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A to Z Guide to Life – F is for 'Faith' Monday January 11, 2016

Well, that's a word that's likely to raise some eyebrows. Awesome architecture and adventures have been created as a result of people's faith, and equally awful atrocities have been committed!

There's no escaping the fact, though: faith moves us... perhaps even defines us.

What we believe changes how we behave, and how we assess how others behave.

So what is faith? It's a sure and certain conviction to do with the unseen, the unfelt, and the unmeasurable. Cross anyone's invisible line of conviction and you'll experience the person's commitment to their values. I believe in the primacy of good manners. Cross that line and I'll share some feedback!

Faith is to do with that which is not yet in the realm of the empirical. It gives substance that which has no tangible substance. 'Certainty' is a good synonym.

I think faith is essential. We must believe in something, value something, hold to something. And we all do. Declarations and Constitutions are made of such things!

Those of us who blog for Moodscope have a conviction and a certainty that what we write will at least touch one heart each time – and that one makes it worthwhile. Moodscope itself is founded on the faith that it can make a difference – and that faith is well founded. It's made a difference to me.

So, today, I'm going to invite us all to press pause and think about what we believe in that is good and pleasing and worthy of praise. The mistake that's too easy to make is to confuse faith with hope. Hope is always to do with the future and unseen, but faith lays hold of our 'truth' in the here and now.

What would you like to be certain of, right here, right now in 2016?

Let's trigger these beliefs by using the phrase, "I believe I am..."

... learning equally well from my successes and setbacks – both moving me forwards
... communicating ever more clearly my needs, feelings and mindset so that those who really care can understand and respond and support
... becoming more aware of how to cope.

Faith grows by listening to our inner-dialogue – the things we tell ourselves about ourselves and others.

Would you take some time to share a good line with us about what you'll believe about yourself and others this year? Let's share the good stuff.

Unless we stand for something, we'll fall for anything!

A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Nick Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 5:47am

I feel -believe- I'm becoming more real -genuine, authentic- and within that journey, I feel I'm being touched and help more and more, by real people, like Moodscope members. xx

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 6:16am

Thank you Nick, for being the first. And with such powerful words. L'xx

Christine Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:36am

I believe in love and family, I know it sounds corny but I don't have faith in a God so that is the closest thing I think. thanks for getting me thinking this morning.

Bearofliddlebrain Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 8:01am

You've got it just right Christine. Bear hugs x

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 8:22am

Hi Christine, I really believe faith embraces more than religion. Spirituality is broader and we all have beliefs. I love yours! And I align with them - love and family. L'xx

Soulmansblue Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 8:00am

Morning Lex,

When it comes to faith, I walk the path of God and follow him.

Mary Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 12:11pm

A classic for a reason SMB! You're not alone here, my friend.

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:16pm

I am, of course, 100% aligned with that, Dear SMB... as with Mary. And I also know that we are all driven by faith. An atheist believes just as passionately - just with a different focus. It's been fascinating to share those points of focus today. Thank you for sharing too. L'xx

Bearofliddlebrain Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 8:00am

I believe I will get better :)
Bear x

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 8:22am

I'll stand with you on that one, Beloved Bear... we'll believe that together. L'xx

Leah Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 8:58am

Bear, great to see you commenting again. Take carexx

LillyPet Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 9:08am

I'm glad to see you too lovely Bear. Didn't want to put my crimbly mug away! Big hugs and lashings of honey. LP xx :)

Bearofliddlebrain Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 10:54am

Thank you, Leah and Lillypet .....for missing me! Ve ve kind of you to leave messages here on other days and Eva....have been a been a ve sad Bear....but onwards and upwards I go. Christmas mugs and tea towels back in cupboard!! Bear hugs to all x x x

Mary Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 12:12pm

Oh Bear - you have been soooo missed. And I'm only just realising how much. Lovely to see you back and sticky honey hugs to you this grey morning

susan Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 12:26pm

Hello sweetie bear. Be well. Spring is coming. xx

Bearofliddlebrain Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 1:00pm

Thankees! x x x

danielle Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 1:02pm

Great to see you Bear! xxxx

the room above the garage Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 1:52pm

Hello Bear, I've been on the tips of my fingers wondering whether to send a message through Caroline asking after you...wasn't sure if you were away, busy or absent for the withdrawing reason we are all so familiar with. I'm sorry you haven't been feeling so good. And do stay. I believe we can hold on to ratg xxx.

