The topic of inner peace addresses a universal need. There is nobody on this planet that does not desire inner peace. It is not a desire that is new to our time; rather, it is something that everybody has been searching for throughout the ages, regardless of color, creed, religion, race, nationality, age, sex, wealth, ability or technological advancement. People have taken a variety of different paths in trying to achieve inner peace, some through accumulating material possessions and wealth, others through drugs; some through music, others through meditation; some through their husbands and wives, others through their careers and some through their children’s achievements. And the list goes on. Yet the search also goes on. In our time we have been led to believe that technological advancement and modernization will produce for us physical comforts and through these we will attain inner peace. However, if we were to take the most technologically advanced and most industrialized nation in the world, America, then we would see that what we have been led to believe is not factual. The statistics show that in America some 20 million adults suffer from depression yearly; and what is depression but a total lack of inner peace? Furthermore in the year 2000 death rate due to suicide was double the rate of those who died from Aids. However, the news media being what it is, we hear more about those who die from Aids than we do about those who die by committing suicide. Also more people die from suicide in America than from homicide, and the homicide rates themselves are massive. So the reality is that technological advancement and modernization have not bought inner peace and tranquility. Rather in spite of the comforts that modernization has brought us, we are further away from inner peace than our ancestors were. Inner peace is for the most part of our lives very elusive; we never seem to get our hands on it. Many of us mistake personal pleasures for inner peace; we achieve elements of pleasure from a variety of things, be it wealth, sexual relations or other than that. But these do not last, they come and go. Yes we have personal pleasures from time to time and we are pleased with various things from time to time, but this is not inner peace. True inner peace is a sense of stability and contentment which carries us through all the trials and difficulties of life. We need to understand that peace is not something that will exist in this world around us because when we define peace according to the dictionary definition it states that peace is freedom from war or civil strife. Where do have this? There is always a war or some sort of civil unrest happening somewhere in the world. If we look at peace in terms of the state level then peace is freedom from public disorder and security, but where in the world do we have this in a complete form? If we look at peace on a social level, family and work, then peace is freedom from disagreements and arguments, but is there such a social environment that never has disagreements or arguments? In terms of location, then yes, we can have a place which is calm, peaceful and tranquil, some islands for example, but this external peace only exists for a small amount of time, sooner or later a storm or a hurricane will come. God says: “Verily; I have created man in toil (struggle).” (Quran 90:4) This is the nature of our lives; we are in toil and struggle, ups and downs, times of difficulties and times of ease. It is a life full of tests as God says: “And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to as-Saabirin (the patient ones, etc.).” (Quran 2:155)
In our lightning-fast digital age, a company can face humiliation and possibly even ruin within seconds of a negative tweet or blog post. Over the last year companies such as BP, Goldman Sachs, and Toyota have experienced serious blows to their images that could have had reduced impact if their leaders had implemented reputation management into their business strategy and culture. There is no one in either the corporate or academic sphere with greater expertise in the area of corporate reputation than Dr. Daniel Diermeier. An award-winning professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Dr. Diermeier has blazed a path in understanding the significance of reputation management and demonstrating how a company can create a program so powerful that it can help turn a potential public disgrace into a public image success story. Reputation Rules is a landmark work bringing to light Dr. Diermeier’s groundbreaking insights in this critical area. He offers the frameworks, strategies, and processes for changing your company’s focus as quickly as the world is changing around you. He touches on all of the reputational issues that need to be managed from a strategic level, describing how to: Overcome direct challenges from influential activist and political forces Manage corporate scandals, including executive compensation Use external, seemingly unrelated events to boost reputation Build a reputation management process into everyday operations In addition, Dr. Diermeier provides case studies of Shell’s confrontation with Greenpeace, Mercedes’s recovery from the Moose crisis, AIG’s executive bonus fallout, Wal-Mart’s reputation-building response to Hurricane Katrina, and numerous other scenarios illustrating what works and what doesn’t when it comes to reputation management. Brimming with keen insights and lucid examples, Reputation Rules i... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Barsness. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/graw/000113/bk_graw_000113_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if the grid went dark for more than a week? In the last decade, we´ve seen this happen several times. Between hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and earthquakes, one thing is astonishingly clear: Most people have no backup plans. Are you one of the few who do have enough water and propane to hold out? What happens to those who do save enough supplies? When people run out of basic necessities, they will do things they aren´t ordinary capable of. That includes pillaging and plundering their neighbors´ homes to keep their own families fed. What have you done to secure your home? In this book, we´re going to cover the following: Booby traps and prepping your property Trip wires External deterrents Internal perimeter deterrents Internal deterrents Building a safe room 1. Language: English. Narrator: David J. Paterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/053865/bk_acx0_053865_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.