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The Things we Love, Dr. Terarai Trent, and Grassroots Capitalism

The Things we Love, Dr. Terarai Trent, and Grassroots Capitalism

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island, 

Hope you had a great few weeks, sorry, for not getting the blog out last week, was feeling a bit under the weather and just couldn’t get the brain cells flexible enough to think.

To all that wrote wondering where the blog was, it was heartwarming and encouraging, thank you.

So put the kettle on, I am coming in from the cold, for a cup of tea. Thanks for the invite. 

"The things that we love tell us what we are."

-- Thomas Merton

I love my Creator.

I love my wife.

I love our daughters

I love our staff.

I love our customers. 

I love the sunrise.

I love early mornings.

I love my lessons learned.

I love the rain.

I love the wind.

I love nature.  

I love quiet.

I love you.

Look at you….all the possibility to change your world and the rest of the world. What a gift.  

There are so many more things I could gleefully list but heck the tea is getting cold.

ps….I love hot tea. LOL

Love is absolutely vital for human life. For love alone can awaken what is divine within you. In love, you grow and come home to your self. John O’Donahue Anam Cara

Early next week, I have been asked to speak to a class of high school students.  

The class is designed to help young people think about what they might like to do in the future as it relates to career.  

I remember all too well, the class in Grade 9 when the teacher asked me what I wanted to be, "I want to be an architect", I said. His response, No, are too stupid to do that." Well, I will end the story there. Sad to say, a kid with aspirations had them dashed right then and there. It only reinforced what I was led to believe by other voices speaking into my life. 

Good news. I learned I wasn't stupid, but it took a long time, grit, perseverance and kind words from strangers.

One thing for sure, we need more leaders. And to my way of thinking, ANYONE who takes responsibility is a leader. Anyone who encourages is a leader. We can’t lead others effectively or well if we can’t lead ourselves.

I remember one of the best lessons, I have ever received, and it came in my 19th year.

While living in another province, I worked for a national retail chain. Our regional manager was getting a promotion to head office in Toronto, and others working in our store were set to move up the pecking order or lateral moves within the region. All these changes, caused to me to start wondering, what about me? So I asked that very question. The response was, short and to the point, “I don’t care about you!” Ouch.

It was exactly what I needed to hear at the time. Ok, if that is the way. I will take responsibility for my life from here on out. I will not count on my employer to determine my identity or my outcomes in life.

Did responsibility happen overnight? No. Did I blame others for my mistakes? Sure.  Am I over it, yep. I mentioned a few blogs back that my license plate says it all, Let It Go.

A few years back after a prompting, mental notification, gift from the heavens, whatever you want to call it, reminded me to honour my mother & father. Remembering the wisdom sent was one of the ten commandments.  So, I set about being intentional. I asked my wife, Shirley, to drive with me for a few hours after explaining that I needed to visit the gravesite of my adoptive parents.

Once there I vocally and prayerfully shared with them the stories of hurt. I promised, to no longer blame or complain about them, that I loved them and forgave them. Symbolic? Over the top? Maybe so but I think not, LIFE has not been the same.

Kathleen Raine, a Scottish poet, says that unless you see a thing in the light of love, you do not see it at all.

Is there anybody, you need to honour through pain? Perhaps, they didn’t see you through the light of love, but the wonderful gift of choice is given to all, and you can choose to see them this way.  Everything changes when we look through the eye of love.

Earlier in the blog, I mentioned that you could change your world with intention. The comment comes from watching Marie Foleo interviewing Dr. Terarai Trent. I found it to be incredibly inspiring. I hope you do as well.

Do you have an “impossible dream”?

In this episode, Dr. Tererai Trent discusses her book, “The Awakened Woman,” and how you can achieve your dreams, even in the face of crushing setbacks.

Through one incredible woman’s journey from a child bride in a small Zimbabwe village to one of the world’s most recognizable voices in women’s empowerment and education, this manifesto inspires women to pursue their sacred dreams through nine essential lessons brought forth from ancient African wisdom.

