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These 30 Amazing Photos Will Remind You How Beautiful the World Is

These 30 Amazing Photos Will Remind You How Beautiful the World Is

Everyone has a bad day now and then. On these days it seems as if everything is sad and meaningless. What you need to remember is that it’s okay to feel sad, but that doesn’t mean that all hope should be lost. It’s a large world out there, and nothing is more beautiful than the overwhelming nature of our earth and its sky. Have a look at these beautiful photos of our breathtaking home planet. Maybe problems aren’t so big after all.

A Sunset over Mountains

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    The world is abundant with things that can be seen, heard, touched and tasted, but it is also rich in things that can only be felt in the heart.

    Blue Beauty

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      Feeling blue? When blue is this spectacular, maybe it’s not such a bad thing,

      The maginificent Polar Light

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        Photo: Tommy Eliassen

        The smallest actions give way to some of the biggest reactions. It’s the little things that matter.

        Light breaks even through the cloudiest Sky

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          Have you ever seen the sky looking like this? Well keep looking, something spectacular could be just within your reach.

          A Sun Red as Blood

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            It is easy to feel overwhelmed in such a large, complex world, but the reward is worth the struggle.

            There is always Light

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              Don’t let dark thoughts cloud your vision. Look beyond and you might find something beautiful.

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              Blue and Red

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                It’s okay to feel sad now and then. Life wouldn’t be worthwhile without a challenge.

                The Endlessness of Nature

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                  Cast your troubles towards the sky, it may leave beauty and peace below.

                  The Silhouettes of the Mountains

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                    Tranquility is an underrated concept. Try being alone every once in a while, clear your thoughts.

                    A Dark Forest is full of Wonder

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                      Keep your head up. Sometimes what is above you holds much more happiness than what is below.

                      The Tranquility of calm Water

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                        Sometimes, a little patience, agitation and confusion can give way to clarity.

                        It’s A Colourful World

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                          If you’re looking for a solution to your problems, try not look so desperately, you might miss it along the way.

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                          The Beautiful Sea

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                            Things in life happen for a reason. Maybe it’s better to leave life just the way it is.

                            There’s no Rainbow without Rain

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                              At the end of every storm, we can find one of these. Even the ugliest events can give way to the most magnificent rewards.

                              Pure Harmony

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                                Life’s problems are endless, but so are the possibilities. Maybe that’s another way to look at things.

                                A Colourful Masterpiece

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                                  There are no limits on your horizon. No matter who you are, how old you are or where you are, you are capable of anything if you give yourself the chance.

                                  In Clear Water we see the Sky

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                                    Take the time to explore. Like a hidden shape in the clouds, you’ll never know what you’ll find.

                                    Nature is the most talented Artist

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                                      It is important to remember that nothing worthwhile comes easy, so make sure you go the distance.

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                                      Isn’t the Earth simply Amazing?

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                                        Take the time to reflect on your day, count your blessings, the world is big and full of surprises. Maybe you missed something.

                                        Even the coldest of Places know Hope

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                                          There is inspiration all around you, everywhere in this huge, magnificent world.

                                          Take a Walk through Green Nature

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                                            Good things come when they’re least expected, remember never to lose faith.

                                            A Bird enjoying the Sunset

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                                              It’s easy to feel small and alone in such a big, scary world, but it just means that you have more space to grow.

                                              There are no Colours without Light

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                                                Privilege without responsibility always equals corruption. As always, nothing worthwhile is ever easy.

                                                Even Clouds Are Beautiful

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                                                  Things can sometimes move a little too fast, and it can be suffocating. Nothing beats the feeling of breaking free. It just takes a bit of courage.

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                                                  We find all sorts of Shapes in our beautiful World

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                                                    The secret to youth and prosperity is the unrelenting desire to learn. Whenever you’re feeling down, go find out something you’ve never known before. It might help to remind you how little of this world you’ve experienced.

                                                    The Silhouettes of Trees

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                                                      Sadness is temporary, as is every emotion. So don’t worry, the sun will come out again eventually.

                                                      Only through Darkness do we appreciate Light

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                                                        Within you is a soul bursting with ambition. The world is your oyster, so it’s never too late to do something amazing.

                                                        We live at the most Amazing Place

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                                                          Every town, city, country and continent on this world shares the same sky. Imagine how big that makes it.

                                                          Above the Clouds

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                                                            The world is infinite, and stretches beyond the reach of your imagination. You are one tiny stitch in the fabric of life, but you are here for a purpose. Don’t let sadness stop you and make your life worthwhile.

                                                            Beauty is Everywhere

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                                                              Mahatma Gandhi once said:

                                                              “The world is big enough to satisfy everyone’s needs, but will always be too small to satisfy everyone’s greed.”

                                                              So remember, it’s a large world for reasons that matter.

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                                                              Last Updated on February 21, 2019

                                                              The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

                                                              The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

                                                              In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

                                                              Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

                                                              Conflicts arise when we as citizens want more recreational facilities but the Government has to balance the needs to maintain tourism growth.

                                                              Conflicts are literally everywhere.

                                                              Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

                                                              Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

                                                              Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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                                                              Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

                                                              Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

                                                              Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

                                                              The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

                                                              Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

                                                              Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

                                                              How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

                                                              Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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                                                              Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

                                                              Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

                                                              How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

                                                              Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

                                                              Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

                                                              Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

                                                              How? Do NOT blame others. It is of utmost importance. Ask for everyone’s opinions. It is important to let everyone feel that they contribute to the discussion. Tell them their involvement is essential to solve the problem and their effort is very much appreciated.

                                                              Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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                                                              Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

                                                              Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

                                                              How? Ensure everyone has listened to one another points of view. It can be done by taking turn to speak and leaving the discussion part at last. State once again the problem is nothing personal and no accusation should be made.

                                                              Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

                                                              Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

                                                              Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

                                                              How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

                                                              Why? Sometimes your facts are unknown to the others while they may know something we don’t. Missing out on these facts could possibly lead to inaccurate capture of the problem. Also, different known facts can lead to different perception of the matter. It also helps everyone better understand the problem and can eventually help reach a solution.

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                                                              Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

                                                              Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

                                                              How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

                                                              Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

                                                              Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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