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Knock knock… Saturday May 18, 2013

Something different for you this morning... I'd like to thank everyone who has offered to contribute to the Moodscope blog and I'm very pleased to be able to publish the first one today. I hope you enjoy it. Best wishes. Caroline.

We don't know each other but I'd like to introduce myself, I'm Mark.

I've been a Moodscoper (a description that surely deserves a cape and an ability to fly) since my friend and fellow Moodscoper, Sarah, told me about it a couple of years ago.

I've always loved Moodscope's simplicity. And I've always loved Jon's daily emails. Like a friendly neighbour's knock on the door, his thoughts were a welcome interruption to my morning.

Often, his missives offered a much-needed crumb of comfort on an otherwise grey day. Sometimes, Jon's words inspired me to throw a stick for that damned black dog to make it go away. But mostly, his messages of empathy were a gentle reassurance that I'm not alone in how I feel.

Whether you religiously read every email or opened just the odd one or two, no doubt the news that he was moving on came as quite a surprise. It did to me. Actually, more than that, it left me feeling really pretty sad.

So much so that I shunted the so-called important tasks of the day down my 'to-do' list to write and let Jon know how important he'd become to me – even though we'd never met.

I know wasn't the only one who'd felt compelled to write to Jon that instant. Sarah has done the same. And given that we both write for a living, we felt we could do more. So we offered to help with these Moodscope emails. This is my first – Sarah's will be another day soon.

The truth is, I'm honoured to carry on Jon's work and check in with you now and then. Because it's good know someone cares, isn't it?

Even if it's someone you've never met.

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Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 6:23am

What a lovely surprise! Another post to look forward to again....

jayne Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 8:18am

Echoing the words above!! Thank you Mark for the 'human' Jon's, what I have always called 'thought for the day', you have reached us....

Robert Morgan Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 8:36am

Nice one Mark!
You 'hit the mail on the head'!
I felt exactly the same and thought the same thoughts.
Maybe I should do more too..?!

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 8:39am

Hi Mark, good to read your chatty missive this morning - made me smile :)

Pixy Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 8:40am

Your post encouraged me to use Moodscope after 404 days !

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 8:43am

Mark, glad you stepped in to write these 'crumbs of comfort'.

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 8:46am

It's good to know Moodscope is here for us. Caroline and her team are doing a great job with their daily, helpful and thoughtful blogs It shows how flexible and kind she and her team are for initiating a new idea..blogs from members. I think we all care for one another and it's good to know Mark cares for us too!! What a lovely warm feeling.

Jacquie Guess Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 8:50am

Thank you Mark, your post continues in Jons footsteps, I was wondering how that would be as the last few posts have been too introspective and did not light up my day as your post has done today. I also felt a sense of loss when Jon announced his decision and also wrote to thank him for his words of comfort and friendliness, it is nice to know that will continue with other bloggers. Good luck and thank you

Caroline Ashcroft Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 8:57am

It's great isn't it. Many thanks to Mark.

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 9:08am

Thanks Mark. It was lovely to have that really personal voice talking to me this morning - reminding me I'm not alone - and actually I think it makes it more effective that it is someone I don't know, but that still cares. So thanks again to you - to your friend Sarah (I shall be watching out for her blog) and to the Moodscope team as ever.

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 9:11am

Change is hard, especially if what has gone before was helpful, positive and seemed to "speak directly to us". But I think it's also good. Good to hear different voices, different styles of writing and expression. Not every day will ring true, but it didn't always with Jon either. Let's all give the newbies a bit more time. I'm finding the change quite interesting. Think it's a good idea also to have "guest speakers" like Mark. This is a new look Moodscope. Let's give it a chance.

Mary Blackhurst Hill Hill Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 9:54am

Hello Mark, I loved your post this morning. I have also offered to help with the posts and I think we can all look forward to a plethora of styles to stimulate us and encourage us. As you say, it's so good to know that we are not alone. A quote from CS Lewis I read yesterday: "Friendship is born at the moment one person says to another: 'What? You too? I thought I was the only one.'" Moodscope offers yes, that crumb of comfort, but also a supportive community. Your post this morning absolutely gave me the warm fuzzies, even while making me see that my writing has a long way to go to reach the standard of yours. But it's great to have the inspiration: thanks, Mark.

