Held on the first Sunday of every September, the quaint town becomes packed with visitors and, on this occasion, a huge rhinoceros made of delicate flowers. Thousands turn out to Bloemencorso, as hamlets compete with each other to create the most beautiful display – including this sinister-looking fishy creature. Each of the competing districts of Zundert – which was the home of Vincent Van Gogh – constructs its own entry and competes in the parade, which occurs every first Sunday in September.
According to those behind Bloemencorso, the parade is all the work of dedicated volunteers, who do not profit from the colourful display. A staggering six to eight million dahlia flowers are used to produce the floats.
Let’s hope the wind doesn’t blow too hard! The flowers have been meticulously placed to create the giraffes, even down to their eyelids and hair that lines their neck. A roaring good show: The intricate blooms have been manipulated to create this gravity-defying impressive model of a tiger and her cubs. Every float is made from dahlias. This twisting house, which is as high as other apartments, weaves its way through the narrow streets. Just by using dahlias, volunteers created this show-stopping piece,where a startled antelope flees the clutches of a cheetah that gives chase. Utterly brilliant “ the competitors left no detail out – they even included the numbers on the tags on the ears, and what appears to be the inner workings of a milk-processing plant within the cow’s body.
Bloemencorso began in 1936, and since then has spiraled in popularity, as the small population makes huge efforts to outdo one another so they can create sculptures like this huge organ. Even the meerkats get a mention! The curious animals are brought to life, as creators perfected every inch of the models, even down to their nails and shading on their tails. Out of this world! Every float here is made from petals and, despite being made from such a delicate, tiny structure, take on gigantic proportions which people clamor to see.
It’s really taken off! Bloemencorso has grown in term of popularity and in the sheer size of the creations,
with thousands flocking to the home of Vincent Van Gogh to gasp at the displays.
Values are rules that help us define right and wrong or good or bad. They are set within ourselves and based on our personal perception of things. Your values will develop and change throughout your life as you learn to see things differently based on personal experiences.
Morals are born from values and form a system of beliefs which are taught. They also help us to determine right from wrong but are based on the belief system – you don’t get to pick parts to follow or those you disregard. Morals can be related to a particular religion, company, political leaning or social structure.
Ethics are moral principles which not only define right from wrong but also rights and responsibilities in terms of the law. Ethics are usually structured and adopted by a group of people. It dictates how they conduct themselves. For example, medical or professional ethics.
A value system is a combination of ethics, standards, morals and preferences that define people, groups, companies or cultures. Irrespective of any religious conviction, good values – those innate characteristics you have within yourself – form the backbone of a moral society. Our values are often build around core issues that affect our society, including etiquette, social roles, race, gender and sexual relationships.
Knowing your values can help you to understand yourself better and have a clearer idea as to what is important for you. Values can help you to set goals and work towards them. The plans and decisions you make should honour your values.
We all long for change – less corruption, less crime, less fraud, less violence, more peace, more tolerance and more transparency. That change can start with you!
Values can be grouped together in different categories. Personal values are those values we build our lives on. They include family and sometimes social values. Family values are values which are important for that family unit and are passed on from parent to children. Social values are the dominant values of our society. These may be aligned to your personal or family values or they may be conflicting. Where material values refer to our physical human needs, likes food, clothing and a roof over our heads, spiritual values add meaning our lives and include religious beliefs.
An understanding of self – who and what you are. You know your strengthens and your weakness and what you want out of life. You stay true to your values and re-enforce their importance. Being authentic means you are honest with yourself, even if it means admitting a mistake.
People who value honesty and integrity don’t hesitate to do the right thing. You are willing to stand up for what you believe is right, even if it means going against the masses. Others respect your honesty and integrity. You are trust-worthy.
These are values which are considered the highest form of humanity. You value life and show a willingness to help others, with a sense of responsibility towards them. Your children learn empathy and compassion from you – they emulate how you treat people and animals.
An important value in any relationship – marriage partnership, friendships amongst work colleagues. When we respect each other, we acknowledge our individual uniqueness, talents and skills. We are able to keep an open mind when views which are different from ours are brought to the table.
We value something so much that we are willing to do that it takes to be faithful in our commitment to the person, belief, object, animal or sentiment. Loyalty can also have a negative side, for example, being loyal to someone who has committed a crime. If you find yourself in a difficult situation, always make sure your own values and morals line up with your decision.
– Liberty Well Being
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It’s tempting for My followers to try to control the circumstances of their lives by being good enough. They may not even realize this is motivating their behavior. But when circumstances come crashing down around them-sometimes in tragic ways-they may feel as if I have let them down.
You must leave room for mystery in your worldview-accepting the limitations of your understanding and knowledge. I will never be predictable or controllable, but I am trustworthy. When adversity strikes you or your loved ones, remember the words of Job: The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Though Job faltered at times during his excruciating ordeal, at the end of it he confessed, Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. Likewise, I urge you to view matters you cannot understand as divine mysteries: things too wonderful for you to know.
Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. -1 Timothy 3:16
Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. -Job 1:20-22 nkjv
You asked, Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge? Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know – Job 42:3