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The A to Z Guide to Life: Letter "L" for "Life"! Monday February 22, 2016

"The Life and Soul of the Party!"

Well, I'm willing to bet most of us reading the Moodscope blog figure that 'someone else' is always the life and soul of the party. But we'd be wrong.

You are the life and soul of my party – I want you to know that – to really KNOW that.

You see, you are the spark. You are the spark that brings me hope.
You are the flame. You are the flame that gives me light.
You are the fire. You are the fire that warms my heart.
You are the life. You are the life that reminds me I have life to give too.

I now know that genetic scientists are so 'clever' that they can currently engineer just about any gene sequence they like. However, there's a snag. The engineered DNA doesn't work. It doesn't work until some living tissue is added to the mix. Life has to be added. Heart and soul. (Great song, btw, by Wolfstone – check it out: https://youtu.be/qzn_BWA_UUU)

There's a spark that is missing.

And you, dear friend, have that spark – no matter how diminished you believe it to be. So, how could we fan that spark into a flame this week – in just one week?

Here's how...

Here's a week of "Wow!"

Monday is for Moving. Moving towards more of what you want – just one step. Choose something you want more of (or someone!) and take one step towards this (or them!)

Tuesday is Chooseday – a day when you choose to spend time doing things or being with people that energise you. You need feeding up.

Wednesday is for Wealth Creation – taking the best in you and sharing it with someone else. Can you paint? Teach someone else! Are you empathetic? Show someone else how to be sensitive! Speak French? Seek a willing student, n'est pas?

Thursday is Turdsday... yes, unfortunately, you heard me. That 'stuff' happens and life is about dealing with it. But it can be fun! So, Thursday is clean up day. Tidy something. Clean something. Sort something. Heal a relationship.

Friday is for flowing, for growing, for building, for creating, for making... be bigger. Add something to the World today.

Saturday is for Sacrifice. Not in a bad way;in a great way! Give something back. Make a contribution. Ideally, do this 'secretly'. Pop a tenner through a neighbour's letter box!

Sunday is for Sensitivity. Reach out to those you love and listen. Just be sensitive to others.

And here's the promise, based on whatever credibility you have invested in me. If you follow this path, just for one week, you will feel more 'alive' than you have for years. Promise.

Lex
A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.


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the room above the garage Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 5:28am

Ah Lex, you challenge me! In a good way. I read this thinking "I'm tired, can I bend around what I'm already doing this week to fit the challenge?"...but that's cheating! I take the challenge, because each thing can be just little. That's doable. I'm in! And thank you for it Lex. Peaceful day all, love ratg X.

Lex Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 7:07am

Dearest RATG... Thank you for taking the challenge. Today, I don't feel like taking the challenge myself! However, as you so wisely say, this is tiny steps, and not all at once. So I'm going to get a Move On! I wonder what we will both move towards today on "Moving Monday"?
On with the adventure! L€x

the room above the garage Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 3:04pm

I now spend many Mondays with my gran who has recently moved into a nursing home. She has struggled with the move and it has brought much anxiety to her. I usually try not to disrupt the routine that is keeping her reasonably well. But today I disrupted it a bit and stayed to eat lunch with her. We had a long visit and laughed and hugged and held hands. Precious time as dementia is not being kind to her. The difference about today, and what I've taken a hundred words to say, is that today I mixed your blog with Leah's and decided I'd take the time and not feel guilty or over think to what else was queuing. I just had time. It was truly divine. I'd planned to go anyway, but it was your blog Lex that helped me enjoy it. Cracking timing my lovely xxx.

Lex Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 4:05pm

Ah RATG... you complete me. x

the room above the garage Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 9:01pm

Then can we be a double A side?!? Can you share what you moved towards today?

Lex Thu, Feb 25th 2016 @ 8:59am

Hi RATG, just checked in again and seen your message. I moved towards someone I liked (though not very boldly!) At least I paid them a genuine compliment. Wrestling with Turdsday today... there's a big one I'd like to flush... (It that too rude?) L€X

LillyPet Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 7:13am

Morning Lex,
I read it a couple of times and tried to think about how I could manage each, but too much all at once! :) I'll jot them down and take each a day at a time.

