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Living or Being Alive, Johnny's Lies, Stewards of Time

Living or Being Alive, Johnny's Lies, Stewards of Time

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,

Thank you for the invite in today, put the kettle on, it's tea time.

It is spring on the Island; we never know what we will have for the weather. I took the phone photo from our front deck this morning at 8:30 am. 

Shirley, my wife's morning musing today is: 

This wintery day is not a set back on the road to is merely a bump along the way to sunshine flowers and warm water beaches. We should always use our imaginations for the good. Let it work for us and not against us. I imagine a better day, a better me, a better world. 

Last week your comments regarding my brothers-in-law passing were touching and appreciated. 

Susan Waterman of Rhode Island won our Our book giveaway of Max Eisen’s Holocaust memoir By Chance Alone which was CBC’s annual Canada Reads competition winner for 2019.

Last weeks blog

I have been mindful lately that the time we have left is a gift and we need to be good stewards of that time. 

A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. Hunter S. Thompson

Taking full responsibility and getting things done means not blaming others for our difficulties. List the priorities, recognize the obstacles, take charge and find a way, or accept what needs to be accepted, or at least recognize my part in the dynamic I have created.

Taking leadership is taking responsibility for creating a better dynamic.

There is a difference between living and being alive. There is a difference between letting life happen to you and creating a life you desire. Lisa Larter

Reach in and find the best of who you are and nurture it, grow it and give it back to the world.

When a person knows who they are, they can be comfortable in any situation. They don't spend energy worrying about what others think.

In Stephen Covey’s top-rated book, Seven Habit’s of Highly Successful People he shares a principle, seek first to understand, than to be understood. I find this to be a firm principle and useful for solving a lot of interpersonal issues. 

I have also learned that if you are not worried about how others think about you, you can spend your energy genuinely listening. If you can understand them, or at least hear in an empathetic manner, you are expressing love for your neighbour.  

Do I profess to have a perfect score on being a good listener? NO. I have an ego, as we all do. And more times than not, as a man certainly, I rush to the solution instead of just listening.

A humous example perhaps…a bit of a generalization but speaks to the need to listen first. 

“Knowledge is important, but only if we're kind and gentle with ourselves as we work to discover who we are. Wholeheartedness is as much about embracing our tenderness and vulnerability as it is about developing knowledge and claiming power.” Brene Brown

If I spend too much time thinking about the wrong things, I will never get anything done, spend it on the right things, and I can move anxiety creating procrastinated tasks along and off the table of my mind. 

On that note, got to run...too much to do. LOL

Be kind to yourself and others.

Hope you have a fruitful and joyous weekend. Find the love you have and give it away.

While writing this morning, I have been listening to Pianist David Fray.  Apple music editor comments, David enjoys a fine reputation as a stylish Bach player—elegant, focused, and alive to the rich fantasy that underlies so much of the music. Here, joined by Renaud Capuçon, he plays four of the six sonatas for violin and keyboard with a winning restraint and a songful beauty. Fray is wonderful at the fast-flowing counterpoint, his fingers skipping over the keys and making magic happen. Yet in a movement such as the “Adagio ma non tanto” of the Third Sonata, these two players find stillness and poise that melts the heart. Heavenly music making.

Bach: Sonatas for Violin & Keyboard Nos. 3-6 Listen here

Last evening we listened to Rose Cousins and her new album a few times. Love this artist from Prince Edward Island who is travelling and having just finished her California tour is performing now in England. Schedule here

Her latest album Natural Conclusion is a real treat. Listen here

Wishing you a great week ahead.

With love from Prince Edward Island,


A woman is getting lunch ready when the phone rings.

"This is the middle school calling about your son Johnny. He's been caught telling unbelievable lies."

"I'll say he has," the woman replies, "I don't have a son."

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Peter Kerr - April 9, 2019

It is always such a pleasure to read your musings, Bruce. Mary and I have been travelling a lot – British Columbia, Washington State, and Oregon for two months and recently five weeks visiting Mary’s family from Tennessee to Texas to Florida. As you might guess, we’re missing the Island and hope to see you soon. Many thanks for keeping this thread of communication open. It helps to shrink the miles to zero for a few delightful minutes.

Susan Bagatto - April 9, 2019

Enjoy the Blog soooo much !!!
Spring time is such a wonderful season
for renewal, self thoughts and inspiration.

Leona - April 7, 2019

Sorry to hear about your loss, I lost a brother also a short time ago, it is very sad. But with time I am able to think about him at times and smile at the memories. I hope, Shirley, that you will too in time…

Bruce in reference to this part of your article “I have also learned that if you are not worried about how others think about you” I wanted to share what my father told me many years ago.
He said the first 20 years of your life you worry what people are saying about you. The next 20 years you defiantly say – who cares I will do what I want! Then the next 20 years you realize you were not THAT important, they never talked about you in the first place. My dad was a very wise man!!

Tom Clow - April 7, 2019

Hey Bruce….Just a big Thank You from Joanne and I . We have been wandering around the warmer southern hemisphere for awhile and as always we can’t wait to see the red shores of PEI welcoming us home. But, while away , we’re able to feel the warmth of PEI every week through your wonderful thoughts and journey’s in your blog. The thoughts of lunch on the River Clyde with Raspberry Pie certainly help YUM!!!!
All the Best My Friend

Janet Wright - April 6, 2019

Just saw that you lost a family member. My condolences to all your family, especially you and your wife who lost a precious brother. xo

Terry Greenham - April 6, 2019

Love you blogs. Thank you.

murdock morrison - April 6, 2019

Hi Bruce – a very philosphical( spelling) didn’t check it – edge to this blog but so in tune with how we are to live our lives- enjoyed the musings very much and your reference to Rose Cousins and her new album – lovely and we will look for it in Chapters in Dartmouth. Have a nice spring like week notice not day as that scene in your intro was a warning- not yet- Murdock

Sue Skeffington - April 6, 2019

Thanks again Bruce for sharing a little piece of home.

Another piece of home is coming to London Tuesday evening and you can bet I have my ticket to Lennie Gallant!!

Have a great week

Sue - April 6, 2019

Love the blog today, thank you!

Elaine Starner - April 6, 2019

Thank you for the reminder that whatever number of days I have left — each one is a gift, and I’m to use them well.
Also for the good laugh!

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