Living In The Present: Why The Idea Is Flawed

To fix tomorrow before tomorrow arrives is what we do all the time. It may be because we cannot let go of the compulsive human desire to exist in future and to try to take all steps necessary to have a better future even if it is at the cost of the very alive present. Many people and just as many spiritual gurus have counseled us time and again to live in the present and focus on what we have in the present instead of looking at what we might have tomorrow, but none of those advices seems to work with human beings. And that’s because as human beings we are always building something or the other, and the concept of building is positioned in future. After all, one doesn’t really build for today. One builds for the future. The future is, thus, very much present in every bit of the present we live in.

It is wrong to believe that those who do not live in the present are condemned to lose their present and are also set for a bleak tomorrow. It is quite possible to live in both today and tomorrow at the same time. A cobbler who enjoys making shoes is making a pair of shoes for someone else to wear in the near future, and he is engrossed in the act of making shoes with all the attention so that someone else could enjoy wearing the shoes at a later date. He is happy doing it and would be just as happy, if not happier, to see the future wearer of the shoes enjoy wearing the product of his labour. Through his today the cobbler earns and cobbles up a tomorrow just as alive and as happy as the present he lived making the shoes. If the cobbler was only thinking about the future, he might have had a happy future but his present would have been lost in a backbreaking drudgery.

Therefore, the idea that one cannot really live in both present and future at the same time is not only erroneous but is also harmful. One surely can live in both the present as well as the future, but only if one knows how to be alive in the future without having to forego of one’s dreams of a better future. I believe every great human being and every successful individual did live in both the present as well as the future because one possibly cannot be truly happy or truly successful living either in the present or in the future alone. True happiness lies in living in one’s present as well as one’s future at the same time.

How an ISO Consultancy Can Assist You in Getting ISO 55001 Certification

Assets are invariably the elementary elements of a business. The assets’ functions or the value realised from them are the basis for a business. Those assets, whether physical, human, capital, or intangible, help to deliver the desired products/services. A strong Asset Management System (AMS) is necessary to take care of every asset and to make sure that they perform effectively in the best interest of the business. The ISO 55001 certification is the ultimate key to create and establish a good and practical AMS. By specifying the requirements of the AMS, it ensures proper coordination, planning, selection and classifying of the assets which helps in maintaining them throughout their lifecycle.

Despite the significance of this AMS certification, most businesses still have their AMS improved and certified because of the complexities and higher expenses involved in the certification process. However, without giving up, they need to get a dedicated ISO consultancy that can help them to obtain the ISO 55001 certification in the smoothest possible way. The next section explains how an ISO consultancy assists your organisation in getting your AMS ISO-certified.

Agile Certification Process Followed by ISO Consultancy for ISO 55001 Certification

An ISO consultancy takes you through the following stages to make sure that your AMS is ready for the certification.

Initial Consultation/Discussion

The process begins with an open discussion or consultation where the agency will seek to understand your needs or expectations for the certification. Their expert consultants will then want you to learn about the requirements of the ISO 55001 standard. They will help you to understand how the AMS should be developed depending on your organisation’s size, processes, and types/sizes of assets. Together, you can then define the objectives and specifications for your AMS.


The consulting agency then performs a pre-audit of your organisation’s current asset management framework. It is a gap analysis that helps in uncovering the strengths and weaknesses in your present AMS compared to the ISO 55001 standard’s requirements. This helps in assessing the areas that need improvement. Accordingly, the agency will plan with your managers and decide together the actions needed to mend the gaps and reform the AMS to comply with the requirements.

Planning and Implementation

The consultancy will then provide a detailed guide on improvising the AMS and initiating the certification process. They will provide tailored services, such as documentation instructions, employee training, implementation support, etc. based on the improvements required in the AMS. They can also agree to provide ongoing assistance to help you maintain the ISO certification compliance in the long run.

Stage 1 Audit

Once the implementation of a revised AMS is complete, some assessors from the consultancy start with the process of audits to ensure your readiness for the certification. The first stage of assessment includes reviewing the AMS documentation, measuring the goals, and assuring the role of your management in AMS. With this evaluation, the consultancy can declare whether your AMS is competent and eligible for the certification. The assessors also explain their observations from the audit and coordinate any actions necessary to further enhance the AMS for final certification audit.

Stage 2 Audit

The same assessors or a specific team of auditors from the consultancy then again audit your AMS on-site. They first examine it to ensure that the applied management system is at par with the documented system. Then, they will evaluate the effectiveness of the AMS in managing and optimising the assets, based on the inspections, asset data or relevant records, on-site observations, and interviews. The auditors then present the findings from this second stage audit clearly in a report and discuss them with your management team in a closed meeting. They highlight the areas that need improvement or can be improved for better effectiveness and compliance assurance.

Registration and Certification

The consultants help you get a good certification body or a registrar to apply for the certification. They can guide through the certification registration process and help at fulfilling all requirements before achieving the certification. Following that, the certification body does an external audit and after being convinced that every ISO 55001 regulation is met by your AMS, they will provide the certificate.

Surveillance Audits

After the certification has been achieved, the consultancy can conduct surveillance audits on semi-annually or quarterly basis to ensure that the AMS maintains its compliance with ISO 55001 standard. As the certification is valid only for 3 years, surveillance audits are to be carried out to check your ongoing conformity to the standard’s requirements. They will also conduct on-site surveillance audits to help you discover potential areas of improvement and to focus on sustaining the efficiency of your AMS.

Going through all these stages of the ISO 55001 certification by yourself can be complicated and challenging. However, you cannot deny the need for a good AMS in your organisation to maximise the active life of your assets and ensure greater returns from them. It subsequently helps you to ensure continuously increase your financial performance. Therefore, getting a reliable consultancy that can assist you throughout the certification process is always recommended.

Restaurant Serving Tips – 3 Basic Steps to a Wine Presentation

Looking for restaurant serving tips? You’re certainly not the only one. Having been in the business of serving people in high scale restaurants and country clubs for many years now, I know that there are some things that you must know to be successful and wine presentation is definitely one that you must master.

Here are the 3 basic steps to a wine presentation

1. The customer has picked the wine that they desire. You bring the wine back to the table and present it to the person who ordered it. The person will then look to see if it’s the bottle that they ordered. He/she will then check the vineyard, style, and vintage.

2. Assuming everything is to their liking, you then proceed to open it. Using a corkscrew, of course, you use the little knife to take off the foil. Always cut under the lip and always keep the bottle with the name facing them. Put in the corkscrew and turn until there is one turn left. This is so you don’t break the cork by going all the way through and pushing out the bottom.

Now take the corkscrew out and put it away. Pull out the cork and place it beside the person. What they should be looking for is a cork that is wet on one end and dry on the other. Preferably wet on the inside, because if it were to be wet on the outside, you’ll know that the bottle has leaked and air has most likely entered the bottle causing it to turn to vinegar.

3. Next, you pour just a little wine into the glass. The person will then swirl it around, smell it, and taste it. This process is done to make sure that the wine is indeed good. When they look at you and give you the okay to proceed, you fill up there glass about halfway.

You then go around the table clockwise, pouring for the ladies first. All glasses are filled halfway up. If it’s a bigger party and they only ordered one bottle of wine, you will pour less, assuring that everyone will receive the same amount. Place the bottle in the middle of the table near the host if it’s red and use an ice bucket for white wine and again place it near the host. Keep an eye on the table and their wine glasses so that you can fill them if need be.

This whole procedure is one of many important restaurant serving tips. Knowing and executing this will definitely make you appear more like a professional, which is what you want to be, right? The more professional, the better the chance for a higher gratuity.