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Walking on the Moon. Friday February 19, 2016

Doreen went to the moon! And we rejoiced with her!

Do you like the moon?

I love it. It gives me solidity. It appears in its different forms in its different times and each way it presents is beautiful to me. I find the slip of a crescent moon tantalising and full of wonder. The harvest moon feels like a cuddle and makes me think of Moonface (see The Enchanted Wood, Enid Blyton). I've often joked with my kids when they've eaten Babybel... full moon (bite), crescent moon (bite), full eclipse.

I heard a simple fact about the moon today which made me love it even more. It doesn't shine. We would never see it if was not for the sun lifting her smile up towards it. The moon can only be seen because the sun shines her light upon it.

It made me think of us. We don't always shine. We are sometimes hidden from view and sometimes happy that way. But when we receive just a little something, we can be seen, and sometimes we feel ok with that. Sometimes we are even glad that someone shone a light our way to both encourage us out from the dark and to show that we have treasures worth finding.

If you are hiding in the dark, have a little think about what or who might shine a little glow your way. It can be anything. A song, a coffee, a bath, a photograph, an old letter, an email, a sandwich, a colleague, a trip to Iceland with Doreen (although this is marginally more expensive). Even your favourite checkout person. Be with that thing. Try to place yourself beside it and it will help you shine.

Be more moon. Let the sun reach you.

Love from
The room above the garage.

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

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Hopeful One Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 7:45am

Hi RATG- This morning I was up with the larks at 5am and saw the moon setting out of my bedroom window. Not a full moon yet but impressive all the same. And then I read your blog and the coincidence did not escape me.
You are right sometimes we need something to make us shine. This happened to me yesterday when my singing teacher said she would duet with me on my up coming birthday. It felt like a dream come true after all that practice. I reasoned that she would not have suggested it unless she felt confident that I could deliver.

I reached out for my Rubbiat of Omar Kyayyam and this is what he had to say.

Listen again.One evening at the Close
Of Ramazan,ere the better Moon arose,In that old Potter's shop I stood alone
With the clay Population round in Rows.

And ,strange to tell, among that Eastern Lot
Some could articulate ,while others not:
And suddenly one more impatient cried-
"Who is the Potter,pray,and who the Pot. Verse 59-60

the room above the garage Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 8:26am

HO I am grinning ear to ear at your reply... Will you duet at a concer? How brilliant! I wish I could be in the audience. And the verse is worthy of your own blog... Wonderful to see you X.

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 11:44am

Wish I could be at your bifdae celebrations HO...would love to hear you duet with your teacher too. How wonderful a gift you have and your teacher can see and hear it. Those thoughts have made me smile and shine too. This is One Happy Bear...and wishing you a wonderful time on your Happy Bear Day! x x x

Zareen Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 8:10am

Thanks for this which I found helpful & thought provoking. All the Best

the room above the garage Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 8:27am

Hello Zareen, the pleasure is mine. Thank you, love ratg X.

LillyPet Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 9:20am

Morning ratg :)
I like seeing the moon in the daytime, it doesnt happen often so feels like a rare treat. It feels calm and mysterious.
Your blogs make me shine! :)
One of the other things that gives me a glow are the smell of a fire in the distance on a hot sunny day. Very rare, but one of those smells that takes you back to a wonderful place.
I loved the babybell moon connection with your kids :). It reminded me of a time when a full moon was so clear and I could see that familiar face in it. I wondered whether everyone sees the same face as me, so I got the group of us there at the time all to draw it. A lovely thing to get lost in doing.
We compared pictures, some were similar, a couple of them drew hilarious versions! I'll definitely look up Moonface!
Thank you for shining a light on our calm, steady and reliable moon! I'm thinking of Bear and SMB. Warm smiles to all those who are quietly in the dark LP :) xx

the room above the garage Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 11:00am

Hello LP! Did you keep the drawings? Would be great to look back on them a few years on :-) xx

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 11:44am

Shining and waving a paw at you Lillypet!

