Sometimes when I sit down at my desk to work, I get overwhelmed. The phone is ringing, the papers are piling and the keyboard is staring at me, telling me to get working. It is easy to forget that life is not made up of deadlines and projects, but, if you can pause and reflect, it is made up of moments, conversations and dreams, all adding together to become memories that you can use.
This summer, I ended up in the most warm and welcoming home of Holly Arntzen and Kevin Wright. Holly’s company, ART (http://www.artistresponseteam.com/ ), is a production house that specializes in music and entertainment that educates about nature, and responds peacefully to the environmental and social crises we find ourselves facing. ART’s mission is to shift culture, and help communities move towards sustainability, one song at a time.
Holly and Kevin work with other musicians, educators, artists, scientists and writers to create their innovative school music programs, perform in schools, develop environmental learning materials, perform at folk festivals and other concert opportunities, do community outreach related to the environment, and generally do incredible things for our planet through their passion for music.
I was in their home for a few hours, nothing more. And I haven’t spoken to then since I drove away. But as I reflect on that brief time, I realize it had an impact on my life and my future. No, I’m not going to leave my consulting gig and go out on the road with Holly and Kevin! But when I facilitate workshops now, I remind participants to recall those moments that are special and use them for their future – explore what can they learn from them, and what can they share with others.
I’ve sent off a note to Holly, simply to see if she remembered me, and lo and behold, she did! I don’t know where it will lead, but the possibilities exist. Please check out their website. Holly and Kevin work their magic in the west right now. But I think they’ve got a future in the east, and I want to help them find it. If you have any ideas, please share them here!