You will go as high as your dreams
— John Ruskin
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of you at last unveil.
Your mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Your thoughts alone have the power to make you healthy or sick, rich or poor, popular or unpopular. Your mind is like a powerful force that can be turned in any direction to bring about wonderful results, or wreak havoc and destruction. Your main goal in life must be to harness your amazing powers and direct them intelligently and systematically toward achieving everything you really want.
A journey through Italy
Let me tell you a story. Some years ago, I took my family to Italy an vacation. We turned several of the great art museums of Rome and Florence. In Florence, there is a special museum that was built to house the status of David created by Michelangelo several hundred years ago. This is perhaps the most beautiful piece of sculpture in the world. The actual physical experience of being in the same room with it is something that none of us has ever forgotten.
The story of the creation of the David is very interesting and contains a lesson for all of us. Michelangelo was commissiond by the medicis to create a status for the main square in Florence.
The medicis were the wealthiest and most powerful family of Italy at the time. A commission for a status from the medicis was not only a great honor; it was also a task that could not be refused. For two years, Michelangelo searched for a block of stone out of which he could create kind of masterpiece the medicis were looking for finally, on a side street of Florence, partially, overgrown with weeds and covered with dirt, he found a huge slab of marble lying on wooden trestles. It had been hauled down from the mountains years before and had never been used.
Michelangelo had walked past this street many times, but this time he stopped and looked more closely. As he walked back and forth studying the block of marble, he actually envisioned the status of David and saw it in its entirely.
Great success requires hard work
The sculpture quickly arrange to have workmen haul the block of marble to his studio some distance away. He then began the long, hard job of hammering and chiseling. It took him two solid years of work to create the rough outline of the status. He then put his hammers and chisels aside and spent two more years polishing and sanding before the status was complete.
Michelangelo was already famous as a sculptor, and the news that he was working on a major commission for the medicis spread all over it’s first public viewing, thousands of people came from all over Italy and gathered in the main square. When it was unveiled, the crowd stood gaping in awe. It was breathtakingly beautiful. People cheered. Woman fainted. The audience was amazed at the incredible beauty of the greatest sculptor of his age.
Afterward, when Michelangelo was asked how he was able to create such a masterpiece, he replied by saying that he saw the David complete and perfect in the marble. All he did was to remove everything that was not the David.
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