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Think of a lighthouse. Thursday June 27, 2013

Just before handing over to Oleg who has written today's wonderful blog, a quick announcement from the Moodscope team.

**When we introduced the definitions of the adjectives on the Moodscope cards, we had lots of positive feedback saying how helpful they were. We also had some feedback from those who said they would prefer not to see them. So, because we want to provide a service that everyone is happy with, we've now introduced the facility to remove the definitions. You can find this in the 'Manage Account' section once you've logged in to your account. Best wishes. Caroline Ashcroft, The Moodscope Team.**

Last weekend I was lucky enough to travel to San Sebastian, a small city in the Basque Country, Northern Spain. The city is very beautiful and has many attractions to offer, but for me the main reason to go there was the Atlantic Ocean. I had been dreaming for a long time of seeing the ocean from the shore - to watch the waves and enjoy the moment.

So there I was, standing on the beautiful beach, watching the sun setting into the ocean. The waves were coming, one after another, crashing onto the shore just a few feet away. The lamp of a lighthouse on the small island switched on. Then off. Then on again.

An hour later I was still standing in the same spot. As the night was settling in, the waves were becoming bigger and bigger, making me feel small and vulnerable. I turned my eyes to the lighthouse again. Its lamp was still calmly flashing - as if there were no big waves, as if everything was under control. And there was something special about this flashing - something that comforted me very much.

Our life is like the ocean - there are calm times, there are stormy times. And there will always be waves - you cannot imagine the ocean without them. But no matter how big the waves are, think of a lighthouse. I don't mean a literal lighthouse (although imagining it may help too) - we all have different 'lighthouses'. The family, friends, or even a cat. We just need to have the will to turn away from the frightening waves - to something that reminds us that everything is going to be okay. And then maybe we'll find the strength for the next step - becoming a lighthouse for someone else.

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redruth Thu, Jun 27th 2013 @ 8:00am

I can easily relate to the lighthouse idea.
I will keep it in mind when bad thoughts become too much.
Just thought you might like to hear that being om own since my fiance went to work in Dubai we agrred that i would get a dog to keep me company. What a good idea that turned out to be-she is a rescue dachshund and was'nt required by her owner anymore as her breeding life was over.
I love her to bits;she is everything and more than I could wish for. Each day she shows me more love and affection and protects me from the big problems in life i.e.larger dogs.
I might have waited years for a pet like her but now she is here to stay.
So don't hesitate,be positive and do something that may change your life and bring you happines and contentment as I did.

Csthy Thu, Jun 27th 2013 @ 8:13am

Beautiful and reassuring idea, thanks

minnie Thu, Jun 27th 2013 @ 9:28am

This analogy is brilliant. How strange that people keep talking to me about Lighthouses. This isn't the first time this week that they have been mentioned. Maybe God is trying to tell me something.

We all need something to hold on to during the storm. Thank you for today's little anchor.

nicolas Thu, Jun 27th 2013 @ 11:38am

Thank you so much for your thoughts and actions on behalf of those of us for whom the 'definitions' were not helpful. Wouldn't Life be great if all of its problems could be solved with an action which was not only simple but also satisfying to ALL parties concerned!

Caroline Ashcroft Thu, Jun 27th 2013 @ 12:12pm

Thanks Nicholas. It's good to be able to keep everyone happy!

Suzy Thu, Jun 27th 2013 @ 12:14pm


Anonymous Thu, Jun 27th 2013 @ 12:20pm

Just wanted to say I'm not going to reply to the blog or write a comment as yours says it all.God is always telling us something and I know that if the bulb in the lighthouse fails he will always guide me away from the rocks.Thanks Minnie and Oleg.

Mary Blackhurst Hill Hill Thu, Jun 27th 2013 @ 4:11pm

That is lovely, Oleg. I love the idea of my two rather lazy (but very affectionate) cats as a lighthouse - but pets are such a great comfort in times of stress and darkness.

And thank you too, Caroline. I am someone who finds the definitions incredibly helpful, but appreciate that others might not. So pleased that you've managed things for Nicolas and others like him.

Now if you could just need to split the graph so that it satisfies the bi-polars out there like me who have to watch the ups as well as the downs! (hint, hint)

Anonymous Thu, Jun 27th 2013 @ 6:44pm

Lovely blog today. I found it calming and reassuring. Thanks also for taking into consideration those of us who weren't so happy with the definitions. Sue

Caroline Ashcroft Fri, Jun 28th 2013 @ 12:14pm

Oh, if it were only that simple Mary!

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