What makes you you? Different from everyone else? What are your unique skills, interests, and talents? Your fears, your hopes? Your strengths, your weaknesses? What masterpiece could you craft of you? You may have doubts, you may feel that you lack the raw material of greatness. Perhaps. But I think not. To make his famous statue of David, Michelangelo chose a piece of marble that others considered flawed and worked on it from 1501 to 1504, creating a masterpiece of lasting greatness.
You have elements of greatness within you; find them, seize them, build on them. All too many take the limits of their vision for the limits of the world; do not be one of them. Everyone is bound by something; will you be one of the ones that break free?
“My great mistake, the fault for which I can’t forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.” – Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, jailed for “gross indecency with men” i.e. being gay
“When we allow ourselves to exist truly and fully, we sting the world with our vision and challenge it with our own ways of being.” – Thomas Moore, 1779-1852, Irish poet
“I always knew I wanted to become somebody when I grew up. Now I realize I should have been more specific.” – Lily Tomlin
“If we did all the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier