6th September 2014 15:02

Castles in the Sky

If you haven’t seen Castles in the Sky, then you must.  A glorious piece of television, it is the story of the magician Robert Watson Watt, who invented radar and the beauty of the creative process he travelled to get there.  Writer, Ian Kershaw, deeply understands and loves creativity, the art of making the invisible visible, of making the impossible possible.  Wonderful.

Today, I particularly loved the recognition of the team – it is never one man or woman alone.  There was a father of the invention, a mother of the invention and a whole host of others standing for the heart of it.

The moment Robert Watson-Watt said a very fierce ‘NO’ to the person continually and negatively focusing on the problems instead of focusing on and believing in the end result which allows ‘a shift, something to happen.’ How in this fierce stand the commitment to the end result doubles, is fired up and charged and power moves in its favour.

I smiled in recognition of the set up of creating for a client who does not know the creative path. Who doubts and diminishes the project with an arrogance and ignorance. Until you have nailed it and they sweep in for the glory, recognition, it is suddenly theirs you can leave now.  And how of course it never is because the beauty and the glory comes from having lived it and breathed it into being. The grit of never giving up, the strength to pull yourself up from the floor in the moments when you don’t know how and want to throw in the towel and feelings of defeat and failure sweep over you.  And carrying on and following your heart and believing anyway – that is the prize, that is the magic and that will only ever belong to the brave hearts, the people with courage to believe in the impossible.

And I breath in a moment of gratitude and awareness that I work with clients right now who do know, love and tread the creative path, or if they don’t walk it themselves respect and honour those who do – we are collaborators.

Absolutely genius television. It made me want to go out and roar up at the sky!

If you’ve seen it then I’d love to know the stand out bits for you.

And if you haven’t you can catch it on BBC iPlayer until Thursday 9 September.

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