Change is Always Occurring



History has shown us that change is ever present. Whether we can recognize it as it is occurring or in hindsight, change is ramping up, in full swing, or winding down across many facets of human life at any time. Waves of innovation follow the same patterns regardless of the part of the human experience being affected. The “winds of change” start to blow, be they a need that is identified, new ways of think that start to develop, or a disruption that shifts the cultural landscape. The wave’s energy then moves through the discipline or culture; and as the change occurs it can bring upheaval.

Historical periods such as the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment, and the Industrial Revolution all bring forth an image of a time period where much change occurred. Each cultural movement included innovative change that influenced a broad range of humanities such as politics, philosophy, religion, science, art, music, and literature.

The Renaissance, chiefly experience in Europe, saw the rebirth of interest of the great accomplishments of the civilizations of Ancient Greece and Rome. This cultural rebirth began of the 1300s and ended around 1650. New discoveries (including exploring the “New World” to the west) resulted in changes that had a global impact. Reform was also a chief characteristic of this time period as Protestantism arose and education became more widespread. The development of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg allowed for books to be reproduced in quantities thus disseminating knowledge to more people.

Artists, inspired by Greco-Roman art, began a renewed interest in the physical form which can be seen in much of the sculpture of this period, including Michelangelo’s David. Also, artists learned about linear perspective, using it in their paintings to create depth which helped to depict a more accurate reality. The renewed interest in the human form also gave rise to the field of anatomy, documented by Andreas Vesalius, now considered the father of modern anatomy.

Humanism became a focus of scholarly attention as people sought to understand what it meant to be human instead of focusing on spiritual matters and their relationship to God. This shift caused the rise in the use of reason by people to understand the world around them instead of astrology or mysticism. The telescope was developed by Copernicus as he sought to show that the sun, not the Earth, was the center of our solar system. This thinking threatened to unseat the Earth and God’s creation as the center of universe.  Influential figures of the period included Da Vinci, Galileo, Copernicus, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, John Calvin, Queen Elizabeth, and King Henry VIII.

So what can thinking about the Renaissance teach us about change? Sometimes a need pushes change, such as peasants being able to demand better compensation for their work due to the lack of workers available than under the previous feudal system. Maybe it takes new ways of thinking to spark new ideas, such as humanism’s focus on the human condition as an inspiration to explore anatomy. Or maybe it is a tragedy like the Black Death beginning in the mid-1300s that caused a huge shift in society and had a heavy impact on the art and literature of the time. How is change occurring in your thinking, your community, your business, etc.? Determining what may be changing, and how you can ride that wave, can be life altering.

6 Ways To Update Your Restaurant’s Decor

Because trends and styles in the restaurant business can change so quickly, it may seem that you would have to be constantly changing the interior design of your business in order to keep up with all the new restaurants that pop up down the street. Those of us in the industry know that sometimes the décor inside a restaurant can make or break a business, either enticing customers to come in a sit or driving them away by too much or too little décor. Finding a happy medium while also staying on-trend is essential if you want to continue to see growth at your restaurant. Here are a few ways that you can change up the décor in your restaurant without blowing your entire budget.


1. Different Table Options

It used to be that the only two options for seating in restaurants were tables or booths, but not these days. We now know that a small change can make a big impact, but a big change can make an even bigger impact. Replacing your menu covers with a new visually appealing option can grab customer’s attention. Offering your customers some different table options – like the hot-right-now communal table – can be a fun new experience for many people. Your customers will likely find the change refreshing and fun and will hopefully recommend your place to their loved ones.

Updating your restaurant’s décor doesn’t have to be complicated. If you can make a few small changes, you will be better off and will have a more modern look that many customers will appreciate.

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Tips For Living An Anti-Aging Lifestyle

While the fountain of youth still eludes us, people are aging as gracefully as ever. Living an anti-aging lifestyle can be as simple as making a few small changes to one’s daily routine; graceful aging is about feeling and looking your best and enjoying life to the fullest. The following are some excellent ways to achieve this goal:


The Brain Needs Exercise Too!

Doctors are now advising patients of all ages to incorporate “brain aerobics” into their daily routine as an effective way to keep the brain in tip-top shape. Research suggests that crossword, Sudoku, and other puzzles and games that require cognitive effort help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Puzzles are often free, making them a simple way to give the brain a workout. They are fun too!

Boosting A Diet with Traditional Chinese Herbs

Based on over 5,000 years of well-practiced concepts, “eastern” or Chinese medicine includes a wealth of anti-aging herbal supplements. The vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements that line the shelves of grocery stores and pharmacies are often unproven and do not live up to their claims. Unlike the common “fad” supplements on the market, Chinese herbal supplements have a long history of satisfied users. Tablet based Chinese supplements such as Ching Chun Biao contain ingredients such as ginseng, Chinese asparagus root, and lycium berries to help support heart, brain, and nervous system health. Continue reading

New Technologies in Trade Show Marketing

New and exciting technology is one of the reasons trade shows draw such big crowds. People from all sorts of industries are making new and improved products to make business all around the globe better. It makes sense that in order to tap into this customer base obsessed with new technology, your trade show display should also exhibit new marketing tech. This may mean having an amazing and inspiring display booth, utilizing digital displays, or going completely paperless when it comes to catalogues and brochures.

Going the Extra Mile With Your Booth Display

futuristic trade show display

Apart from finding new and exciting products and services, many people enjoy going to trade shows to look at how people choose to decorate their space. Often some of the most Tweeted and Facebooked photos are of booths people think look fantastic, whether or not they are interested in the product. For your business, getting people to advertize on social media for you is a huge boost to your internet presence, and a larger internet presence equals potential sales. Continue reading