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You're hired! Wednesday August 7, 2013

We live in a world where it is sometimes easy to feel that our 'success' is judged by how we earn our daily bread or that our worth is measured by how accomplished our talents are; by whether or not our situation is impecunious, or by how educated we are, formally speaking.

After all, we need only watch an episode of The Apprentice to see that it's perhaps not a humble nature that will get us hired, and that our mumbling: 'Yes, but I have a degree in tenacity/kindness/sensitivity...' would succeed only in an acerbic dressing down from Lord Sweetness himself.

I adore the character Dorothea, in George Elliot's (Mary Ann Evans) Middlemarch and I cherish the final, enviably eloquent words, which poetically disclose what became of this enchanting woman, so integral to the novel. The BBC's adaptation of Middlemarch simplifies the novel's closing words but they are just as beautiful nonetheless: 'And Dorothea? She had no dreams of being praised above other women, feeling that there was always something better which she might have done if she had only been better and known better. Her full nature spent itself in deeds which left no great name on the earth but the effect of her being on those around her was incalculable. For the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts and on all those Dorotheas who live faithfully their hidden lives and rest in unvisited tombs.'

Our mere presence, can make the world and the lives of those around us, better and happier. Now that, surely, is true success.

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Anonymous Wed, Aug 7th 2013 @ 7:48am

My view precisely! Thanks, Suzy, I will look up Middlemarch. Dorothea sounds my kind of girl!

Julia Wed, Aug 7th 2013 @ 9:07am

Hi Suzy
A lovely post and quotation.

smoothrider Wed, Aug 7th 2013 @ 9:26am

Beautiful- if only the world was organised on that principle.

smoothrider Wed, Aug 7th 2013 @ 9:29am

Beautiful. If only the world was organised on that principle.

Anonymous Wed, Aug 7th 2013 @ 9:47am

A very heartening post. Women so often live their lives in this way, quietly supporting and caring for others. This is the important stuff of life. It's also true that even major, what should be 'historical,' contributions from women are so often not acknowledged in the same way.
I take heart from this and will keep it to read as needed.

Anonymous Wed, Aug 7th 2013 @ 10:08am

Life is full of unsung everyday heroes. Here's to them.

Anonymous Wed, Aug 7th 2013 @ 10:13am

Too many people – especially the young – yearn to be SUNG heroes. Little do they realise the stress, loneliness, hassle and lack of privacy that being successful (as they would see it) means these days.

We need new dictionary definitions of 'success', 'wealth', 'rich' and 'happy', and they need to be broadly accepted if the world is going to change before it's too late.

arjay Wed, Aug 7th 2013 @ 10:43am

This really touched my heart today, it made me cry and comforted at the same time. Whilst contemplating my own feelings of failure and lack of achievement, I recalled some words my daughter said to me when she was pregnant with her first child: She told me that she had said to her partner, while discussing her trepidation at becoming a parent and her worries of whether she would be up to the job, that if she could be half the mother I was to her, then she would be happy. It reminded me that whilst I haven't managed to have a career or 'achieve' within the conventional context of the word, I have my share of success.

Julia Wed, Aug 7th 2013 @ 4:07pm

Apologies to Suzy as this is not related to her blog today.
Elizabeth wrote yesterday that the reason for having to flip and click the cards is explained in the video on the home page of Moodscope, where you go to sign in each time you want to do the cards etc.
Well I just had another look at the video which I hadn't seen since I joined in 2011 and lo and behold I discovered a whole new set of videos which appeared on my screen directly after I had seen the introductory clip. I have just watched one which was amazing, about the spectrum of mood disorders and learnt stuff I never knew before.
I maybe the only one who didn't realise this information was available but in case I'm not I thought I'd better tell you!

Anonymous Thu, Aug 8th 2013 @ 10:24am

This is a lovely compliment and worth so much more than conventional notions of achievement and success.

Elizabeth Fri, Aug 9th 2013 @ 8:20am

Thanks, Julia. Which one was it? I am not sure if the same videos appear to everyone.

Julia Fri, Aug 9th 2013 @ 2:15pm

It's odd! I watched one about the spectrum of mood disorders and started another but it was too long to watch all of it. The videos appear in boxes all on one screen and you click on the box you want to watch. I will re check if they are still there. I am glad you reminded me of the introductory video.

Julia Fri, Aug 9th 2013 @ 2:34pm

Dear Elizabeth.
Yes they are still there. Maybe it's only Moodscope Plus members who have access to them? I have asked Caroline about it and will let you know what she says.

Caroline Ashcroft Fri, Aug 9th 2013 @ 10:10pm

Hi Julia and Elizabeth, I have no idea where these video's are coming from as I can't see them which is very strange, but I'm using a Mac which may make a difference. I'm going to see if it makes any difference viewing the video on a PC. I am guessing it's some advertising/promotion of some sort from YouTube maybe. I'll let you know.

Julia Sat, Aug 10th 2013 @ 8:14am

Thanks Caroline. Yes they are YouTube videos. The one I watched seemed helpful and I assumed they were all approved by Moodscope and recommended even as being helpful to watch.I think they are American. There was no promotional material associated with them.
It's strange isn't it that they don't appear on everyone's screen.Odd! When I have the time and if you cannot access them, I'll send you the links

Elizabeth Sat, Aug 10th 2013 @ 11:22pm

I understood that they are just associated videos from YouTube (mainly TV broadcasts about moodscope and so on), my question actually was, which was the one Julia recommends :)

Julia Sun, Aug 11th 2013 @ 7:53am

Hello Elizabeth
I have only watched the one which featured a female counsellor sitting in a sort of hanging cane chair who suffered from bi polar 1. She spoke quite slowly and deliberately but was engaging I thought. Her talk which lasted 15 or so minutes, so quite long, was about the circadian rhythm and how it is affected by different mood disorders. She talks specifically about 4 (I think) disorders, depression, bi polar 1 and 2 and another one I can't recall the name of. I hope this is helpful. When I get round to watching the others. I let you know Elizabeth but that might tale some time. X

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