When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Some might believe this is a cliche. Truism or not, these lines could not have been more accurate in describing my encounter with Shawn Athanasios and my weekly sessions with him. Not a youngster, in fact quite a few years older than this mentor, I had reached a crossroads in my professional and, in some ways, personal life. A college friend of long ago, who found himself in a similar situation, recommended I contact Bricolage Consulting. I did not know what a career coach was. I had all kinds of preconceived ideas. I thought Bricolage would help me get my resume together to transition from my present job of 25 years, which it was clear I was about to lose.
These naive expectations could not have been further from the truth. From the beginning, I would work in weekly sessions that included demanding mental and physical exercises. I would come to understand why I interact with my environment and others as I do. The implicit and then stated goals were nothing short of a full-fledged personal transformation. Things that I vaguely knew to be true were skillfully drawn out of me with great clarity, to examine, but more--to feel. To enlighten. To dream. Shawn was essential in putting me on the path to new dreams, new expectations, new realities. These are not pipe dreams or the meaningless spewings from a smokestack. These new dreams, expectations, and realities are grounded in universal principals.
Since I am not a fast learner, I gradually came to grasp the interconnection between mind and body, and the even less-tangible connection between mind and soul--to find the Real Me; to point this new person in the right direction. Lest this sound like one of those makeover shows on TV, let me emphasize the process is arduous and far from complete. But change, Shawn points out, is not difficult. It is a challenge. My Bricolage Consulting sessions changed my views of myself as well as my career path. As William Carlos Williams wrote, "A new world is only a new mind." Shawn Athanasios is not a cheerleader. A Buddhist, which I was not and am not, Shawn is a vital teacher who works with sensitivity with one's innermost talents. These are the talents and positive qualities one does not even know are there, even, as in my case, after more than a half-century of living with oneself. A lot of baggage is checked at the door. For me, Shawn and the mission of Bricolage Consulting are the best. I plan to sign up for another session.