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Desire verus Doubt, 200 Years Later, The Dog Lies

Posted on July 19, 2019 by Bruce MacNaughton

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,

Put the kettle on, let’s have a cup of tea and talk about happy things.

Rejoice in everything, even in small things. If you start rejoicing, even a cup of tea starts having a sacred significance.” – Osho

I have to fess up, today is Friday. I usually write on Saturday mornings, but unable to tomorrow. In any event, happy Saturday.

When I awoke Friday morning, the first sound I heard was of a Canada Warbler.

I gave thanks for the beautiful call to start my day. I started to think about the gift of sound or “listening.”

It most cases the word, listening associates with a conversation.
 

Intentional listening is a habit I would like to improve on. Having an overactive mind at times leads me to not being the best listener.  Too often I assume what is being said and form the bias or answer before truly listening. 

To listen, we need not only our ears, but we also need our eyes and heart open to the other.

For one thing, it allows the other person to receive the gift of feeling heard. The second thing, when we give wholeheartedly, we receive much more than we give.

Those who practice listening find it to be one of the most powerful and influential factors in human relations. It is a magnetic and creative force. In fact, those who listen to us are the very ones toward who we move. Listening to us creates us, unfolds and expands us. Ideas begin to grow and come to life within us. The same happens when we listen to others with an attentive, uncritical ear. Listening recharges us so that we never get tired of each other. We are recreated. ~ Kelly Bennet

Listening to our heart's desire can be a challenge as well. Divine or not, it is usually met with resistance, so begins, “the great wrestling match.”

Life experience is like sport, always desire vs doubt.

The team or player with the most desire wins. Even in most cases, their talent may not be in their favour.

This week, I was reading a great story in a BBC Music Magazine of desire versus doubt.

Composer, Clara Schumann was born in 1819 in Leipzig, Germany. Her mom was a fine pianist and singer and her Dad was a piano teacher.

Her husband, Robert Schumann was a renowned composer as well. His fame and folly of attempted suicide masked over her story. 

As Europe’s ‘Queen of Piano’, composer, professor, and editor, she experienced the times of gender prejudice. Another cause of professional neglect.

200 years later her legacy is being celebrated. She helped evolve the direction of classical music. Now, she is now receiving the attention she deserves. 

I have been listening to her beautiful music all week. The emotion of all that she was dealing with comes through each note. 

While courting she and Robert Schumann composed music to have it played for each other. Her father was dead set against their courtship. The notes from the compositions were converted into words. Sharing music was their way of sending “coded” love letters to each other.

Unthought of at the time, she took her father to court to win the right to marry the man she wanted to. 

Clara was a force. She won, they went on to have 8 children together.

Desire versus Doubt.
 
Desire: Clara shared these words with her father. “Composing gives me great pleasure. There is nothing that surpasses the joy of creation if only because through it one wins hours of self-forgetfulness when one lives in a world of sound.”
 
Doubt: She once wrote, “I once believed that I possessed creative talent but I have given up this idea; women must not desire to compose-there has never yet been one able to do it. Should I expect to be the one?”
 
After her husband's hospitalization, Clara shared a message with a friend. “My old friend, my piano, must help me in this. I thought what a splendid thing it is to be an artist, but I only realize it for the first time now that I can turn all my suffering and joy into divine music so that I often feel quite happy.”
 
When she was 12 years old, Goethe notes: “the girl has more power than six boys put together.”
 
After hearing her play, Louis Sphor comments, “her playing is distinguished from that of the ordinary prodigy in that is not only the result of rigorous classical training but also spring from the heart, as is testified by her compositions which belong, as does the young artist herself, among the remarkable phenomena of art.”
What is your heart's desire? What is the doubt? Love versus fear. Love always wins. Might you take some time this weekend and listen to your heart?
 
Get outside into nature. Lay in the grass, rest and listen. I know am going to this very day.
 
"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time." - John Lubbock
 
Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend and a great week ahead.
 
With love from Prince Edward Island.
 
Bruce
 
ps.
 