Norman Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 3:35pm

Uh oh! The hunny jar is empty and the hungry bear is on the prowl again...

Norman Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 3:35pm

Uh oh! The hunny jar is empty and the hungry bear is on the prowl again...

Anonymous Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 5:14pm

Glad to see your name Bear. Julxx

Soulmansblue Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 8:03am


I finished writing a short book last year called 'A LIFETIME IN DEPRESSION' if anyone is interested and wants to have a read you're welcome.

All I ask is that you don't freely distribute it. One copy each. I am going to do a further revision on it and add more material.

I'm then going to put it on Amazon as an Ebook but without audio. If you'd like a copy all you have to do is copy the link and paste it into your browser. Download, Unzip and just double click the exe file and it will open.

[Sorry this file is for PC ONLY]

Files (113 MB total)
ALID [8.4.2] Revised

Will be deleted on
17 January, 2016

Download link:

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 8:23am

Thanks for sharing, this Soulmansblue... I'm sure Caroline will pick this up with you and can explore what could be shared as a blog. L'xx

Sarah Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 8:59am

Thank you Lex. I have faith in my "trust" of people because even though I have had many set backs from trusting, possibly the wrong people, it's something that is always there and until I read your blog this morning I had never thought about it. What I have learnt recently is that first, I need to trust myself and have faith in myself, knowing that my trust in others is meant positively, this will help protect me from other people's negative response, which in the past has damaged me. I also have found Moodscope a great help and support. Sarah x ( the yellow rose one)

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:19pm

Hello Yellow Rose of Sarah... so, trust yourself, trust others (as a general principle), and trust the Moodscope process? Sounds like a hat-trick to me, and I agree. I guess I trust people 'as long as...' But even the ones who have betrayed my trust haven't changed my belief in the value of trusting others. Sometimes, like a rose, they bloom only in the light of that trust. L'xx

Leah Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 9:01am

Thanks for the blog.I believe the more I learn about my illness the less I understand and the more I need to know. I believe I have more questions than answers. I believe I will keep on keeping on!!

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:21pm

Brilliant! I believe, Leah, your wisdom is rising! There was a time in my life when I knew it all... now I have more questions than answers... and I am happier and more open. I believe we will keep on keeping on together. Onwards! L'xx

LillyPet Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 9:05am

Hi Lex,
I believe that it is important to communicate how I feel. If I find a way of doing it in a harmonious way, which I normally can, things move forwards. The times when it is difficult to do are the times when I can move forwards.
Thanks for a wonderful way to start the week Lex LP x

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:24pm

Wow! Those are powerful beliefs that ring true to me. Thank you LillyPet. L'xx

Anthony Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 11:22am

I belive that 2016 will be a beeter year for me

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:24pm

I agree. One step at a time, Anthony. Any idea on your first step to make it so? L'xx

susan Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 12:23pm

Hi Lex. I believe that our intent is key. I believe that unconditional love is what remains when everything else is gone. I believe we are surrounded by a spirit or life force that links us all in miraculous ways. I believe personal integrity is vital to our well-being. I believe i'll feel better about myself and my life if I keep remembering all this. Thank you for the challenge today, Lex. It really helped to kick-start me. RIP David Bowie. xx

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:26pm

Simply beautiful, Susan. You are a kindred spirit. L'xx

Terence Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 12:23pm

I believe I am not alone x very good to see Bear today

Bearofliddlebrain Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 1:01pm

Bear hugs returned x

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:29pm

I love the love That Moodscopers share Expressed so openly To our Beloved Bear L'xx

