Are you a Star?

2 Oct 2018
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When you were at school, did you ever get a shiny gold star for a good piece of work?

I was at my company conference this weekend. It was an amazing two days – it always is – and my head is overflowing with the different training we had, the ideas we came up with in brain-storming sessions, the way the company is moving forward...

But then came the awards. Consultant after consultant came up to receive their star awards, not me. Three of the top performing consultants are in my team – but I am not even in the top half of the company, let alone the top ten. I have been doing my job for seventeen years now, and I am still struggling. I feel so ashamed. There is no shiny star for me.

And then I took a step back and thought about it. Given my health issues over the last seventeen years, would it be reasonable for me to be in the top ten? Would it even be reasonable for me to be in the top half? When I look at the challenges my family has faced in the past couple of years, we are fortunate to be here and together as a family. I should thank our lucky stars for that!

Would I dismiss the child with learning disabilities because he never gets a gold star in his book? I would rather be pleased he wrote anything in his book. Would I criticize the person with a leg in plaster if she wasn't placed in the race? No! I would cheer her on for even entering. And if this race were a marathon, which any business should be, then I would cheer even more if she stuck to it, mile after mile, after mile.

I am fortunate to do a job I love; a job which contributes to the world. I have often thought about giving up; but, when I do, I invariably meet someone who says, "I want to thank you – you have transformed my life!" I may not make as much money as when I was an accountant, but – as an accountant – I never changed anyone's life.

So yes, I would love to go up to the front at the conference and get my shiny star. I would love to be applauded and recognised. But I do get individual recognition from the people I have helped with words (I'm red hot on the 60 second presentation) and whom I have encouraged in the past. I do contribute to the company, even if I am not the top performer in terms of the numbers.

So, I don't have that shiny star by my name on our company website. I don't have the glittering glass and brass award on my studio table. But I am a star.

You are a star too. Stop judging yourself by the wrong standards. Look at what you do give, not what you can't. You are a star!

Mary

A Moodscope member.

A Moodscope member.

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Ach UK

Oct. 3, 2018, 3:04 a.m.

Dear Mary, Lovely blog to greet us today, thank you. What a great Mantra, . . ." I am a star, I am a star, I AM a star . .! ". Which reminds me of Perry Como and "Catch a falling star . . " https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GOSmSq0xuo0 May your day be bright Mary, you ARE a star and true " Child of the universe . . " XX Ach.

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 6:09 a.m.

Thank you. Yes , you are!

Sally

Oct. 3, 2018, 7:36 a.m.

Ach UK, Catch a falling star is GREAT!

Lexi

Oct. 3, 2018, 11:22 a.m.

Hope today is a better day for your Ach UK xo Lexi

Ach UK

Oct. 3, 2018, 6:09 p.m.

Gosh Sally, that ks. Wasn't sure anyone would remember him loL. XX Ach.

Molly

Oct. 3, 2018, 3:28 a.m.

You are a star Mary !!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUtZ7uF-JyM

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 6:10 a.m.

Thank you, Molly. It means a lot that you'd say it.

roberta

Oct. 3, 2018, 4:43 a.m.

Thank you Mary ?

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roberta

Oct. 3, 2018, 4:45 a.m.

Was an exclamation mark.

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 6:11 a.m.

Ah! Glad you explained. I was puzzled until I saw this bit. And - thank you. But so is everyone here.

Rachel

Oct. 3, 2018, 4:46 a.m.

You sparkle and shine and light up my world! Thank you!

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 6:11 a.m.

What a lovely thing to say! I am blushing here and digging my toe into the floor!

Oli

Oct. 3, 2018, 5 a.m.

