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The Journey... Your Journey. Thursday September 24, 2015

"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity, but in doing it." Greg Anderson

In the last 4 weeks, my own journey in a physical sense has brought me in contact with many others who are all at different stages on their life journey. I have been in Spain, France, London, Italy and Switzerland.

What a contrast to my life a few years ago where I would have been holed up in my house – maybe even ONE room of the house 24/7, due to depression.

I may also only have had water for my muesli, as I couldn't face going outside the front door, and I'll have not met anyone face to face for days, only speaking to one person on the phone, avoiding all other callers or possibilities.

Self-imprisonment in my own home. Anti-depressants made no difference to me and the journey through depression was mixed and tortuous with impersonal psychiatrists and suicidal thoughts.

My recent journey has connected me with so many people at so many different levels of life from a globally acclaimed scientist (Switzerland - Italy), to a nationally recognised musician (Switzerland), a retired public servant (Spain – France), American musicians travelling on a private Lear jet and personal videos of peace from Ban Ki Moon.

I have just spent the most exciting continual four weeks of my life at 62 years of age, and am so grateful for the joy that this part of my journey has brought me. I trust that will give you hope.

Focussing on this journey without desiring any outcome has opened up new joys to me. How many of us at times rush through each day without stopping to live – thinking we are healthy? The joy IS the journey.

Like any journey, it's the travelling to where the real opportunities arrive... meeting new people, new opportunities, new ideas, new forks in that road less travelled that can bring unexpected joy.

How are you travelling? Attached to an outcome or living in the 'present', the greatest gift in your one and precious life?

Stop, breathe, look around... what do you really see, or more importantly feel about your own journey?... and never ever give up hope!

Les
A Moodscope member.

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


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Louise Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 6:53am

Thanks for your thoughts Les.

"How many of us at times rush through each day without stopping to live"

This is an excellent point and one I know I need to think about more often - focussed on 'getting stuff done' I risk missing what is really important and and miss out on just being. I will try and keep this thought with me as I go through the day today.

Petal Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 8:08am

A very inspiring blog Les. Stepping out of where you feel safe even if it's awful can feel daunting and overwhelming. Great how you got out of feeling trapped at home onto such an amazing adventure. Thanks.

Lex Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 8:35am

This is good to hear, Les. It is a beacon of hope for all of us on our own journey. Thank you.
L'xx

Hopeful One Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 8:40am

Hi Les - thanks for the reminder- and if one can add awareness which keeps that critical inner voice in check so much the better.

Hopeful One Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 8:45am

I hope Mary( author of yesterdays blog) reads this. What an amazing coincidence that you are an ex accountant. I like your joke so here are three about accountants. If they bring a smile and help you on the road to recovery I will be very pleased.

Q:Why do accountants avoid novels? A: Because the only numbers in them are page numbers.

Q:Why do accountants make good lovers? A:They're great with figures.

Q:If an accountant's wife cannot sleep, what does she say?A: "Darling, could you tell me about your work."

Debs Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 9:08am

Les - you have reconnected me to the most joyous time of my life - my travelling days. I spent the best part of fifteen years going to new places, meeting new people, seeing the most incredible sights, climbing mountains, learning languages and growing as a person.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on keeping this going now that I am static. I think a huge element of my depression is being bogged down in 'routine'. I have a three-year old and every day I'm in the same house cleaning, washing, going to nursery and back and doing the bedtime routine. My mind gets numb with it all! My bright days come when I do something new - learning something, a weekend away, a course, a chance encounter. Perhaps the greatest skill i/we can learn is to find the new in repetition. Hmmm - food for thought.... I shall take this on today and see where it takes me. Thank you xxx

the room above the garage Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 9:10am

Well it's wonderful to hear from someone shouting loudly from the top of the hill "keep climbing, it's worth it up here". And to know you throw your hand out to pull others. I'm just having a day or two where everything makes me well up and this one is in a good way. "Never ever give up hope"...right on.

Hopeful One, you bring it with the jokes. Keep 'em coming :-)

Love from the room x

Les Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 9:36am

Morning all

I have a days workshop today to deliver - so will be unable to comment on your comments until this evening.......I would love to spend the day with you all - as Mary did so well yesterday.

The Moodscope community has really stepped up after RATG blew it open with the challenge on the 15th.

Please, if you feel you wish to write and comment on something - or even about each others comments do so.

