He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.
-Bessie A.  Stanley

Balance in life 

The art to living life is to find a way to balance the different aspects and commitments in one’s life. Time is never in abundance so attempting balance becomes almost utopian. 
Whilst seldom few have arranged their time to achieve balance, it seems the next best thing is to address parts of your life that have been neglected for some time. 

My view is that there needs to be appreciation and focus on: 

  • health, 
  • goals, 
  • relationships, 
  • Culture or education, 
  • career and in some cases,
  • spirituality. 

So if time has escaped you and you feel as though you’ve experienced the incorrect balance, the least you can do is to set aside time to identify which aspects of your life require better balance. In doing so, you’ll be that much closer to exploring the solution to whichever imbalance affects you now. 

Early childhood education. A different approach by self exploration and individual learning. 


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Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

Dale Carnegie

Sobreviviendo – Victor Heredia (translation)

They asked how I lived, they asked me
“Merely surviving” I replied, merely surviving

I have a written poem, more than a thousand times in my verse I say
as long as someone proposes death,
over this earth
and arms are being manufactured
I will walk on these fields merely surviving
everyone in the face of danger, surviving
sad and roaming men, surviving

surviving, surviving,
surviving, surviving

It’s been ages since I’ve laughed, it has been a while
and to think that I used to laugh like a goldfinch
I have certain thoughts that upset me
and I can’t forget about Hiroshima
such a tragedy,
over this earth
Today I want to laugh if possible
I no longer have the laughter of a bird,
nor the calm of the pine trees during the month of January
I roam through this world merely surviving

Surviving, surviving
Surviving, surviving

I no longer want to be a mere survivor
I want to choose the day for my demise
I have young flesh and my blood is red
a good set of teeth and fertile seed
I want the fruit of my loins

I don’t ever want to see animals protesting for world peace
how I would laugh at such a crazy sight – that they would be marching for life
while us humans are just surviving,
merely surviving

surviving, surviving
surviving, surviving

Victor Heredia, Argentine folk singer, released this song in 1984. This is a humble translation to English of vivid metaphors.

Agile Frameworks

The three things I find are benefits of adopting an agile approach to work (and not just IT projects) are:
1. Only working on the highest priority items at any point in time
2. Better communication and feedback loops
3. Demonstrated early results that are continuous

Apart from that, the required involvement of stakeholders provides better accountability and less need for arduous status reporting.