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Increase Joy, Good Habits, 100,000 Steps in One Day

Increase Joy, Good Habits, 100,000 Steps in One Day

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,

Put the kettle on, and thank you for inviting me in for tea. Might I have a cup of my favourite morning tea, Darjeeling?

You are one of over thirty thousand plus who receives this newsletter every Saturday, and all are reading on a digital device of some sort. But it doesn’t matter how many receive this newsletter, as I write this just for you anyway.

I started paying attention to how much time I was spending reading on digital devices, from calendars, task lists, The Guardian (PEI and British) New York Times, Washington Post, Globe and Mail, Medium, other blogs and Kindle. It had me thinking for all this reading, am I retaining what is truly valuable and am I using my time to increase joy or decrease anxiety.

This week I decided to make a conscious effort to move from digital to analog (paper) to determine if I enjoyed one more over the other. Authour Cal Newport suggests, “Start with your deeply held values. For each of those values, say, ‘What is the best way to use technology to help this value?’ The answers to those questions basically dictate what technology you allow in your life and how you use it. Everything else you’re happy to miss out on.”

So far, it is too early to say one will win over the other; I suspect I will end up with a hybrid model.

My favourite digital app for tasks is Nozbe. At work, we create projects and share tasks internally, or I create projects and keep tasks personal, etc. We would be lost without Google Calendar. I share another task list with our graphic designer, and like it for its simplicity of design and ease of use.

Before the new year started, I purchased a number of different planners to determine which one I would like to use in 2019. I will give an honest disciplined try at living life off the calendar while using, The Passion Planner. (The other planners have found homes with staff, family or friends.)

If you wish to dig deeper into this whole area of thought, check out the Scientific American article called The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens

The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits. We can never free ourselves from habit. But we can replace bad habits with good ones. ~ Steven Pressfield

Speaking of habits, how many of you are keeping track of your steps daily?

If so...

You will love this true story by David Paul Kirkpatrick, Co-founder of MIT Center for Future Storytelling, President of Paramount Pictures, Production Chief of Walt Disney Studios, naturalist, optimist, and 66-year-old author challenged himself to create the right mindset as well as increasing his physical endurance to reach a big fitness goal, hence he wrote, How to Walk 100,000 Steps in One Day. 

I love stories of people overcoming challenges, and I was so impressed to read of Cameron's Davis story and so proud for him to be Prince Edward Island's Flag Bearer at the upcoming Canada Winter Games. Read his story here. Go Cameron Go! have already won gold in our hearts. 

Today’s photo is of my snowshoeing 3 kilometres. It was so refreshing and can’t wait to do it again and finish the 8-kilometre Bubbling Springs trail with proper gear.

“There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” – Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Cal Newport recently put out a book, called Digital Minimalism, and the reviews are positive. I haven’t purchased as of this writing as I am committed to finishing a number of books (paper & kindle) first. Just finished Washington Black, and currently reading and loving Anam Cara by John O'Donohue. 

From Anam Cara..."It is one of the tragedies of modern culture that we have lost touch with these primal thresholds of nature. The urbanization of modern life has succeeded in exiling us from this fecund kinship with our mother earth. Fashioned from the earth, we are souls in clay form. We need to remain in rhythm with our inner clay voice and longing. Yet this voice is no longer audible in the modern world. We are not even aware of our loss, consequently, the pain of our spiritual exile is more intense in being largely unintelligible."

What are you reading? Do you like fiction or non-fiction?

Jim Carrey, an interesting Canadian comedic actor shares openly the other side of his humour on this little film, called I Needed Colour. 

Jim Carrey: I Needed Color from JC on Vimeo.


While writing today, I have been listening to a beautiful instrumental light jazz album called Summerwind by Lars Danielsson & Paolo Fresu

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Ann Kingery - February 23, 2019

I’m drawn to your Blogs, Bruce… and this one re Carrey is no exception. He never came across (for me) as a man of depth… his comedic role in entertainment never quite appealed to me… and now I see the depth of him that has always been there and needs to be exposed to all people. He expresses through his paintings the inner depth of each of us… for many of us we only need to learn how to express who we (individually) really are. Jim is helping us learn how to do just that through his art form. Tx for sharing! Aloha from Colorado !

MURDOCK MORRISON - February 19, 2019

Wonderful picture of you and your snowshoes as I too love to snowshoe when the snow is deep and frosty- enjoyed your thoughts about digital and analog as we are now so digitalized with all of our devices that we have become absorbed and lost without them. Not ready to throw it away yet but love to read and books are my passion and not on digital. Keep on ss as the fresh air and exercise is always so refreshing – murdock

John Malone - February 17, 2019

Hello my friend.

Jan Matthews - February 16, 2019

Hi Bruce….still enjoying your newsletters, as always. I had ordered a set of the Valentine’s candy for each of the 3 sets of grandchildren (I think it was neat, from PEI to British Columbia~how we are blessed to be able to do this). Anyway, they were a HIT, with all. When I asked each of them what was their favourite, 2/3 immediately said the yogurt cranberries, one said Mom really like the gummy bears. I was then somewhat sorry that I didn’t order the gift set for us! One grand daughter is fructose intolerant, so they fit the bill for Kailie. Was a great Valentine’s gift. Thanks Bruce, Keep well, …..from the frigid centre of Canada, Jan Matthews, Manitoba

marianne cline - February 16, 2019

Thank you for the video of Jim Carrey. His art is amazing and it was so nice to see the deeper side of him. It is always so amazing what art can do for people. The joy it brings to their lives. It does not matter if it is writing, painting or sculpture or even just knitting or baking. Creating is just so good for your soul.

Maria - February 16, 2019

What a talented and soulful person Jim Carrey is and I had no idea that he was an artist as well. He is awesome.

Sue Skeffington - February 16, 2019

Wow what a great video short with Jim Carrey. Thank you for bringing it to us.

Btw, love the lemon curd and the banana one was so delicious!!

Have a great day from London ON. Counting the days to get back home and breakfasts at the Preserve company !

Joyce Simpson - February 16, 2019

Oh, another awesome post.
Thank you so much for the short video of Jim Carrey and his art. I had no idea he was a painter as well as an actor; and I love his paintings.
Your posts always show me something I never would have thought of on my own.
Than you, Bruce.

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