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Rock Paper Scissors. Monday November 14, 2016

What a great game!

Paper wraps around rock, scissors cut paper, and rock blunts scissors... well, you know the plays.

Today, I was thinking metaphorically.

Rock as a symbol of action and inaction!

Paper as a symbol of writing or not!!

Scissors as an instrument of cutting things out!!!

The rock that rolls is far superior to the rock that stands still. Action will always triumph over inaction. So what action could you take today to move towards your goals, your objectives, your dreams? Inertia will not serve you.

Paper is for drawing on, for writing on, for creating with. What you write endures forever (with a little help!) I'm still shocked that so much of the New Testament was written by someone who never met Jesus in the flesh. The Apostle Paul knew the importance of writing, and his letters have changed history. Peter, James, and John - Jesus' inner circle - his confidants - those who spent the most time with Him - left us frustratingly little of their experience because they didn't write it down. This is one of the reasons I've committed to writing and publishing on a daily basis. The more I write the clearer my thinking becomes - and, for me, that's worth the time involved. Clarity brings strength, and gives me direction for my actions.

So I'm going to encourage you to write more. Begin it now.

Scissors cut. Part of getting better clarity is cutting out the clutter in our lives - creating focus. There's so much stuff in your life and in my life that could just be cut out. And there are so many activities we could cut out without suffering any loss. In fact, we could be making space for something better in our lives.

Making space is about taking time. The more you cut out, the more time you'll have to focus on what is really important. You'll even be able to take time to devote to those whom you feel most important in your life. And to do that, sometimes you have to cut off some relationships.

So what could we cut out, get rid of, sell, or pass on? Let's make some space for something truly amazing.

Take more action.

Write more - it'll bring clarity and it's great for your soul.

Begin the purge - step up your action to clear your clutter!

A Moodscope member.

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Isabella Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 6:57am

Hi Les, I'm in the process of decluttering my life now....not easy, but I think it will help in the end. I've put all the 'things' and people into different metaphorical boxes and am deciding in my head what to do about them. I've got some professional emotional support for this... hopefully by making space I will have more time for those people I care about, those 'things' I really want to do and time for writing. My rock is rolling!! Sounds good when I write it down. I have a plan.

Lex Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 2:20pm

Rock on, Isabella... and it's 'Lex' or 'Neil' if that's easier. Les is our Emotionally Literate Poet - usually later in the week. As I said, Rock on!

Orangeblossom Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 7:29am

Hi Lex
Thanks for the blog. Monday is usually my full-on day but considerably better that waiting for the clock to slowly tick by. De cluttering is always a challenge but I keep a journal which does help me to get some clarification. Hope that you have a good week. Look forward to reading more of your blogs.

Lex Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 2:25pm

Thanks Orangeblossom. I've just spent a weekend with an Australian NLP Coach. OMG... I thought I was passionate! He got a group of 40+ people to change the way they perceived themselves and their future. It was awe-inspiring. Part of it was to add a lot more energy to the 'action' commitment. We shouted, we screamed, we danced... we changed. I think there'll be a blog or two on this!!!

LP Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 7:38am

Morning Lex, funnily enough problem solving drives me to write and I started a big project for work, that may or may not be appreciated. It feels good getting my ideas down on paper anyway. Also coincidentally I'd planned to make an unexpected visit which will be very enlightening. However your blog has made me think about clutter differently. I'm very aware of the clutter in my home, but actually the work related wrting and action that I've planned are symptomatic of the issues I have with letting work worries clutter up my personal life.
So really what I need is to take more time out for less workrelated stuff in my own time, the old work/life balance needs to be readjusted. Will be sure to write about whether I manage it!
Or perhaps I'll stop trying so hard and just have a good ole game of rock paper scissors!!! :)) thanks Lex and hugs to all LPxxx

Lex Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 2:27pm

Always happy to play, rock paper scissors with you LP... but none of that nasty consequences thing the kids do in the playground. Whoever wins in my version of the game gets to have a hug! xx

Hopeful One Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 7:45am

Hi Lex- An interesting and thought provoking blog. I have a question.'The rock that rolls is far superior to the rock that stands still.' How does one reconcile that with 'a rolling stone gathers no moss?' where inaction seems to be a virtue?Its worth reminding ourselves that motivation follows action which is admittedly counter intuitive but true.I agree with you entirely about writing things down. It was when I started my journal that my depression started to lift as things started becoming clearer as I put my jumbled thoughts into words and some order started appearing.