One of the things I settled on a long time ago Mary was the idea that competence is sufficient. I don't want the flashiest surgeon; I want the competent one who does a good job time and again. I don't need or want my Postman to ride a unicycle to deliver letters; I just want them delivered accurately and competently. I'm a big fan of the solid, competent, mediocre. So I don't make much noise, I don't shine and sparkle, I just try and make sure I know my stuff and get the task done -- and if find that really satisfying as it happens. Thank you for the blog! And there's nothing wrong with stars or awards either. Although I've always thought they should hand out wally and **** awards too. If one can get through the year without being a **** or a wally then you're probably doing okay! :-)

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 6:13 a.m.

Oh Oli - Your reply made me smile. Yes, competence is underrated. Slow and steady wins the race. Well, the marathon, anyway!

Bearofliddlebrain

Oct. 3, 2018, 11:58 a.m.

Oli...you are a star of the highest order too, here in Moodscope...always have an interesting and thoughtful answer to the blogs. Hugs and stars to you, Bear x

Oli

Oct. 3, 2018, 2:49 p.m.

lol, thanks bear and Mary -- and congrats Mary, I didn't see the big star this morning (because I have images turned off in my browser) but I switched them on and well done you! Well deserved! :-)

Ach UK

Oct. 3, 2018, 6:20 p.m.

Hi Bear, hoping you are doing better -- seeing your thoughtful posts with so much humour is always a treat for me. Isn't Moodscope wonderful ; brings out the best in us and gives so much to us all. XX Ach.

AnnewithanE

Oct. 3, 2018, 5:17 a.m.

Congratulations on your Moodscope award - well deserved Mary! Your honest writing and sharing, your persistence in the face of adversity and in the battle: your surviving, your times of taking steps where you can in your struggles, your times of thriving - all inspire and provoke. Thank you for everything. Hard won. Heavy cost. Glow in this today and store it up as treasure. And in celebration of all who take part in life without an award or any prospect of recognition or affirmation - don't wait, look out for, or long for that - award yourself a gold star today even if its sticking a cut-out star on your mirror. In some way, love and value yourself. You are a star!

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Susannah

Oct. 3, 2018, 8:39 a.m.

I like this AWAE :-)

Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 9:53 a.m.

I love that idea of cutting out a star. You may be sure that I will be printing out my own star, framing it and hanging it on the wall right above my monitor - to remind me of this wonderful award!

Adam G

Oct. 3, 2018, 5:17 a.m.

Well you certainly get a gold star from me Mary for your wonderful blog posts!

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 9:54 a.m.

Thank you so much. But each and everyone of YOU is a star! And that definitely includes you, Adam!

PeaceLoveRICHARD

Oct. 3, 2018, 5:19 a.m.

And the Academy Award goes to... ...Mary, for "Wednesday October 3rd" Music swells. Extreme close up on the winning writer. Copyright R.V.Harrison 2018. We love you, Mary!

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 9:55 a.m.

Do you know, Richard, it wasn't until I read this that I realised that Caroline had done the whole gold star award for me. I got all the way down here, wondering why people had told ME I was a star instead of saying, "Thank you, I know I am a star!" So - see my acceptance speech further down! ;)

Bridget

Oct. 3, 2018, 5:51 a.m.

Ah Mary, I wanted to cry when I read your blog. It's important to realise that we don't have to be the all singing, all dancing perfect person to be appreciated. It's the heartfelt comments and thank-you's from those whose lives you touch that are far more important. In every organisation there are those that work solidly behind the scenes and there are those that swan around, not doing much at all except singing their own praises. The latter are often the ones that get the gold stars but everyone knows who has really earned them. Well done Mary, you deserve your Gold Star

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 9:57 a.m.

Yes - the play could not happen without the costume designers, the set artists, the scene shifters. These are all the unsung heroes, even though it is the actors who take the bow at the end.

The Gardener

Oct. 3, 2018, 6:04 a.m.

Yes Mary, sharing, giving of yourself, inspiring, helping - thank you for everything over the years. Love The Gardener ***

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Sally

Oct. 3, 2018, 7:40 a.m.

Love to you toda, Gardener, take care. Xx

Susannah

Oct. 3, 2018, 8:39 a.m.

