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From possible to Impossible to I'm possible. Monday May 8, 2017

Hope dawns with a sense of what is possible.


Then experience and naysayers work their dark arts, and often two simple letters are added to that possibility: I and m:


This is where most people stall and stop.

But there is magic in movement and in punctuation.

Keep the lessons learned from impossibility thinking - it's a phase we all go through - but move your perspective.

"It's just a jump to the left!"

Move your I and m a couple of spaces to the left, and a new kind of possibility emerges.

Add an apostrophe and you'll avert a catastrophe:


Shift Happens!

Shift happens, folks! It happens first between our ears in that marvellous muscle called your brain. And it takes some muscle to move the I and m to the left, and then to pull in that apostrophe that averts the catastrophe.

Here's a muscle building question for you:

"I know what you want is impossible, but if it was possible, how could you make this work for you?"

Now, go!

Work miracles!!

Everything is possible for those who believe!!!

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Molly Mon, May 8th 2017 @ 2:02am

If only it were that simple.....(jumped about in the living room tonight, once to the right and once to the left) back at my computer, nothing much has changed. Obviously I needed to go more to the left. M x

Lex Mon, May 8th 2017 @ 7:44am

You might need to do the full dance, Molly, and to the music! I think we both know this is a long continuum. Impossible to improbable, to probable, to possible, to I'm possible! Keep dancing... x

Molly Tue, May 9th 2017 @ 4:17am

If only I could even listen to music right now let alone dance. Not possible x

Sally Mon, May 8th 2017 @ 6:52am

Ingenious, Lex! A slight shift alters everything, or can. You have, as ever, given pause for thought! Or should that be cause for thought?!
Anyway,it's always good to read what you have to say about things, nay, topics of importance . It is mental gymnastics for the soul, and as you say, the slightest of shifts to our ordinary way of thinking can bring about a change for the better. I think we all need to take this on board. Whether it be coming to the wrong conclusion about something , putting another person down in that false conclusion, not allowing oneself the possibility of growth in certain areas because of perceived ineptitude, the list is long where we/ our thinking patterns can be our own worst enemy !
Thank you so much for this positive start to the week , Lex, and go well.

Lex Mon, May 8th 2017 @ 7:46am

Thanks, Sally, and I know so many of us will put our hands up to being "our own worst enemy!" Hopefully, the blog will be a little nudge in the right direction to becoming a better friend to ourselves too! Go well, too - I like that blessing!

Hopeful One Mon, May 8th 2017 @ 8:04am

Hi Lex- a thought provoking blog as usual. Of course that shift is helped by a belief that it is possible but to me there is a further step which needs to occur - 'Make the decision'' I believe it's only when we decide that shift is going to happen that the unconscious sets about achieving it

Warning: Today's laugh has adult content which some may find offensive.

Mike invited his mother over for dinner. Mike’s mom had long been suspicious of his relationship with Jennifer, his flat mate, which Mike claimed was just 'platonic'. Reading his mom’s thoughts, Mike volunteered, “I know what you must be thinking mom , but I assure you Jennifer and I are just roommates.”
About a week later, Jennifer came to Mike and said, “Ever since your mother came to dinner, I’ve been unable to find our gravy ladle. You don’t suppose she took it, do you?”Mike said, “Well, I doubt it, but I’ll send her an e-mail just to be sure.” So he sat down and sent her a message:
“Dear Mom,
I’m not saying that you did take the gravy ladle from the house, I’m not saying that you did not take the gravy ladle. But the fact remains that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.
Love, Mike”
Several days later, Mike received an email back from his mother.
“Dear Son,
I’m not saying that you do sleep with Jennifer, I’m not saying that you do not sleep with Jennifer. But the fact remains that if Jennifer was sleeping in her own bed, she would have found the gravy ladle by now.
Love, Mom”

Tychi's Mum Mon, May 8th 2017 @ 12:32pm

Thankyou HO, this really made me giggle!!!

Mary Wednesday Mon, May 8th 2017 @ 2:30pm

Giggling hard here!

Tychi's Mum Mon, May 8th 2017 @ 12:43pm

Lex, I absolutely loved this blog. So brilliantly clever. A simple message and very effective. It has been saved to my favourites.
In terms of your question,
"I know what you want is impossible, but if it was possible, how could you make this work for you?"
I really wish it were that simple....My impossible is to stay well. It feels impossible because I really feel that I have no control over my bouts of depression. The "crashes," as I call them, when the dreaded Black Dog descends, arrive from nowhere, usually overnight, and then disappear just as quickly, lasting anything from 2 to 6 weeks.
My counsellor, who I trust implicitly, reassures me that I am psychologically sound. When I am well, I am really well. Happy, optimistic and counting my lucky stars...
So, in all honesty, I don't know how to make what seems IMpossible possible, but believe me, I'd love to turn it into I'M POSSIBLE on a full-time basis.
I wonder if any other Moodscopers feel the same way?

Lex Mon, May 15th 2017 @ 8:08am

Hi Tychi's Mum... just back after a week away, and saw your encouraging response. Keep that apostrophe at the ready, take some space, and the miracle can happen! I think the hope is enough to keep us going. Still awaiting my miracle, but the hope helps.