A guy spots a sign outside a house that reads, "Talking Dog for Sale."

Intrigued, he walks in. "So what have you done with your life?" he asks the dog. 

"I've led a very full life," says the dog. 

"I lived in the Alps rescuing avalanche victims. Then I served my country in Iraq. And now I spend my days reading to the residents of a retirement home."

The guy is flabbergasted.

He asks the dog's owner, "Why on earth would you want to get rid of an incredible dog like that?"

The owner says, "Because he's a liar! He never did any of that!"

Nature Heals, Prison Time, and Two Watt Lightbulbs

Posted on July 13, 2019 by Bruce MacNaughton

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,

Time for tea? Put the kettle on, and let’s talk about happy things.

On Prince Edward Island, we have a wonderful organization, called Island Nature Trust.

An Island organization which deserves our support.

A larger vision through government departments like Health & Wellness and Education and Life Long Learning could benefit society.

In my opinion, working with Island Trust, Native Council, teachers, instructors, senior citizen advocates, to create a strategy enabling more people opportunity to enjoy nature in new and diverse ways would be a wonderful bonus to some folks.

A pathway to good health both physical and mental.

Island Nature Trust has recently published a “Passport to Nature.”

The passport is a booklet containing information on a series of events we have organized for this summer and fall. The purpose of the passport is to help Islanders and visitors alike experience and learn more about PEI’s protected places.

Island Nature Trust owns over 4,000 acres of land in 47 natural areas across PEI. Upland hardwood stands, to forested wetlands, beaches and dunes, and nearshore islands.

Their Passport to Nature provides ample opportunity to discover some special places!

Paper copies of the passport are available at their office or you can download an online version here.

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir

This week, I was reading about Norway's prison system. (not that I was thinking of doing crime and time in Norway.)

It is interesting in how they have reduced their recidivism rate down to 20%. Sad though, that in North America 60 to 80% of all offenders end up doing more time in jail.

In Norway, there are no life sentences.

The architecture of Halden Prison design is to reduce residents' sense of incarceration. Ease psychological stress and to put them in harmony with the surrounding nature, as well.

The prison is set in beautiful blueberry woods peppered with majestic silver birch and pine trees.

From the moment the one who did the crime enters the system their release is being planned.

"If we treat inmates like animals in prison, then we will release animals on to your street. We are releasing your neighbour."

Interesting how nature and love works.

In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of a love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds. ~ Henri Nouwen

Read, How Norway turns criminals into Good Neighbours.

Paris has been in the news for the last few years, primarily for the Paris Agreement.

Since the signing of the agreement, France has announced a handful of policies.

Banning petrol and diesel vehicles. Eliminating coal-fueled electricity. And investing billions of dollars in sustainable-energy methods, amongst other things.

The city's landmarks are famous. Ambitious plans to create urban forests near most of its landmarks is in action. Read the story here.

I love this video story. 

 

Got to run, the grill is on, breakfast is ready to be served and our Saturday morning guests are here and the day begins.

I discovered Nicola Benedetti in 2013, and I love listening to her album The Silver Violin, a collection of movie scores. Sample listen here

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for entertaining me this morning with your time.

With love from Prince Edward Island,

Bruce

ps.

Did you ever have this kind of conversation?

A man walks into a hardware store and speaks to the cashier.

"Have you any two-watt bulbs?"

"For what?"

"That’ll do, I'll take two."

"Two what?"

"I thought you didn’t have any."

"Any what?"

"Yes please!"

Ireland Meets Scotland, Dear Brother, and Jury Duty

Posted on July 06, 2019 by Bruce MacNaughton

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island, 

Put the kettle on, let’s have a tea and talk about musical things….

Summer has hit. What a wacky season. I do not remember ever turning the furnace on July 1 before, only to have 4 four days later a sweltering heat wave.

We are excited to share the fact that in our Garden Theatre will host the show IRELAND MEETS SCOTLAND, a high-calibre celebration of Celtic heritage, music and dance. 

The show will be performed Wednesday evenings July 17-Aug 28 8 pm. $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 children under 12.

