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Character, Accidents in Life, One Breath

Character, Accidents in Life, One Breath

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,

Put the kettle on; I’m dropping in for tea.

In last week’s blog, Celtic Circle of Life, Wellness and Old Growth Forests, I spoke about starting new habits one item at a time.

Well, Steve Reeves is a living example of someone who took life by the horns and wrestled it for renewal of mind and family. What a wonderful story of how an accident led this Island dairy farmer to competitive ultra-running.

Read it here.

Congratulations also goes out to Marilyn Sheen of Prince Edward Island as she is one of 35 Loran Scholars for 2019 to be awarded a 100,000 dollar scholarship.

The selection of a Loran Scholar is unique in its attention to a young person’s character. The organization believes that integrity, courage, grit and personal autonomy are better indicators of overall potential than standard academic measures. To discover these traits, they administer the most comprehensive and thorough scholarship selection process in Canada.

Founded in 1988, the founders responded to what they recognized as a gap in the Canadian system of merit-based financial assistance to university students. Only a small proportion of overall financial aid is directed to those who show promise of the leadership and other talents that will make their communities better places both during and after their university careers.

In the words of their founder Dr. Robery Cluett, the heart of their work is the belief that “breadth, openness to challenge, and willingness to take risk are many times more important than any quantitative measure of promise.”

Kudos to Marilyn Sheen, read her story here

These two stories had me thinking about character.

Life is about character.

Where does character come from?

Can we change?

Anthony Robbins states, “It’s not what’s happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you’ve become. Rather it’s your decision about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you’re going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny.”

And John Wooden is quoted as having said, “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

So, as we head into next week, be present today, change what you will and prepare for what your true self longs to hear...I can do this.  

"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." Stephen Covey

Today, I have been listening to Piano Covers 4, Max Arnald. Listen here.

If you appreciate beauty, the kind which underwater experiences offer, you will love this video. 

With love from Prince Edward Island.




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Carol-Ann Finlan - February 13, 2019

Hi Bruce,

I always enjoy reading your blog. The video was amazing and the little joke at the end made me laugh!!

Anonymous - February 13, 2019

One Breath Around The World…. just viewed this awesome video (twice!). Thanks for sharing, Bruce. Waiting for another hit of winter here in S. Ontario = may return to the tranquil waters of thevideo again tomorrow! Stay warm in PEI :)

MURDOCK MORRISON - February 9, 2019

Great blog Bruce as it had so many positives to appreciate especially the scholarship to Marilyn Sheen and the video with music – beautiful and thanks – Murdock

althea - February 9, 2019

a few years ago, while waiting for the light to change so could cross, beside me was a toddler in a stroller. a woman in all the proper runner’s gig, ran behind us going down the street. the toddler looked at his father and said: dad, why is that woman running? dad’s answer: i don’t know. maybe someone’s chasing her.

this still comes to mind when i see a runner (and there are lots here in vancouver!). and i still break out into a laugh. (my warped sense of humour).
blessings and peace, as always.

Susan Mayo - February 9, 2019

Ann, what a wonderful idea of putting these precious pieces of Bruce’s heart, his blog, safely kept in a folder! Thank you!
Bruce’s piece of Paradise was my favorite destination while on a tour of the Canadian Maritimes! What hospitality, serenity, and wonderful food! I did not want to leave! ~ ~~ Susan, from a warmer state of “Sunny California 🌞”

Cindy - February 9, 2019

I am visiting Rovinj Croatia and just shared your blog with a couple from Toronto. Thank you!!

Joyce Simpson - February 9, 2019

Thanks for the incredible video with the diver. He appeared so smooth, free, and light. Remarkable film.

Jo-Ann Leake - February 9, 2019

Thanks from a snowy Toronto Saturday in the Don Valley…

Mitzy Willbanks - February 9, 2019

I enjoy everything you write. Have a great weekend. we have alot of snow in washington State.

Ann - February 9, 2019

Bruce… I’m from Colorado and have been to your lovely island but once and so very much would like to return… the whole area was an enchanting experience for me. Obviously I purchased “something” while I was at your shoppe in that I continue to get emails from you. I look forward to your Blogs and have established a folder for them,.. for safe keeping so I can draw on them as desired. Keep up the good work,,, and who knows, I may return one day to Prince Edward’s magic by the sea ! Ann…. from the colorful State of Colorado…..

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