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Can't Say it Enough! + Life Sucks Sometimes + Why Did They Get Married?

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island!

The newsletter is a little late today. Sorry.

Put the kettle on, get out the best china, it is time we chatted about something really important. 


I love what I do. 

But there are times when it is struggle. 

It was challenging writing something today.  

Then I remembered the ‘words’ someone wrote to me. And they buoyed me.

“Thank you for helping me during a very tough time in my life. This past year... has caused me some pretty sleepless nights, self-doubt, and despair. Reading the good stuff you send my way has helped me remember to be an encourager to others, to stay positive as I worked through my new normal and try to get past the loss. So thank you and know that what you do before hitting 'send' each morning DOES make a difference!"

Words Matter. 

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." 
- Martin Luther King Jr.

What we say internally and externally affects our world. 

Be careful. 

A couple who had been married for sixty years and was asked what their secrets were. “Think before you speak,” resonated. 

Recently, a dear friend posted a video sharing concern for others and community on social media. Her anguish & despair could be felt vibrating through the screen. It broke my heart. Standing in the bully arena; she spoke. Young teenagers picking on a young teen who they 'thought' gay. And this young teen means everything in the world to the speaker.

Damage Done. Words Matter. 

To see the pain inflicted and the wound torn open was too much for her not to speak up and out. She was attempting to reach parents and teachers regarding the importance of choosing words that built up others not tear them down. 

An important message not just for teachers and parents. 

Every soul is beautiful and precious;
is worthy of dignity and respect and deserving of peace, joy and love. ~Bryant Mc Gill 

What we do, what we say, and how we do or say it matters. 

History honours exceptional humans in a positive way through generational stories.  We need to enable others to learn good character, how to be strong, to live with dignity and display grace towards others. 


Never take a person’s dignity. It is worth everything to them and nothing to you.

Dignity is more important to the human spirit than wealth.
~ Jaqueline Novogratz


Life sucks. Sometimes it just does. 

If dignity is my compass, then I must carry on and not give up. 

There will always be challenges ahead. If I have the ability to choose my response to them; I have a response-ability. 

My father spoke a great lesson into my life years ago.  I was upset with him. He wouldn’t bail me out of a problem. I was 24 at the time and my first business failed. 

While I expressed my frustration, he remained calm. When I finished my rant, he said, “Son, I am sorry I can’t help you with this, but if you have a problem best face it.” 

At the time I was unable to accept his wisdom. 

Weeks later and many times since, his wisdom has rewarded me many times over when I took his words to heart and honoured them. 

The times I don’t; strife is my shadow. 

I need to be mindful of my shadows. Are the internal or external words I am using; positive or negative? 

We have choices each day to use words as a positive force or a negative force in our lives and the lives of others. This goes beyond just positive thinking. It is positive doing. 

I read earlier this week about a person who after waking, washes his face, looks in the mirror and states emphatically, I LOVE YOU, and I WILL LOOK AFTER YOU TODAY. 

What we say to ourselves matters. Words really do matter. 

"Getting the most out of life isn’t about how much you keep for yourself,
but how much you pour into others."
~ David Stoddard

This video can be a bit disturbing to watch, but the words are powerful and so true. 

Just a snippet of the lyrics to Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror.

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make that

A quote I am pondering...

“I am fundamentally an optimist.
Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say.
Part of being optimistic is keeping
one's head pointed toward the sun,
one's feet moving forward.
There were many dark moments
when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but
I would not and could not give myself up to despair.”
—Nelson Mandela

This week, I seemed to listen a lot to a new album by Lang Lang. Bach Goldberg Variations. Dozens of artists have recorded these works. It is a unique interpretation of this classic classical piece of music. Take a sample listen here. 

Wishing you a nice weekend. 

Taking care of business: Every week we put up new gift box ideas. Click to see

Take care and stay safe. 

With Love from Prince Edward Island,

Bruce & Millie

Ps. Your Morning Smile

Grade school children were asked the question, "Why did your mom marry your dad?"

