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Compassion, Imperial Highness, and Who to Marry

Posted on August 31, 2019 by Bruce MacNaughton
Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,
 
Do you time for a cuppa? Put the kettle on and let us have one together.
Our friendship is like a cup of tea, a special blend of you and me. 
 
It was quite a week this past week.
 
Started off answering a lot of emails explaining how to get to last week's blog.
 
I am sorry for the frustration that this may have caused. All the while the tea was getting cold and not enjoyed as usual. So sorry.
 
Last week's blog, Don't' Shy Away, Curiosity versus Bias, Cats and Dogs can be read by clicking the link.
 
If there is ever a problem with the link in the newsletter, try clicking on the photo or go to the website and click “blogs.” Again my apologies.
 
My error started my thinking about empathy and compassion.
 

It is a huge leap to go from the unsuccessful click on a website to feel what life is like when after all attempts things don’t work out.

Efforts made and with little or no success.

Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too. ~ Frederick Buechner
 
Earlier this week, I was touched by the efforts of this man to in his own way treat others compassionately.
 
A professor sets about to buy the cardboard signs of homeless folks and have a chat at the same time.
 
It is not always easy to be compassionate, especially with those closest to us. We may feel anger or frustration. When what seems like common sense is not used in our loved ones attempts to improve their own well being.
I know I have walked by, or around people panhandling. It is hard not to judge.
 
So what can I do? Firstly, have patience with my own bias.
 
Upon true self-reflection, I realize that only by the grace of God and others that it is not me panhandling.
 
If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not capable of developing compassion for others. — Dalai Lama
 
To the degree, I judge others is to the degree I experience peace of mind or not. When the gift of grace extends in my thoughts and actions, peace is achieved.
 
Everyone has their story, and it is not my place to judge.
 
Compassion is understanding the troubles of others, coupled with a desire to help.
 
Empathy is not sufficient. Compassion is more useful because it’s possible to talk to someone who is experiencing something that you’ve never experienced. ~Seth Godin
 
Her Imperial Highness of Japan visited Prince Edward Island this week. We are honoured she chose to shop with us again. She had visited us in 2004 as well.  She took time to stroll the Gardens of Hope this trip. I was too busy and distracted with a busy day all around, I neglected to take photos. 
 
The story about her visit to Prince Edward Island here
 
A woman from Beacon, New York, with P.E.I. roots is searching for the honest person who turned in $400 cash to a bank in Souris. Story Here.
 
Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another. - Alfred Adler
 
In 2020, the new musical director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra will be Gustavo Gimeno. He has a herculean task as he sets his mission to attract and engage a younger audience to classical music. Let’s hope he has a breakthrough.
 
"In this modern time with screens and electronics and social media so active, I think this is a great moment to connect with yourself and to experience feelings [that] normally you don't, by listening to classical music concerts." Gustavo Gimeno
 
 
Today, while writing I enjoyed listening to Janacek: Paino Works played by Natalia Sokolovskaya. Sample listen here
 
Wishing you a wonderful weekend and hope an opportunity shows up allowing you to experience peace of mind. 
With love from Prince Edward Island,
 
Bruce
ps. 
I came to the realization that my 5-year-old niece was watching too much reality TV when we attended a wedding.
As the four bridesmaids walked down the aisle to the altar, he asked, "Is this where the groom picks the one he wants to marry?"

Compassion, Community and Book Launch

Posted on May 27, 2018 by Bruce MacNaughton

Warm long weekend wishes to those of you celebrating Memorial Day! I hope you have a safe, fun, and relaxed weekend filled with joy.

We’re certainly experiencing very interesting weather in Canada! While the western part of the country seems to be enjoying the hot sunny weather, here in the east it has been a bit slow to warm up. Parts of Newfoundland received nearly 30cm or near 12 inches of snow this week! Crazy.

Here at the Preserve Company, the gardens are brightening up despite the cold, tulips are just starting to open, the daffodils are still in bloom and our hummingbirds have returned! Please remember, if you enjoy feeding hummingbirds in your yard, a simple solution of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water is all that’s needed. Adding red food dye is harmful to our tiny friends, and they will find your feeder without the red liquid. More on hummingbirds.

We are excited to be the host of a book launch for two of my favourite Prince Edward Island photographers John Sylvester and Stephen DesRoches on June 8, 2018, from 7 to 9. The new book A Photographers Guide to Prince Edward Island will be available to viewed and purchased in support of these two fine artists. 

More info here

A few blogs back we mentioned our desire to reduce the amount of plastic we use and or products packaged in plastic. If were to score ourselves we really are a one out of ten so far but the march is on. We will journal what we learn and what we are up against. We will start with bottled water. We feel water should be free, so I looked into putting a water fountain suitable for drinking as well as refilling small containers. Well, it is between and 6 to 8 thousand dollars to do that. We are considering an alternative, perhaps we will have our plumber install an outdoor stainless sink with a cold water tap and it will allow those with drinking containers to fill up, if not we provide paper cups to those who need a drink of water. It will be shut off after hours. 

Interesting how the Montreal and Vancouver city councils are dealing with plastic. 

The vast majority of all the plastic humans have ever made is still sitting on the planet somewhere

Click here to read more.

I heard this story this week and it moved me, so I thought I would share. The bonds of community are important the heart of one little boy matters as it does for all. Dakota Pitts, 5 years old returned to school for the first time since his father's death in the line of duty.

Dakota asked his mom if one of his dad's friends could drive him to school for his first day back.

When he arrived at school, he found 70 Terre Haute Police Officers and Vigo County Sheriff's Deputies waiting for him.

A quote I am contemplating this weekend.

Our human compassion binds us the one to the other -- not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future. ~ Nelson Mandela

Have a wonderful weekend! 

With Love from Prince Edward Island.

Sincerely, 

Bruce