So I'm in too! For today I want to start making more quality time with my two "kids" (young people now!) rather than dashing around getting things done, checking that they have and that they're ok, eating together if we can then collapsing in the evening, take time out at some point to chill and just be together (phones permitting!) or maybe do something with either or both of them if an idea or opportunity comes along.
Thanks for a great blog Lex! Morning All :) LP xx

Lex Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 7:57am

Hi LillyPet! I think it's about 'taking time' - in that people try to 'make time' and 'find time' - both of which are impossible. I know how strong you are, so if you decide to 'take time' to move towards more time with your loved ones (and they co-operate!) it shall be so!
L€xhugs

LillyPet Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 9:33am

So true! If I could make time I'd be superhuman! I like the sound of taking the time to...and taking my time... Thanks Lexi! :) xx

Hopeful One Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 8:21am

Hi Lex- that is a cool blog bringing together so many ideas under one roof. But for me L stands for laughter. It is a cheap medicine and works every time. Its impossible to feel down and laugh at the same time!I would recommend it to every Moodscoper without hesitation.

So here we go.

A man is in bed with his wife when there is a knock on the door. He looks at his clock, and it's half past three in the morning. "I'm not getting out of bed at this time," he thinks, and rolls over. Then, a louder knock follows. "Aren't you going to answer that?" asks his wife. So he drags himself out of bed, and goes downstairs and opens the door and finds a drunk man standing at the door. "Hi there." slurs the stranger, "Can you give me a push?" "No it's half past three in the morning and I need my sleep." says the man and closes the door. He goes back up to bed and tells his wife what happened and she says "Dave, that wasn't very nice of you. Remember that night we broke down in the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from the baby-sitter and you had to knock on that man's house to get us started again? What would have happened if he'd told us to get lost?" "But the guy is drunk." says the husband. "It doesn't matter." says the wife. "He needs our help and it would be the right thing to do." So the husband out of bed again, gets dressed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door,but can't see the stranger anywhere .He shouts: "Hey, do you still want a push??" He hears the drunk's voice in the darkness say "Yeah please." So, still being unable to see the stranger he shouts: "Where are you?" And the drunk replies: "I'm over here, on your swing."

Lex Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 8:42am

Brilliant! Where do you get them from, Hopeful One? L€x

Debs Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 4:46pm

Just feel off my chair laffing HO!! Going to remember this one ;-) xx

Mary Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 11:29am

Oh I love that joke, HO, and I love your challenge too Lex. I will have to print it out and look at each day in turn. Even more of a challenge for me as I am dealing with my broken ankle and dramatically decreased mobility. But - just off to write about it. Then I'll take on your challenge my dear.

Lex Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 12:27pm

Heal well, dear Mary, heal well. L€x

Debs Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 4:42pm

OOO!!! Lex! I love a challenge (yes, yes, yes says my brain, a challenge after four days of caring for a sick four-year old!!) I am taking it on. Today, Monday, I have moved closer to my 'future life' by researching potential masters programmes. I've also done a lovely 30-minute meditation (I am part-way through a training programme to teach mindfulness to kids, such a great course) and booked a yoga class and a massage for tomorrow - my chooseday ;-) Such a great idea. Thanks me dear xx

Lex Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 7:36pm

Good on yer, Debs! Great going!! May you keep it up!!! Mindfully Yours, L€x

Lex Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 4:51pm

I recorded the blog for my Hope FM Breakfast Show. So, if audio helps, here it is:
https://soundcloud.com/lex-mckee/22nd-feb-2016-moodscope-l-is-for-life

Oli Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 6:33pm

I really like those ideas for the week Lex. A good reminder not to get stuck in ruts. Thank you :-)

Lex Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 @ 7:36pm

You are SO welcome, Oli! L€x

Soulmansblue Tue, Feb 23rd 2016 @ 9:38am

Hi Lex,

A really well informed blog there Lex, good on you. Yes sadly those that suffer from mental health issues slide too often under the radar and for many it comes too late.

Those that suffer and are in a position to do so should do what they can to bring mental health into the light and make it known to those that either are blind or afraid to acknowledge that it exists.

We need to become our own voice and to be heard so blogs like Lex's really help to get the message out there!

SMB

Lex Thu, Feb 25th 2016 @ 9:00am

Thanks SMB. I broadcast the blog on Hope FM on Monday and got some whinging feedback!!! Oh well... L€X

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