DO ALL THE THINGS: The 2013 100 Wrap-Up 51-60: Tradition, Tailoring and Tilling My Land

What’s struck me so far as I write these year-end wrap-ups is that I’m dealing with the list of a maniac. At 100 items, that’s 3.65 days to get each item done, or 8,760 hours.

But if I sleep 6 hours a night, that’s suddenly 6,570 hours.

And with a 40-hour work week (not including my 3 weeks of vacation), that brings us down to 4,610.

Put in a couple of hours per day to eat, shower and other essentials and you’re suddenly down to 3,880 hours, or a mere 161\frac{2}{3} days worth of time (or perhaps, a mere 8 hours per weekday, with the hope that the weekends don’t find themselves suddenly overloaded) to do 100 things. And that’s, of course, on top of going out with friends, being a good family man, and perhaps finding time to do things that were never on the list in the first place.

Unless you’ve somehow bought yourself the luxury of unlimited time, a list of 100 goals is best achieved when attainable. You can’t be everywhere at once or do everything at once — sometimes we need humility and a reminder that there’s simply only one of us!

It’s what we do with that one that makes all the difference.

So let’s chalk this up to a learning experience. Let’s figure out what really matters, what’d be nice to do, and what’d be inane to expect with a wife and kid at home, needing me to play my role as a father.

Once more unto the breach!

The 2K11 24/7 CCXXXIV: We All Knew Jack

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After spending five days out the cottage and writing up a decent amount of blog material, I had no idea of which one I’d choose as today’s post. Then, as I regained access to the 3G network and got on Twitter, I got some news that no one in the car really expected — at 4:45 am, Jack Layton had passed away.

For anyone out of the know, Layton was arguably one of the most charismatic political leaders Canada’s seen in a VERY long time. He inspired some of the most unlikely people to vote for a party which had never seen much power in Canadian politics, elevating them to the position of the official opposition to the government. He took strong stances on things that affected ALL Canadians, such as public pensions, AIDS and universal health care.
In short, Jack was a force to be reckoned with. WIth his passing, it’s uncertain what we’ll see next in Canada’s political future, but with the letter he left behind to all Canadians, I hope that it continues to give us the fuel we need to make the right choices for ourselves, the people we care about, and the entire nation we’re all proud to call home.
Jack’s Letter: http://www.ndp.ca/letter-to-canadians-from-jack-layton
So long, Jack. You did good.
–Casey E. Palmer
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The 2K11 24/7 CXXIII: Blue & Orange

 

The 2K11 24/7 CXXI: My fellow Canadians, GO VOTE!!!

It's time for Canadians to once more perform their civic duty, go to a polling booth and vote for their leadership for another chunk of time.
I wish I had the time to put together a more significant entry on voting, but life has its priorities. I've chatted with so many people who are very bent in one direction or another — or so apathetic about the state of affairs and their choice of candidates that they're not going to bother voting at all.
While I don't have an insanely strong political leaning, I think it's still our responsibility as citizens to be aware of the social and political issues surrounding us. I know who I'm voting tomorrow after plenty of reading and discussion, do you?
I think these days, people are starting to take politics a little more seriously. There was a time where you simply trusted what was going on and fell in line. That time is not now. We have the Internet. We have access to more resources and knowledge about what's going on around the world than ever before — we are slowly starting to get an idea of where our world is, and where we'd like it to be. But we can't make strides towards the world we want without people putting the effort in to voice their thoughts.
Will you be a sheep or will you aim to discuss what it is you want from the world with your political leaders? Will you complain about things when you didn't lift a finger, or be determined to enact change through peaceful yet productive means?
I've seen individuals make statements about their views on those that don't vote… 
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…but I rarely see a compelling counter-argument for not doing so.

May 2nd. Let's all speak our mind through our actions. Improve your world by making an informed choice. And remember — it doesn't stop at the ballot box. There are many things that can be done to really fulfill your role as a citizen to the utmost. But it all starts with one simple action that you can take tomorrow.
Go vote.
–Casey E. Palmer
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