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How to Find the Beauty + Is It Worthwhile? + I Need to Pay More Attention

How to Find the Beauty + Is It Worthwhile? + I Need to Pay More Attention

Good Morning from New Glasgow, Prince Edward Island

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not." — Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I hope you had a great week and are preparing for a lovely weekend. 

Time for a cuppa. 

PEI Covid BIG News. 

I started thinking about all the emotions associated with the unknown.  

This past week local press alerted us there was to be an announcement from the government. So naturally, this started many discussions amongst the populace. 

We all waited to hear the plans.  Would there be a relaxing of the straight-jacketed manner in which we lived the last 16 months? Or more of the same? I, for one, am happy to have done so. The numbers speak for themselves. 

Their announcement sharing a path forward was crystal clear. Well done. 

I am sure many tourism operators feel there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Not all will be happy with the direction. 

But I believe this a releasing of the straps, if you will. 

In many ways, Covid guidance given by the government had a lot to do with our physical restrictions. Interesting how it affected our mental states as well.

Some businesses won’t survive. Lack of resources to sustain the next few years of recovery, perhaps but more importantly, a lack of thinking with a positive mindset. 

Hard to get the ring and fight the battle if you think you are going to lose.  

“To lose patience is to lose the battle.” —Mahatma Gandhi.

Employees’ families are affected by economic insecurity, and business owners take on this anxiety as well.

If we can adapt and adventure, we can thrive. That while leadership in uncharted territory requires both learning and loss, once we realize that the losses won’t kill us, they can teach us. And mostly, we will learn that to thrive off the map in an exciting and rapidly changing world means learning to let go, learn as we go and keep going no matter what. ~ Tod Bolsinger.

The stress of the unknown will compounded to the degree we do or don’t take responsibility. 

Take responsibility, and it becomes positive stress. Don’t, and it feeds our natural negative bias. 

“The mind is like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for
positive ones.” ~ Rick Hanson

I always felt the word perseverance should have been my middle name.  Interestingly enough, it has a lot of the same letters as preserve. 

preserve (v.)

late 14c., preserven, "keep safe or free from harm," also "act so as to insure that something does not occur," from Anglo-French preservare, Old French preserver, Medieval Latin preservare "keep, preserve," all from Late Latin praeservare "guard beforehand," from Latin prae "before" (see pre-) + servare "to keep safe" (from PIE root *ser- (1) "to protect").

From early 15c. as "maintain, keep in a certain quality, state or condition." Of fruit, etc., "prevent from spoiling by use of preservative substances," 1570s; of organic bodies, "keep in existence or alive," from 1610s. Related: Preserved; preserver; preserving.

perseverance (n.)

mid-14c., perseveraunce "will or ability to persevere, tenacity," from Old French perseverance "persistence, endurance" (12c., Modern French persévérance) and directly from Latin perseverantia "steadfastness, constancy," from perseverant- past-participle stem of perseverare "continue steadfastly" (see persevere). From late 14c. as "quality or state of continuing or enduring."

Practicing gratitude when life is hard; takes perseverance.

I have read a few books by Dr. Robert Emmon, The Little Book of Gratitude and Thanks: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier. 

“Gratitude empowers us to take charge of our emotional lives and, as a consequence, our bodies reap the benefits.” ― Robert Emmons.

But doing so has been proven through decades of research has proven the benefits. 

  • It improves our mental health;
  • It improves our physical health;
  • It reduces the levels of perceived stress;
  • It improves our overall life satisfaction;
  • It strengthens our relationships with other people.

The wonderful thing about being human is I have the power to take control over my behaviour, my environment, my relationships, and my habits. 

And happiness doesn’t simply happen.

Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. ~ Viktor Frankl

Finding happiness in the middle of the storm can be difficult. 

Those who live by faith have a sense of security through the trust and hope we have. 

