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More Encouragement, Bad Habits, Two Left

Posted on January 11, 2020 by Bruce MacNaughton

Good Morning from winter wonderland in a thaw, 

Written in Last week’s blog, I shared my 2020 word “encouragement.”

I since researched a bit about where, when and how the word originated and is used. 

Interestingly, the first time it was recorded as being used was in 1548, the same year that Jubilate, Book of Common Prayer and the Lord’s prayer was used in the English lexicon. 

The Greek word for “encourage,” parakaleo, appears 105 times in the New Testament.

Everyone needs a little encouragement. 

The root word for encouragement is courage.

When we encourage someone, we help to inspire someone to do something they might not have otherwise attempted to do.

Is there anyone you could raise your courage for and encourage today?

“Courage is fear that has said its prayers." - Dorothy Bernard

Encouragement is a noun; encourage is a verb. 

Similar words include, 


buoy up 




egg on







lift the spirits of

raise the morale of

stiffen the resolve of

give a shot in the arm to

light a fire under

spirit someone up






I am making a list of folks that could use some encouragement. Perhaps you might as well.

If you can’t be with them in conversation, or if you can’t call them, you can send an e-card if they have an email, if you can’t do that give a prayer for them, if you don’t want to do that, at least give them some time in thinking about them in a positive light. 

For ecards I use, Blue Mountain or Jacquie Lawson

In reading this week, Atomic Habits, a great book by James Clear, I found several nuggets of truth as it relates to the subject of habits. Here are just two.

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.” ~ James Clear

“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.” ~ James Clear

Three More Reasons I Love Prince Edward Island

1. A Stranger Pays for Child’s Medications 

Kate Normand of Charlottetown is asking Islanders to show strangers some extra kindness after she received a stranger's act of generosity this week. Story Here. 

2. Horses are helping kids with autism on this P.E.I. farm.

Alisha Wolf has developed a free program to help children with autism on her horse and hobby farm in York, P.E.I. Story Here

3. Charlottetown immigrant overwhelmed with support from co-workers. 

Although a devastating earthquake has shaken the foundation of her hometown in Albania, a Charlottetown resident's faith in people remains unshaken following heart-warming and unexpected support. Story Here.

Hope everyone had a great first ten days of 2020. 

Signing off and hit the market to get a loaf of this fantastic sourdough jalapeno and cheder cheese bread a weekend toast treat! 

Have a great weekend and take care of each other. 

Today while writing, I have been listening to an album by Isata Kanneh-Mason called Romance - The Piano Music of Clara Schumann. Listen here

With love from Prince Edward Island, 




The arithmetic teacher proposed the following to the class,

"If there are three crows on a fence and one is shot, how many would be left?"

After a short time, Little Johnny shouts out, "Two left."

The teachers' response, "I'm afraid you don't get the point. Let me repeat the joke.

There were three crows on a fence and one is shot, how many would be left?

Johnny replied again, "Two left."

Teacher, "No, none would be left, because when one is shot, the other two would fly away."

Johnny, "That's what I said, TWO LEFT!!!" 

Hope, Encouragement, and Smoke

Posted on August 25, 2018 by Bruce MacNaughton

Well, Old Home Week is over, and a new mindset has begun or at least that used to be the fact. It used to be that the business would be a lot quieter, well it doesn't seem that way anymore. This week has been very busy. Grateful. 

I know parents with school-aged children are busy trying to get new school supplies ready with one foot in fall and one in summer, hoping to hang on to the last bit of summer.

It was a hazy day yesterday and judging by the view from my deck this morning; it will be today, as well.  

There was an odd something way up in the sky, shrouding the sun and moon in a different light. We learned this was a cloud of smoke from the forest fires on the other side of the country, settling in over Atlantic Canada. The smoke is very high in the atmosphere, and Environment Canada says it should be moving along soon. It certainly makes Canada feel small when we can see the effects of these fires on the opposite side of our country.

Our minds are with our daughter, Lauren who is driving from Bella Coola to Kelowna be with my brother-in-law and his family who are out west for a vacation week. In speaking with her via text, she was driving through dense smoke to get there. 

Our hearts go out to all of those who are being impacted by this massive fire and we pray for the safety of all.

Shirley and I would like to give a shout out to Tracy Gallant and Cheryl Thompson to their new business, Fishirts. Over the last five years, Tracy has helped bring the Gardens of Hope alive by working diligently, happily and cooperatively with others, including her sister Cheryl in 2017. Tracy and Cheryl are two very creative, talented and beautiful people in this world who deserve all the goodness that anyone could bring their way. Their business is so much fun bundled creatively into something to wear. Read the newspaper story here.

I found it encouraging to read about the Downtown Charlotteown, Inc. organization being proactive in assisting those living on the streets. People need assistance & hope. The program offers both. Read about it here.

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”  ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

The smallest of gestures or words of encouragement shared with someone experiencing dark days can have significant impact enabling them to keep moving toward the lighter ones. 

Hope is the opposite of dread and creates a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. We all need hope.

“We have a duty to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. Blessed is the man who speaks such a word.” — William Barclay

Every week we so fortunate to receive encouragement from our customers and one of them this week was from Kevin W. Thank you so much, Kevin. 

I live in the NYC metropolitan area and I have a wide range of excellent preserves from which to choose. We found your products in Stratford ON and enjoyed them tremendously and will continue to order directly from you unless you decide to market your preserves in Rye NY. 

Today, I have been listening to a new album Re:member by Ólafur Arnalds who mixes strings and piano to create wonderful soothing music. He used to be a heavy metal drummer, and graduated to creating wonderful music that moves from melodic to pop.  

Sample listen here. 

Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend, take care.