Mary Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 12:24pm

Faith eh, Lex? Oh gosh. Soulmans blue put it beautifully and succinctly above. But I also have faith in man (people) in our unfathomable capacity for love and development. Yes, we can show the other side too - but as Terry Pratchett's demon Crowley said of the human race in Good Omens (unless that was one of the bits Gaiman wrote) "And just when you'd think they were more malignant than ever Hell could be, they could occasionally show more grace than Heaven ever dreamed of. Often the same individual was involved. It was this free-will thing, of course. It was a bugger." His Angel Aziraphale just refers to the whole thing as "ineffable". I rather like that.

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:38pm

"Ineffable" - sounds like a Turkish lager... ergo, I like it! L'xx

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:38pm

Or should that be, "Zardos, Lord of the Sandwich"?

Rebecca Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 12:44pm

Great blog. I believe that I am slowly getting better at coping with the down days and carrying on regardless of how I feel. I am also getting better at not showing everybody and everyone when I feel down, learning to be a better actress and show those who understand. Cheered me up reading replies, been feeling very anxious lately.

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:39pm

Hi Rebecca, as long as we can keep an 'on-stage' and 'off-stage' balance, it's great to go for the Oscar nominations! You can be yourself here - however you feel. L'xx

Bearofliddlebrain Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 1:03pm

Keep showing those who understand, Rebecca, the others don't matter...huge Bear hugs x x x

Salt Water Mum Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 1:07pm

I believe in cherishing my children,
I believe in hugging my close friends,
I believe in sharing tea and chocolate cake,
I believe in the therapy of music and nature,
I believe we should embrace our inner goddess and our inner witch in equal measure,
I believe the human being is a wondrous, magical, totally fecked-up creature in need of self-care and worthy of much love…

readerwriter Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:22pm

Love to you - Moodscope's gift to me is accepting that the fecking up is what we do. It's not all there is though.....

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 8:11pm

Why does "Human" by "The Human League" keep playing in my head?! Fecking song! L'xx

the room above the garage Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 1:56pm

Hello Lex! I have faith that there is more good in the world than ungood. It is just that, that brings each day to start and end for me. Thank you for 'Faith' today, love ratg xxx.

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 8:14pm

Not only do I agree with you, RATG, I see this too. And I do believe our faith in this brings out the best in people. L'xx Keep working your miracles - you work on me!

Norman Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 3:30pm

I grew up with three tenets of faith: that through god I would reach the kingdom of heaven; that the Labour Party would lead us to socialism by parliamentary means; and, that Newcastle United would win the league. I've lost faith in two and Newcastle's season is not looking too good either...

Nicola Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 8:27pm

Norman, that made me laugh out loud! Thanks x

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 8:55pm

Oh Norman, your humour is wonderful...

Norman Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 3:38pm

Faith is belief not based on proof. I believe that one day I will find a truly fulfilling job and a truly fulfilling relationship. As I said there is no proof...

readerwriter Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:23pm

Glad to hear you. Move OK?

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 8:57pm

Yes, it would be a rather ridiculous faith if it was evidence-based, wouldn't it? I believe faith is a creative force. May you attract and then nurture that person that will grow a truly fulfilling relationship together with you. And may you attract a truly fulfilling job that is deeply satisfying. L'xx

Shelly Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 3:42pm

I believe that approaching life and people with a non-judgemental positive reguard will help more than harm the world and my soul. I have faith that someday I will apply it to myself as well!

