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Posts by Doreen Cumberford

Who Will You Be?

“Floating, falling, sweet intoxication. Touch me, trust me, savor each sensation. Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in to the power of the music of the night.” ― Charles Hart, The Phantom of the Opera: Piano/Vocal Two weeks ago today, I was wending my way through the bustle and hustle of a…

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Please look under your car for penguins!

If you saw this sign would you pay attention? A colleague of mine, previously an expat for 14 years in Japan, shared that after years of using Japanese, learning the language and really paying attention and listening deeply, he found himself back home needing to acclimatize in surprising ways.  He missed the effort and the attention…

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From Failing To Fearlessness And Back Again

“Failing means you’re playing.”  Translation: It’s better to be doing badly than not taking part. In Scotland there’s an old fashioned saying “Failing means you’re playing”. Growing up in Scotland I used to hear adults use this phrase time and time again.   I translated and internalized it to mean that if I am failing, I…

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