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Is Respect Key to Creating Greatness?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 20, 2012

By Peter Baksa, Investigative Journalist/Entreprenuer/Author of ‘The Point of Power’

Wise actions flow naturally from the right principles. When respect directs our daily choices, all our interactions are in harmony with our greater good. Respect for ourselves, one another, and for life itself should be at our core lighting the path for us. Knowing this basic principle, wise actions and words flow naturally. Founders of the Myers-Briggs personality test suggest that no matter how much people differ in background or temperament, three basic qualities underlie any enduring relationship, and they are: understanding, appreciation, and respect. Buddhism teaches compassion for all living things, Confucianism upholds jen, “human heartedness,” respect for others as a foundation of all virtue.

Living respectfully is an essential leadership principle. I posit that respect is the key to personal power. Our real power as humans comes when we can relate to others from our hearts rather than from our brains. Our energies contract when we concentrate on ourselves and the way we look. (See my book, It’s None of My Business What You Think of Me.) Instead of self-consciously posing or performing, I suggest that one takes a “host” mentality, focusing on how to serve others. Instead of talking — listen, observe, and seek the spark of greatness in the person you are with. We inspire others by making that spark come alive.

We are flooded in the media with the stereotyped hero, often violent, flashy, tough, emotionally repressed and ultimately unreal. Real strength is strength of character. Real heroes combine courage and compassion living respectfully and transcending difficulty to create new possibilities, like bamboo, flexible yet strong. How can we be more gentle and kind — now this is true strength and the mark of a true hero. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bali Bamboo Design

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 2, 2011

Huffington Post

In this Oct. 6, 2011 photo an Indonesian worker puts the finishing touches on a chocolate factory made entirely of bamboo in Bali, Indonesia. Bamboo, a tough, flexible plant which can grow up to four feet a day, is being used to build everything from schools and luxury villas to exclusive resorts. (AP)

By MICHAEL HOLTZ — The Associated Press

BALI, Indonesia — Off Bali’s beaten track, past a towering banyan tree and next to an ancient Hindu temple, the world’s largest bamboo commercial structure is slowly taking shape: a chocolate factory.

The three-story, 23,000-square-foot building – made from more than 3,000 long, flexible poles – is crowned with a graceful, sloped ceiling nearly 50 feet high.

Frederick Schilling, co-owner of the Big Tree Farms factory, calls it his “bamboo cathedral.”

In this Oct. 6, 2011 photo Frederick Schilling, right, from Ashland, Ore., and Ben Ripple, from Hartford, Conn., stand in front of their unfinished bamboo chocolate factory in Bali, Indonesia. Bamboo, a tough, flexible plant which can grow up to four feet a day, is being used to build everything from schools and luxury villas to exclusive resorts. (AP)

The tropical plant, favored in the West for flooring, furniture and household accessories, is increasingly being touted as the construction material of choice by green advocates from South America to Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

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