By Marilyn A. Johnson
I believe in possibilities! I love creating them for myself and other people. I relish the process of seeing what is brittle becoming vibrant: life bought back to what is worn and lifeless, disparate pieces becoming a new assemblage to be treasured. That is my practice as a creative, an artist. I strive to infuse that spirit into my practice as a psychotherapist and workshop leader.
Anyone who knows me thoroughly understands but not necessarily accepts that I hate cameras. Having my photo taken makes me recoil, wince, flinch, and cower. I see myself as courageous and strong but a camera stimulates my vulnerability and insecurity. I throw up a cloaking device that blocks the prospect of a good outcome. I have to do a lot of self talk to get out of my own way. I am a barrier to possibilities of recording important pieces of my life.
A very gifted filmmaker and producer suggested to me that I had valuable stories to tell. I trust her eye, skill and integrity. I finally said yes to her and even more importantly to myself. I had to practice what I believe and know to be true. How could I not open to the possibility of a new way of sharing my perspective with others?
Please take four minutes and view the art of Denise James, filmmaker. Witness my story and my willingness to set aside a personal barrier and experience her delight and my own!