Soraya Tate Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 10:00am

Good to see some personal experience back :) we are not alone x

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 10:02am

Genius. Simple but effective. I particularly like the dog/ stick analogy. Thank you Mark

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 10:03am

I really liked Marks letter it was personal and made me feel a real person was writing and I could relate to what he was saying, . I too missed Jons daily mails and agree with Jaquie, I am grateful moodscope is continuing, and to know I am not alone....

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 10:06am

How kind to spend time to step in and give us a personal message, thank you Mark. I like the thought-provoking ones from the Team, and I've never found them particuarly 'impersonal' but it's going to be good to have a mixture of voices. Thank you. Eileen

Julia Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 10:10am

Oh Denisthemenace. How wonderful to hear you. I agree with you totally. You are so diplomatic in the way you write and so so right. I second and third this.."Let's give the new look Moodscope a chance"

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 10:15am

i tried to post a blog to say how much I liked Marks mail today it was as Though a real person to whom I could relate to was writing ,, I was sad and miss Jons mails.. I agree with Jaquie and how grateful I was for moodscope coninuing , showing I am not alone

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 10:38am

Feels like a nice little community this morning - hello all!

Julia Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 10:40am

I believe Jon has a new website which you can connect to and email him. I am sure he would like to hear from you.You can continue to idolise him and share your loss with him and each other there.

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 11:08am

Idolise him? I think we were all enjoying his 'company' and of course missed the feel-good factor he generated. Maybe we've now been prompted to create something equally good ourselves :)

Julia Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 12:10pm

Or better dare I say it? I think some of the comments posted are very insensitive to the new team who are trying their level best to continue Moodscope against the backdrop of those who, yes do seem to idolise Jon and constantly refer to him in a strangely sycophantic way. I too admired Jon for his original idea to start Moodscope and it has been so helpful to me personally too but he began with the charts which are still there. The blogs were a fairly recent addition which opened it up to the whole internet world. However it didn't make enough money for Jon and he has moved onto something new (google Jon Cousins) which hopefully will earn him a decent salary.I really feel we have reached the point now where we too should move on and support the new team. I am sure Jon would wish this.

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 12:29pm

Hello to everyone. Moodscope helps me a lot particularly on days like today when I can hardly walk due to chronic hip bursitis. I used to be the heart and sole of the party but now I just sit down, watch dvds and feel sorry for myself. But Moodscope is a great inspiration and I look forward to the messages, every day! Thank you.

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 12:38pm

Thank you Mark! Personal contact is always appreciated as is shared experiences/wisdom/thoughts

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 1:09pm

mark - your words mean so much for me as did johns, will look forward to the emails, just somedays you need that someone who doesnt know you to care, thank you x

Julia Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 1:43pm

Poor you. I feel for you with the hip pain. I know what you mean by being the heart and soul of the party. It's sad when we want to be like this and know we are capable, if only some physical or mental problem would go away.
I will imagine you being the heart and soul of the party today. And imagine I am too! I don't feel like it today either. Anyway it's good to just sit and watch DVDs but maybe not feel sorry for oneself all the time; however occasionally it's necessary! And you can be assured you are not the only one feeling like you today. Join the club! And the fantasy party.

Ginny Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 3:59pm

I try to read the e-mails every day and always find them helpful. It is great that although Jon has now moved on, someone else is carrying on.
The only thing I find difficult (and this is not meant to be a criticism) is the moodscope (the charting of our mood according to the scores on the cards). I just dont find it easy in this way charting exactly how i feel. On the few times i have done it, my score hasnt come out very high,but I have been told i am doing very well. Perhaps i am doing better than I think, dont know.
Anyway, i will continue to enjoy reading the e-mails, which i find very helpful. Thanks

Ginny Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 4:00pm

This comments reads true to me too. Thanks x

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 5:40pm

I like the idea of throwing a stick for the black dog - watch out he doesn't bring those worries back though. We can get stuck in a thinklng loop.

