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Plant flowers. Tuesday August 20, 2013

You may have heard of the following expression: Plant flowers, flowers grow. Plant weeds, weeds will grow. Plant nothing, what grows? Nothing? No, weeds.

This is a poetic anecdote reminding us that it is not enough to keep away from the negative stuff. There needs to be a pro-active planting of positive, feel-good matter if flowers are to grow, mentally speaking. Just as we are what we eat, so too our minds and moods react to what we have digested in the mind.

There are more gossipy magazines, toxic web-sites and television programmes and depressing news stories than you can shake a stick at. Let's be resolved not only to steer away from them but to replace any chewing-gum-for-the mind-matter with uplifting, encouraging material.

And don't forget to share any nice thoughts too. Repeating what you learn will not only help you to memorize it but it helps spread the feel-good factor also. Was it Shakespeare who said: 'The fragrance of the rose lingers on the hand that casts it'?

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PWD Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 7:08am

A great blog, never heard that before but makes good sense my head is full of weeds.


Lex Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 7:54am

Great blog... I was reading last night that if I just steered away from the News each day (getting a summary from Google instead), I could save 7 hours a week - almost a working day. Now imagine using that time to plant flowers!!!

Julia Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 8:58am

On this week's iNewsU, the good news newspaper which I learnt about on Moodscope, there is an article on 7 (I think) ways to happiness. It's quite funny and interesting and doesn't take too long to read and digest. I have discovered many very useful things from Moodscope such as iNewsU,which a member recommended. It's one of the reasons I love Moodscope..benefiting from other users experiences and tips for dealing with health issues.I wasn't able to do the cards for a few days last week and once I got back to them this week, I felt so much better. Coincidence maybe..who knows, but they play an easy but important part in my efforts to feel better.

Pragmatic Research Network Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 9:18am

Great post. I guess it's easier to know what we don't want rather than focusing on what we do want. Just taking any small step in a new and positive direction can help, including doing moodscope.
I love the 'stress rehearsal'.

Anonymous Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 9:29am

Positive, practical and supportive. Thank you Suzy for this.

Anonymous Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 10:06am

Weeds are plants which are in the "wrong" place. Weeds are wildflowers....without them, our world becomes a much less joyful and balanced place.

Anonymous Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 10:22am

Great post.. love that last sentiment!...and exercise for the mind is important too... meant to keep the old dementia at bay...hmmm really should try to work out how to do Sudoku...

Julia Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 11:42am

I agree! Weeds are much maligned. They are survivors. I admire their determination..

Dee Roye Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 12:10pm

When I was last in hospital someone advised me to grow radishes, they grow quickly so you can see that nothing stays the same for long and you can eat them!

Anonymous Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 1:33pm

All you need is love.

Suzy Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 2:13pm

Hey Lex, I like your comment. How true, especially when you think of the time people spend watching soaps etc! I have family and friends who decided to try a year without a TV. Several years later they are still without one. They haven't missed it, and anything that they really, really wish to see they can catch on iplayer.

I sometimes think that if we quit the TV altogether we could probably learn a new language, skill or craft.

Anonymous Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 4:00pm

Great post!useful advice. I've recently joined a website called Happier where users post what makes them happy. It encourages you to be positive and its great fun reading what makes other people happier too!!

SANDRO RICARDO DA CUNHA MORAES Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 6:13pm

O homem é o que seu pensamento expressa: se o homem pensa negativo é deprimido; se o homem pensa positivo é feliz!

anita Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 6:15pm

whatever is lovely....think about such things

Anonymous Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 8:54pm

Great post indeed. The media is full of weed like trash that sadly all to often produces ugly and unwanted results in society. As you say it's so important to keep on planting positive thoughts and we'll reap the benefits sooner or later.

Anonymous Wed, Aug 21st 2013 @ 10:25am

I write this as my parents whirl around me, preparing for a viewing to their house. I'm at home with them due to me being BiPolar. I had to laugh yesterday when my Mum asked me: "How long do you have to do this Moodscope for?" I answered "By default, for the rest of my life". Silence followed. Gotta love 'em. Keep going. Richard.

Julia Wed, Aug 21st 2013 @ 5:59pm

How funny!

Ely Allison Wed, Aug 28th 2013 @ 3:24pm

In general, the less sunlight you have, the fewer blooms you will get; in too much shade, flowering plants may produce leaves but no blooms.
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