Indeed, to you all.

Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 9:57 a.m.

And - in the modern idiom, Right back atcha, darling Gardener!

Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 9:58 a.m.

And - you continue in my prayers.

Another Sally

Oct. 3, 2018, 6:05 a.m.

Echo all the above. Gold star to you Mary. Most of us on Moodscope look forward to Wednesday morning just to see your contribution. The other bloggers too receive encouraging comments from you. You are a shining star in this supportive community. Maybe one of these days I will even get around to booking a consultation - life keeps getting in the way ;-) Big round of applause from this corner. Didn't manage to comment yesterday - have pets and they do enhance my life. Thanks Vftfs. Love and warm thoughts to TG. Thank you Mary AS ***

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Sally

Oct. 3, 2018, 8:03 a.m.

Yes, I will be in the queue for a consultation too, Another Sally! Hope things are on an even keel? Xx

Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 10 a.m.

Sally and Another Sally, I should utterly adore to have you in the same class. Please do email Caroline for my email. Let's not let practicalities get in the way - we can work around them, because I know what I do in my studio is magic! And - my studio can be mobile if required. As I say - all practicalities can be overcome.

Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 6:20 a.m.

I'm interrupting this to say - Um- I've only just seen, on the Moodscope email for today, my gold star! I am actually crying as I write this! It is my privilege to write for you each week. It is never a chore, although I am always afraid I won't have anything to say, since I rarely know what I'll write until I sit down at that keyboard. Thank you Caroline (who deserves a hundred gold stars for consistently putting out this email every day without fail); thank you all for reading and commenting. (I'd like to thank my mother, my producer, my pet guinea-pigs.... blah, blah, blah - quick, someone take the microphone away from this girl!)

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Lara

Oct. 3, 2018, 7:32 a.m.

You get a big gold star from me my friend. I am blessed to have met (albeit via Moodscope!) you. Thank you for all you share with us all ***

Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 10:01 a.m.

Darling Lara - you are such a support and inspiration to me too!

Peter

Oct. 3, 2018, 6:21 a.m.

You have my applause too! Well done and thank YOU.

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 10:02 a.m.

Blush!

Hopeful One

Oct. 3, 2018, 6:29 a.m.

Hi Mary- a cool blog and yes a well deserved star from Moodscope and so say all of us! Always worth remembering Oscar Wilde's admonition that "Caparisons are odious" You are unique. Dare to share a laugh? A blind man walks up to the bartender, "Wanna hear a blonde joke?" In a hushed voice, the guy next to him says, “Before you tell that joke, you should know something. Our bartender is blonde, the bouncer is blonde. I’m a six foot tall, 200 lb black belt. The guy sitting next to me is six foot two, weighs 225, and he’s a rugby player. The fella to your right is six foot five, pushing 300, and he’s a wrestler. Each one of us is blonde. Think about it, Mister. Do you still wanna tell that joke?" The blind guy says, “Nah, not if I’m gonna have to explain it five times."

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 10:04 a.m.

I think that is my favourite Blonde joke - except (grammar pedant here), in this case it would be a blond joke! (Any blonds/blondes who do not understand this - don't you dare admit it, as I am blonde too!)

LP

Oct. 3, 2018, 6:32 a.m.

Hi Mary, Eyore here! I was never a star either. Dance school was humiliating. We had to have a velvet sash to sew our medals onto. Mine was thin and made up mainly of bronze medals. A couple of silver ones for duets trios or quartets. The rare gold would have been for a group dance, I have to say the feeling of our group winning was amazing! I don’t think my school gave out gold stars, they just gave us tests and ranked us according to our scores. I always came around 4th. The same kids always at the top. Constant disappointment. Oh well ... They (the school) didn’t manage to find the qualities that I do have. At work it’s similar. I don’t shine where it “counts” my values are very different. I know that I have star qualities because I’m thanked from the heart often. It matters far more to me, but it’s draining to constantly feel like a failure, because of the way I’m perceived and treated by one or two. Anyway that all said, I’m here and now amongst people who know about true star quality. I’m not looking for praise, please! :)) It’s just nice to know that there are people who value us for who we really are. So much more meaningful. I loved the Moodscope surprise! A genuine gold star :) Thank you for all your wonderful writing Mary :) Sunshine and stars to you and all! :) LPxx

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 10:05 a.m.

