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Where Were You? + G.I.F.T. + What's My Line?

Where Were You? + G.I.F.T. + What's My Line?

Good Morning from Warren Grove, Prince Edward Island
 

Today is September 11, 2021

Twenty years since that day. Everyone remembers where they were when they heard the news.
In my case, I was at work.
 
“Work and play are words used to describe the same thing
under differing conditions.” ~ Mark Twain
 
A tour group arrived within minutes of me hearing the news. Everyone on the motorcoach was from New York City. I met the tour director outside of the coach. I wanted to know if the passengers were aware. They were not.
 
Knowing this added a bit of anxiousness to my greeting.
 
The tour director told me she would share the news with them on the way back to the hotel.
 
The Charlottetown Hotel manager called the tour director to let her know a conference room with large televisions was ready for them.
 
Their itinerary was now shortened.
 
A few days later, President Bush requested a 3 minute moment of silence.
We obliged and invited everyone in our building to join us for a time of respect.
 
Every staff and guest in the building came into our dining room, and we all stood in unison in silence.
9:46 Atlantic Standard Time 

I closed in prayer.
 
I remember it like yesterday.
 
Peace.
 
We can make an active effort to practice forgiveness, especially to those who might have caused those inner-child wounds we have worked to heal. We can see understanding with those we disagree with. Tout comprendre c’est tout pardonner. To understand all is to forgive all. To love all is to be at peace with all, including yourself. ~ Ryan Holiday
 
At time it is very hard to remember this, but life is a G.I.F.T.
 
Gratitude..is the recognition of the blessings in your life. To practice gratitude is proven to increase you health and well being.
 
Interrupt anxiety with gratitude. ~ Danielle LaPorte
 
Integrity requires intention. To know why and what you value and live within those values.
 
“Honesty is making your words conform to reality. Integrity making reality conform to your words.” ~ Stephen Covey
 
Forgiveness. The most important element needed to establish peace within yourself and the world around you.
 
The forgiveness of others is nice to have, but it means nothing if
you cannot forgive yourself. ~Paul Ferrini
 
There is no love without forgiveness,
and there is no forgiveness without love. ~ Brynt H. McGill
 
Trust. Just knowing that it will be ok. I need to stop trying to make sense of it all from a human perspective. Let it go. Keep the Faith.
 
”To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown.
Instead you relax, and float.” ~ Alan Watts
 
Today I have been listening through my headphones and writing to Patina by Peter Gregson. It has been an interesting mood altering writing experience.
 
From the Apple Music site. It’s beneath the surface that we often discover real beauty. Strip away melody, and the underlying sounds and textures become the story. Cellist and composer Peter Gregson brings us up-close to music’s inner truth: the delicate sounds of bow meeting string (“Patina”) and fingers on keyboard (“Sense”); the complex, woody overtones of a solo cello (“Don’t Wake”)—all of which we often ignore. This is an album of textures—human, acoustic, and digital—and almost formless soundscapes that envelop the listener, their imperfections inviting an atmosphere of peace and calm, comfort and reassurance. In “Sequence (Seven),” Gregson blends electronica and strings to mesmerizing effect, while his soaring, close-mic’d cello lends “Over” a gorgeous, raw beauty.
 
 
Our stillness depends on our ability to slow down and choose not to be angry, to run on different fuel. Fuel that helps us win and build, and doesn’t hurt other people, our cause, or our chance at peace. ~ Ryan Holiday
 
Life on some fronts is showing a few signs of normalcy. We have four tour groups come by this week. The most we had ever seen was 20 years ago (863) and before covid it climbed back to the mid six hundreds.
 
The last two weeks have been very busy. A lot of staff heading back to school has left us ‘old timers’ to do our best at keeping our standards. It has been tough some days, but the crew have been real champs under the pressure. Loves ya. Thank you.
 
Wishing everyone a nice weekend.
Thank you for your time with me today, and thank you to those who comment on my writing. It gives encouragement. 
 
May joy be a real friend and not only an acquaintance all weekend.
 
With love from Prince Edward Island.
 
Bruce + Millie
 
Your Morning Smile
 
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Comments

Lynn - September 12, 2021

Powerful message Bruce. Thank you once again for stirring our hearts and turning us to the one true source of peace.
blessings
Lynn

Susan B - September 12, 2021

Thank you for this blog on a sad anniversary day.
Your words are always so inspiring and manage to convey what really counts !!
My favourite quote from a previous blog:
Gratitude turns what we have into enough Aesop
Have a great week.
Susan B

Michele - September 11, 2021

Lovely messages today Bruce…thanks for the pic after lunch today and finding me the butterfly teacup.
My son turned 17 on 911 and came to me scared and worried " does this mean a wR started on my birthday?"
No it doesn’t it just means I need to hold you closer now!
Thanks for the day and actually begin here to enjoy the peace that is your gardens…bless.

Jack & Lillian Paul - September 11, 2021

I think most of us can remember where we were on Sept 11 2001. Our world changed forever that day….and is still changing …I don’t believe it will ever be the same. Thank you for reminding all of us that life is truly a GIFT…and far too short.
Lillian

AnneMarie Wrigley - September 11, 2021

The beauty of the message and the glimpses of the island are a GIFT too. 🇨🇦 ❤️

Lyndal Joseph - September 11, 2021

Thank you for this message today. A few years after 9/11 we were visiting your part of Canada for the first time. Our program director said he wanted to play a documentary film about 9/11, not to depress us, but to inform us of what happened on that day. The film called, “A Diary Between Friends”, tells the story of how Canada came to the rescue of Americans, and others, who were on grounded planes that day. It showed what real friendship and compassion looks and feels like. It is a story that none of us were aware of, and found uplifting. This is why I fly a Canadian flag in my side garden.

Linda - September 11, 2021

OMG, could you imagine a literate conversation like that taking place on TV today?

Janice Waggoner - September 11, 2021

Thank you for the G.I.F.T.

Wendy Jackson - September 11, 2021

You are right Bruce, life is a ‘GIFT’ and one that so many of us take for granted. We need to be thankful in the little things and thank the Lord every morning for waking us up. You gave wonderful comments about forgiveness and love….they are very true. Thank you for all you do and for sharing your time with us. I look forward to this every Saturday morning :) Have a very Blessed Day!

Carol Hanson - September 11, 2021

I’ve enjoyed your blogs for several months! Your G.I.F.T. today was indeed a “gift” to me.
Thank You. God Bless

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