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Playing the Active card. Wednesday January 15, 2014

Here's the eighteenth in the series of excellent blogs by Lex covering the adjectives on the 20 Moodscope cards. Please don't forget we'd love you to add any ideas, tips, insights or advice you may have that you'd like to share with other Moodscope members that might be of help. Many thanks. Caroline.

Active – feeling full of energy. A Moodscope red card meaning a good thing! Energy must flow, and so it benefits from a focus. I love the word 'Active' because, psychologically, I'm closest to the 'Activist' preference [Activist, Pragmatist, Theorist and Reflector are the four I'm thinking of]. But I love "ProActive" more. This is the deliberate application of action and energy and passion towards a desired goal.

What would you like more of? What would you like to be more like? Whom would you like to be more like? What would you like to do? These are great Activist questions – and we've all got a bit of the Activist in us.

It's a positive orientation. I heard an account of Mother Theresa refusing to march in protest against a major World conflict. Puzzled, the campaigners asked her why she would not march. She declared that she would march with them when they marched 'for' peace, but she would not march "against" anything. 'For' and 'against' – opposite directions for one's energy to flow.

Mother Theresa understood the power of direction when taking action and being active.Play a 3 on the 'Active' card today and march for something you care about, in the direction you want to be heading. By the way, I really recommend 'marching'. When I'm fed up, I will sometimes put on my Russian winter hat and literally 'March' up to the local shops. The pace feels purposeful and powerful.

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curious212000 Wed, Jan 15th 2014 @ 6:42am

Wonderful content in Blog as normal.

Mary Wed, Jan 15th 2014 @ 8:25am

Lovely Blog, Lex. I love being "for" something rather than against. Love the new look of the blog too - very clean and elegant.

Anonymous Wed, Jan 15th 2014 @ 8:37am

A shock to find my personal email addressing me by my first name has gone. Replaced by some corporate, impersonal page that looks cold and heartless. Have read my emails for years. No more.

Anonymous Wed, Jan 15th 2014 @ 8:52am

I know what you mean. I also really valued the Dear.... personal touch of the emails. I wonder why the change - could you let us know Caroline? And could we return to the original style of personal email? there are days when this was the one email I got that felt warm and caring. Thanks

Julia Wed, Jan 15th 2014 @ 8:55am

This blog made me laugh. I score on the active card according to how physically active I am that day, difficult if I do the cards first thing in my dressing gown. Then I have to make a guess based on my energy levels that morning. I think you are supposed to do the cards first thing each day so this card is usually guesswork for me. But it's a card which is a very accurate and a good indicator of my mood.

Julia Wed, Jan 15th 2014 @ 9:05am

Yes I agree it was nice to get a "dear" at the beginning. It made it more caring especially I suppose for those long term members who have felt very personally attached to Moodscope. Even for new members, the "dear" represents a feeling of community and almost family despite the growing numbers of Moodscope. It would be a great pity Anonymous 8.37am if you stopped reading your daily blogs from now on as I am sure Caroline will try do something about this. But thank you for pointing this out.

Caroline Ashcroft Wed, Jan 15th 2014 @ 9:22am

Hi there, so sorry, the personal address was supposed to be there. Totally my fault! I'm still getting to grips with how this new system works. I'll definitely sort it out for tomorrow. Please don't stop reading the emails - they may look a little different but the content is still written by some really great people that are trying to offer other members help.

Caroline Ashcroft Wed, Jan 15th 2014 @ 9:24am

Please see my comment above.

Anonymous Wed, Jan 15th 2014 @ 10:08am

thanks Caroline, that's good to hear! and I for one, certainly won't stop reading, no matter what gremlins get in the way...

Anonymous Wed, Jan 15th 2014 @ 12:09pm

In the new look mood scope letter I now have an address.What moodscope has done for me to get me out of my depression and into remission has been priceless for me.I have always wanted to express my thanks in a practical way but had no means to do so.I am perfectly happy with moodscope lite and value the blogs but I did not want to get involved with the hassle of organising payments for the other features although I appreciate that it is that income stream which keeps moodscope going..I am sending you a cheque at your address as an expression of my thanks and gratitude.You could have a 'please donate if you wish button' some where which would make the whole process a little simpler to get funds to you if some one felt generous on a given day!I do not know if moodscope is registered as a charity which might have its own hassels but tax advantages too.

Anonymous Wed, Jan 15th 2014 @ 6:57pm

I agree; a "please donate" button would be most helpful for those of us who want to donate as a one off when we are able to. Frankie

Anonymous Wed, Jan 15th 2014 @ 7:02pm

That's interesting; I always do the cards in the morning for the previous day! Sometimes I do them in the evening but I find it easier and more "encouraging" to do them in the morning - it can help me to draw a line after a bad day or to boost my confidence for the new day (if the previous day was a good day) Frankie

The Entertrainer Wed, Jan 15th 2014 @ 9:28pm

Thank you! I've even had some suggestions of Marches to... eh, March to!!!

The Entertrainer Wed, Jan 15th 2014 @ 9:29pm

Thanks Mary... it is so much more energising to be pressing on towards a goal rather than running away from something...

Silvia A Thu, Jan 16th 2014 @ 3:16am

I do the cards at the end of the day.

Caroline Ashcroft Thu, Jan 16th 2014 @ 8:39am

That's very kind, thank you.

John Farley Wed, Feb 5th 2014 @ 12:46am

Anon, I wouldn't have thought to do the cards for the previous day. So when I remember to do them, or catch the time to do them, it's just a point in time and the score of course is wildly different from later in the day.

BUT, my journal entry is always for the previous day. Now why haven't I connected those? Because you're exactly right, it helps draw a line and start fresh, or at least more fresh.


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