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Pay attention and get a great return. Monday May 6, 2013

All things considered I'd say 'Rubber Soul' is my favourite Beatles album. Released in 1965, for me it marked their sublime transition from the 'yeah yeah yeahs' to the early stirrings of their fascination with the music of the East.

I was just nine when Rubber Soul came out, so I suspect I only really fell in love with it (if you can do that with an LP) some years later. Mind you, perhaps I shouldn't entirely underestimate my early precociousness, as a day or two ago I dug out my first autobiography which I wrote as part of a school assignment in the same year that The Beatles were recording 'Michelle' and 'Norwegian Wood'.

As you might expect, the life story of a nine-year-old is pretty unlikely to be full of extraordinary doings. Mine certainly wasn't. But what had drawn me to it was a question I had about what it might have been like for me to have had a spell in hospital as a fairly young child, and there was my young self leaving it in writing for my older self to read nearly half a century later.

Apparently my time in hospital had passed reasonably agreeably, with plenty of comics to read, in addition to a well-stocked book cupboard, but literally the most vivid recollection was how very bright, colourful and clear everything looked on the journey home when it was time to check out.

After long days and nights in a pastel-painted hospital ward, I'm sure the contrast had a lot to do with it, but that heightened feeling of awareness and consciousness still comes back to me decades later.

Fortunately you don't need to go into hospital to achieve this. I think you can summon up a similar state of attentiveness by simply willing yourself to notice everything around you properly and in meticulous detail.

It can be during as something as simple as a walk down the street, but who knows what you'll experience as you engage all of your senses? Look, listen, smell. Feel and taste, even. (Well perhaps not.) Mainly, though, just pay attention.

I'm making an effort to do so myself as my last week with Moodscope goes by in something of a blur. My last day is this Thursday so if you haven't yet done so please register your email address with me at my website so I can keep in touch with you (and also give you a free copy of my new ebook):

http://www.joncousins.com

As it's likely that Moodscopers will want to comment on this, and also highly probable that our email In-Boxes will be pretty busy, I'll be eternally grateful if thoughts, reflections and questions could be directed to our Blogspot:

http://moodscope.blogspot.com/2013/05/pay-attention-and-get-great-return.html


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Anonymous Mon, May 6th 2013 @ 8:51am

JON - FOR YOUR LAST WEEK - A HUGE THANK-YOU FOR DAILY MESSAGES....PLEASE KNOW HOW MUCH THEY HAVE HELPED AT VERY BAD TIMES AND HOW THEY LIFT THE SPIRITS AT ALL TIMES AND 'EARTH' THEM TOO WHICH IS A GOOD COMBINATION !!

YOU HAVE DONE A VERY VERY GOOD THING AND WILL DO LOTS MORE - I'M SURE.

ALL GOOD WISHES, AMY (NOT ANYONYMOUS!)

£ 1000 for Jon my great dream Peter Mon, May 6th 2013 @ 9:43am

Donations collection via paypal - £ 1000 for Jon
Many of the Moodscope family members like me were faithlessly reading Jons post about his retiring from Moodscope mainly for financial reasons. I felt with Jon being trapped in a great work that helps so many people (also for me it was in dark days the main source of confidence and living will) and on the other hand to make a living. Join is so altruistic and generous, he offered Moodscope for free and for many like me this was very important. Because when you are/ I am crummy and down, in a financial squeeze, it was such a big help to got the daily priceless emails from Jon and the 20 cards moodcheck for free. I wouldn't have been able to pay for and if I would have had a bit of extra money, I would have had doubted, if it were irresponsible, to spend it on this "moodscoping" instead of spending it for something "useful", as my (blessed) mother used to say. Over 800 daily emails and daily moodscope checks later, I know. It was worth every second I read the emails and thoughts of Jon and "played the cards" and wrote down the words besides the score-point.
Thank you Jon. Thank you Caroline. Thank you Moodscope.
So I asked Jon, if he has a paypal-account. He hasn't. So I decided to organize a donation-collection visa paypal, because I also wanted (like many others) to spend some money as a farewell-gift to Jon, as an appreciation of his unpayable work and courtesy. So I opened my paypal-account to collect the donations from all of us and send the total 1 : 1 to Jon at the end of the collection to Jon's "normal" account.
Thats my way to say thank you to Jon and to give him a little bit back of the great, great help he gives me and many of us. And some extra-confidence for his next steps in his life. Thank you, Jon.

Donations for Jon via paypal to brugger@brugger.ch

Right now we have collected 48£, 85 € and 50 SFR.

The great dream: £ 1000 for Jon.

Thank you all, thank you Julia, Diana and many others. Thank you all, best wishes, Peter

Anonymous Mon, May 6th 2013 @ 12:13pm

Just a quick scribble to wish you all the best in your new venture: look forward to reading your ebook.

I also want to thank you for inventing Moodscope. It was inspired and has certainly been an inspiration. You have done a lot of good.

All the best to you.

Anonymous Tue, May 7th 2013 @ 7:12am

You speak for so many AMY.

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