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2017 Note to Self...

Posted on December 30, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

Dear Bruce, 

Before you charge off into 2017, I want to remind you of your age. You have been driving it hard for 30 plus years so, in light of this fact, might I remind you to work smarter, not harder.

There are many areas of your life that I wish to speak to, so I have made a list for you to consider. I want to be gentle but firm in my recommendations. 

1. If you don't prioritize your life, someone else will. Think about it and set them!

2. You know what you want for your health...just do it. Stop procrastinating. 

3. Love more, give your time and consideration to others in need. 

4. Breathe...smell the roses, take in more of what nature offers. You know you love it!!

5. Fill your heart with gratitude; it fills your body with happiness.

6. Forgive yourself and forgive others.

7. Remember you can't be a friend to others if you are not a friend to yourself. 

Bruce, I want you to have a great year, and at the end of 2017, I hope that you have honoured the list above by having lived it fully and intentionally. 

Take care, 


ps. The beginning and end of everything is love. Guard your heart, out of it flows your thoughts words and actions. 




Jane Ewing

Posted on January 02, 2017

Wanted to let you know, a little late, sorry, received the quitar planter in perfect condition. Happy New YEAR !!!


Posted on January 02, 2017

Good list Bruce, you do work very hard .
The wonderful PEI Preserve Company is testimony to you and Shirley’s hospitality.
Maybe you could just stay at the front door in your kilts and be greeters. Take it easier. Best Tourism hosts in PEI.

Betty Lou Livingston

Posted on January 02, 2017

Thank you, Bruce for this very inspiring message.

Kay Adkins

Posted on January 02, 2017

I remember reading about you in Victoria magazine decades ago. Having your tea and jam during a later visit to PEI was a MUST. Hard to believe it’s been 30 years!


Posted on January 02, 2017

Well said, and I look forward to seeing you next spring and summer when we spend time at our cottage and visit your store and restaurant often. Happy and Healthy New Year to you and everyone we’ve met there through the years.

Kathy Dickson

Posted on January 01, 2017

Great advice Bruce! Seems to me u told a few years ago about retiring! Slow down at least for sure as I have done the last couple of years and love it! Happy New Year to u and urs!


Posted on January 01, 2017

I love your note to self. If only we could remember through the year our New year wishes. ?Happy New Year, wishing you and yours the best in 2017!
Carole Buchanan

Posted on January 01, 2017

Bruce, your list of seven are words to live by and thank you for expressing them so well. You have always been a very hard worker, and a very kind soul! It is always a joy to come to PEI especially to visit PEI preserves. Used the last of your Raspberry /Champagne jam this morning on dear friends toast so will have to make another trip and stock up. wishing you and your dear wife and family a wonderful year in 2017!
Jerry and Carol Johnston

Posted on December 31, 2016

Great advice Bruce! You and your good wife have created an amazing business here in New Glasgow and it truly fits your personalities. Wishing you all the best for 2017 and God’s blessing on you both.

Susan E-J

Posted on December 31, 2016

Good advice, Bruce…. ! I plan to try using some of it myself in the New Year. Thank you :)
Happy New Year to you and Shirley.

Kathleen Kovalick

Posted on December 31, 2016

Loved this Bruce. A challenge for you, from you.

Bev Fienberg

Posted on December 31, 2016

Bruce, you are always inspiring in your words and I appreciate seeing them in writing. Thanks.
Happy, healthy 2017.

Gary & Elaine Erhart

Posted on December 31, 2016

To summarize all 7 “notes to self” let me just say this. "GLORIFY GOD – BE CHRISTLIKE and you have them all and in the proper priority :o). Happy New Year to you and your family from mine here in Florida.

Judy Drake

Posted on December 31, 2016

I am saving your list Bruce, we would all be a lot happier & healthier if we lived by it!! Thank-you!!

james tighe

Posted on December 31, 2016

happy new year to one and all—I really enjoyed playing the contest for the lobster but unfortunately did not win anyway will look forward to more contests in the near future


Posted on December 31, 2016

Beautifully written, perfectly said. I will keep this as a reminder. Thank you.

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