French Toast Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 7:04pm

What a brilliant idea, to let those of us who use Moodscope post the daily email. Mark's offering today is just brilliant - thank you so much.

Much as I miss Jon, I still believe Moodscope is a life-saver and have written about it on my blog today (before I read the email).

A huge 'thank you' tp all involved, fellow-users in particular.

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 7:10pm

Looking forward to reading your post! I love the idea that Moodscope could be something we all have the opportunity to contribute to, if we wish - I might even possibly do so myself ... :)

Alexandra Lord Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 7:43pm

Thanks Mark for a heart-warming message.

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 8:45pm

Thanks Mark for stepping up. Appreciate your sharing.

Anonymous Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 9:10pm

Goodbye to John. I will miss him. The cards never worked for me but John's writing helped. I began to sense a difference over the last year in his posts and so I was not surprised to hear he was leaving. As a result, I began to pull away too. Wishing John all the best in his future endeavors and thanks to him and the rest of the staff for all the effort to help us all pull through.
Funny - I wrote this before I read the message for today - I like the idea of throwing the stick for the black dog and will keep it with me... there is a Native American story that there is a cave somewhere in the Dakota badlands where an old woman sits weaving porcupine quills along the edge of a buffalo robe. She weaves all the time except when she gets up to stir her pot of berry soup. When the old woman goes to stoke the fire and stir the pot, her great black dog that sits forever at her side quickly pulls out all the quills that she has just sewn into place until she comes to sit back down to start again... They say that if that old woman ever finishes that buffalo robe, then it will signal the end of the world. So be grateful for your interruptions, your intrusions, the crying child, the ringing phone - for these may be just exactly what is needed to keep the world turning toward another day.

Allison Cox
Coordinator for the
Healing Story Alliance

Anonymous Sun, May 19th 2013 @ 3:43am

throw a stick for that damned black dog... loved it! Keep it coming Mark

Anonymous Sun, May 19th 2013 @ 8:22am

Love the post Mark!

Julia Sun, May 19th 2013 @ 9:31am

Hi Allison
I sensed Jon was moving onto other things too during the last few months. I felt his heart wasn't in it and I pulled away too.I echo your sentiments.
I love the North American story.

Anonymous Sun, May 19th 2013 @ 10:35am

Sweeeeeeeeeeet! Well the anti-inflammatory pills have started to work and I feel much better today and more positive. I will also go and do some physio. I am off to France for work next week so I must be mobile. I am sure some lovely French food and wine will sort me out. We could do with some more sun to cheer us up as well. Thanks Julia for writing to me. My name is Sylvie and I am French but been living in this country for a long time. I hope your day is a splendid day and that your spirits are up. Take care.

Anonymous Sun, May 19th 2013 @ 10:24pm

how touching and wonderfully reassuring thank you both

Julia Mon, May 20th 2013 @ 3:07am

Hello Sylvie. How lovely to see a reply from you. I can't sleep so am at my computer. Guess what I am in France! I am English but we have a maison secondaire here. In Limousin (Haute Vienne) I do hope you enjoy working in France this week and I am so glad you are feeling better.
Perhaps our paths will cross again on Moodscope. I hope so

Anonymous Mon, May 20th 2013 @ 9:34am

Hi. Sorry but I don't find this post helpful at all. The original mood of the blog has changed. I feel this is about you. I hope the focus can be back on helping others and not about the enthusiasm of an individual.

Anonymous Thu, May 30th 2013 @ 10:20am

Thanks for this blog Mark. It really helped me. I had a few bad days after Jon left, because I don't like change. It made me feel silly, because I've never met Jon or had a conversation with him, but he's been with me every morning with these emails for so long that I felt connected to him and felt lost when he left. I'm glad to know I am not alone in that. It'll take some time to get used to the change. That's partly why it's taken me a week or so to catch up on the emails. This one struck me and I can't wait to read more from you :)

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