These are some responses:

  1. She got too old to do anything else with him.
  2. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.
  3. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world, and Mom eats a lot!
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Diane Amaral - November 14, 2020

It is a difficult year for us all no matter where we live, know that your words of encouragement and kindness make a difference to all of us. As a nurse manager on the front lines in California I look forward to my Saturday morning with you. I reset for the week ahead and you help remind me every week of the goodness in the World and the friendship and love that surrounds us all. Thank you.

Kathy - November 14, 2020

Thank you. If you wrestled these words down, it isn’t obvious by their beauty and flow! I read your blog every week, and I am thankful for you, and the weekly gift it is in my in-box Saturday mornings. ❤️

Zyna Boyes - November 14, 2020

Hello Bruce…’s time for us to fill up YOUR bucket from OUR well! I could feel your struggle across the ether this morning.

I went looking for your blog to ease MY troubled morning here in Manitoba, after reading our newspaper headlines here….things are dire. ( And getting more so by the day.) I thought ’ I need Bruce’s blog to re-focus!’ But it wasn’t there…..
it’s always there….Now I sense why.

Thank you for a very different blog today. I want to acknowledge your difficult start to your day. We all are having to re-focus, and it is a shot of tough realism that we are all facing, especially here in this province at this moment. Manitoba’s hospitals are speeding towards full capacity, and their staff becoming overwhelmed. Our headlines are disturbing, to say the least. This province is in trouble, and we are being asked to think hard about our actions. This is a mantra now across our country.
Once again our newspapers are not an easy read today. Keeping a balance between optimism and realism is a challenge.

So Bruce, do not apologize for a late blog! That there is a blog at all is a relief! That you are still out there thinking of us and trying to help to hold us all together with some goodness of purpose, some focus of intent – be that in frivolity, or focused mindfulness – is your gift to us all. The strain is shared by all of us. Don’t think that you have to be the eternal cheerleader! Your words and caring choices have sustained so many of us SO often. SO I, for one, truly appreciate that you can share your innermost thoughts and ideas with us – even more sobering and darker thoughts – and allow us a forum for return. That is a gift! That there are times for a more serious note is expected, especially with a country in pandemic crisis. This is one of them.

Be safe . Be well. Hug Shirley. Hug Millie. Keep writing. You are loved and needed out here!

Blessings be!….Zyna in Winnipeg

Sharon Kalich - November 14, 2020

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try spending a night in a room with a mosquito” DALHI LLAMA

Audrey Wilde - November 14, 2020

I absolutely love your weekly blogs. Words do matter, they can build up or tear down. I have been privileged
to have had some wonderful teachers in my life. As a visual artist I’ve had some bad critiques (almost made me feel I was wasting my time ) of my art and some very helpful kind ones. They both have affected how I view my art. I have learned through it all to breath, take it lightly, and continue to paint what makes me feel good. I know you have been reading a number of books this year. I just finished one I think you may want to read. “Winter passing”, by Cindy McMormick Martinusen published by: Tyndale House 2000.
Blessings and Love, Audrey

Anne Gillis - November 14, 2020

always an uplifting few moments to read your message and to carry it and the others whom you quote or refer to….. with gratitude..

Debbie Wynne - November 14, 2020

Words do matter, Bruce, and I look forward to yours every week. My Dad used to say when tucking me in at night " You have a beautiful spirit, don’t ever forget to share it with the world" ….these words have guided me often in my life. Smile at a child, compliment a total stranger, say hello to someone passing….you will see an immediate posture shift, a brightening of the eyes and face, and all for free. Just be kind people….you will be rewarded often. Thank you for taking the time to post this weekly, words do matter and so do you, Bruce. Thanks for my Saturday morning smile! Debbie

murdock morrison - November 14, 2020

Yes words really do matter and your blog points it out as we all need to really try to use our words in meaningful ways. All of your references with McGill, Novogratz and Mandela were quotes that all had meaning and yet we have been subjected over the past four years to a delusional president of the US to a mountain of terrible lies and words that have been hurtful and plain mean. What a poor example of the great gift that words can give us when they are spoken from the heart and with love. Your beautiful website for your blog was filled with such wonderful ideas and gift ideas – much appreciated. murdandcon

Molly Devlin - November 14, 2020

Love your WORDS and those you quote!
Thank you

Denise Richard - November 14, 2020

So thought provoking….and I love seeing a picture of Milly, she seems to be smiling.

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