Start With What Could Be

“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” _Michelangelo


The story on the street is that Michelangelo would “see” a figure such as an angel or person in a block of stone and chip away until he “released” it from the stone.

Actually that is not true.

Trevin Wax, in his blog 10 of My Favorite Quotes on Writing called it the “Michelangelo myth” — the notion that he saw the final product in a block of marble and then just chipped away unto the figure emerged.

What Michelangelo actually saw was the possibility of a figure that could be carved from a block of marble. Then he’d draw a rough draft and start chipping away…then go back to the drawing board an revise his drawing and chip away some more. He’d keep doing this until…finally…the figure emerged.

What possibilities do you see?

Can you perceive that there is a chance – even a slight chance – that things can be better?

All you need to get started is the seed of an idea of what could be, might be, or hoped to be. You can figure the rest out after you get going.

The ONE THING for today: All you need is an idea of what could be to get started. You can figure the rest out as you chip your way through the details.

Michelangelo’s “Pieta” (1498-99)

I got this picture of the Pieta (Mary holding Jesus after his crucifixion) from the article, “What is the Greatest Michelangelo? The 10 Most Iconic Works by the Renaissance Titan, Ranked.”

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