Creativity of a Genius

A genius is someone who sees what everyone else sees but thinks what no one else thinks. By this definition, Michelangelo was a genius. Here’s just one small piece of evidence… Michelangelo’s “David” is one of his most famous sculptures. Its beginnings were most unpromising, however. The huge block of marble from which he was to fashion “David” had already been worked on by another sculptor, Simone da Fiesole. In an attempt to carve the legs of a giant figure, Fiesole had hacked away at the marble, mutilating it so severely that his patrons had made him leave the project unfinished. For many years the damaged block lay abandoned, but Michelangelo was determined to get a hold of it–and finally managed to do so in 1501, when he returned to Florence from Rome. Although somewhat hampered by da Fiesole’s carving, he immediately set to work, surrounded by a screen so no one could see what he was doing. In 1504 the finished sculpture was moved to the Piazza della Signoria and unveiled–to reveal the masterpiece that Michelangelo had seen locked within an apparently useless block of stone. From “Artists’ Wisdom” by Diana Craig published by Running Press Being successful doesn’t always begin with a wonderful start. Creativity helps one bring out the best out of the worst situations. Be like Michaelangelo and start creating a masterpiece out of your life! David...

Achieving Your Dreams Expertly

  I was recently reading a Web Page written by Michael A. Wineke and he published an interesting message called “Working Toward Your Dream”. I’d like to share it with you. We’ve talked a lot, over the past few weeks, of making conscious decisions to start living your dreams. Now, we need to look at how we bring those dreams to reality. Each and every one of us can achieve what we set out to accomplish. A simple formula that I use for myself can be summed up in three letters: F. D. P.   F. The first step is to Focus on your goal. See yourself, after you have achieved whatever it is you desire. Every minute detail, from smell, to sound, to sight, create a picture so clear in your mind that you have trouble believing that you aren’t already there! D. An unwavering Determination to reach that goal is next. Decide, TODAY, that you will accept no less of yourself than this accomplishment, and that you WILL NOT give up until it is complete. P. Persistence is the most important part. Commit yourself to working toward your  goal, in some way, every single day. Break down your goal into manageable chunks, and eventually into small daily chunks. While the small activities may not seem like much, in the end, it is normally the small things which were done (or not done) which create success.   Give yourself the permission to use these 3 easy steps to help you make your dreams come true like an expert or you can also be creative and create your own steps that are most comfortable to you. Either way, most important is that you feel at ease and...

Stress Reduction Rules

  Once upon a time, there was a very famous economist who taught at a large university. On the desk in his office, was a large crystal ball with a big crack in it. When a colleague or a student would come into his office for the first time, they almost always would ask him about the crystal ball. The professor would always answer, “I keep the cracked crystal ball on my desk to remind myself not to take myself or my predictions too seriously.” THE TWO RULES OF STRESS REDUCTION: #1. DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF. #2. REALIZE THAT IT’S ALL SMALL STUFF. David...

How Do You Plan To Live This Week?

If you want to make this week a great week, answer these four questions: #1. What’s the BEST thing that can happen to me this week? #2. What’s the WORST thing that can happen to me this week? #3. What can I do to make sure the best thing does happen? #4. What can I do to make sure the worst thing doesn’t happen? Four simple questions. They might be simple to answer but not so easy to implement. Here’s a poem that might help you with your answers… TODAY Outside my window, a new day I see And only I can determine, what kind of day it will be. It can be busy and sunny, laughing and gay, Or boring and cold, unhappy and gray. My own state of mind is the determining key, For I am only the person I let myself be. I can be thoughtful and do all I can to help, Or be selfish and think just of myself. I can enjoy what I do and make it seem fun, Or gripe and complain and make it hard on someone. I can be patient with those who may not understand, Or belittle and hurt them as much as I can. But I have faith in myself and believe what I say And I personally intend to make the most of each day. AUTHOR UNKNOWN May you all choose the most positive and lightful way of making the most out of each day. Spread the love and wonderful radiance inside of you to all the people you meet and talk and you’ll feel the Universe...

You Are More Than What You Consider Yourself To Be

Sharing to you one of the most inspiring quotations I’ve ever known:   “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask our selves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest to the Glory of God this is within us. It’s not just in some of us: it’s in everyone. And as we let our own Light shine. we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. – – 1994 Inaugural Speech Nelson Mandella Keep on expanding that feeling of awesomeness inside you! David...