IRELAND MEETS SCOTLAND tells the compelling story of Irish and Scottish immigrants leaving their homelands in the 1800s and meeting in the New World, many of them here on Prince Edward Island. The story is told primarily through music and dance, with just enough prose and poetry laced with humour to set the scenes in the mind’s eye of the audience.

This year Ireland Meets Scotland features Sean Kemp and Tristan Jeffrey on fiddle, Amanda Mark on flute & tin whistle, Kevin Jeffrey on guitar & vocals, and Celtic dancers Abigail Rogers and Madelyn Murdock.

Ireland Meets Scotland show is significant since it celebrates the Scottish and Irish heritage of Prince Edward Island, and new immigrants settling on PEI. The 2019 season will be a reunion of original cast members from the show’s critically acclaimed run during 1999-2002.

You have to love the Celts. This video, Dear Brother, celebrates brothers first and foremost. 

By the time this arrives in your mailbox, we will be on our way to see the worlds largest annual indoor show, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

It got me thinking, where did the word Tattoo for a musical extravaganza come from? Over to Wikipedia and lo and behold. A tattoo is a military performance of music or display of armed forces in general. The term comes from the early 17th-century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe ("turn off the tap"), a signal sounded by drummers or trumpeters to instruct innkeepers near military garrisons to stop serving beer and for soldiers to return to their barracks

A wee taste of a tattoo...

This Sunday at 11:45 in our Garden Theatre, the Winnipeg Youth Chorus will perform for 20 minutes or so.  The WYC has an innovative style believing that choral excellence is achieved through proper training, hard work and instilling within the members a love for what they do, an enthusiasm for performance, and pursuit of excellence. I am sad, we will miss it.

“I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity...to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.” ~ Paul McCartney

In the spirit of this writing, I have been listening to one of my favourites, Loreena McKennitt. 

Apple Editors' Notes

Loreena McKennitt's songs unfurl like medieval tapestry, revealing vibrant colour and mystical detail that seem beyond the capacity of earthly mortals. The Canadian singer can hold a note as long as anybody, and on "The Mystic's Dream" (1996) she draws out a heavenly vibrato over a track that rumbles like the end of the world: Celtic and Moroccan instruments weave a dense web of sound over baritone Gregorian-style chants. These fusions are her forte. "The Gates of Istanbul," for instance, from 2006, dances over a tight, syncopated beat while lyrics portray music itself as a cosmic North Star. Take a listen here.

So many of you have stopped me at the shop to say, you enjoy reading my blogs. I certainly appreciate the encouragement that you all offer.

(Hi to Lorraine from Maine.) 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and a great week ahead. Stay cool. 

With love from Prince Edward Island.

Sincerely, 
Bruce

ps. 
Judge: Is there any reason you could not serve as a juror in this case?
Juror: I don't want to be away from my job that long.
Judge: Can't they do without you at work?
Juror: Yes, but I don't want them to know it.

Old School, 10 year-old's Wisdom, How Wolves Change Rivers

Posted on June 29, 2019 by Bruce MacNaughton
Good Morning and Happy Canada Day weekend from Prince Edward Island.
 
Let's put the kettle on, have some tea and talk about some good news.
 
Big changes for all retailers and consumers in Prince Edward Island is in full motion. Preparations are being made to move from single-use plastic shopping bags to paper bags by July 1. It is the law.
 
We are the first province in Canada to put the ban in place. I suspect it is only a matter of time before this becomes the norm everywhere.
It is a good thing, if not for any other reason than bringing an acute awareness of our environment.
 
This CBC story captures the essence of the challenges retailers face. Cost and storage space. Take a peek here. 
 
More and more attention is being paid to our environment and it is not too soon. Caring for nature is caring for each other. This is our earthly home after all.
I love this video that was captured by a committee of folks interviewing 10 year-old Connor Fitzpatrick on Prince Edward Island. The group have a wonderful blog called Happy Ocean.
Kudos to those involved in Connor's upbringing. He is very articulate and well spoken.
 
