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Rethinking it All and a Joke Taken Too Far

Rethinking it All and a Joke Taken Too Far

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island, 

Sarah Armstrong caught this photographic moment beautifully while visiting the Gardens of Hope. 

I hope you had a good week, and this finds you well this morning. Thank you for allowing me into your time bubble. 

What's brewing. Happy to have tea. Thanks.  

How about some background music today? I am listening to Classical Concentration, a playlist of over 50 songs. 

"There's something about the precision of classical music that makes it an especially good companion for staying on task. Whether you're studying, cooking, or just getting through the workday, this mix will help keep you focused and clear. Our classical experts regularly rotate these selections. If you like a piece, add it to your library." ~ Editors Notes Try a sample here 

I hope to complete reading' The ONE Thing' by Gary Keller today. I find the book thought-provoking. His writing about managing life comes down to a few simple yet powerful concepts and is consideration worthy for anyone dealing with a busy life. 

There is a better way to live than chasing down the checkboxes on a to-do list. 

Beware of the barrenness of a busy life. ~ Socrates

Multi-tasker Warning: He does not believe in multitasking. A lot of his concepts are supported by scientific research. (I'd love to see him defend his principles in a room full of young mothers, though. LOL)

"Multitasking slows us down and makes us slower witted." ~ Gary Keller

"If you chase two rabbits...you will not catch either one." ~ Russian Proverb

What is the toll of distractions on our personal lives? 

"The people we live with and work with on a daily basis deserve our full attention. When we give people segmented attention, piecemeal time, switching back and forth, the switching cost is higher than just the time involved. We end up damaging relationships." -Dave Crenshaw 

While sharing my thoughts with you about this book this morning, I came to realize this book is worthy of many reads. At the surface, it may come off as a book on time management, but it is much deeper than that. At its core, it is a book about the pursuit of happiness. It challenges you to think about everything you do and why you do it. 

Interestingly enough, I have been thinking about spending time researching the subject of happiness. I recently purchased several titles about happiness, which had been written over the last few years. I plan on delving into them soon and sharing the findings with you. 

Happiness happens on the way to fulfillment. Dr. Martin Seligman, past president of the American Psychological Association, believes there are five factors that contribute to our happiness: positive emotion and pleasure, achievement, relationships, engagement, and meaning. Of and these, he believes engagement and meaning are the most important. Becoming more engaged in what we do by finding ways to make our life more meaningful is the surest way to finding lasting happiness. When our daily actions fulfil a bigger purpose, the most powerful and enduring happiness can happen. ~ The One Thing by Gary Keller, page 142.

"People do not decide their futures; they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures." - F. M. Alexander

Books Read By is made by book lovers for ambitious people who want to read more. Neat website. Love its simplicity. Check it out. 

I had to look twice at the happy guy in this video; I thought it was me thirty years ago. I moved around pretty well the same way. LOL Enjoy. 

Suggestion: if this didn't make you smile, go back to bed! lol

When you look with judgement, life is twisted and empty. When you look with an open heart and mind, life is poignant and meaningful. - Paul Ferrini

My thoughts are with the good people in California and all that is happening with wildfires. This week, interestingly enough, Lennie Gallant introduced the world to his video Sequoia captured on location in California. 

I wish you a wonderful weekend a great week ahead. 

Today, I am thinking of Gary Keller's question: What's the One Thing I can do such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary. 

Remember...

"Never try to be someone else's definition of beautiful. You have to define beautiful for yourself." - Zendaya

and...

"Three things in human life are important. The first to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind." ~ Henry James

With Love from Prince Edward Island

Bruce & Mille

ps. Last week's draw was for my 9th book read this year. I am happily going to send The Library Book to Sharon Kalich, her name was drawn from "the hat." Just need you to send me your address, Sharon. Congratulations.

pss. A man is on trial for stealing an overcoat. The judge went straight to the point. "Did you steal this man's overcoat?" he demanded.

"No sir," the defendant replied with a grin. "I was just playing a joke on him."

"And where did you take the coat?" asked the judge.

"I removed it from the coat rack in the restaurant and carried it home with me."

"Guilty," snapped the judge.

"Guilty! Guilty of what?" asked the defendant.

"Guilty of carrying a joke too far!"

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Comments

Beth - October 24, 2020

Hi Bruce. Really appreciating your thought provoking blog, the fabulous photos and music links and mostly an opportunity to reconnect with PEI. Thanks Bruce. Greetings from Australia. California, we Australians are with you in your fire struggle.

Murdock Morrison - September 14, 2020

Lots of wonderful music and stories in your blog as I find myself at night clicking on many of the videos and stories as they always are thoughtful and well sourced . I read a lot as well but with Covid, I had to use my iPad for reading and have read 12 books , some fiction and some nonfiction – all good. Murdock

Anita Slobig - September 13, 2020

I’m one of your California readers, Bruce, and I live in the desert far from the awful fires. Even so, we have had smoky days from fires between us and San Diego and from Riverside/San Bernardino counties. “Sequoia” brought me to tears because of the pictures we’ve seen of those lovely forests in flames. Those magnificent trees feed my soul, just like your lovely coast line does. Thank you for sharing. Now I need to go get a hankie!!

Jeannette Janssen-Sjostrom - September 12, 2020

Thank you for your insights, interesting ideas and passing on heartfelt life lessons. I appreciate you sharing your musings with the rest of the world. Grazie!

althea - September 12, 2020

Bruce, for a change am upset at you. Opened up Books Read By as mentioned and now have more books added to my list of to-reads! But then, of course, I suppose I didn’t have to click on the link, right? Fun blog. Ta!

Audrey Wilde - September 12, 2020

Thank You for the “Sunshine” you bring into our homes every Sat. morning ! Today is a cold wet rainy day here in Wausau and we want you to know we appreciate the warmth !!!! Loved seeing the Sequoias.
Blessings, Audrey

Mary Mosher - September 12, 2020

Love the Happiness video. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week

Kay - September 12, 2020

The happy video made me happy but I was exhausted by the end of it. I vaguely remember having that much energy. Lennie’s video was beautiful, both the song and video left me in awe of the absolute beauty of those trees….and him. What a talented musician. Love your blogs Bruce, please keep them coming. Saturday mornings would not be the same without having my tea while reading your thoughts.

Gillian Keane - September 12, 2020

Great videos ❤️

Lillian Paul - September 12, 2020

I too am thinking of the folks in California, Oregon and Washington & am praying for rain to help the exhausted firefighters.
Seeing the Sequoia trees in the video brings back memories. As a child going to school in PEI there was picture in a book of a car driving through a Sequoia in California. When my husband & I were in California in 1981 we drove our car through the tree. I know the Sequoia trees need fire to survive but this devastation is terrible. Stay safe.

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