Yes. You know how it feels. Solidarity comrade!

Dragonfly

Oct. 3, 2018, 6:55 a.m.

Caroline, what a touching and well deserved accolade for Mary! :) x

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 10:06 a.m.

As I said - it is Caroline who deserves the gold stars. A whole universe of them!

LP

Oct. 3, 2018, 5:36 p.m.

Ditto! Xx

Dragonfly

Oct. 3, 2018, 6:58 a.m.

Mary, well done for recognising your star quality and encouraging us to polish up ours. I tend only to see my failings (or perceived failings) rather than what I've achieved and continue to do so on a daily basis. How to change that mindset? I really don't know. Congratulations on your Moodscope gold star :) xx

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 10:08 a.m.

Thank you so much. Yes - it is YOU who are the stars. Coping with this illness is not easy. Sometimes getting to the end of the day is a triumph in itself.

Lucy

Oct. 3, 2018, 7:25 a.m.

I have never commented on a blog before but today I needed to. Your regular posts lift me up and are incredibly inspiring. Thank you for doing what you do x

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 10:09 a.m.

Thank you Lucy; from the heart. I never know how many people read but never comment. It is lovely to know that you do!

Michael

Oct. 3, 2018, 7:45 a.m.

Wow Mary - what an endorsement. I don’t know your back catalogue, being new to mood scope, but it is evident the high esteem in which you are held. As I read your blog I could remember red stars in my English book at primary school. Then I got the waft of the library, the smell of pencil lead, newly waxed floors ....... Thank you xx Mike

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 10:22 a.m.

Mmmmm - that smell: oh yes. Michael - welcome to Moodscope. Here you will find not only the most useful tool to help with depression, but a whole supportive community. If you want to traipse back through the back catalogue, then just go to every Wednesday... ;) I do know however, that a series of five blogs I did way back in November 2016 - about the feelings of going into depression (from a manic phase - which I described in Bipolar Exploding Hedgehog, 26th October) have helped people in that they can use them to explain to other people what depression feels like. The first one is Change of State, 23rd November 2016 and they went on for the next five days. (Yes - it was a tough time, until the meds kicked in! (Drugs, Drugs, Glorious Drugs - ). Anyway - I hope you stay with us Michael. It's great to have you here.

Molly

Oct. 3, 2018, 11:47 p.m.

Michael has been around a while and I recognise his name.

Susan

Oct. 3, 2018, 7:57 a.m.

Thank you Mary, you deserve a star everyday - a galaxy. You'll never know just how much your words help xx

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 10:31 a.m.

No - I never do know. One of my favourite writers describes a vicar character, when he write a sermon, as a man trying to catch the moonlight on the water with a fishing net. When he pulls in his net, all he has is two jellyfish and a bit of seaweed. Sometimes I feel like that, and that my jellyfish and seaweed are worthless, yet you are always so kind. I thank you so much.

Lara

Oct. 3, 2018, 9:18 p.m.

One for another blog. Love this. x

Sally

Oct. 3, 2018, 7:58 a.m.

Thank you, Mary. That’s exactly it : Don’t judge yourself by the wrong standards. Well said. A friend once wrote me a moving thank you in which the word “immeasurable “ figured. Gold stars, medals, OBEs and so on are great for some. I think I’d rather have the respect of individuals. That is exactly why it is important to voice thanks on a personal level, in my book. I have a Treasure Box, where I store valued cards and letters. Sounds silly? Well, it’s pure gold to me, especially if I’m feeling jaded. Mary, it’s what lies beneath that counts. Award yourself a huge gold star for doing what you do and for being who you are, and for entrusting us with your inner thoughts and feelings. By the end of today, you will have a dress/ top/ outfit studded with real gold stars, Mary. Xx Have a super day. Keep the tissues at hand, wink wink!