“Happiness is the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile”. Sonya Lybomirsky

“Since, according to me, your life is going to be a gradual process of becoming kinder and more loving: Hurry up. Speed it along. Start right now. There’s a confusion in each of us, a sickness, really: selfishness. But there’s also a cure. So be a good and proactive and even somewhat desperate patient on your own behalf — seek out the most efficacious anti-selfishness medicines, energetically, for the rest of your life.” George Saunders's Advice to Graduates

June 5th is the birthday of a living virtuoso, Martha Argerich. An 80-year-old pianist phenom. 

If you don’t know who she is, watch this explanation below. 

All I can think of is no sheet music. 80 years old. And WOW. 

I’ve enjoyed your company this week. Thank you. Will I see you next weekend? I sure hope so. 

With love from Prince Edward Island, 

Bruce + Millie

ps. Your Morning Smile...

I was dismayed this afternoon when my wife told me my 6-year-old son wasn't actually mine. She then said I need to pay more attention at school pick up.


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Julie MacKenzie - May 30, 2021

Love the 2 videos highlighting the career of Martha Argerich. Amazing! :) Love your blog Bruce. I look forward to it every weekend! Thank you for sharing. :)

Murdock Morrison - May 30, 2021

The key words you mentioned in your blog – perservance , gratitude and happiness all have such an important part in our lives and the two that I experienced this week were gratitude and happiness. I visited two elderly people who are members of our church and who lost their spouses recently. I brought them a Prayer Shawl from the women’s group who knits them and the gratitude and happiness that I witnessed was so special and heart warming. To give a simple gift like these Prayer Shawls brought these two ladies a joy and a happiness and a comfort and blessing at a time of sadness- powerful. Murdock

Wendell Hennan - May 30, 2021

Hi Bruce

Just wanted to share with you a book that I am reading that you might enjoy, or have already read. Eco-Innovators by Chris Benjamin, not new, published in 2011, but so far full of Maritime entrepreneurs who focus on the environmental aspect. A couple from PEI so far and one in NB, just a few km’s from where I lived outside Bouctouche for almost 7 years.

Have a great week as we travel forward into June.


Wendell Hennan

Ann Kingery - May 29, 2021

Passionate I am about your Saturday morning blogs… and everything each contains… its a fix I’ve become dependent on! Have a great week, Bruce! /Ann from Colorado

althea - May 29, 2021

Really upset at you, Bruce. Thanks a lot (note: ringed with sarcasm!) for this intro to this rabbit hole of Martha Argerich!! … now staying in this glorious sunny weekend here on the west coast!!! (Love as always!)

Jane - May 29, 2021

Good morning Bruce and Millie,
I enjoyed my cuppa with you this morning, and, as always, inspired by your words of wisdom. And thrilled by your choice of music! Where do you find these amazing artists?
Have a wonderful week!

Susan B - May 29, 2021

Top notch blog Bruce !!
One of my favourite subjects, GRATITUDE. I made notes of all the quotations.
I am so inspired by Martha Argerich. I intend to find out more about her.
Thank you for this introduction. There is so much to learn, the days are not long enough !!!
Have a great week, happy the restaurant is now open.
Looking forward to the day when we can drop by for lunch.
Susan B

Jen Cash - May 29, 2021

Awe! My favorite chairs to sit and overlook the water in the sunshine! Thank you for today’s blog. Encouraging as always! Adding Robert Emmons to my reading list and can’t believe that pianist! Enjoy the weekend!

Judy Donovan Whitty - May 29, 2021

I always love the blog and never miss it but today…to introduce those of us who were not familiar with Martha Argerich what a TREAT!! The passionate music choices she has made are so exhilarating and my time at STFX did not acquaint me with pieces I’ve heard her play…with such passion. So thank you so very much and indeed will be out to eat at your wonderful establishment asap…Judy dw in Charlottetown May 29, 2021

Wendy Barker - May 29, 2021

Thanks Bruce for the links to the videos about Martha Argerich. I had never heard of this phenom before and all I can say is Wow!

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