Way to go, Connor, your enthusiasm is contagious and your wisdom is awe-inspiring. You are a leader.
 
“Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.” -Unknown
 
Last week, I read about a group who broke a Guinness World Record. Over 600 scuba divers scooped up trash from the ocean floor in Deerfield, Florida. Read more here.
 
Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryūnosuke Satoro
 
How Wolves Change Rivers is a fascinating 5-minute video. A synopsis on a subject called Trophic Cascades.

“Trophic cascades are powerful indirect interactions that can control entire ecosystems. Trophic cascades occur when predators limit the density and/or behaviour of their prey. Thereby enhance survival of the next lower trophic level.”
 
If you wish to do deep on this, here is a great article from The Knowledge Project.
 

On July 1 Canada will celebrate 152 years being a country. Happy Birthday, Canada. Hope everyone partaking in activities enjoy the festivities safe and wise manner.

 

Today, I have been listening to Seven Days Walking, by Ludovico

Einaudi. His 14th studio album is the first in a set of seven albums released over seven consecutive months throughout 2019 as the pianist/composer retraces the same wintry Alpine walk seven times in seven days. Each walk inspires new reflections, new meditations. Einaudi sets out his intentions here, his searching, plaintive piano mixing with whispering strings as he grapples with nature’s ever-shifting mask and mourns its transience. “Golden Butterflies” hesitantly flutters, the sinewy “Cold Wind” both comforts and disturbs. At last the mists clear in “Ascent,” Einaudi’s music reaching for new optimism. A magical start to seven kaleidoscopic journeys. Sample Day One here

What music are you listening to these days?
Take care and have a great weekend, slow down and enjoy each moment.
 
With love from Prince Edward Island,
 
Bruce
 
ps.
 
A snail hitched a ride with a friendly turtle. As they reached an intersection another turtle came along and rammed into them!
A police officer came and questioned the snail: "What happened here?"
The little snail replied, "I don't know -- it all happened so fast."

Nature Cry's for You, 100 Women Who Care, Matchmakers

Posted on June 22, 2019 by Bruce MacNaughton
Come, put the kettle on and let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.

We are home now from our little excursion to St. Andrews. Celebrating 33 years married. We had a lovely weekend sitting on this deck. 
 
This week I loved hearing about the Serenity Park for Veterans. My hats off to the “100 Women Who Care” for supporting this project. Read more about the story here.

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” — Anne Lamott

It is fair to say that we all need more time in nature.
 
When I started to tug on the little thread of thought, I remembered reading an article last fall, called, “Girls and Women Need More Time in Nature to be Healthy.”
 
Below is a taste of what the article had to say.
 
Flowers, trees, and water
 
Seven research participants explored their health, nutrition, and physical activity experiences through photographs. Then discussed in a group, and look for themes or trends.
 
They found themes relating to challenging norms and stereotypes and to the importance of social support and confidence. They discussed their perceptions that “everything is gendered” and that there are activities girls are “supposed to do.” They talked about sometimes feeling excluded from sports dominated by boys, and expectations around what girls should wear while being active.
 
They also discussed how they challenge those norms. The girls, for example, took photos engaging in non-traditional physical activities like aerial circus silks and climbing trees in skirts. They also stressed the importance of support from friends and family to feel safe in challenging norms. There was also a surprising finding: the emphasis they placed on being outside in nature.
 
Although nature and the environment were not part of the intended research purpose, being outside emerged as important. Many of the girls and young women shared photos of natural elements, like flowers, trees and water.
 
They also took photos of themselves, their friends and families engaging in physical activity outside. This most often included general active outdoor play, but also, more specifically, activities like hiking and camping.
 
We learned that nature provided important context for these girls and young women to feel comfortable, safe and confident to navigate the complex gender norms around physical activity.
 
Read the article in its entirety here.

 
I love nature and desire to spend more time in it as well. It is in my nature. Earth is our home, and nature gives us so many gifts.

