I recently walked through the Storm King Art Center, a 500-acre outdoor sculpture museum in New York’s Hudson Valley. It took my breath away. Imagine extremely large sculptures carefully placed among vast meadows and forests. It was a magical blend of nature and art that beckoned me forward to discover what lay beyond the next vista.
Whenever I am awestruck, I like to remember that what I am experiencing began as a single thought or idea. Like a seed, it grew into something big and amazing. Note: “Big and amazing” do not do this place justice. The magnitude and magic of Storm King is hard to describe.
As a career counselor, my mission is to help people listen to their thoughts, tune into the whisperings of their hearts and minds, and nurture their creative seeds of inspiration. Whenever I see a client grappling with whether or not to follow their dreams and bring an idea to fruition, I am energized. I feel a deep yearning to see the dream come alive – for the client but also for the countless other lives that will shift as a result.
I fervently believe that every one of us has a special gift to offer. Not all clients are ready – emotionally or financially – to take creative risks. Some are simply overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin. Yesterday, a client shared a dream of becoming a documentary filmmaker. I know deep inside my belly that this client needs to make films – not just to fulfill his own dream but to inspire real change. And, lucky me, I get to help tend and nurture this little seed of creative hope. Yep, I have the BEST job in the world!
Books like “Bursts of Brilliance” by Teresa Funke, “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron and “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert provide tools and inspiration for people who need help tending their creativity. I find each of these authors compelling! They keep me hopeful and provide tools as I support the creative souls that find their way to my career counseling practice. You can also check out the book I helped co-author with the talented Carol Eikleberry: The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People.
In “Bursts of Brilliance” Teresa Funke offers tactical advice and emotional support to inspire creative living and working. It is clear she has faced all sorts of fire breathing dragons along her own creative journey. She has dealt with inner demons and external forces intent on snuffing out her creative spark. I picture Teresa Funke in a superhero cape handily keeping the dragons at bay so she can put her heart and soul into the next project.
So, what is YOUR next project? What little whisperings do you need to listen to today? What seeds of inspiration could use some nurturing? Just like Storm King, your brilliant offering will begin with a single thought. Tune into these thoughts and then be ready to take tiny baby steps to bring your unique dream to life. The whole world will be brighter and better if you do.