The Intuitive Writer
Art relies on intuition – one small act of faith after another in an unknown direction leads us to discover who we are and what we are capable of as artists in whatever capacity. My take on the “Intuitive Writer”
In 2001, I was offered the position of research analyst/coordinator by Mike, REAC’s president. I was hesitant, so unsure initially. I assumed that I would have to continue my duties as the executive assistant to the president and the executive vice president. Shame on me for not clarifying the role. While deciding, I most likely consulted my prior boss Bob who had recently left the firm. I imagine he told me to just go for it. I really should have relied on my gut instinct that told me it was time to take a leap.
I should not have been surprised that Mike proffered me the position – after all, I had had a couple years under my belt researching and writing various complex industry analyses to complete appraisal reports. Meaty juicy topics like the casino industry, medical office complexes, the burgeoning telecommunications industry, changing trends in mental health, the horse racing industry and dealing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions for the nuclear power plants in Illinois. I honed my research, writing and communication skills and became proficient at finding elusive data and creating a “work of art”. In hindsight, I should not have been surprised at the offer. I was merely amazed that Mike recognized my skills. And honestly, I was happiest in the investigation / research / writing stage. Fast strict deadlines kept me on my toes- and productive for the company. A good business owner would recognize that – and did. I like to think that my enthusiasm coupled with professionalism inspired others.
What didn’t occur to me at the time was that I had made my intention to research/write/communicate just a few months earlier. Remember, this was 2000. I read a fascinating newspaper article about a 6-week workshop on career transitions. I was “stuck” as an assistant ever since my boss Bob – he of the relational energy that so uplifted me – left a few months prior. Fearing a life of ordering photocopier toner, taking phone calls, mingling with our clerical staff in the lunchroom, I signed up for the course. I jumped into it with both feet – scary yet I felt compelled to find “me”. Though I no longer have my resources or notes, I remember them well. “Managing Transitions” by change consultant William Bridges presented the Transition Model. The main strength of the model is that it focuses on transition, not change. The difference between these is subtle but important. Change is something that happens to people, even if they don't agree with it. Transition, on the other hand, is internal: it's what happens in people's minds as they go through change. Change can happen very quickly, while transition usually occurs more slowly. It was like learning a new language! The other book was “What Color is Your Parachute” where we worked on specific exercises. Lo and behold, the Venn Diagram of where my interests lie indicated research/writing/communication. Mind blowing stuff. Over 20 years ago and it feels like yesterday.
P.S. I still have the vision board from that workshop.
Dear Reader - I accepted the position and I never regretted it. It helped that I physically moved to be among the appraisers (and away from the clueless Beena who treated us all so disparagingly). My self- confidence and self-esteem grew and I really excelled at working on my own while being of service to others who depended on my research. I learned to set boundaries. There was no looking back.
Intuitively, I knew I existed to write, to communicate, to research. Manifesting those desires brought about my personal goal. I focused my thoughts upon the desired outcome and the laws of attraction brought the end result even closer. Yes, I did my homework, had the courage to take the steps.
I bet you can too.
There never has there been such a need for someone with gifts like yours, because at this very moment there are people only you can reach and differences only you can make. Go ahead and take that first step. I’ll be by your side and we’ll travel together.