“I realized the pathway I was going through was silencing me.” Dr. Tererai Trent


A local story about four Maritime women who came up with an idea to create an inflatable life vest with a built-in tracking device is an inspiration as well.  All women are from coastal communities and were challenged by their technology management and entrepreneurship program at UNB to design and manufacture what could be a commercially viable product.  Read More here

I love grassroots capitalism. The internal creative gift in each of us waits for our decision to honour it and create something for good.

Those of you who read this blog, know that I love music. Particularly piano classical. This next story from our local CBC is so well done and tells a beautiful example of what the gift of music and compassion can do for others. 

Shona Pottinger has been gifted to lead others to joy through music therapy.  She leads a group of people living Parkinson's through vocal exercises, and for this story brings to perform an enthusiastic rendition of the classic song Side by Side. 

Irene Doyle, chair of the Parkinson Canada P.E.I. chapter describes the singing group as a "joyful experience," and "After we're singing for a while, it's just, the spirits [have] been lifted. We really are more joyful and really willing and able to take on whatever task comes." Read more here. 

All the best in the week ahead and thank you for your reading today. Perhaps, the mood was influenced by what I was listening to. 

Classical Music Playlist Piano: 14 Beautiful and Relaxing Piano Pieces

With love from Prince Edward Island, 


ps. A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Isn't that handy?

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Jean - March 16, 2019

I, too, can relate to being called stupid, while in school. My grade seven social studies teacher, who was originally from Poland, said some very derogatory things to me (in Polish) when I said my father was from Germany and then he proceeded to call me stupid etc (in English), as well, in front of the whole class. Needless to say, my self-esteem was never the same after that. BTW, he was, also, the principal of the school.

Margaret Gordon - March 11, 2019

Good evening.
As a retired teacher I apoligize for the “ excuse for a teacher” who told you that you were too stupid to be whatever you wanted to be. I hope the jerk knows how successful and intelligent you are. We are what we love is so true. My family is currently struggling with an elderly loved one moving to a retirement home and enjoying a grandson on March Break – we are what we love indeed. Home is Ontario on the St. Lawrence River but sure do love the east coast and you bring that to us weekly. Get well.

Elaine Bielik - Illinois - March 10, 2019

Bruce, I truly missed your blog last week and am so happy you are feeling better. I’m sure the personal reflections you share in your blog are an inspiration not only to me, but to many. Your commentary is insightful and uplifting. I look forward to it every week. Glad you’re back!

Valerie Dawes - March 10, 2019

Glad you’re feeling better Bruce. Thanks for sharing the article on the Charlottetown “parkys” music program. We are just getting our Rock Steady Boxing program started this week. Have a great week.

Paula Mueda - March 9, 2019

Glad you are feeling better this week. This week’s blog was particularly encouraging and upbeat – so thank you for that, and keep up the positive vibes!

Greetings from cold and rainy San Francisco,
Paula Mueda

Betty Plucinski - March 9, 2019

Hi Bruce, Sorry to learn you were feeling under the “weather” recently – glad to hear you are better – no doubt those many cups of tea were the cure. In any event your blog this week certainly finds those brain cells well flexed indeed – because your blog this week being a force of love coming from within and shared outward is certainly a great read. And that box of chocolate note – hopefully it was the dark chocolate delicious. Here’s to a great week to you and yours – and all of PEI – sent from upstate New York.

Marjorie Foster - March 9, 2019

Sorry to hear you were ill. I checked at my library about “Sri Lanka” and they can’t find it. Could you direct me
to where I might find it? Thank you. Marj.

Judy Donovan Whitty - March 9, 2019

Bruce, your sharings are wonderful so no wonder you were missed last week…no presure, but blog
when you can! Love that you kind of featured the Parkinson “warriors”…a wonderful group that are open to complementary therapies from music to Therapeutic Touch® – it was my privilege to share with
Irene Doyle and the group awhile back and share how this modality can assist in similar ways to
music therapy…very best and thanks! Judy ( March 2019

Miles Fujiwara - March 9, 2019

Bruce, I’m glad to read that you are feeling better.
I look forward to reading about life on PEI through your weekly blogs while having my morning tea, so you were missed greatly last week!

Sue Skeffington - March 9, 2019

And you at you now Bruce you have been an architect of your very successful life! Who has the last laugh! Thank you again for a wonderful blog

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