In my darkest days - a desire (want to) to somehow say thanks to someone who seems to feel the same as me....and thus gives me hope....would have been a blessing. At least one conversation that day........with someone 'out there'.

No one should be alone...........

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." Albert Einstein

"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don't give up." Anne Lamott

"If it were not for hopes, the heart would break." Thomas Fuller

Louise - take that time to 'live in what is called the 'present'

Petal - all learning takes place outside your comfort zone.

Lex - your blogs are also beacons

H.O. - Self-awareness is all

Debs - How can you add 'journey' into each and every day.....how many leaves have gone golden? / where is the wind today? / how does my food REALLY taste today? / sit somewhere else on the bus-tube-train .........who can I help today on THEIR journey today to bring beauty into mine.........?

RATG - yup.....keep climbing for sure.......my hand is there for you when you need it..... Look how many climbed for you on the 15th...you mountaineer you :)

Debs Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 11:11am

Thanks Les - when I start climbing out the hole and have some more strength I will certainly take this on. Thank you and enjoy todays journey xxx

susan Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 12:28pm

Les, i've been becoming more and more stuck in the 'outcomes' dungeon. I know all about the present moment but.....I forgot. It always surprises me how easily we can forget. You pulled me out this morning and i am grateful to you. And happy for you, too. And yes, without hope our hearts would break. Big hug and thanks. susan xx

Mary Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 1:28pm

Oh Les, what a wonderful blog! Yes - it does give me hope! I go to Georgia in October. I hope I am better by then!

Lynn Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 3:53pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Les! This is the story of my life. I'm either in the past or jumping into the future, never the present; therefore I am not enjoying my life. The past fills me with sadness and regret but I can't seem to leave it alone. It's like picking at a scab, opening it over and over again. The future pulls me ahead although it just makes me feel afraid and overwhelmed. My head knows I should be in the present, but my emotions take over and I'm scared and deeply sad. I feel as though I'm being pulled back to where I've started and discouraged by the lack of progress. I desperately want to enjoy my life but I'm holding myself back. Why do I do this to myself? I hate "living" this way!

Frankie Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 7:13pm

Hi Lynn Me too! But I am enjoying trying to change ... I think that moving on involves leaving our comfort zones - and the sadness is that we prefer the familiarity of discomfort to unknown, probably more beautiful horizons Frankie

Lynn Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 4:09pm

P. S. Just thought about this and realized it is about hope... couldn't see the forest of encouragement... my trees of fear and sadness got in the way. Have starred your message and the comments of others so I can return to it when I need to. Thanks to all. Glad I reread it.

Umi Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 5:34pm

I really enjoyed reading this blog as it was so uplifting and positive whilst understanding that sometimes people struggle with that. Indeed it is all a journey and in that respect every journey must have it's high point and it's low points. The journey changes and so for all the low points, I am also thankful that they have led me on the way to better places.

John Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 6:05pm

@Debs, every few days I find a random beautiful image and set it up for the first screen I see when I reopen my computer the next morning. I came across the remarkable stained glass dome "Whole Dome" that the artist Caroling made that currently lives at The Farm in Tennessee. She has an interesting quote about her process: http://www.wholeo.net/wholeodome.htm
How did you design Wholeo Dome? I designed the overall concept first. Each panel was more or less spontaneous, depending on the vision it needed to convey. However, I kept creativity open to the very end. Otherwise, it could have become quite tedious. Perhaps that encouraged excitement, variety, and high energy in each part of the images.

What I really love here is "I kept creatively open till the very end. ... otherwise ..."

Does this inspire creatively open ideas for you? Please share.

Frankie Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 7:02pm

Wonderful Les to see you at this point, and sharing this message of hope. But oh, I do love ticking things off my list - which I realise means that I am attached to the outcome rather than enjoying the present ....
Frankie

Hopeful One Thu, Sep 24th 2015 @ 7:57pm

So many fellow Moodscopers are talking and mentioning hope I reckon I got something right.

RATG- glad you enjoyed my jokes. To me Humour is Hope's twin . When they are working together very little can defeat them.

Lynn Fri, Sep 25th 2015 @ 10:36pm

This blog helped a lot. Much better today. Moodscope is amazing! I have gained hope and appreciation for knowing that there are others like me. Depression is such an isolating illness; nice to discover we're not going through this alone.

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