Inspirational Quotes for the WEEKEND

By Charles Leyman Kachitsa

Wondering where water gets its clarity. Water is one of the most recognisable things in life, without second guess one recognises it on first sight. You do not need to argue with any one for water identification except on rare occasions when other substances have been mistaken for water. Water, clear water is always a marvel especially when encountered in its natural setting.

Water has been used to sustain life in all respects. The body of all living things need water to survive. This includes plants which need water for their sustainability and growth. It is therefore that we can not do without water. we need that clarity.

Some parts of the world have realised this important aspect that any living thing survival requires water. The nations who have put the nurturing of this important life sustaining liquid as key to everything, have studied its behaviour and devised ways on making sure every droplet of it counts, its valued. Yet there are other nations who have taken this rare commodity for granted, letting it flow away to the ocean without valuing it appropriately. The result for such backward nations is poverty and under-development in all their aspects of livelihood. Until we start appreciating the water that God has given freely with precious love, we go no where as a people.

The quotes this week are a continuation from last weeks source. These are extracted from the book which when read in full should inform you about handling issues by contextualising them first in consideration that cultures differ. I am sure the selected quotations from this book listed below will enlighten you to one or two life lessons, read and enjoy:

RIDING THE WAVES OF CULTURE – UNDERSTANDING CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN BUSINESS by Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner

“….. Uniquely in the animal kingdom, man is aware of time and tries to control it. Man thinks almost universally in categories of past, present and future, but does not give the same importance to each. Our conception of time is strongly affected by culture because time is an idea rather than an object. How we think of time is interwoven with how we plan, strategise and co-ordinate our activities with others. It is an important dimension of how we organise experience and activities.”

Water scarcity is still affecting one sixth of Earth’s population.

“Cultures vary in their approaches to the given environment, between belief that it can be controlled by the individual and the belief that the individual must respond to external circumstances. We should not, however, make the error of assuming that inner-direction and outer-direction are exclusive options. All cultures necessarily take some notice of what is inside or outside. To fail to do so would lead inner-directed cultures into a headlong rush to disaster, while outer-directed cultures would try to please everyone and dissipate their energies by over-compliance.”

“Other cultures are strange, ambiguous, even shocking to us. It is unavoidable that we will make mistakes in dealing with them and feel muddled and confused. The real issue is how quickly we are prepared to learn from mistakes and how bravely we struggle to understand a game in which ‘perfect scores’ are an illusion, and where reconciliation only comes after a difficult passage through alien territory —- We need a certain amount of humility and a sense of humour to discover cultures other than our own; a readiness to enter a room in the dark and stumble over unfamiliar furniture until the pain in our shins reminds us where things are. World culture is a myriad of different ways of creating the integrity without which life and business cannot be conducted. There are no universal answers but there are universal questions or dilemmas, and that is where we all need to start.”

“All societies give certain members higher status than others, signalling that unusual attention should be focused on such people and their activities. While some societies accord status to people on the basis of their achievements, other ascribe it to them by virtue of age, class, gender, education, position, project and posture……..”