offers some helpful maxims for success in the New Year
Keys for better living
First things first
Plan your day. Draw up your personal agenda. Some items are more urgent
and important than others, so, give them priority and tackle the others
at a leisurely pace.
Time waits for no man
Time flies. If you do not use your time immediately and judiciously,
the opportune moment is past and you may have 'Missed the bus'.
One day at a time
However, there is no need for frenzied rush and stress. Yesterday is
gone, tomorrow may never dawn, the day is today. Take it easy.
To think is to act
A decision must be immediately followed by action. Else you will find
that a more dexterous person has beaten you to it and you have been left
in the lurch.
In whatever you do, follow a system. Keep things in their proper place
and you won't waste time searching. Have meals at regular times, if possible.
Systematize your daily life.
Give and take
If you take all the time and never give, you become a misfit in society.
If you give, you may become popular with all and sundry, but end up a pauper!
Make your choice.
Daydreaming gets you nowhere except to give you a moment of surrealistic
pleasure. It is unproductive of success, except, perhaps, to give you a
preliminary insight into your hopes of prosperity, of success.
Try,try, try again
Remember the Scottish king in ages past, (was it Robert Bruce?) who
repeatedly lost his battles, gave up trying and took refuge in a cave?
Alone, lying on his back on the ground, he saw a spider climbing up its
single thread and falling back at each effort, until at its seventh try,
it succeeded. The king took a lesson from that spider. He rallied his forces,
tried again and on his seventh endeavour, he not only won the battle, but
also the war!
Waste not: want not
This adage applies to most situations, be it food, domestic articles,
items in commerce and industry etc.
Some people serve themselves mountains of food - knowing from their
own personal experience that they cannot finish it all.
Improve on your standards of efficiency. Only then do you become truly
competent and the envy of your colleagues.
Honesty best policy
Corruption rears its ugly head in almost every facet of human endeavour
and the perpetrator and the accomplice, willingly acquiesce in this anti-social
cancer, eating into the very fabric of our culture. Unfortunately, he who
fights corruption is often not reckoned to be a hero as he should be, but
rather, the bad guy- the odd man out. Such is our world. But, 'Honesty
is the best policy' is a meaningful proverb.
Always adhere to the truth, even though it hurts.
Say what you mean. Mean what you say. Be succinct and precise. The Holy
Bible says - "Let your Yes be 'Yes' and your No be 'No'. Jules Renard said,
"Clarity is the politeness of the man of letters".
Talk less: do more
There are in this world, the talkers and the doers. Some are compulsive
talkers. They talk and do nothing else. The doers are reticent by nature.
But they do get the job done.
Fear not equality
Some people may be better than you; but don't forget, there are more
who are worse. Some, much worse! Do not acquire and suffer from an inferiority
complex. A thinker said "All are born equal, but some are more equal than
Manners maketh the man
Most of us have been taught manners at school. Too many to include here,
but a few less known examples will not be out of place. Give right of way
to ladies and the elderly. Give your seat to a lady and remain standing
until all the ladies in your group are seated. Put your handkerchief to
your nose or your hand to your mouth when you sneeze or cough, preventing
the spraying of germs and sputum into the air. Never spit in public.
In whatever walk of life you may be, self discipline is a must. Before
you start to discipline others, you must first discipline yourself. Where
you have a say, at home, school, work , society, or an organization of
which you are a member, discipline must be instilled. If the top is well
disciplined, it will trickle down to the common man.
There are numerous other maxims which would help you to succeed in the
society in which you live. Why don't you list some of them for your own
betterment and success in life? Here's wishing you every success!
An exhibition of watercolours by Robert Sedgley will be held at the Barefoot
Gallery from January 18 to February 3.
Robert Sedgley, a British artist currently resident in Spain, is on
his fifth visit to Sri Lanka and this is his third exhibition here. His
particular interest is the many varieties of buildings and structures that
he has discovered on his travels around the country. His studies, painted
on site, of the Dutch period houses in Galle, with their typical verandahs
and overhanging tile roofs, capture the fleeting effects of sunlight and
incidental detail. In contrast his examination of the neo-classical, British
colonial facade of the building at Justice Akbar Mawatha, Slave Island
shows a fascination with the juxtaposition of crumbling plaster and new
bright paintwork; green outgrowth of creepers clinging to the craggy cliff-like
walls and slick signs; while the life of the street goes on below. Painted
in a meticulous and precise style, with an eye for detail and specific
characteristics, we do not experience these works as generalised city scapes.
The artist regards these not just as representations but rather like meditations
on form and proportion, on colour and changes of colour.
Religious sites and railway stations are also subjects of interest and
a number of works depict the Temple of the Tooth shining out of the green
hillside overlooking the lake at Kandy.
Another facet of the artist's work is his "Hill Country Series". Based
on a journey through the tea estates above Kandy, these paintings seek
to explore the idea of movement and time expressed through veiled colours
and variegated mark making. These pieces are suitable vehicles of expression
for his idea that making a painting is a journey. There is no well defined
goal in sight; rather it is the action of painting that determines the
direction that the work takes. Along the way, twists and turns lead to
new vistas and unexpected discoveries may be made.
Robert Sedgley had his professional training as an artist at the Birmingham
and Exeter Colleges of Art. He is also a qualified teacher and has taught
various art and craft disciplines, sculpture, and photography. In addition
to watercolours he does figure painting in oils and makes ceramic sculptures.
The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and
from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m on Sundays.