 
I remember a hundred lovely lakes and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me — I am happy. ~Hamlin Garland, McClure’s, February 1899


Wishing a great weekend a nice week ahead. 
I certainly thank you taking your time to read my blog this morning. 
Today I have been listening to Mozart: Piano Sonatas play by Lars Vogt

From Prince Edward Island with Love! 
Take care of each other. 

Bruce

ps.
A young lady visited a computer dating service and requested, "I'm looking for a spouse. Can you please help me to find a suitable one?"
The matchmaker said, "What exactly are you looking for?"
"Well, let me see. Needs to be good looking, polite, humorous, sporty, knowledgeable, good at singing and dancing. Willing to accompany me the whole day at home during my leisure hour if I don't go out. Be able to tell me interesting stories when I need a companion for conversation and be silent when I want to rest."
The matchmaker entered the information into the computer and, in a matter of moments, handed the results to the woman: "Buy a television."

Character Counts, Manners, and Don't Compare Yourself

Posted on June 15, 2019 by Bruce MacNaughton

"Manners matter, but at the end of the day, politeness is cold comfort.

Politeness is rote memory. It comes from the mind, not the heart. And people can feel that — both the giver and the receiver can sense the shallowness of the interaction.

But kindness is all heart. When we are kind, we are sharing the light within us to make another person's burden a little lighter.

Not because it's the mannerly thing to do. But because it's a human thing to do. And when we interact with people in this wholehearted way, it can lift the vibrations of the entire room." ~ Dr. Laura Berman

Shirley and I and friends are on a little two-day break to one of my favourite places to relax.

So this morning, I am looking for sunrise in St. Andrew's, New Brunswick.

Looking into the fog at 6 am., it got me thinkin'...

I can't see what I want to see. Sunrise is out there somewhere.

I could be pacing, anxious, wondering when I will see it, or I could "let it go" and be grateful for what I do see.

"If all you did was look for things to appreciate, you would live a spectacularly happy life. ~ Esther Abraham Hicks

So this is what I saw looking east this morning.

But, I was heading back to the hotel when I was reminded of home...

We call everyone, dear. 

This past week, I had the pleasure of conversing with people from all over the world.

It is a highlight for me. It turns work into joy.

Every person has a story if you have time to listen. 

Too often, we measure ourselves against what the outside world calls success. We tend to compare ourselves to others.

Waste of time, I'd say.

The pursuit of success can be a catalyst for failure.

I have learned that success is more dangerous than failure. There is no failure as long as I get to stand back up and learn from the stumble.

I can't be successful in the outer world until I am successful in my inner world.

And I don't wish to be successful at the wrong things, only the right things.

Character counts.

Earlier I read this Farnham Street Blog about the danger of comparing yourself to others. 

The most essential things in life are internal, not external.

"The big question about how people behave," says Warren Buffett, "is whether they've got an inner scorecard or an outer scorecard. It helps if you can be satisfied with an inner scorecard."

Some people believe in luck, I don't.

If I did, these 15 habits of lucky people, explains it well.

Lucky people:

1 work harder

2 complain less

3 teach others

4 show gratitude

5 share credit

6 choose kindness

7 volunteer first

8 unselfishly give

9 trust first

10 good manners

11 stay teachable

12 promote others

13 love to explore

14 storytellers

15 love to compete

~ Vala Afshar Twitter feed

I was asked to speak at a leadership conference, at the end of the month. The topic given to me was personal leadership.

I have many old journals and notes I have written to myself around the subject of leadership.

One of my favourite non-fiction books is Essentialism by Greg Mckeown.

In his book, he suggests, "give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all. Once you stop saying yes to everyone, are you able to make your highest contribution. Focus on the things that matter."

"Essentialist leaders communicate the right things to the right people at the right time. Essentialist leaders speak succinctly, opting for restraint in their communication to keep the team focused. When they do speak, they are crystal clear." Greg McKeown

Have to run, heading to Minister's Island today.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend a great week ahead.

I have been listening to a new album by Keith Jarrett, a classical classic. 

J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier. Listen Here. 

Take care of each other.

With love from Prince Edward Island.