Our laugh for today

Ever since I was a child, I've always had a fear of someone under my bed at night.So, I went to a shrink and told him:“I've got problems. Every time I go to bed I think there's somebody under it. I'm scared.
I think I'm going crazy.”"Just put yourself in my hands for one year," said the shrink."Come talk to me three times a week and we should be able to get rid of those fears.”“How much do you charge?”
“One hundred fifty dollars per visit,” replied the doctor.
“I'll sleep on it,” I said.Six months later the doctor met me on the street.“Why didn't you come to see me about those fears you were having?” He asked.“Well, $150 a visit, three times a week for a year, is $23,400.00. A bartender cured me for $10.00. I was so happy to have saved all that money that I went and bought a new pickup truck.”
“Is that so?” With a bit of an attitude he said, “and how, may I ask, did a bartender cure you?” “He told me to cut the legs off the bed. Ain't nobody under there now.”

Lex Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 2:29pm

This is SO funny! I love your humour, HO. And as for the rock... I actually agree. The joy of most rocks is the fact that they don't move - they are stable, safe and secure. In fact, when they do move, it's pretty frightening. However, it was just a metaphor to make a point. Rock and Roll!!!

Hopeful One Tue, Nov 15th 2016 @ 7:30am

Hi Lex- thanks for that. The silence had been deafening!

the room above the garage Tue, Nov 15th 2016 @ 1:20pm

Just catching it, this one I can keep in my Christmas day stash, clean enough for kids :-D

Angela Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 8:51am

This really spoke to me today. Have been struggling a while now, yesterday I cut a large chunk off the top of my hair. Now I not only feel like an idiot but look like one too. Maybe I'll write down some of the rubbish that clogs my brain up. Thanks for the blog. Mad Angela. x

Sally Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 9:13am

Luckily, it's the woolly hat with bobble season, Angela, an attractive look. Someone at our group was wearing one the other day . Commiserations. My "silly act" was to consume one pound( 1lb, yes, ) of fudge! ALL that sugar! Yuck!! Btw, writing is good...has helped me loads... x

Lex Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 2:38pm

"Sally The Wise" - I love your reframing of the opportunity for Angela... it really is Bobble Season, isn't it? Angela, I salute you. When I used to have hair, I'd regularly do something creative to it when I wanted to reflect outwardly an inner change I wanted to make. Remember, please, dear "Mad Angela" - that we idiots can do things 'normal' people can only imagine... I think a full moon should be held responsible for all manner of fun and mischief, don't you? x

Tutti Frutti Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 7:52pm

Angela Go gently on yourself if you possibly can. Hard sometimes I know. Love and hugs TF xoxo

the room above the garage Tue, Nov 15th 2016 @ 1:22pm

Dear Mad Angela, personally I love you for it! And Sally gave the perfect reply :-D Bobble Season...even saying it brings a smile. Yes, write. You may be surprised at how it helps. Keep talking. Love ratg x.

Tutti Frutti Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 9:52am

Hi Lex My understanding is that the disciple John is the author of John's gospel written towards the end of his life. I also understand that Mark's gospel, the first to be written and written within the lifetime of many who knew Jesus (possibly including Peter but I am not sure) is written by a close companion of Peter so is based on Peters account of events. (Mark is also the shortest and easiest read if anyone is interested in trying one of the gospels.) We also have 2 new testament letters by Peter -although I am not sure if someone else actually wrote them down for him as I am not sure that as a fisherman in that era Peter could actually write. (Going for a little less theologically sound a source, as it says in Jesus Christ Superstar " Israel in 4bc had no mass communication" which may account for what you find to be a frustratingly small written record. The written record of other events in that era are also quite small I think. As far as I know we only have Pliny's account of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.)

