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Rebellion, Being Intentional, and Free Water

Rebellion, Being Intentional, and Free Water

Outside, a rich covering of white blankets itself upon the fields and trees. What beauty and delight it gives. The opportunity to enjoy natures awesomeness is such a wonderful gift. I am grateful. 

Well, winter arrived in Prince Edward Island, a couple of days after the calendar told us it was spring. (Mother Nature must have missed the memo that's ok, beauty abound!)

The school children and teachers are grateful. They enjoy an extra long vacation as Monday marks the start of March Break on Prince Edward Island.

Shirley has been on vacation with some girlfriends and Monday marks her return, can't wait to see her. Misses the Mrs.  I just arrived home Thursday after visiting with our eldest daughter, Lauren, in Vancouver.  

I have never seen a city with so many artisan coffee shops! We especially enjoyed Small Victory in Yaletown and Timbertrain Coffee Roasters in Gastown. I don’t drink coffee but certainly, enjoy the vibe these spaces provide.

Managed to visit a garden at UBC on Wednesday, a few images captured me.

Branches are reaching for summer. 

The following image captured me as well during my Thursday arrival in Halifax. Mother Natures Maritime Rebellion! 

I will admit it was a bit of shock to the system, but it did make me laugh.

Reading was good time spent this winter, and I certainly look forward to doing more. In Health Benefits of Tears, Laughter and Choices blog post, a number of you left book suggestions to read, thank you. I have expanded the "to read" list. 

I have come to understand that if I am going to write, then I am going to need to read. More and More. I plan to do both. 

We are busy preparing a new location for our expanding blog. One area of the community will be called Read & Reflect. This neighbourhood within the new blog will host an online book club for readers, highlighting both Prince Edward Island and Canadian literature. Hope you join us there. Will you? Let me know what you think of the idea. Please. 

Intentionality is living on purpose for a purpose. Happiness is a by-product.

So, I have decided to work towards reducing my environmental footprint and that of the company.

Researching how to replace plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic containers, and plastic cutlery. 

I am challenging myself first, and we will see where it leads. The journey will be documented and shared with you as well in the coming weeks and months. 

Also, selling bottled water has always bothered me, so no more. Water is a life source and should be readily available and free.

A quote I am contemplating this week, "it’s possible for us as individuals to redefine greatness by changing how we measure success—by replacing our winner-takes-more worldview with one that requires us to ask if we’re doing work we’re proud of. We each get to decide what it means to be great. Moment to moment and day by day, we can deliberately choose to do only the things we’ll be proud to have done and to create the future we want to see. We start by deciding who we are—what philosophy and values will guide us and our companies—and by investing the time to reflect on the unique contribution we can make. If we want to prioritize people over profits and impact over dividends, we need to choose carefully what we will measure each day." - Story Driven, you don't have to compete when you know who you are by Bernadette Jiwa

Write this blog listening to a wonderful album called, Blue Maqams, if you like light, easy listening jazz. This is five stars. Listen Here.

Have a great weekend. 

With love from Prince Edward Island,

Bruce

Don't forget Saturdays Silly. Derek Edwards is the funniest man in Canada. Love his clean sense of humour. 

 

 

 

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Comments

EileenDoering - April 1, 2018

Love your idea to rid plastic from your store, especially bottled water. Just returned from Hawaii. Not using bottles much there. Have filtered water machines everywhere. People just carry their own water bottle everywhere and refill it. The filtered water machines are outside Walmarts, stores, on every level of hotels, etc. I hope the rest of the U.S. will catch on! Saves so much in landfills. Love your pics!

Mary Conrad - March 30, 2018

Way to go Bruce! We should follow your lead. Love the video….he is so FUNNY! Have a very Happy Easter! XOXO

Annette - March 29, 2018

How wonderful that you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint! I applaud your actions. And yes, I would be interested in an online book club! After all, it was Canadian literature that drew me to your beautiful island in the first place. Anne of Green Gables was my favorite book as a child!

Kelly Galloway - March 24, 2018

Hey Bruce, kudos for trying to reduce your plastic usage. Just curious, when you said “no more” to bottled water, did you mean, you aren’t going to charge any more for it, or you’re not going to offer bottled water at all anymore? Hugs, Kelly

Myra Stevens - March 24, 2018

Thank you for your action of not selling bottled water. An alternative to plastic cutlery is the corn starch versions that decompose. Also perhaps have a supply of ‘sporks’ on hand to sell – ‘sporks’ are found at camping stores/MEC etc. They are a combination of spoon/fork/knife and easily fit on a purse to carry along for use whenever/where ever! Lastly there are always those little wooden paddle spoons that come in ice cream cups. Just a few thoughts. Again thank you for taking action!

Kim - March 24, 2018

We too, have been discussing how we can reduce, reduce, reduce!

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