Sincerely,

Bruce

ps.

Little Jimmy: "So your family got a new house! How do you like it?"

Little Johnny: "It's terrific! I have my own room, Billy has his own room, and Jenny has her own room. But poor Mom is still in with Dad."

Hope is Rising, We are Ready for Change, Society's Soul

Posted on June 08, 2019 by Bruce MacNaughton

I love mornings!

The photo above was captured by Katherine MacLaine, our friend and graphic designer/photographer and it got me to thinkin’...

The sunrise reminds me to wipe off yesterday’s residue and start again. It’s a new day, a new chance to get it right. But what is right?

Happiness is great but joy is a whole other world.

David Brooks, a NY Times op-ed writer recently gave a talk. The lies our culture tells us about what matters - and a better way to live. In this video, he opens up to his personal failings and shares his education with us.

A bit of the transcript from the video gives you an idea of what he had to share.

The message of the meritocracy is you are what you accomplish. The myth of the meritocracy is you can earn dignity by attaching yourself to prestigious brands. The emotion of the meritocracy is conditional love, you can "earn" your way to love. The anthropology of the meritocracy is you're not a soul to be purified, you're a set of skills to be maximized. - David Brooks

His most recent book, The Second Mountain poses an age-old question.

What’s the secret to living a joyful, meaningful and fulfilling life? He provides a provocative answer. One that rubs against the grain of present-day society. Reject individualism and the almost unrestricted personal freedom it promises. Embrace a life of service to others.

 By undermining our social connections, individualism causes a range of societal and personal problems, which many people try to overcome by pursuing material success and happiness. But this pursuit ultimately leads nowhere. The real road to fulfillment leads to a life of service to other people, which can be practiced through our vocations, marriages, religions and/or the tasks of community-building. - Liner notes

This thread all started when I saw Katherine's photo of the farmer on his tractor. I am imagining that he is in his glory, preparing the land for a crop. And planning to harvest a few months from now. Farmers are special. Bless their hearts for working hard to feed us, our families, and the community.

Since World War Two our food systems became industrialized. Which brought on the steady decline of family farms. These facts are real.

Hope is rising.

There is a renaissance happening. More and more people plan or are growing food for themselves and others.

Cooking schools are booming. Community cooking classes are popular.  

We all play a part in restoring our society’s soul.

Get ourselves closer to the land and knowing those who grow our food is the first step.

You cannot ignore the benefits of cooking at home either.

To sit around the table and share a meal together is special. I wish I had spent more time honouring this. Going forward I will be more intentional.

A University of Montreal study found children who routinely eat their meals together with their family are more likely to experience long-term physical and mental health benefits.

Micheal Pollan has been writing books and articles for thirty years. His passion is about the places where nature and culture intersect. Our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in our minds.

Below is a short video speaking to some of the benefits of cooking at home.

Do you like to cook? What is your favourite dish to prepare?

Today and a lot this week I have been listening to:

Thank you for taking the time to be with me today.

I truly hope you have a wonderful weekend and a great week ahead.

With Love from Prince Edward Island!
Sincerely,
Bruce
ps.
An 8-year-old girl went to the office with her father on 'Take your child to work day'.
As they walked around the office she started crying and getting cranky.
Her father asked what was wrong.

As the staff gathered round she sobbed loudly, "Daddy, where are all the clowns you said you worked with?"

Peace of Mind, Decluttering and Taking the Bull

Posted on May 25, 2019 by Bruce MacNaughton

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,


Put the kettle on, but today may I have some lemon, a small piece of fresh ginger and spoonful of honey in a cup of hot water. Not feeling great today. I hate taking them, but the antibiotics have yet to kick in.


A few years ago, a friend gave me the book, The Art of Tidying Up. I never really paid attention to it until recently. Marie Kondo has undoubtedly taken the world by storm with her philosophy of tidying up makes for a happy life.


This week there was an article on BBC online, “Can decluttering your house make you happier?”

 

If you have not watched Marie on Netflix, you may find it entertaining or establishing a sense of shame due to your years of not tidying up. Either way, it is an impressive view of human psychology.

