The Christopher Kennedy Compound
Palm Springs Modernism Week Show House


Taking the First Step: The Creative Process Behind the Modernism Show House

CK Harley Hiking

People often ask how I stay calm under pressure. For example, pulling off The Christopher Kennedy Compound during a week that draws about 45,000 attendees to Palm Springs. Not to mention, 11 designers; 30 world-class corporate sponsors; with what feels like the world watching...I'm never quite sure of how to answer because I don't worry. 


 Worry only welcomes the opposite of what we desire. So, I choose to focus solely on the desired outcome and thankfully, I have a wonderful team of talented individuals who work diligently to help my dreams become reality. 


If you don’t know how you will achieve your goals, don’t worry, because the truth is, I don’t either! I just know I will. We don’t have to know HOW because we will be shown the way. “The Hows are the Domain of the Universe,” says one of my favorite books, The Secret. Stated another way, in the Gospel of Matthew 7:7-8:

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks the door will be opened ..." 

Or, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr said:

“Take the first step in faith.  You don’t have to see the whole staircase.  Just take the first step."


Whenever my thoughts drift and I begin to feel overwhelmed…I take a walk. I take the first step.  Harley and I embark on the Lykken Trail.  Within minutes, my worries fall away and the smile on Harley’s face (Oh yes, dogs smile) reminds me that joy and exuberance is our natural state of being -- everything else is artificial.  


My concerns get smaller as we make our way up the mountain and I think to myself, If God can do this with dirt and rocks, certainly miracles can be worked in my life.


I think of the millennia and the countless chemical reactions that occurred to create the beauty around me…this affirms that forces can be moved...calls can be had…introductions can be made…to bring whatever material things I desire.


I may not know HOW these things will come about, but I believe they WILL. After all, I don’t know how molecules transformed into the geological wonders around me, but here I stand.


I take the first step in faith, optimism and joy.

Sincerely yours, Christopher

P.S. - I hope to see you all during Modernism Week!