Anyway I found the blog very interesting. I certainly agree that action even when we have no motivation is a great help in trying to beat depression. I also agree that there can be things we need to cut out of our lives. I haven't really got far with writing personally but I am glad you find it helpful and plenty of others seem to as well. Perhaps I should try again with it.

Love TF x

Matthew Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 10:38am

I agree with TF and I would go further. As well as the Gospel John wrote 3 letters. He also wrote Revelation. Matthew, Mark and Luke have a similar structure and are thought to have a common source known as 'Q'. It is widely accepted that 'Q' is likely to have been Peter. Although Paul and Luke did not meet Jesus before the crucifixion both of these men were in contact with Peter according to the Acts of the Apostles written by Luke. James wrote 1 letter and was not able to write any more because he was the first of the 12 disciples to be killed. Matthew makes the claim that he was one of the 12 disciples. In fact we have a remarkably full account of the life and teachings of Jesus written by men who were his disciples during Jesus life time and two Greek speaking converts who were in close contact with the remaining disciples. If you believe in the resurrection then it is reasonable to say that Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus and that encounter dramatically transformed Paul from a murderous religious zealot to a follower of the risen Christ. The possibility of encountering the risen conquering Lord is available to us all today and is still transforming lives. Love Matthew

Lex Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 2:43pm

Hi Matthew... it's been a long time since I've heard of Q. Thank you for that. I appreciate your input and that of Tutti Frutti. And, of course, no offence meant - just a simple point about Paul being an instrument of God for centuries because he wrote it down. You and TF have enormous wisdom that can be kept and savoured by generations if you record it in some way. That's what I want to encourage everyone to do. Ralph Vaughan Williams saved so much of the English Folks tradition because he wrote it down for us. Mozart's magic continues long after his untimely demise, because he wrote it down. So that's my message: write it down!!! Dare you!!!

Lex Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 2:47pm

And just for you TF... Thank you for what you shared, and I agree - though my point was a simple one around the ongoing power of leaving a written legacy. I personally celebrate the fact that the NT was written in Commercial Greek - the lingua franca of the Empire, allowing the message to spread faster and more freely than at any other time in history before that. There was a Divine Purpose. I see that moment repeated in the invention of the printing press... and lately in the accessibility of the 'Cloud' for publishing. In fact, isn't it exciting that it is called "The Cloud"? Time for the message to spread anew. Big hug x

Tutti Frutti Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 7:49pm

Matthew and Lex Many thanks for adding to my knowledge on this. Love TF x

Christian Wed, Nov 16th 2016 @ 6:15am

This conversation is amazing. I'm fascinated with the knowledge that you both have displayed.[TF & Lex] And what I got from this post, is that writing is part of our legacy. Even these posts and replies. Jyst taking the time to type this in is cathartic. But for me, writing on paper makes a huge difference. The act of committing to use one hand to physically apply ink to paper is real. Most mornings I write a gratitude lust. That gets my day started better than if I forget or get to busy to spend that min....

Dragonfly Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 3:31pm

I want to write more, but I feel stuck. I'm having similar struggles with creativity at the moment that others have expressed lately. What I really want to write just now is: 'Heeeeeellllllllllpppppppppp' as I feel I've been sinking ever lower of late. And the rock and scissors - action and decluttering are inextricably linked for me. I feel overwhelmed with all the clutter in my life and have been making small inroads, but I'm stifled by indecisiveness; unable to let go of things. Occasionally I go through the thought process in my head of 'just shift that there, throw those away, tidy that lot up, put those in a charity bag' and almost feel a calm as if I've actually done those things. Realistically I haven't and all the clutter and mess that overwhelms me is still there. So the sentiment is encouraging, but to put it into practice is a different thing entirely and I just don't have the wherewithal or emotional energy.

Lex Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 4:31pm

Hi Dragonfly... I used to get quite a bit of adverse feedback on Moodscope when I used acronyms to structure my blogs. However, I have to say that the structure in itself is enormously helpful in getting me flowing. HELP is a great place to start. Asking for 'HELP' would be a great blog for you (even if you decided not to share it - the writing, in and of itself is helpful.) Now, I know that you are not me and I'm not you so it's not wise for me to project my solutions onto your problems but, but, but I know for certain that the brain thrives on a structured foundation. I also know with utmost certainty that we get more of what we focus on. So, if you focus on your clutter - you will feel overwhelmed, but if you focus on just one box, just one shelf, or even just one file, miracles can begin to happen now.