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 10:32 a.m.

I'm holding them in reserve, Sally - as you do. I can't do sparkle in my clothes - I don't have the right clothing personality for it! (Leopardskin now - all the rage at the moment - oh yes!)

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

Oct. 3, 2018, 8:16 a.m.

Thanks so much Mary. Greatly appreciated! Take care. Cheers. "GB2"

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CG

Oct. 3, 2018, 8:25 a.m.

Thank You Mary. I can always tell when it's one of your posts as they always resonate with me. take care

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 10:33 a.m.

Wow! Good to know. Smiling here.

Clare

Oct. 3, 2018, 8:25 a.m.

What a great blog Mary - being kind to ourselves and seeing all our achievements, and more importantly, the context within which they've been hard won is so important. Thank you for sharing your thoughts - it has really struck a chord with me, you clearly make a difference to many many people.

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 10:34 a.m.

When we give of ourselves, I think we all do. Mostly we feel that we have nothing to give and that what we do have is worthless. This is not true. We are all stars in different ways.

Carol

Oct. 3, 2018, 8:42 a.m.

You’re certainly a (gold) star for me, Mary. Like CG I always recognise your voice and look forward to everything you write: thank you so very much. Carol

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 10:35 a.m.

Well, thank you so much back. I just write about what has happened that week. I sometimes feel so selfish, but at least you can feel that you know me. You get me, warts and all!

Sue

Oct. 3, 2018, 8:46 a.m.

Thank you for all your contributions Mary, a star indeed. I tend to lose track of the days but read yours and remember it is Wednesday!

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 10:35 a.m.

Smile. Thank you.

Holly

Oct. 3, 2018, 9 a.m.

Congratulations on your gold star! Very well deserved! :)

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DAVE

Oct. 3, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

Hi Mary, I believe that you....in HUMILITY...have found that 'INNER PEACE' and 'INNER HAPPINESS' that so many 'BLIND'.....'WILL NOT'....see through their Egotistical 'blindness', that praise for those reaching such heights and with their GOLD STARS...deserve your praise.....We do not need a PLATFORM upon which to declare to the World how wonderful and clever we are.....Your ONE-TO-ONE praise declares your ability to 'RISE ABOVE' such accolades... Your success lies in the upbring of your children and seeing their success at school with GOLD STARS is sufficient unto the Lord of the in-depth character of your persona.... Not to say that recognition from your employers is not unacceptable, but an acknowledgement of the work that you do.... *** Bless Mary. Love Dave. X

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.

Thank you Dave.

Valerie

Oct. 3, 2018, 11:54 a.m.

Dave!! I have missed you,lovely to see your name pop up.xx

DAVE

Oct. 3, 2018, 7:44 p.m.

Hi Valerie, Thank you for you kindness as usual. I've been watching Moodscope and your comments too. Do hope you're keeping good. Love Dave X

Molly

Oct. 3, 2018, 11:54 p.m.

Are you religious then Valerie? As much as I love Dave's posts, I cannot be doing with all the religious stuff and I do not think it should be put on others either. Do you go to church together?

Mary Wednesday

Oct. 4, 2018, 5:03 a.m.

I do understand, Molly, that for you, religion is something you do not accept. For many of us, however, our faith is a great comfort. We do not attempt to convert others, but I believe we should be free to talk about it on Moodscope, just as we talk about meditation, mindfulness, EFT etc. No - religious faith is not for everyone, but it is for some. For some of us, prayer and the structure of our faith helps us get through the bad times (and the good times too).

Valerie

Oct. 4, 2018, 9:09 a.m.

