We can really see the myriad internal experiences and external circumstances that are shaping the development of Jonathan’s work with Maggie.
Medical issues predominate during this unexpected interruption in the creation of the solo. The stress of serious illnesses and medical events has been enervating for both Jonathan and Maggie. They have been attending to the ongoing health needs of close family members while confronting a great deal of uncertainty about both diagnoses and prognoses. The physical responsibilities of caretaking coupled with the attendant fear, sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion have been quite challenging. Besides navigating the crises, they must still take care of household and child care needs. Clearly, they have had no choice but to suspend rehearsals indefinitely.
For the moment, Jonathan and Maggie have lost a key creative outlet, and the momentum fueling their progress has stalled. Both partners wonder how these developments will impact their artistic collaboration moving forward. Will they simply pick up where they left off? Will a period of review be required? How quickly will they find their working rhythm? Will they re-examine their ideas about how to best convey the key themes of the piece?
Stay tuned as the process continues.
KEY MEDICAL HIGHLIGHTS
We are also reminded that life evokes the full spectrum of emotional experiences – often at the same time. So right alongside the challenges are personal and artistic developments that engender in Jonathan an increasingly grounded sense of self. He is better able to acknowledge his creative needs and commit to feeding them – even if he is not quite sure what that will look like. Consequently, he has allowed himself to capitalize on and develop artistic opportunities that are already bringing him joy and creative fulfillment.
He is acting on his inclinations and asserting his ideas despite the uncertainty about his colleagues’ reception to them. He also experiences less self-doubt and angst when allowing his internal compass to guide his process.
Jonathan and Sherri repeatedly challenge his preconceived ideas about his personal and professional roles and approaches. Identifying the “shoulds” Jonathan has inculcated and contrasting them with the messages emanating from his core helps him carve paths that are truly authentic.
It has been a process consisting of intermittent, incremental steps, but we can now take a retrospective look at the progress – and see that the bits and pieces of creative re-animation are coalescing into a creative self filled with richness and possibility.
CREATIVE OUTLET HIGHLIGHTS
Of course, we will always wrestle with constantly changing dynamics; we are reminded that life is not a smooth, straight line, but more like a 3-dimensional zig zag.
We have seen this play out in high relief with regard to Jonathan’s child care situation. Potential babysitters don’t show up for interviews. Intricate, barter-like arrangements are made with other parents. Changing circumstances for family members affect their availability to watch the kids. Financial details threaten to derail child care plans with a favored caregiver. Jonathan must repeatedly adjust to each development, devising creative – if less than ideal – solutions.
Sherri Muroff Kalt, founder of Process Portraits, LLC and author of Portrait of an Artistic Journey: The Creative Process in Real Life Context, is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Duke University with a B.A. in psychology. She began her career in marketing and sales in New York City with L’Oréal, Monet Jewelers, and Givenchy. READ MORE