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:08pm

I agree with you, Shelly. I had a massive breakthrough on this, last week. It's changed my life, but it is very spiritual and therefore not necessarily appropriate to share here. Happy to talk privately if you'd like to connect via Caroline? L'xx

Anonymous Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 5:22pm

Hello Lex. The word faith always associates itself with religion in my mind and a committed believer saying to a non believer "Ah but you have to have faith" When the believer cannot prove the existence of God, this is their default line of the argument. I know you believe in spiritual faith aswell as religious faith and are very careful to point this out as you know we are a mixed bunch in the believer/religious/secular world here in Moodscope.
So I am finding it difficult to understand that the word faith can be aplied to the secular world. I am a pain aren't I? Me of little faith! All I can think of is hope for the future or a belief for the future. I find it difficult to believe something different in the here and now than what is already happening to me. Perhaps being in Spain has muddled my brain today. Thanks Lex. You never cease to make our minds whirl. Jul xxxx

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:13pm

Hi Jules (may I call you that?) It's a great word when reframed: credibility, trust, believe, values... does that help? Wishing you love and clarity, L'xx

Anonymous Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 8:49pm

You may call me Jules yes Lex. Yes those words do help. I will try to reframe and think with these words.Thank you as always

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 8:58pm

You are a jewel in my life - I love it when you shine, and I adore it when you relish a bit of polish to bring back the sparkle xx

LillyPet Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 11:04pm

Hi Anonymous, maybe one example is whether you can have faith in your true self being your guide, rather than your thoughts and feelings. LP x

The Gardener Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 6:13pm

A few weeks/months ago I could concur with all salt water mum said - today - not just a 'one off' I have lost faith in my own humanity. It's been a most successful day project wise - but the weather's grey, my face is grey, our beautiful house is drab because Mr G wants most of the lights off - says they hurt his eyes - surgeon says nonsense.I feel like a once-strong rock which is being eroded by incessant waves of demands, boredom and the worst, no logic or reason. My brother-in-law has invited us to his 90th birthday celebrations in mid-March - he knows his brother cannot travel - automatic invite of course - then he said 'come on your own' I was amazed at such a suggestion. But I cannot, dare not - after the last lot of hospitalisation it was weeks getting a glimmer of sense into life - and I visited every day - I feel even if I could organise such a trip my husband would 'lose it' completely. His current geriatric doctor says 'don't let him use you like a sponge' but I have no choice, he will do nothing for himself - and is most unpleasant if I don't jump to every wish. Tomorrow my treat is going down the dump - this seems absurd but the act of 'cleaning out the nest' can be therapeutic - because it means 'improving' something, and perhaps the act of ridding myself of rubbish might provoke a 'mind-cleansing', and as it's respite day 7 hours of 'normality' might give me faith in something - myself first. Just a glimmer after such a miserable post - everybody I've met has been lovely today - but they're all out there, and I'm in here. Glad Bear is back - Moodscope is fascinating in this 'caring' for strangers - just like we do with our elderly (older than us!) neighbours - their shutters open at set hours - they are both creatures of habit - shutters open very early - possibly crisis in night - so enquiry - shut, same thing.

The Gardener Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 6:16pm

Just looked at Norman's 3.30 post. I feel like answering like Dick Emery when he played the 'arch' spinster in search of a man. 'Oh, you are awful, but I like you!'

The Gardener Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 6:29pm

On this day of homage to David Bowie I've just listened to 'Peter and the Wolf' with him relating the story! always trying to get our 'Mr Music' to put it on with an amazing Russian actor who defected here to tell the story - says it's too expensive - will approach our rather good school of music. There, thinking of the future already, phew!

readerwriter Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:25pm

Go well G - carers need care too

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 9:01pm

I have seen your garden. I know there is hope. Now, it is Winter. I respect that. But Spring will strike again against the shield of Winter (Genesis: Undertow. L'xx

readerwriter Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 7:26pm

Thanks for a great blog on a provocative subject - lots of reflection here at Readerwriter Towers

Lex Mon, Jan 11th 2016 @ 9:02pm

Always a pleasure. Was nervous about sharing such a loaded word, but it seems to have gone down OK. Now, if I'd shared what I really wanted to write... !!! L'xx

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