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Agents of Ourselves: Part Forty

Life and work got in the way again last week, so Yvonne Jones, Laura Staley, Maribel Cardez, Tom Dietzler, and I didn’t get together for our writing workshop, Finding Your Voice. Since the life and work commitment that kept me from our session required some driving, I had time to think, to reflect on what we’ve been up to in the workshop, and to contemplate age and wonder, adults and children. I composed the first stanza of the verse that appears in the video below. And I was fortunate enough to remember it when I returned home.

As I was continued the verse and as I fleshed out the video, I thought about Martin the Marlin, the first book for children I wrote and published. It struck me that Steven, the protagonist in that book, progressed through the stages of having, losing, and regaining his childlike senses of wonder, idealism, imagination, courage, and creativity. And because he’d regained those senses, he came to recognize the enduring nature and the inestimable value of love and friendship. Then it occurred to me, for the very first time, to use imagery from the book in the video. So, I did.

The quote at the end of the video comes from an essay I published on Medium in 2019. I called it “Take the First Step”. If this post, the video, and the essay help just one adult regain — or hold on more tightly to — senses of wonder, idealism, imagination, courage, and creativity, my idle rumination will have been worth something.

And if that does happen, even for just one adult, I ask that adult to pay it forward.

Mark O'Brienhttps://obriencg.com/
I’m a business owner. My company — O’Brien Communications Group (OCG) — is a B2B brand-management and marketing-communication firm that helps companies position their brands effectively and persuasively in industries as diverse as: Insurance, Financial Services, Senior Living, Manufacturing, Construction, and Nonprofit. We do our work so well that seven of the companies (brands) we’ve represented have been acquired by other companies. OCG is different because our business model is different. We don’t bill by the hour or the project. We don’t bill by time or materials. We don’t mark anything up. We don’t take media commissions. We pass through every expense incurred on behalf of our clients at net. We scope the work, price the work, put beginning and end dates on our engagements, and charge flat, consistent fees every month for the terms of the engagements. I’m also a writer by calling and an Irish storyteller by nature. In addition to writing posts for my company’s blog, I’m a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and Medium. And I’ve published three books for children, numerous short stories, and other works, all of which are available on Amazon under my full name, Mark Nelson O’Brien.

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    • Oh, I love that Charlotte. Most people read J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, as some kind of rendering of Holden Caulfield’s adolescent angst. I read it as Holden’s struggle to protect the innocence of his sister, Phoebe.

      I definitely think you’re on to something: If we can suspend our adult tendencies to judge, we may very well return to the childlike serenity that enables (fosters? inspires? is the source of?) wonder, imagination, and creativity.

      Thank you for your comments. I’m so grateful for our connection.

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