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The Ebb and Flow of the Moodscope Cards. Sunday April 27, 2014

My mind is like an estuary – the tide comes in and the tide goes out – and somewhere in the middle am I.

The 20 Moodscope Cards are like the fresh, sweet, living water from the mountains pushing against the brackish, bitter waters of a sometimes vast ocean. Whilst they are not opposites, they do flow in opposite directions when it comes to my emotional 'state' each day:

Attentive...Afraid

Proud...Hostile

Interested...Jittery

Alert...Scared

Determined...Irritable

Enthusiastic...Distressed

Inspired...Guilty

Strong...Ashamed

Excited...Nervous

Active...Upset

Going down the page at random like this, it even looks like a wave in the middle where I bathe in these emotions. Sometimes I feel in danger of being swept this way and that by the current.

My idea today is that these two forces will always flow in opposite directions, so, for the good moods to conquer, I must either strengthen the red cards or weaken the negative, blue moods. Either strategy will work – or even a blend of the two: strengthen the red, weaken the blue.

'Hostile' is one of the more powerful blue cards for me. When I think the World is 'unfair' – I become more hostile. Can I weaken the feeling of hostility? Of course, I can. For me this means realising that the World is not supposed to be fair – it never has been – never will be. My sense of outrage is based on an unsustainable belief that the World should be fair hitting up against the immovable wall of reality and history. Either my belief or reality has to change. Challenging my unrealistic belief reduces the hostility – at least for me personally.

But can I make the World a fairer place? I believe I can. I chose the list above at random but interestingly, I've placed 'Proud' upstream from 'Hostile'. I like to make other people smile – that's something I'm proud of. Having weakened hostility by challenging my beliefs, I can then concentrate on making someone smile, and so strengthen my own good sense of pride.

In this way, the sweet-states of mind can prevail!

(Of course, if you're having a bad day, you'll point out that there is more salt-water than fresh-water but I'm using a metaphor to point to the Estuary where the exchange happens – hope it works for you.)

Lex
A Moodscope member.

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Richard Sun, Apr 27th 2014 @ 8:39am

We're all water from different rivers.
Yoko Ono.
Peace and Love, Richard.

DawnC.Ritchie Sun, Apr 27th 2014 @ 8:53am

Good morning Lex. I knew this was your post as soon as I started to read :D. I don't have time to read this morning, but will check back later on. Double hugs with cherries on top x

Anonymous Sun, Apr 27th 2014 @ 9:44am

This one really resonates with me. We are all part of one vast universe and will swirl about as we go with the flow.
We must experience the unfortunate to appreciate the wonderful.
Hugs A x

Anonymous Sun, Apr 27th 2014 @ 9:50am

Your blogs are always thought-provoking and this one is no exception! Very profound - thank you!

Lex McKee Sun, Apr 27th 2014 @ 10:58am

Hi Richard, your encyclopaedic knowlege of quotes and lyrics is an inspiration. Peace, love and all that happiness stuff...

Lex McKee Sun, Apr 27th 2014 @ 10:59am

Catch you later 'cherries on top' friend... I suspect you'll be spending the day strengthing that fresh living water anyway, so that's the goal of today.

Lex McKee Sun, Apr 27th 2014 @ 11:01am

Thank you Anonymous x2. It's been strengthened this week by Les' tale of the two wolves. Just wondering if I feed the sweet and starve the bitter all down this list.
I was also inspired by "Force-Field Analysis" - Kurt Lewin - with his factors supporting change and factors resisting.
"Excitement" vs "Nervous" - again a random choice - is a fascinating pair to think about.

Julia Sun, Apr 27th 2014 @ 2:23pm

Enjoyed your blog Lex. Still haven't read your story but will. Promise. xx

Richard Sun, Apr 27th 2014 @ 6:31pm

Thankyou, Lex.

DawnC.Ritchie Sun, Apr 27th 2014 @ 9:24pm

Yep, I find fresh new bubbles in my water all the time, the more I swim, the more I find and the clearer the bubbles are too. It's exciting!
Did you manage to stay positive my bubbly friend? :D

Lex McKee Sun, Apr 27th 2014 @ 10:49pm

Alas, not today... more under water making bubbles that bouncing merrily on top... but then the Ebb and Flow of our states also has an up and down. Not sure about this swimming with the fishes lark... I'd rather be a duck!

Lex McKee Sun, Apr 27th 2014 @ 10:49pm

;0)

Anonymous Mon, Apr 28th 2014 @ 10:11am

Very clever. I love the literal shape you have created with the words which, as you said, reflects well the ole ebb and flow of mood.
On a separate note, I can bare my soul in a post but when it comes to replying, commenting etc down here, I really struggle. I know I could go Anon but then I fret folk will think 'Oh that Suzy one never bothers does she?!' Oh deary me. Perplexing.

Mary Blackhurst Hill Mon, Apr 28th 2014 @ 7:14pm

Just lovely, Lex. You've created a poem with the card words and your thoughts.

Lex McKee Mon, Apr 28th 2014 @ 8:28pm

Thank you Mary and Suzy... one aspires to having the soul of a poet! Moods in motion, eh?

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