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Crisp Air + Learning + Twins

Crisp Air + Learning + Twins

Good Morning from Warren Grove, Prince Edward Island

While walking through the field trying to get closer to the sunrise at 5:45 am, the crisp air is refreshing, and the crunch of light frost backdropped with the sounds of the birds waking are all reminders to be grateful.

"Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all." ~ William Faulkner

Local News: Mask Mandate Lifted. 

It is hard to celebrate knowing the number of lives lost to the virus. Still, we can celebrate the ingenuity and hard work that prepared the world for safety through the speed with which the vaccines were designed and rolled out, enabling millions of people to live. CBC PEI Story Here

Earlier this week, the local CBC ran a story about educating high school students about Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in Canada. I celebrate that Canada is thigh-deep into the reconciliation process. However, we must keep going until we are all immersed in the one species pool mentality. 

Ever want to pick up a duck? 

I am now into week 6 of releasing our 35 years of hard work and joy over to Adam and Marsha. 

Work comes from inside out; work is the expression of our soul, our inner being. It is unique to the individual; it is creative. Work is an expression of the Spirit at work in the world through us. - Matthew Fox

Having lost twelve people I know to disease or ageing in the last few years brings home the fact we are all mortal, or at least I have learned I am. 

So Father Time came knocking and nudged us towards new priorities. 

Our relational and physical health is popping to the top. 

Close friends know I love trying new apps on my phone. And an app I am having fun with is called Sleep Cycle. 

The famous management guru said Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying, "You can't manage what you can't measure." 

Sleep Cycle tracks and analyses your sleep, and if you need waking, it can do that too. 

They have a great blog, and if sleeping is something you ignore but feel you shouldn’t, check it out here. (Disclosure: No endorsement monies received)

What is your favourite app?

Mine is Readwise

Anyone who follows my Saturday morning musings knows that I like quotes and have been collecting them for years. But having the information stored in a spreadsheet wasn’t doing anything for my memory. 

I discovered Readwise and love it because while reading on Kindle/Kobo, PDFs, webpages, etc., I can highlight any quote, paragraph, etc. and save it too Readwise, tag it, and save it for future reference. 

So I imported my spreadsheet with over 8000 quotes into the Readwise system and got rid of the spreadsheet forever—no more cut and pasting.  

To help with memory, I have the app send me an email at a specified time each day with seven random quotes from those I have saved. It is a great refresher. You can choose how many and how random. 

It would be an excellent tool for a student, where they could create flashcards to help with memorisation. 

They gamify your use. The app tracks your consistency of use and rates you against other users. For example, the leaderboard tells me; I am #134 at 604 days in a row where I review my quotes. The leader James is number one at 1224 days. 

I was going to write a complete explanation of Readwise, but Lawson Blake does a fine job here. (Disclosure: No endorsement monies received)

I am trying to get into a daily routine of writing on my new blog, A Bunch of Good Things; not quite happening yet, but I feel it is just about to.  I also struggle with the format and the whole silliness about being perfect before putting it out there. 

“Perfection is procrastination masquerading as quality control.”- Chris Williamson.

Knowing that trying for perfection derails me from the process of learning-by-doing, interestingly, as it is how I learned to date; I need to create and not just consume.

“First forget inspiration.
Habit is more dependable.
Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not.
Habit is persistence in practice.”
— Octavia Butler

If you wish to watch/read my attempts at becoming a writer, please join me at A Bunch of Good Things. 

"We don’t have time for perfect. In any event, perfection is unachievable: It’s a myth and a trap and a hamster wheel that will run you to death". – Elizabeth Gilbert

I am going to have a good weekend, which is perfect. I hope you do as well. 

Be nice to yourself and others. 

Being kind, being compassionate, being respectful does not make you weak. More often, it’s the harder path to take.
~ Liza M. Weimer

With love from Prince Edward Island, 

Bruce + Millie

ps. Your Morning Smile

My twin brother called me from prison.

He said: “You know how we finish each other’s sentences?”

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Annie - May 7, 2022

Once again, your blog is invaluable to me! Thank you for the Readwise app recommendation – I have looked at many apps for just such a purpose to no avail, and you have provided the perfect solution. I am genuinely looking forward to your daily blog, and I understand the need for perfection so well…the quote about perfection and procrastination hit deep. 😅 I hope you and your lovely wife have the wonderful weekend that you intend to! Blessings to you both!

Charmaine - May 7, 2022

You are an inspiration for all of us.
Looking forward to following you on your blog.
May the Lord richly bless you and Shirley on your next adventure.
All the best to you and Shirley.

Marylou Sinnott - May 7, 2022

Hi Bruce – just downloaded sleep cycle – hope it helps

Anne Gillis - May 7, 2022

One of my favourite quotes / lines is ‘progress, not perfection’.

Murdock Morrison - May 7, 2022

Opening your blog with the meaning of gratitude was a nice intro to the rest of this week ‘s story as the high school presentation on The Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women was important for students to know about this terrible injustice. Not sure of the How to Pick Up a Duck but will venture with it later. You sleep app Sleep Cycle was important for Connie and I as we have trouble with getting a good sleep. Then you tell us about Readwise and that sounds really interesting and will check that out . With your Bunch of Good Things , I will try to check that out too but with all that I have on our plate , it may take a little while . And yes, have a great week in PEI – definitely God’s Country- Murdandcon

Kathy - May 7, 2022

Morning Bruce, hope your enjoying your long deserved rest! Enjoying my morning tea and loving the quotes, especially the one on perfection, lol…your cousin on the mainland in NB, I’m heading out to clean the outside windows!

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