A Work of Art
Written by: | Monday, July 30th, 2012
You are. I am. We are each truly works of art – masterpieces in the making.
I spent part of my junior year in college studying in Paris and Florence. Besides connecting with other cultures, languages and traditions, I had the ability to see some of the world’s best and most celebrated art. From mosaics to architecture to painting, there were no shortages of works of art. However, of all the famous things I was able to see, the ones that affected me the most, were Michelangelo’s statues of the Slaves – 4 forms struggling to be released from their stones.
Michelangelo is quoted to have said that his role as sculptor was not to create something. Rather, it was to release from the stone what was already in it.
The same is true for us. As we develop into our work of art – our masterpiece – we aren’t creating it, we are releasing it. It takes time. It requires attention to what is in us that needs releasing. Some call it our gifts. Some call it our talents and passions. Regardless of its name, we create our work of art little by little as we discover and release what is best about us.
Each day we are fortunate to wake up and discover another component of our masterpiece – of discovering something new about who we are, what we are passionate about, what we are good at and what is meaningful to us. We chip away at the process – little by little – like a sculptor. Some days we make greater progress than others – but each day we have the choice to discover more of what makes us great. It won’t release itself – it needs us to do the work.
The other thing I remember most in my time in Europe was how available the art was. There were works of art on the buildings, churches and in the centers of the “piazzas” in Italy and the “grandes places” in France. Creating a masterpiece is one thing. Sharing that masterpiece with the world is where it becomes valuable. This is how a work of art can change the world.
Great art should never be hidden – because it can’t inspire others – it can’t change the world.
Deep in us is a work of art – a masterpiece – waiting to be released and shared with the world. No one can tell us what our work of art is. No one can tell us what our work of art should be – that ‘s our work to do. According to Michelangelo, only the stone knows what is inside – the rest of us are here to be changed by what is releases. I think it is the same for us.
So when you look in the mirror – look past your exterior and see what work of art is on the inside. Then consider how you will release this work of art to your world.
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