The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXIV: Doing What’s Right isn’t Always What’s Popular

“Shut up and do as you’re told.”
“Be a team player.”
“We don’t pay you to think.”
Bullies are real, they’re often in positions of power, and they can often intimidate you to make some really bad decisions.

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXIII: We All Need a Little Randomness

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Every day’s full of randomness. Sometimes we get so focused on the task at hand or caught up with the situations around us that we don’t notice it, but it’s there.

Today, for example, saw karma kick me in the butt when I joked about someone’s klutziness and ended up breaking a wine glass and slicing my wrist; saw me moving a massive armoire from one office to another on a dolly with one flat tire; and saw me riding the subway home with a neighbour and his kids, getting to know them a little better.
Every day is full of random events, but we glide past them in our minds like they’re insignificant.

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXII: The Real Face of Humanity

I don’t know if they do this in every city worldwide, but after we finish our days of work, there’re numerous people in downtown Toronto cleverly positioned near office spaces, offering free newspapers for the commute home. We have a few options, but one that I’d really like to talk about is t.o.night newspaper.

I used to read it for employment-related advice on Tuesdays a couple of years back (right after I’d been between jobs) — I even had some online back-and-forth with some of its staff when I pointed out a security flaw on their website. But I recently got back into it when I took a look at what is indisputably its most popular section — the Shout Outs.

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXI: Excuse Me!!!

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I was originally going to write a post about burning out. About the sheer number of things I have on my plate and the writer’s block that it’s all contributing to as I continue to try and crank out some quality work. I was going to write about how we over-complicate things and tend to be our own worst enemies. I was going to write on the things we do to act against our long-term interests for short-term gains and what we can do to better ourselves and steel ourselves against it.
But it didn’t feel authentic. It didn’t feel as if I was writing anything I actually believed — or anything that actually mattered. It felt like I was describing the symptoms of a problem that I was getting too lazy and tired to actually deal with. So instead of just whining and not moving forward, I decided to go in my files and find what half-written wonders might be awaiting me there, and I found one that was perfect.
Excuses. How Many of us Have Them?

The 2K11 24/7 CLXX: The Day the Blog Broke

It’s hard to write after an especially long day. Heck, it’s hard to do just about anything after a particularly long day! So instead, I curled up, watched several episodes of Community, and tried to wrack my brain as to how to solve the conundrum of an overly-busy schedule.

With 3 months left in the year, I basically made some resolutions:
  • Stop playing Mafia Wars
  • Get through my sewing class as quickly and painlessly as possible (I’m really not enjoying it as much as I thought I would)
  • Watch everything I’ve wanted to watch and read everything I’ve wanted to read so I stop obsessively spending all my time reading and watching shows I hear so much about
  • Write like a fiend when I feel like writing so I don’t have to try and force it when I don’t
  • Get back to drawing — slowly
  • Move at my own pace whenever possible
You’ll get a better blog post tomorrow — I have some good stuff I was working on earlier, but got swept away with the pace of the day.
C’est la vie, my friends. C’est la vie.
–Casey E. Palmer
270/365

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXIX: Grow Some Backbone!

I’ll agree that nice guys finish last. People generally say that I’m nice, but I assure you, I used to be even nicer than I am today. But a long-term supply of frustrations, heartaches and disappointments showed me what I needed to do —
I needed to grow a backbone.

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXVIII: You Can’t Fake Talent!


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It’s funny when you get to a point in life when people start bringing awesome stuff to your attention.

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXVII: Beware the Dark Side!

I think we’re all broken in one way or another. With some people, it’s a little more obvious — they might not look the same as everyone else. They might act a little funny. There’s people we can point out that aren’t the same as everybody else quite easily.
But what about the rest of us? Those of us who don’t show our battle scars so easily?

It’s easy to condemn the world. We look at a world full of war, crime and injustice, and we shake our heads at the horrors we inflict upon one another. We see friends, family and acquaintances perform acts that are morally wrong and we look down on them while trying to sweep their indiscretions under the rug. But we all have a dark side; it’s just that when it comes to ourselves, we absolve ourselves whenever we do something we know we shouldn’t be doing. We justify why we knowingly do things that may not be the best for us or for others, because there has  to be a good reason for it, right?

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXVI: All That’s Wrong With the World, I Learned in High School

In 1998, Robert Fulgnum wrote a book called “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten”. Its premise is that we overcomplicate life and that if we all simply follow a short list of rules, we’ll be okay and the world will be a far better place for it. They’re simple, they’re catchy, and they’re things we usually forget as we get older and we make our lives more and more complex. The book simplified into its core lessons as listed in the credo at the front of the book is show in the excerpt below:

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXV: 5 Ways to GET Outside the Box

Riding the train into work faced with a detour as one of the station in my path had been hit by a power outage. The trio of teenage girls behind me that kept bumping into me as they couldn’t seem to keep their balance in the sardine can. And the guy I had to move away (as far away) from (as possible) because he reeked of urine — at least I think it was urine…

There’s gotta be an easier way than this…