Oh dear Dave,our cover is blown! We'll have to find somewhere else to meet up.x

Molly

Oct. 4, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

Lol Valerie. Well said Mary xx

Salt Water Mum

Oct. 3, 2018, 9:53 a.m.

Yahey Mary, Congratulations on your shiny gold star ... so well deserved and thank you for all the fabulous blogs ... SWM ***

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Lolo

Oct. 3, 2018, 10:08 a.m.

Hey Mary, Congrats on your Moodscope gold star! I always enjoy your writing and this was a lovely encouraging thought boosting me on a 'meh' day. Thankyou so much. Love Lolo xx

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Vickie

Oct. 3, 2018, 11:04 a.m.

Hi Mary, Congratulations on the gold star award. Well deserved as your blogs always inspire me. I so appreciate all your work. Cheers, Vickie

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Lexi

Oct. 3, 2018, 11:31 a.m.

Dear Mary, your blog hit a chord with me today. I used to work for a company that also had annual sales retreats with trainings and at the end was always the awards ceremony. I never won. But I too had an epiphany once while sitting through a particularly long one: I am still here. My depression was crippling at times, yet I still had my job. My clients liked me, my boss liked me, so why did I put all this extra pressure on myself. I have since left that job because i hated it (surprise!) and started my own company, doing something I love. No awards, but I try to score a 1 on the proud card every day. So there's my star :) And you, dear Mary! You have saved my life with your words. Your worth is immeasurable, your writing divine, your humor a joy. Thank you for helping us every Wednesday. Much deserved star to you! Thank you Caroline for your tireless work! xo Lexi

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 2:16 p.m.

Scoring a positive number on that proud card feels so good, doesn't it! Thank you so much for those words. I am so pleased to have had a positive effect on your life. Hugs, darling Lexi!

Little Black Cat

Oct. 3, 2018, 11:44 a.m.

Gold star from me to Mary and all the other blog posters.

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Valerie

Oct. 3, 2018, 11:51 a.m.

Mary,despite your illness,you don't just exist,you lead a rich and full life which many must envy.Your dedication in producing weekly blogs, regardless of how you are feeling, is just remarkable,and so generous to those of us who read them.Your big gold star is well-deserved.And,sorry if this offends any accountants reading this,but how the **** did a woman like you ever think that accountancy was the right career for you? x

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 2:19 p.m.

Oh Valerie, thank you! And - in answer to your question, I was in a depression when the time came in university to think of a career. I looked down the list of possible jobs and didn't get any further than A. Accountant came just before Actuary: I think I had a lucky escape there! (That's a true story, by the way. I'm not joking.)

Valerie

Oct. 3, 2018, 4:19 p.m.

Someone I met, who eventually became a journalist, had career advice on leaving school at 15.After doing tests,the adviser told him there was a local job vacancy right up his street-trainee bookeeper in a slaughterhouse.

Bearofliddlebrain

Oct. 3, 2018, 12:07 p.m.

May every Wednesday be Mary and bright! Sorry if that sounds like a Christmas song...oops! Mentioned the 'C' word a bit early ...lolilol. A big * from me to you too. Bear hugs xx

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 2:19 p.m.

And hugs back you wonderful Bear!

Andra

Oct. 3, 2018, 12:39 p.m.

Mary, my Inspired score was already going up as I read your blog today. And then... CAROLINE and AIDEN (sorry if I got your name wrong) brought us the Moodscope Star! How you made me grin! I wonder if our collective average will be higher today because of the love felt and expressed for Mary's gifts? Love to you all, Andra

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 2:20 p.m.

Well, I did my score this morning before I read all the comments, Andra. It was healthy, but I suspect it might have been even higher had I read these first. I am humbled and grateful that you have all taken the time to comment!

Another Sally

Oct. 3, 2018, 2:56 p.m.

A "hear, hear," to all Caroline and Adrian's work, making sure we can all share I the Moodscope experience. Thank you both. AS x

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Andra

Oct. 3, 2018, 3:19 p.m.