LillyPet Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 11:06pm

I'm afraid I didnt keep them, it was biro and scrap paper Lol :). Bear Hugs and smiles back! Xx

LillyPet Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 9:24am

Bear and SMB, just saying hello, not saying that you are in the dark! :)

Leah Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 9:55am

I have always liked the way the moon can be full or a quarter or half and it is still the moon. No one says that a quarter moon is not the real moon. The moon can have different phases but we know it will always be the full moon again.
I have always liked the moonlight.
It is great to read your blog and hope you will be shining in the moonlight.

the room above the garage Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 11:05am

Hello Leah, I've never thought of it that way before but I love that angle "it is always the moon", us! Always us, even if we're a little different at times. Good to see you :-) xx

Debs Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 2:31pm

I love that too Leah. Today I feel like the full moon but I know there will be days when I'm a crescent... What a lovely reassuring thought to know that the full moon always returns xxx

Wyvern Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 3:26pm

What a brilliant thought. This is so encouraging. Thank you.

Lesley Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 9:57am

Thank you RATG. You have written eloquently and from the heart. I really cherish the moon now. Funny thing is that only yesterday I reflected on the desire /need to "shine". I know it is addictive for me - and I do it for acknowledgement and "self esteem". Quite human really and I shouldn't beat myself up for feeling this way.

When I am with friends from my "shining" era I feel happy and blessed because they know that joyous Lesley and we recall our scrapes and achievements. My continual striving to shine on the other hand is not really helpful. When we feel unable to shine, we can slip into darkness, negativity and self hate and take ourselves away from the present to when we thought we shone because it felt better.
Obsession about a shining past and the desire to recreate it is, I now understand, not productive in shining again. We all need a shine catalyst. I plonked on the radio this morning to Rod Stewart singing about "holding on" and now we have radio 2 banter and a nice cup of tea!
Hugs xx

the room above the garage Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 11:08am

Hello Lesley, you found it...your friends from your 'shining era' are the ones you benefit from being with! Nothing mistaken there, shine on! I love radio 2 :-) xx

Rebecca Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 7:52pm

Lesley you sum up exactly how I am feeling at the moment. Last year I fell out with the yard owner of the yard I was on. I had been there 5 years and made some really good friends who seemed to believe in me and made me "shine". Now I am really struggling. I am at a new yard having moved somewhere on my own, hated it and now moved again. I have only been there a few months so maybe I will make good friends again. Those old friends, some stay in touch some don't. This really hurts and I feel like never trusting people again. I am really struggling at the moment.x

the room above the garage Sun, Feb 21st 2016 @ 6:49am

Hello Rebecca, I hope you're still around... I was traveling and didn't manage to get back to the blog. You hit the nail on the head with "I am struggling". They are not in touch because of a thousand reasons, those reasons are most likely NOT because they don't like you. You can trust again. You are not in a great place and it is skewing your thoughts. You will be happy again, you will trust again, it will improve. If you are anything like me then change can be damaging. Having to relearn ways of living that work and become familiar with the unfamiliar takes huge energy and leaves me flattened in mood. Keep commenting every day...let people here get to know you...we don't move. Love ratg X.

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 11:50am

Oh have such a gift with your words and express everything I am sure we all need and really want to hear.
Biting the babybels made me thnk of the same thing I used to do with daughter and Jaffa cakes!!! (Think there was an advert of a teacher doing it with Jaffa cakes!!) Lolilol!!
I love the moon and am always happy to see the different shapes it becomes...always loved telling stories about the Man in the Moon to my daughter...stories about the moon being made of cheese!! Happy memories of stories we told each other as children've made me a happier smiley bear...oh and what joy...I saw a kingfisher again this morning...yay!
Happy-as-a-happy-thing-on-a-happy-day-Bear :)
x x x

Debs Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 2:30pm

Hey happy bear, just wanted to say hello ;-)) Your happiness is infectious (in a nice way ;-)) Big hugs to you xxx

Brum Mum Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 1:56pm

So exquisitely expressed. Last night I heard on the radio you could see the international station. So I opened the patio doors and stood out in the moonlight looking for it with my son. It was a beautiful clear night and just seeing the sky clear and stars twinkling warmed my heart. I don't feel I'm shining much at the moment but I have to remind myself I am still making a difference and have treasures within, just as the night sky gave me so much pleasure last night. Thank you for your beautiful blog.....

