If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery,
it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival and fellow Italian, Leonardo da Vinci.
Michelangelo’s output in every field during his long life was prodigious; when the sheer volume of correspondence, sketches, and reminiscences that survive is also taken into account, he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century. Two of his best-known works, the Pietà and David, were sculpted before he turned thirty. Despite his low opinion of painting, Michelangelo also created two of the most influential works in fresco in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
Regardless of the field of endeavor, we frequently look at the end product and marvel at the talent and skill that was able to produce the masterpiece we view. Whether it is art, sculpture, music, acting, sports, medicine or any other area of talent, do we ever stop to admire the effort that went into acquiring the skills that produced the outcome or the dedication and long hours required to hone the skills.
How often have we heard of someone becoming an overnight success, when in fact they have been working at their craft for 25 years? It is important that we stop and smell our own roses and see how dedicated we are to whatever talent and skill we possess and know how hard we work to be what we choose to become. I admire what other people do, but I no longer compare my achievements to theirs as I can most often only feel disappointed. I choose to see that I create my own success by realizing that my faith drives me to focus on my effort rather than your outcome.
My prayer for you today is that you will see the power of your own effort and admire the talents and skills you have dedicated yourself to learning and sharing with others.
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