Now is your time, your time to start living the life you had IMAGINED!
I was like a little kid standing in line at Disneyland. Except this line led to something I had looked forward to seeing for years. I was standing in line in Florence, Italy at the great art museum which housed my favorite Bible character… The statue of David. Julie and I had come to Italy to see all the majestic sites of that country, but this was the one I had been most looking forward to seeing. As I rounded the corner, there stood David. Created by Michelangelo. Breathtaking. Unbelievable. Better, dare I say, than I had imagined! I have often used the story of the creation of David’s statue for years in my speaking. I am a story teller, and this story is stuck deep in my heart and soul. The story of the creation of David is perfect for a series on IMAGINE. Here’s why: Michelangelo was commissioned by the Medici’s, one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in Italy, to create a statue for the main square in Florence. For two years, Michelangelo searched for the block of marble to create his masterpiece. Finally, on the back streets of Florence, covered by weeds and dirt, he found it.
He had walked past it many times, but this time he stopped, he looked, and he imagined in his mind’s eye, David. He saw David in its entirety. Then he arranged his workmen to haul the slab to his studio. He went about the task of hammering and chiseling. Two years it took him to create the basic outline of David. It takes much time to create a masterpiece. It was two more years of polishing and sanding before the statue was completed. Six years total. When it was unveiled, thousands came for the public viewing of Michelangelo’s David. Now, here I was, standing in line, hundreds of years later to see the same statue. And I wasn’t disappointed.
Afterward, when Michelangelo was asked how he was able to create such a masterpiece, he replied by saying: He saw David complete and perfect in the marble. All he did was remove everything that was not David.
I have a big David-sized question for you. This is a discussion series and I want to hear from you!
I know this sounds a bit grand but I do believe each of our lives contain David-size possibilities. Our lives are contained in marble, if you will. Like a slab, a bit uninspiring till someone hauls us to the studio and starts hammering and chiseling. All we have to do is remove all the parts of ourselves that aren’t David. Some of that process involves pain, some involves purpose, but all of it takes time. There are so many things that can hold us back from realizing our “Imagined Life,” excessive fears and worries, doubts, and many more. Quite frankly, I think the number 1 reason people fail to realize their masterpiece is that they want it quick and dirty. I want to remind you it took Michelangelo six years to create David. And David was only made from marble, not from heart and soul and mind and spirit. You are going to take much longer. Be patient. You and I are created by a majestic God who has majestic plans for you. But it will take time. Our Imagine Series
- I want this to be interactive, so please comment and provide examples of how you are realizing your “Imagined Life.” Or things that are holding your back, or have held you back in the past
- In the weeks ahead, I promise to provide a war-chest of good content. Coaching content to help you realize your Imagined Life
- We will look at how to create your inspired vision, the power of personal mantras, and focus on daily success strategies.
IMAGINE MOMENTS Take time this week to really think about that masterpiece inside of you- your Imagined Life. Formulate it in your mind’s eye and then we’ll talk about developing strategies for hammering and chiseling, sanding and polishing to make your David appear! Your comments matter! I would love to hear from you!