There is gold everywhere – but mostly in our heart. We have unlimited potential. We have personal power. But it is not going to do any good to us until we take action. The first thing to realize is that we are special.
There is an inspirational story of a child in Rome who spent hours watching a strange man working intently. Finally, the boy spoke, “Signore, WHY are you hitting that rock?” Michelangelo looked up from his work and answered, “Because there is an angel inside and he wants to come out.” Wow, how powerful!
Michelangelo’s immortal magnificent sculptures inspire people throughout centuries. His philosophy, depth, and meaning are magnificent. It amazes me how simple His secret was: he simply saw a masterpiece in the rock, and with the help of hammer and a chisel he was getting rid of everything that was on the way. That’s it!
How is it applied in life? I have understood in my personal life that it is not easy to embrace your greatness, being born in a small Ukrainian village, struggling in the beginning at school, facing financial challenges, experiencing the hardship of being an immigrant all by myself, etc. It takes time, effort and hard work to get to our “angel stuff” that we all have. The problem is that not all people are able to see the masterpiece in the rock, which will allow them to become anything or anyone they want, but it takes courage to unleash the personal power. Most people don’t have the vision; they don’t have the dream. They are not willing to take the hammer and the chisel to get rid of the unnecessary stuff. They refuse to take action.
Have you ever seen anything more perfect than a snowflake? Its intricacy, its design, its symmetry, its conformity to itself and originality from all else – all are a mystery. You wonder at the miracle of this awesome display of nature. Yet, if God (whatever your religion is) can do this with a single snowflake, what do you think He has done with the universe and a human being?
It takes as little as faith that you are whole, enough and complete at this moment, but there is so much unnecessary stuff around: limiting beliefs, negative situations. What do you do to engage yourself in self-development and self-growth?
How about engaging in the process of improvement? If it hadn’t been for the inspired vision and intense work of Michelangelo, the world would never have seen his masterpieces.
What do you do to get to your personal “angel stuff”? Growth and greatness don’t happen automatically!
How about going extra mile, pushing yourself and trusting the value of process?
It takes time for a flower to blossom, for a tree to grow, for a child to be born. People want short cuts, that’s why they quit things before really starting and engaging in the process. But that is not how life works. The best things in life come to those who know how to wait.
We can inspire ourselves if we simply appreciate ourselves, celebrate our little every day victories, and keep our eyes on the trophy – our aspired goals. The hammer and the chisel are the inspiration, motivation and action. Keep hitting the rock until the angel comes out.