Thanks AS. I knew I had Adrian's name wrong. And I do enjoy his Thoughts for the Day each day and all he and Caroline do to keep Moodscope afloat.

Maria

Oct. 3, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Well deserved Mary! When I first started reading the blogs, I couldn't fathom how you could accomplish so much whilst having bipolar disorder. I have since gone from intimidation to inspiration. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU MARY for all you do!

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2018, 8:08 p.m.

Maria, I usually feel I do nowhere near enough. Your kind words mean so much. I am truly humbled to think I inspire you.

Fiona

Oct. 3, 2018, 8:19 p.m.

Oh my... not only did I love what you wrote Mary, but as I was reading it I was thinking, “surely we can award Mary her very own star??” And then, lo and behold, Caroline has already taken care of this. I read these blogs every day, have even written the odd one though not for years now, but I rarely comment. But today, that giving of the star made me actually well up with genuine joy so thank you, both. ??

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Mary Wednesday

Oct. 4, 2018, 5:05 a.m.

Fiona, I was blubbering! I was just so touched!

Molly

Oct. 4, 2018, 12:59 a.m.

I don't understand about the Moodscope Gold Star? Did I miss something? Well deserved of course but I didn't see the Moodscope award xx

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AnnewithanE

Oct. 4, 2018, 4:30 a.m.

This was under the blog post Molly... instead of thought for the day "Interruption from Moodscope! (Mary doesn't know we're doing this haha!). We have replaced the thought for the day today as we'd like to present Mary with a Moodscope Gold Star for her incredible and consistently excellent writing for us. Mary has been writing for Moodscope since August 2013. Come rain or shine in Mary's life, she's always produced a blog for you. Knowing what Mary has been through over the years, it's truly amazing that she always manages to keep writing. This star is thoroughly deserved. Thank you Mary, with love from Moodscope".

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Molly

Oct. 4, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Thank you Anne for explaining this, I missed it on the email xx

Mary Wednesday

Oct. 4, 2018, 5:09 a.m.

Please - can we wrap it up here? I am touched, grateful and deeply humbled by all the love shown here. Whether you are a "frequent flyer" in the comments, or commenting for the first time, thank you. Thank you so much. And now, normal service will be resumed! See you all next Wednesday. :)

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Suzy

Oct. 4, 2018, 5:15 a.m.

Such a brilliant and poignant post Marymou. How often we measure our worth by comparing ourselves. Such erroneous thinking! And how cute is the Moodscope Gold Star and applause?! Well deserved m’lady! Well deserved. xx

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Orangeblossom

Oct. 4, 2018, 6:35 a.m.

Thanks as ever Mary. I was called a star this week as I was complimentary & encouraging to one of my colleagues. I was delighted that Moodscope gave you a gold star for your stirling service in writing the blogs. A great big hug!

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Frauke

Oct. 5, 2018, 10:40 a.m.

Sorry not to congratulate you sooner on your gold star - richly deserved! It's amazing how powerful recognition of something one has done well can be - and how difficult it seems for adults, in the adult world, to make sure to give praise where praise is due! Thank you for all your blogs - always insightful and inspiring!

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Nicco

Oct. 5, 2018, 6:22 p.m.

Thank you, Mary, for a lovely encouraging blog, & for such faithfulness to moodscopers since 2013 - a well-deserved star indeed. x

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Justkeepswimming

Oct. 10, 2018, 8:18 a.m.

Loved your post. I got cross that only the “money generators” get apprenticed in companies and do not include those that are always there and do make a difference in their own way. I had my first genuine smile for weeks when I saw your gold star from moondscope. I love your posts Mary and you are truly valued here. Much love. X

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Suzy

Oct. 10, 2018, 8:53 a.m.

Love the Just Keep Swimming clip! :oD xx

Mary Wednesday

Oct. 10, 2018, 9:03 a.m.

Thank you both, JKS and Suzy. (Lovely, lovely to see you here Suzy)

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