Jeff Johnson is thirty seven years old and he’s tired. He’s tired of his life, his relationships and his work. When he married his wife Susan twelve years ago he thought he was on the fast track to the American dream. Now twelve years later he and Susan are separated, he only sees his daughter on the weekends and he hates his job. Jeff is ready for a creative awakening.
One day he came home from work, he’s a corporate trader for a brokerage firm, sat down and started to reflect. What happened to him, he wondered, and how can he recover? He picked up the control to the television, turned the television on and a message from the past appeared on the screen. It was a movie from his childhood, WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. When he saw the movie as a boy it made him believe that he could create a factory like Willie Wonka. From that day Jeff believed he was an inventor.
That belief was confirmed when he was in the ninth grade and won the science fair. he created an transmitter from old parts of a television and a discarded radio. Jeff believed that he would change the world.
Jeff’s dream came to abrupt end in his senior year in high school when a guidance counselor told him to be realistic and choose a career that would enable him to live successfully. She told Jeff that being an inventor was not a job but a dream.
With those words from a person of authority and influence Jeff let his dream die. Now twenty years later Jeff realized the mistake he made in listening to the guidance counselor. Throughout college and career Jeff played it safe and lived a pretty good life but it wasn’t the life he wanted. He was born to create, to invent. He settled for good when he could have had great.
As Jeff watched the movie he thought about a conversation that he and Susan had five years ago when for the first time he shared with his wife his dream of opening an lab to invent and create. Jeff told Susan that he wanted to quit his position and open a lab. She laughed at him and told him to grow up.
Jeff is having a creative awakening. He’s waking up to the life that he was suppose to have, to do what he was created to do.
What are the four stages of a creative awakening?
1. Disillusionment of current life.
2. Rediscovery of lost dreams.
3. Realization of change.
4. Taking action.
What stage are in? Let me know how can I help you. Shalom.