, but can also enjoy a performance from the Abbey’s choir if they visit at the right time. The choir plays a central role both in the daily choral services at the Abbey and in the many royal, state and national occasions which take place there, so it’s well worth taking the time to see a performance.

The Abbey’s Autumn programme includes services of thanksgiving for the life and work of patrons such as Baroness Park of Monmouth and The Baroness Elles, a concert to celebrate the Festival of St Cecilia in November, and concludes with the famous Westminister Abbey Christmas Concert on December 14th.

Get on your soapbox at Speaker’s Corner

Symbol of free speech and the democratic rights of the British, or rabid soapbox for the inane and insane? Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park is probably a bit of both, and has been used to spread the views, beliefs and theories of anyone brave enough to stand up and have a go since 1872.

Famous speakers include Karl Marx, George Orwell and Emily Pankhurst, and while you’ll be lucky to find anyone of that magnitude holding court, an afternoon at speakers corner is still a fascinating experience.

Visit one of Britain’s finest stately homes

Kenwood House sits within beautifully landscaped gardens on the edge of Hampstead Heath, and is home to one of the most magnificently decorated libraries in the world, as well as a great collection of paintings by the likes of Rembrant, Turner and Gainsborough.

The site is particularly beautiful in Autumn, when visitors can enjoy a stunning backdrop of russet browns, glorious yellows and striking reds as they explore the lakes, woods, wild meadows and sculptures that adorn the grounds.

Be in the audience of Britain’s top TV shows

London is home to some of the UK’s biggest TV production companies, and there is no shortage of TV shows looking for audience members. From cutting edge pilots to established game shows and comedy programmes, you can not only enjoy live entertainment free of charge, but be among the few present to view the unaired footage, or even witness television history.

You can apply for tickets through the relevant production companies as well as specialist websites which list all the upcoming shows. TVrecordings.com for example, has tickets for Russell Howard’s upcoming ‘Good News’, Harry Hill’s ‘TV Burp’ and much more this Autumn.

Catch the stars of tomorrow at the Notting Hill Arts Club

There are plenty of great nightspots in London offering free entry for various nights throughout the week, but special mention has to go to the Notting Hill Arts Club. Their Saturday afternoon showcase, Rota, has been running in conjunction with Rough Trade records for the last 11 years and is a great place to check out up and coming bands for free.

Razorlight, Hot Chip, Jamie T, Art Brut and The Young Knives have all graced the Rota stage before going on to bigger things, so it’s worth taking a punt on some unknown bands for an afternoon and see the stars of tomorrow before they become huge.

Expand your horizons at the Dana Centre

The Dana Centre in South Kensington is a café bar run by The Science Museum which holds regular talks, lectures and debates on issues in contemporary science.

Previous lectures have seen stand-up comics debunking science myths, artists ‘painting’ with bacteria and special test-lab nights where visitors can enjoy some hands-on experimentation. All talks are free, Autumn’s line-up includes ‘The Future Of Science’, ‘The Horror Of Dreams’ and ‘How Will It End?’- a discussion on the fate of the universe.

Enjoy free films and free drinks at Roxy

Roxy bar and cinema on Borough High Street combines high quality food and drink with cutting edge digital screenings including new releases, cult classics and themed film evenings. Entry is usually free, though a £3 cover charge may be required for some new releases, and the sofas, lighting and general ambiance makes it a fantastic place to while away an afternoon with food, drink and great films.

Plus, this Autumn the venue is celebrating a refurb and marking the occasion with nights offering free whiskey sampling, free Tiger beer to the first 50 people through the door and more.

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