 

Watch some of her tips here. 

Over the last two weeks, I have made some changes to my office to reflect a new found appreciation for minimalism, not to the extreme, but a wee bit.


I took some photos of my office on Friday, and I certainly wished I had taken the before pictures. This is quite a change from what it was, not only the colours but the layout as well.


Got rid of a big clunky desk last year, built a counter desk along the wall, which enables others to use it for short term projects.


I find it a more pleasant working environment and able to focus better than usual.

 

 

 

Now the flip side to attempting to make changes is procrastination.


Anyone else has an issue with that?


Cognitive Today, has posted an article You Procrastinate Because Of Emotions, Not Laziness. Regulate Them To Stop Procrastinating!


For all practical purposes, the article defines procrastination as the intentional and voluntary delay of an intended activity even if the postponement creates adverse consequences.


If you like an in-depth study of a subject, you will enjoy the whole article here.

 

Wish to get straight to the solution, here are 10 Scientific solutions for overcoming procrastination.

 

Thank you for the time and the hot toddy. 

 

Have a great weekend and a nice week ahead. 

 

With Love from Prince Edward Island, 

 

Bruce

 

ps. 

 

Little Johnny did not go to school one day. The next day when the teacher asked him why, he said, "Our cow was on heat, so I had to take her to the bull."

 

"Oh I see," said the teacher, "but I'm sure your father could have done that."

 

"No ma'am, he couldn't have," said Johnny, "it has to be the bull"



Behavioural Science, Doctor Running, and What's Your Passion?

Posted on May 18, 2019 by Bruce MacNaughton
Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,
 
Put the kettle on; it is time to share a hot beverage.
 
Thank you for the invite to spend some time with you this morning.
 
Our restaurant opened for the season yesterday, and it feels good to start on what will be a busy season. Hope we see you soon. 
 
It is great to see staff and customers returning and getting back in the groove.
 
We did open for Mothers Day. We have not served since to mid-October to having almost three hundred people for lunch in 4 hours.
 
The staff did a great job considering. There were a few situations that showed our rustiness, but all in all, everyone was great.
 
Our place is not built on products and services only. If it were, we would be just another business serving food.
 
Creating a work environment where we try and create a caring, respectful, people-centred place for people to work and play has to come from the heart. We love our staff. We love our customers. We love people. You can’t fake love.
 
  • “Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.” ~ Erich Fromm
 
In preparing for the season, stress levels change.
 
But it is time to lead. Time for Passion. Time for Clarity.
 
  • Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress: Working hard for something we love is called passion. - Simon Sinek
 
Jon Jachimowicz will join Harvard Business School in July. He will be an assistant professor in the organizational behaviour unit. One of his areas of research focuses on passion. When reading The Passion Paradox, he wanted to speak with co-author Brad Stulberg.
 
While researching Passion Paradox, Brad and co-authour Steve Magness discovered a paper by Robert Vallerand, where he reveals two kinds of passion.
 
“Passion is defined as a strong inclination toward an activity that people like, that they find important, and in which they invest time and energy."
 
He proposes there are two types of passion: "obsessive and harmonious.”
 
After reading this article, in Behavioural Science, I will be checking in at our local book retailer to see if they have the book or if they can bring it in for me.
I read another article recently that brought me to a realization.
 

I can’t be successful in the world until I am successful in my world. I don’t wish to be successful at the wrong thing, only the right thing. To know what I do and why I do it. 

Last evening as a family we watched One STrange Rock on Netflix. Beautiful. 

This video is not connected to the show but I hope you like it. 

 
"Be an artist in that you never stop giving you best and most generous and personal work. Be a scientist such that you care enough about your art to get it to into the hands of the right people." ~ Benjamin Hardy
 
Question of the Week: What is your art? What is your passion?
 
Time to run. Hope you have a lovely weekend and a great next week.
 
Till next time, take care of each other and thank you for spending your time with me.
 
With all sincerity, love from Prince Edward Island.
 
