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6 Echoes of womb-life: bliss and distress

Simon House Karnac Books ePub

“see all, nor be afraid.”

Robert Browning, Rabbi ben Ezra

The French dramatist and critic Jean Cocteau described in his diary an interesting experience he had when he revisited his childhood home in 1953 (Cocteau, 1988). He was interested to see whether by going back he could recover some of the feelings he had when he lived there. Could he relive his childhood?

The man who lived at his old home would not let him in. Cocteau looked around at the street and the houses and found that everything had changed; he wondered if it was at all possible to bring back his childhood memories without going into the house.

Cocteau then recalled how as a child he would walk close to the houses in the road and trail his finger along the wall. He did this again, hoping that memories would come flooding back. But they did not. There were a few memories, but they were thin and pale.

Suddenly, he remembered that as a child his hand had trailed along the wall at a different level. He was, of course, much smaller at that time. So, bending down and closing his eyes, he again moved his finger along the wall. The result was remarkable:

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Tips for Penguins Who Want to Change Their Organizations

Gallagher, BJ Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

Tips for Penguins Who Want to

Change Their Organizations

1. Recognize that the world is changing and the future looks very different from the past. What worked in the past may now be obsolete. A new future requires new ideas and perspectives.

2. Create opportunities for exotic birds to contribute their talents and ideas — project teams, task forces, special projects.

3. Continually reevaluate work processes, policies, and procedures. Don’t assume that the “tried and true” will continue to work indefinitely. A product, a service, a work process can become obsolete overnight, and you may find yourself behind the curve instead of ahead of it. Constant vigilance and continual reevaluation are the watchwords of the day.

4. Provide processes and people to help birds of all kinds deal with their feelings about change and your organization’s future. Make it safe to talk about fears and anxieties, hopes and aspirations.

5. Celebrate small successes — both individual and organizational. Change is bumpy and uncomfortable.

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Piet Draiby Karnac Books ePub


Most of the work in this book is based on events in the past. In the final chapter, we will attempt to create closure by addressing the future on the basis of the present.

It is incredibly inspiring and motivating to work towards a goal. We might call it a vision: a vision of what our dream relationship could be like in five, ten, or twenty years!

Much scientific research confirms that the distinguishing characteristic of stable couples and families who function well is a clear vision of what they can do together. That means that they have clear goals and visions for their shared lives.

As couples, we have a choice. We can allow ourselves to be driven more or less randomly by a past that we did not choose, or we can direct ourselves towards a future that we choose to design.

From the world of sport, we are familiar with the results of work -ing with visualizations. Having clear goals and visions makes a colossal difference both in terms of training and performance. Visualizations are a natural extension of this process.

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All Quarrels

Elizabeth Jennings Carcanet Press Ltd. PDF
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A Note From the Guest Editors

Collections ePub

Emily Clark and Greg Lambousy

The aim of this special issue A Note from the Guest Editors of Collections is twofold. It exploits the potential of Louisiana’s colonial documents to illuminate some of the rewards and challenges of the Atlantic World paradigm—a relatively recent way of researching, writing and thinking about the era that began when Europe, Africa, and the Americas encountered one another and were drawn into dynamic currents of economic, cultural, and political exchange between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Atlantic World gave birth to the transatlantic slave trade, the Columbian Exchange, and racial hierarchies. It ended with the abolition of slavery and the spasm of rebellions against European power marked by the American and Haitian Revolutions and Latin American independence movements. The Atlantic World was a transnational phenomenon, and although it overlaps what represented the colonial period for much of North America, its history is not easily told from the perspective of any one of the major colonial European powers that exercised sovereignty there. For this reason, the colonial records of Louisiana, which was held by both France and Spain, offer a particularly illuminating case study of the legacies of the Atlantic World in American archives. An ambitious project, undertaken by the Louisiana State Museum, to digitize these records has drawn renewed attention to their importance and their potential to contribute substantially to the growing field of Atlantic history. (This project is scheduled for completion in 2016.)

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