Friday, 20 April 2012

The Resignation Letter

An evening out with the girls always turns into a rant about the office.  We each have our qualms.

One told the story of how she resigned.  When the day came that she was ready to quit, she drafted her letter of resignation, but she didn't just hand it in..  Every day that followed, she reprinted the letter with the current date, put it into a new envelope, and held onto it.  She sat ready for just the right moment  ...because, of course, when you're fed up with a workplace, you can't just hand in your letter of resignation without provocation.  Where would the fun be in that?

Oh, she waited .. and waited .. and without fail, when her abusive Director took what would turn out to be her final stab at her, my friend replied, "..just one moment, I need to get something from my desk."

This is how you stifle any concern that you were perhaps being erratic, or hasty.  How so?  Because you will be too busy riding the high from finally 'stabbing back'.  After a decade of taking a beating from your selfish, demanding, unreasonable boss, she doesn't expect you to leave.  She expects you to do what you always did: bend over and take it.

Now, what's the problem with leaving without provocation?  Well, you leave with doubt: the question of whether or not you are doing the right thing nags at you.  You wonder if perhaps you didn't try hard enough to improve the abusive situation.  You leave thinking you could have been wrong.  But what my friend did was brilliant.  It's professional, but empowering.

Not all abusive relationships are between boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, parent/child, friend/friend etc...  Some are employer/employee, supervisor/assistant.  But when it's outside the personal life, we think somehow it's different.  Somehow the relationship that we're financially bound to has a special status.  After all, it's business, not personal, right?

When I wrote Dearest, it was a poem about an abusive relationship.  What I didn't expect was the number of friends who would tell me that they related to it through their relationships with their jobs.

I'd poke fun, but it's a reality.  I'd express astonishment, but I can relate.  I'd be disappointed, but that'll get me nowhere.  I'd do something about it, but I don't know where to start.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Did you know...

...that I started taking pictures of the meals that I enjoy? I post them publicly on my Google* account, but now you can also view them from my blog.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Updates

I said I didn't want those around me to fear that I may blog about them.
I said I didn't want to get into the habit of overblogging, and turn into a Twitter-shitter.
I said I didn't want the information that I shared publicly to be redundant across platforms.  That is, I wanted to thoughtfully coordinate between all of my Social Media accounts.
I said I wanted to use Social Media, but that I also wanted to preserve a degree of privacy.

But I do want to capture a lot of what I see and hear and experience everyday.  I have travelled a lot this past year, dined in some very memorable places, taken a lot of pictures, met a lot of interesting people, experienced a lot of interesting things.  I don't want to forget them.  But it's more than that - I want to remember them, share them, get insight, and I want all of that to be easy.  It is getting tiring trying to think of which social media tool to use, and how to set my privacy settings.

And now with my Samsung Galaxy Sii, I don't think it'll get much easier to streamline the use of my Social Media. (Take this from someone who has had every major Smartphone since the launch of the Palm Treo 600.)

So, it begins...  For ease-of-use, I went with Facebook authentication.  I couldn't get rid of authentication altogether because it makes managing spam impossible, but this should make things somewhat easier.  If you don't have a Facebook account, well, you don't need one...

To minimize redundancy, I've done several things: (1) comments Posted on Facebook under any of my posts will be imported to appear on my blog, (2) I will post almost exclusively on my blog, and minimally elsewhere, (3) I have posted links to my other social media accounts from my blog.  My blog, with assistance from Facebook, will be where I now centralize my Social Media activity.

Questions that spring to mind:

1) Shall I continue to post my dining experiences exclusively to Google+?
2) Shall my Foursquare conquests be exclusively shared through Twitter?  or even remain my sole check-in medium?
3) What will become of my Youtube account?  my LinkedIn?  my MySpace?

Only time will tell.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

WordPress App

I vowed to not turn this blog into a place where I publicly wrote about my day-to-day.

That being the case, I didn't bother with the WordPress Apps.  My posts were never the sort of posts that needed to be posted with urgency. They are thoughtful reflections of times long past, but not long forgotten.

But times are changing, and with them are my goals.  Accordingly, my actions must follow suit.

I hope you have enjoyed the first post from Hermes.  If you didn't know, I named my Samsung Galaxy Sii Hermes.. because in Greek mythology, he was the messenger of the gods .. and well, then it seemed perfectly fitting...
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