Welcome to My Workshop

My 6-year old has a workshop in her head. She told me about it the other day. I was so impressed and excited for her that I decided to create one of my own.

Natalie’s workshop has lots of different rooms. Her favorite is a screening room that can play any movie or TV show that she’s ever seen. When she’s bored or not allowed to watch television she lies in her bed or pretends to read, and then watches her favorite shows, either from the beginning or just the good parts.

Natalie also has an animal room. Since she loves all animals, this room is very crowded. In it she cares for and plays with puppies, bunnies, and all the cutest babies, but she also sometimes tames the wild animals that nobody likes or wants.

Natalie has other rooms in her workshop but they’re not as interesting. She prefers to spend her time with movies and animals, but perhaps someday that will change. Since her workshop is a mansion there are endless rooms to visit, and she can organize them as she likes or add new rooms as she goes.

Hearing Natalie talk about her workshop is a gift in itself. She speaks with such pride and a sense of knowing- both in terms of the reality of her workshop but also the knowledge that I get it, and her, and that I will always share in her excitement and be worthy of her secrets.

I certainly do get the wonderment that comes with appreciating one’s cognitive capacities and the unlimited possibilities they afford. Although I can’t remember when I first came to my own realization, I continue to be amazed almost on a daily basis.

In some ways, writing my blog has become my own mental workshop. I am able to notice patterns or recognize challenges and then delve into drawers of past observations or theories, weaving together ideas and constructs, and sharing as posts. Doing so allows me to clear my mind and be more present, enjoying my experiences and those with whom I interact, at home, at work, or out in the world.

Like my daughter, I am grateful that I can share my workshop with others who are worthy of my trust. I suppose all workshops are inherently intimate spaces, since our minds focus on what is most precious and dear. It is perhaps through our workshops that we play out our dreams and provide our souls with what they crave.

My Natalie knows so much for a six year old. She seems to know that life is magical and that she has all that she needs to nurture her gifts and dreams. She knows that while she can take comfort in her workshop she can play out her dreams within real life, when she is ready, at her own pace.

I hope that I will continue to be invited to Natalie’s workshop. And I hope that you will continue to visit mine.

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About mbhuber2013

convener and co-founder of BTEP, instructor for Tanzania Study Abroad course; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning at University at Buffalo

6 responses to “Welcome to My Workshop”

  1. Jill Norton says :

    I remain your loyal follower 🙂

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  2. goshin2013 says :

    Now, how sweet is that!

    From: “”, PhD <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: “Mara B. Huber, PhD” <comment+c383kltk9vscglqjz8ktcj@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 8:27 AM To: Arthur Goshin <goshin@buffalo.edu> Subject: [New post] Welcome to My Workshop

    mbhuber2013 posted: “My 6-year old has a workshop in her head. She told me about it the other day. I was so impressed and excited for her that I decided to create one of my own. Natalie’s workshop has lots of different rooms. Her favorite is a screening room that can play”

  3. Gede Prama says :

    A wonderful article and great … thank you for sharing with us .. 🙂

  4. Nathan Large says :

    I’m only jealous because at age 6, Natalie seems to have picked up on a skill I had to learn in my teens. A class on creative visualization guided us to build a place for relaxation in our minds, then add on rooms as needed for various functions. The ‘theater’ for memory and future visualization was one of the first recommended add-ons. I’ve since added a library, workbench for physical crafts, and even a gymnasium for retraining, but Natalie’s already ahead of me. A mansion indeed! (Hi!)

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