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Two extremes illustrate detachment, but when you come to think about it, they are linked by a common thread. Therefore, how come they are so far apart while potentially on the same plane, you might ask?

In the picture nature blossoms, as can be seen by the beautiful flowers in the forefront. In the background though a building is being constructed. It is incomplete. The flowers work in harmony with nature which naturally flourishes around this time of year. The results are reliant on nature in its entirety. However, in contrast the building that was started in the later part of 2021 and was projected to be built in three years, alas it is behind schedule.


If we talk about nature then a small seed grows during its development phase until it is fully blossomed. Nevertheless, if there is a drought then manual watering is necessary. If there is torrential rain then chances are the flower will wilt from being drenched in water. This is the same principal when growing crops for provisions.


The fact of the matter is nature is naturally reoccurring whilst man-made objects need people’s raw materials and services. Then it costs money to buy materials and pay for services. If there is a lack of service engineers and raw materials then projects never get completed. This is not only unfulfilling, but also very irritating for workers and others seeing the mess. Planning and preparing are organizational traits worth having. Absolute, quality execution is very important for ongoing growth.


If there isn’t transparency and problems occur it will be difficult if not impossible to carry out major projects. With this in mind, every stage of production should carefully be drawn out (designed), so as not to inhibit completion. Deadlines are very necessary to deliver on expectations.


In the 80s many projects were envisaged, created and approved, and then started in Brazil. Some were completed while others unfinished that had millions of dollars invested into them. People say it was corruption, but is that really true, or was it bad planning and bad budgeting that really contributed to their downfall?


Returning to the picture above, at least six months has passed since anyone has been working on it. Was it corruption? It looks like bad planning though according to a newspaper report of March 2024, it is fraud by the contracted builder. Apparently, the builder has a record of incomplete work which begs the question of why would the contractor opt for him in the first place?


It is easy to lay the blame on another, but the whole truth seems obscure from public record. Could it have been a breach of contract like the contracted builder wasn’t paid in a timely manner, well that wouldn’t surprise me. What do you think, or know about this project?


With the right cognizance from taking small steps over time from your efforts you will learn how to judge things using trial and error. Start small and build up. Don’t jump the gun!


Whatever, you do in life; make sure you program for success, never give in, and have a contingency plan to succeed! However, just as importantly you should always pay your bills within the timeframe!


Nature doesn’t cut corners. It is natural phenomenon, isn’t it!!!


Take care!

Prof. Carl Boniface    

 

Vocabulary builder:

Drought (n) = lack, dearth, deficiency, scarcity, famine, (ant) abundance

Torrential (adj) = heavy, pouring, driving, severe, wet, (ant) light

Wilt (n) = droop, wither, fade, wane, sag, shrivel, wilting, wilt disease, (ant) swollen

Drenched (adj) = soaked, saturated, wet, inundated, sopping, sodden, soaked to the skin, dripping wet

Cognizance (n) = knowledge, awareness, grasp, perception, understanding, acquaintance, (ant) ignorance

Natural phenomenon (n) = A natural phenomenon is an observable event which is not man-made. Examples include: sunrise, weather, fog, thunder, tornadoes; biological processes, decomposition, germination; physical processes, wave propagation, erosion; tidal flow, and natural disasters such as electromagnetic pulses, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes and earthquakes. 

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