The Gardener Mon, May 8th 2017 @ 2:21pm

In a life where often NOTHING seems possible, so many thorn bushes in the way, I do a derivative of you usual provocative blog, Lex. What MUST be done, what CAN be done, and what I would LIKE to be done. The last two days the impossible (in other people's eyes) has been done. I have kept calm in the face of a new development in Mr G's illness. Fear and anxiety is a huge part of the life of Alzheimer sufferers. Now Mr G starts to get worried when I go to sleep, usually about 11.30 p.m. He starts imaginary illnesses, wants bed-clothes changed every ten minutes, insists windows are open, goes mad when I read, he wants my light off, then is more scared. He gets more and more demented, only word, culminating in insisting that I don't look after him properly. No chance reasoning with him, just sit it out, like letting a baby cry itself to sleep - the 'impossible' is that I am learning to 'ride ' it, often for two hours, and then sleep. Gets a bit wearing if he then wakes at 6.30 a.m and demands a doctor because he is dying. My 'other' life has become schizophrenic. Elections here, Macron beat the National Front candidate, thank heavens. He is promising European solidarity - we are resident in France - but we are British citizens who want the exact opposite. We had the 8th May celebration of VE day - mayor, big-wigs, flags carried by VERY old comrades, then drinkies. But at the end of the service the local school of music played 'Land of Hope and Glory'. Same week-end, France as the 'celebration of organ music' so lecture/music in church. We watched election finale on TV - winner has a fantastic wife, 29 years older than him, with 8 grand-children. Makes a change from gay mayors. Chemist sons (6'6" all) have just cut my hedge, plus electric cord. When I write a stream of nuttiness on Moodscope, don't blame me!

Mary Wednesday Mon, May 8th 2017 @ 2:32pm

As so often, when you write of France, I feel I can almost taste it. I also feel as if I with you riding out your nightmare with Mr G. As always, you have my best wishes.

Mary Wednesday Mon, May 8th 2017 @ 2:35pm

Well, Lex, that was a very interesting three minutes, exploring what I really want. Not just impossible, I'm afraid, but in the current climate, considered immoral by most. (And no - I'm not going to explain!) But thank you - I enjoyed the exploration!

Lex Mon, May 15th 2017 @ 8:08am

If I can provoke (in a nice way) a shift of perception, I know our own minds can work magic and miracles, Mary!

the room above the garage Mon, May 8th 2017 @ 6:30pm

Hello Lex (your name still makes me think of a sleek, blue/grey cat I was friends with many years ago! :-) ) I love this...move the letters, add an apostrophe and disaster disappears!!! Made me laugh too! Yes, I'm all for it. In a similar vein, it reminds me of that programme on tv last week (gets me through ironing). It talked of anxiety and how saying "i am excited" when facing an anxious moment helped rewire the body into dealing with the butterflies in a better way. Next time impossible arrives at my door (ooh, it could be minutes) then I'm rewiring with I'm possible. T-shirts thank you please. Thank you for today's guidance sleek, blue one (not an insult!) love ratg x.

Lex Mon, May 15th 2017 @ 8:10am

I'd happily come back as a cat like that, RATG! I've been away for a week, so please excuse the huge delay in replying to your kind comments. T Shirt business up and running!

Rachel Mon, May 8th 2017 @ 7:30pm

Hi lex :-) I really hope what you say is true and that things are possible. I was diagnosed with unexplained infertility and have had unsuccessful ivf treatment which has been devastating. My partner and I are still hoping for a miracle though

Lex Mon, May 15th 2017 @ 8:11am

Hi Rachel, I know from two other couples that all this can change after years of help. Hope is important. In the meantime, your thoughts are important too. I hope you discover the miracle of comforted thoughts.

Leah Mon, May 8th 2017 @ 10:26pm

Lex you wrote
Everything is possible for those who believe!!

I think that may lead to a lot of disappointment for some people.

Thanks for your blog.

Molly Tue, May 9th 2017 @ 4:31am

I agree Leah. If only ! I sometimes think moodscope is for people who have moods not depression etc. These positive posts just don't work for me xx

Lex Mon, May 15th 2017 @ 8:13am

Hi Molly and Leah, I understand... Truth is that I have no idea what others are going through, so I write 'as if' it might be a comfort. For some it is, for others, the challenge is too deep for mere words to work magic. For me, the Moodscope blog could never cure depression, but it can lift the spirit - or at least offer a comforting distraction in the knowledge that you are not alone. I hope you agree...

the room above the garage Mon, May 15th 2017 @ 9:48am

Hello Molly, I have long struggled to use the 'd' word of depression. It took me years to be able to type it let alone say it. So there is often a need for me to describe my mood as low rather than the other word. I think most of us here have had, or have, serious spells of depression. Some can use their better moments to share an idea that helped or a story to lift. I agree with Lex, there is no cure within the blog but there is I hope something every single day to touch somebody, somewhere, however small. In my early days of depression, just to have been able to read that I was not a freak for having the feelings I was having would have meant the world. I felt I was a freak. Nowadays I can see I am as normal as the next lamp post and so I have tried to put my depression into perspective. Sometimes to talk of it lightly makes it less threatening. But I do think each of us knows precisely how deep and dark that cave is. In the better times some people write to keep the hand holding across the river alive and available. Love ratg x.

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