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Blog Series: Film stories… Again!

It’s this time of the year again. I have been looking forward to it for many months and imagining how it would turn out to be.
No, it’s not my birthday. It’s not a specific season. And it’s definitely not Halloween (despite the timing) that I am so excited about.

It’s time for the 2013 edition of the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg which is starting tomorrow. It will be my 11th year of attendance and I can’t wait to take the plunge into eleven festival days again – into a world of narratives worth discovering and discussing.

International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg

The opening evening will take me “Home”, I will then listen to “The Nightingale of Tibet”, find out “How to Describe a Cloud” and experience another 35 moving film stories. I will have the pleasure to share my way of seeing them in an attempt to let you be part of the festival magic, even if only virtually, and hopefully give you some food for thought and inspiring film recommendations.

Stop by in the next days if you are interested in touching (film/blog) stories. I will be around excited to share the film festival blog journey with you. One day to go…

On the run…

… for yet another appointment, for the next bus or flight, for an adjacent class, for an (un)expected innovative solution or for a long-awaited catch-up with a friend… for overcoming another hurdle while already looking at the one coming after it… Everyday life often looks and feels like a hurdle race.

Author: Erlbruch, Wolf; Peter Hammer Verlag

Author: Erlbruch, Wolf; Peter Hammer Verlag


The more I look at the picture, the more it seems to me like a good depiction of today’s sophisticated, always-on world of ‘busyness’. The running goose has a story, but I’d better let you create and tell your own narrative around it. Try to do that before you go for one of your next ‘hurdles’. You might actually find out much more about yourself than the goose while storymaking and storytelling… I will do the same and be on the run for a good story. See you there!

I can… or can I?

I started teaching dance fitness classes about 1,5 years ago. It has been a very rewarding and enriching activity in many ways. One of them is the opportunity to experience first-hand how people react to challenges and change. That, combined with the fact that my class participants are from different generations and cultural backgrounds, makes teaching an even more fascinating experience full of simple, yet eye-opening stories like this one.

A friendly German lady (probably in her forties) approached me before my class last Monday to ask if she could join. I welcomed her as I usually do and wanted to know if she was familiar with the class format. The question made her nervous and she responded hesitantly that she had taken the class once at another gym, but was in no way experienced. I assured her that this was not a prerequisite at all and kicked off the class. To my surprise it took her not more than a few minutes to be able to completely follow my cues and enjoy the class without any hesitation or difficulties. Admittedly, it’s a fun and easy-to-follow workout, but you can always tell if someone has experience in taking group fitness classes or not. And she definitely had.

I’ve come across this discrepancy between our perceptions and the reality of what we can do quite often. There are so many factors playing a role here – personal, cultural, circumstantial. I don’t want to generalize or jump at conclusions, but I am convinced that we would be better off if we could pay less attention to our (often self-created) doubts and (often self-imposed) restrictions on our abilities. In fact, I am sure we can. Are you?

I can or can I