Bruce MacNaughton ~ Soul Proprietor
Owner & Host
 
ps.
A man was seen fleeing down the hall of the hospital just before his operation.
"What's the matter?" he was asked.
He said, "I heard the nurse say, 'It's a very simple operation, don't worry, I'm sure it will be all right.'"
"She was just trying to comfort you, what's so frightening about that?"
"She wasn't talking to me. She was talking to the doctor!"
(Ron, I hope the ankle replacement surgery went well this week, see you in six weeks)

Respect, Integrity, and Improving the World

Posted on May 11, 2019 by Bruce MacNaughton

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island, 

 Put the kettle on...

Recently I was the dinner speaker at the 45th birthday of the local Toastmasters Club.

It was such a great learning experience even being only a one year member 30 years ago. After all that time, I was honoured to be asked. 
Below is a good part of what I had to say, the written word and the spoken word is a different experience altogether.

Why Toastmasters is One of the Greatest Service Clubs
 

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank

Ralph C. Smedley, was somebody who did not wait.
Mr. Smedley had an idea. Help others to become confident speakers.
He grew from a single club at a YMCA in Santa Ana, California in 1924.
It has grown globally to 357,000 members through 16,600 clubs in 143 countries.
Mr. Smedley’s vision helped people from diverse backgrounds become better communicators and leaders.
 
Why is Toastmasters one of the best service clubs in the world?
 
Let me share my experience with Toastmasters and this club has done for me.
Was I an Introvert? No.
Was I an extrovert with no idea how to communicate? Yes.
Toastmasters helped with the skills I needed to grow our business.
 
( I shared our business story and about our non-profit Gardens of Hope Respite Cottage).
 
In the last month, I have lost two friends to heart attacks.
Way, too many people go to the grave with their music still in them.
A wake-up call for all who are in what I call “the zone”.
 
I read a quote by Eartha Kiff which resonated.
 
I am learning all the time and the tombstone will be my diploma.
 
There is a birthdate date, an end date and a dash on a tombstone.
We short change ourselves when we don’t live with abandonment in “the dash.”
 
Toastmasters helps to reach into ourselves and develop confidence and grace.
It enables the real you to grow and reach out to encourage others to do the same.
Toastmasters cultivates courage. It nurtures self-confidence.
Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.
Life begins when you do.
 
Once you develop communication and leadership skills, a world of opportunity opens up. The new skills enable you to become a person of influence and have a positive impact on the lives of others.
 
Through the power of positive encouragement, Toastmasters guides you through personal discovery. If you are learning you are winning, there is no failure as long as your learning.
 
What would happen if we had a million leaders with integrity, respect for others, a servants heart, and a desire for excellence?
 
Toastmasters International teaches how.
 
This is why Toastmasters is one of The Best Service Club in the World.

 

Speaking of service, one of my heroes passed away this week. Jean Vanier. I first heard him speak on a CBC Radio program called, Ideas. His "Becoming Human" series had an effect on me. 

 

 

Live Each Moment

by Anonymous

I may never see tomorrow,

there is no written guarantee.

And things that happened yesterday,

belong to history

 

I cannot predict the future,

I cannot change the past

I have just the present moment,

I must treat it as my last

 

I must use this moment wisely,

for it will soon pass away

And be lost to me forever,

as part of yesterday

 

I must exercise compassion,

help the fallen to their feet.

Be a friend unto the friendless,

make an empty life complete

 

The unkind things I do today,

may never be undone

And friendships that I fail to win,

may never more be won

 

I may not have another chance

on bended knee to pray

And thank God with humble heart,

for giving me this day.  

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this today. 

Wishing you the very best of what the weekend has to offer. 

Happy Mother's Day Weekend. 

With love from Prince Edward Island. 

Sincerely, 
Bruce
ps. 

A man goes into a dentist's office.
Man: "Excuse me, can you help me? I think I'm a moth."
Dentist: "You don't need a dentist. You need a psychiatrist."
Man: "Yes, I know."
Dentist: "So, why did you come in here?"
Man: "The light was on."