Daily Prompt: 21st Century Citizen
Do you belong in this day and age? Do you feel comfortable being a citizen of the 21st-century? If you do, explain why — and if you don’t, when in human history would you rather be?
I’m a 20th century, generation X, gal, born in the 70’s, lived in the 80’s and 90’s and matured in the year 2000. But as the world evolved, fashion, technology and the grand birth of the internet, I evolved with it.
There may be some 21st century crazes that I might not be too keen about, but, awkward or not, I am a citizen of the times. I adapt to progress rather than the era.
But if I were to visit a period in history, I would like to check out the roaring 20’s, the era of economic prosperity, characterized by social, cultural and artistic dynamism; the lavish parties, the glamorous lifestyles, the elegant fashion; the time of The Great Gatsby, minus Jay-Z…
How about you, what era would you want to visit?
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June 24 Daily Prompt: Morality Play
Where do your morals come from — your family? Your faith? Your philosophical worldview? How do you deal with those who don’t share them, or derive them from a different source?
Technically, I got my morals from my parents who are, in turn, ruled by their faith. But as I grew older, I learned to think for myself and developed my own principles. So, even though there are still some deep-seated lessons my parents ingrained in me; and I am still governed by my own faith, I have acquired my own set of moral codes that come from lessons that I learned along the way.
My morals are what influence my decisions, determine my course of action and shape me as a person. But it is not mine to preach. Others have their own beliefs and virtues and I respect that just as I would like them to respect mine. So I guess it’s not really about me dealing with those who don’t share my morals, it’s more about me dealing with my own conscience. “I should have tried harder to discourage her?” or “Maybe I should have talked him out of it…” is always the debate I would have with myself. But then again, I could tell them that they are wrong till I am blue in the face, if they believe otherwise, who am I to judge? At the end of the day it’s still their decision and their life to live.
Daily Prompt: Ha Ha Ha
Tell us a joke! Knock-knock joke, long story with a unexpected punchline, great zinger — all jokes are welcome!
A joke? Oh wow! That’s harder than my uncle’s egg.
I’m not a very good joker, nor jokee. But I’m not a total dud, I hope. There are some jokes that I would find funny, but most of the ones that I know are just lame.
How about a funny story instead?
Ok, I have never hidden the fact that I’m gay, but I don’t announce it to everyone I meet either… “Hey, I’m Yashie and I’m gay…” I don’t think so.
Anyway, I was running around the office one time getting some stuff together for a gift basket when I heard a relatively new co-worker looking for me. I called out his name from inside the storeroom to let him know where I was. Then he said jokingly “Hey Yasmin, get out of the closet!” So I yelled back, “I already am!” The others who knew I was gay and heard the exchange started laughing. He just scratched his head seeing that I was still inside the closet. Minutes later, after he got the joke, chuckled and said “Touché! But, I totally knew you were gay.” Duh!
My goodness that was totally lame reading it after the fact, but that’s all I could conjure from my humorless head.
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Daily Post: Moment of Kindness
Describe a moment of kindness, between you and someone else — loved one or complete stranger.
Most of the people I work with, or encounter, here in Canada always tells me that they know Filipinos to be really good and hard workers. This would always make my heart smile. Though of course, we are not a perfect race and there are still other things that my “Kababayans” (countrymen) foolishly do that would make me cringe in mortification. But still, it’s the general trait of being happy, helpful folks that remains in people’s minds.
Which is why kindness is not really something I go out of my way to do because it is ingrained in me. I don’t have to debate with myself whether I have to give up my seat to an elderly woman, or even man, in the bus. Or help someone carry stuff when my arms are empty. Or clean up after others when nobody else will do it. Or go over and beyond my job description to help the company. I would even gladly give the shirt off my back if someone I love needs it desperately.
And you know what? The best payment I get is still the simplest. A great big smile and a sincere thank you is more than enough.
Continue reading The kindness in me…
Daily Prompt: Tagline
Often, our blogs have taglines. But what if humans did, too? What would your tagline be?
The Vulnerable Ninja
My co-workers started calling me Ninja after a moving guy described me as being like a ninja. I’m a tiny person but that didn’t stop me from hauling boxes, lifting office desks and chairs last year when we moved office. The big guys were just looking at me go from inside the office taking stuff and hurling them into the back of the truck. I was the only girl there to help and I felt invincible!
But Ninjas have their moments of weakness too. We are still susceptible to emotional defeat, we are human after all.
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