Lexi Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 2:01pm

i loved this post today. Thank you ratg. It reminded me of one of my favorite quotes "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." Edith Wharton

Debs Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 2:29pm

Oh room, room room!!! And the moon moon moon!! I just LOVE your way with words!! I always jump on a blog if I see your name on it, I savour every last letter and read them over and over. I'm even going to print this one out and put it somewhere safe for days when I'm feel lacking in light.
Music does it for me, time spend with art - particularly at the Biennale in Venice - writing, walking to the top of a mountain and the tiredness you feel when its all over and you're sitting in the pub by the fire, losing myself in a book, and a naked cuddle with my little boy after a bath. Yum. Now I'm imaging a whole day with all of that lot packed in!! What a day that would be.
Thanks lovely roomy, your are a true blessing in my life xxxxx

The Gardener Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 3:30pm

After a particularly tough evening, I looked out on to my little terrace, and there was the moon, shining directly on to the myriad rooftops (ought to say chaotic roof-tops) - was a walled city in 1150 - burned down 3 times during various wars - Louis X111 ordered its destruction to stop the Bretons and Normans fighting over it - in 1732 another fire had a go at destroying the town - now buildings have been divided higgledy-piggledy. It's a job deciding whose roof is whose. And the moon shines placidly on, despite what goes on below. I love the moon - is it Hunter's? In October? When it goes almost orange. I suppose today's joy is my ever-smiling painter - with a quote for next tranche of work - whose days are enlivened by my antics - I wish I'd counted how many supermarket bags I've lugged lately. Today has ranged from carpet to cat to my hairbrush. Lovely 'New House' card from eldest son hoping the servants were behaving themselves. Mailed back servant has been given notice because she has taken to drink and neither of her houses (18 rooms in toto) are clean or tidy. B-in-law with new tales of woe among that lot.

Hitchhiker Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 6:10pm

The sun is reaching me on this cloudy day through this beautiful moonblog! So many thanks!!! Ilove the moon and the night sky and just a few nights ago while taking out the trash, I thought to myself:I need to send more time outside on these crisp nights! And now I have another motivator: remembering to shine with the moon! My dear Mom and I used to stay connected to each other while living on opposite side of the globe by saying: we both see the same moon. I'd be outside and wish....say "Hi" to Mom for me moon! My Mom is gone now, but she shines on. I will tell the moon tonight....say "Hi"......Cheers and hugs to you beautiful moonscope folks :)

Rebecca Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 7:56pm

Hi RATG, I can't really think what will make me shine at the moment. I am just holding on and hoping that the depression lifts sooner or later. See my post above but just very hurt at the moment.x

Debs Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 8:01pm

Thinking of you Rebecca, I've been there as have many of us so I know where you are and I am reaching out a hand to grab onto. Take each day, each hour, one at a time and be so so gentle on yourself. Sometimes we don't need to shine, we just need a time of deep-rest. Take care hun and keep reaching out - we're all here to support you... Sending so much love and tenderness your way. xxx

the room above the garage Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 8:30pm

Debs said just what I was thinking. Half hour by half hour is maybe the most you can hope for right now. Just aim to get through, in whatever way you can. It's not the time to try to shine or do anything very much, getting through is enough. Rebecca, when you are ready, everything will be there, so don't think too far ahead. Lean on us, keep talking, keep posting xxx.

LillyPet Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 11:27pm

We are here Rebecca, with a big group hug. It's hard to see a way out when you're not in a great place, but look out for any little signs of feeling a bit better and stick with that. LP xx

the room above the garage Sun, Feb 21st 2016 @ 6:55am

Ah, I replied above but I see you also commented here. Rebecca, keep visiting and let us be your leaning post. Can you write now? Can you blog one angle from how you are feeling? Even if you don't submit it, perhaps seeing the words written down will help you make sense of where you are. I remember a fellow moodscope telling us about her scribble notepad and an exercise she learned. She would write down everything she felt every morning (for nobody to read) and it got the feelings out. It didn't make them go away but they were out and more likely to be dealt with, ignored or sorted into which was most important. Hope you're still around to see these replies... Love ratg xx.

Lex Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 9:49pm

Nice! Very nice indeed!!

the room above the garage Sun, Feb 21st 2016 @ 6:56am

Sorry tj ha e left the comments midway, I was travelling. Thank you for your replies, good too see you all love ratg xx.

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