Dragonfly Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 8:29pm

Hello Lex, thanks for your response. I certainly don't feel you've projected your solutions at all; rather given some helpful advice. In a similar vein my mum always used to say: 'If you don't know where to start, just start somewhere'. I shall try to focus less globally and I shall also ponder on your suggestion for a blog. Thank you again

the room above the garage Tue, Nov 15th 2016 @ 1:23pm

Your mum brings me wisdom. Thank you for it.

The Gardener Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 4:07pm

The symbolism of 'rock' can be seen so many ways. Planet Earth last night just left one gaping at the mountains. Then I've seen two 'chaos' (is there a plural) Huelgoat in Britain and Hampi in India. Most rocks 10/20 tons - just tumbled on each other in some gigantic earth jolt. Writing, yes, yes. I've kept a diary for over 30 years - I still note events - already, today, I ask 'will we see this moon which is supposed to be the brightest for 70 years?' Highly unlikely looking at the weather. I get depressed when something awful/boring 10/20 years ago has got worse. I tried always to write it after breakfast with my second cup of coffee. In India so much happened in a day I would write 3/4 times a day. So glad, I've made a book of the travels and it reads very well - also added a CD with 200+ photos. I'm sure this happens to others - my Moodscope will alter dramatically after a few hours. I, also, try to 'throw out the rubbish'. But inertia gets worse - Mr G had a reader - I had 2 profitable hours with the registers - back home he is in an awful state and I played Solitaire which I did not want to do - bodes ill for the evening - do have more sedatives for him - but (words from diary and Moodscope) how long can I can cope. And, when I can't cope, what the hell is going to happen to us? Don't think that way - planning a party - last 'big' one was Mr G's 80th - fantastic bash. All the birthday cakes I've made - each one getting more way out would get gasps of horror from the Bake Off team!

The Gardener Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 7:16pm

No moon - but someone showed me a glorious photo taken yesterday. HO, your dog joke was on 'I'm Sorry I haven't a clue' tonight - who gets the copyright? As, nowadays, someone has to pay for everything.

Hopeful One Tue, Nov 15th 2016 @ 7:31am

Hi Gardner- Do jokes have a copyright?

Salt Water Mum Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 7:44pm

Good evening everyone,

I love the idea of your way-out-non-bake-offy-cakes Gardener ! Keep on baking ....

Lex, your words 'I also know with utmost certainty that we get more of what we focus on' have really resonated with me...

Also, I find it very hard to declutter. I hold on to things but yet the feeling I get when I let go is powerful. So, my kids school is having a Xmas charity fair and looking for books, clothes, tat (!) and after a work project completed today, I just started - no plan whatsoever - complete mayhem, clothes, toys, kitchen stuff, more toys, back to kids clothes... no system (Marie Kundo would be appalled!) but the energy of the chaos kept me going. One hour (or was it more?) and I now have two boxes and three large sacks to go to the school. Plus, I put lots in recycling and threw out some nonsense!

So, thank you....

And Sally, thank you. For your kind comments to me today and what kind words to Angela today too. Angela, Sally is indeed wise, I think you deserve a treat - a brand new cosy - and sassy - hat...

Thanks Moodscopers,


Salt Water Mum Mon, Nov 14th 2016 @ 7:47pm

Of course I meant your kind comments yesterday Sally - and RATG too, such lovely words yesterday...

the room above the garage Tue, Nov 15th 2016 @ 1:27pm

I'm late, I'm late...just catching up. Lex I constantly feel cluttered in my head with clutter in my life. I had counselling for that and it helped, but actually not as much as physically clearing, in all the ways you have described. I can't hear it enough. Thank you boyo! Love ratg x.

Nicco Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 12:35pm

I love your blog, Lex. I have decluttered my life several times, both physically and mentally, but somehow I always seem to accumulate more clutter. Perhaps it's something I have to periodically do. Thank you and Best Wishes to you. Nicco.

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