yourself as a woodcarver and your life as a block of wood that
is to be crafted into a work of art. The woodcarver has a vision
of the finished piece and makes rough sketches on the wood as a
pattern. The woodcarver whittles away at the block, first
chipping off chucks of wood, and then removing thin layers.
first cuts make the biggest difference in appearance. As the
carving process continues, changes are more subtle.
layer, thin slices of wood are carved away until the piece is in
its final form. Sandpaper is carefully used to buff and polish
out the rough spots to add detail, luster, and texture to the
piece. The woodcarver transforms the wood from its original
shape and sculpts it into a masterpiece.
As with our
lives, changes are made one layer at a time. Think of the
changes that are needed in your life in order to make you
happier. Deal with the fringes of your life and start the
process of making the changes that you have identified. Start
trimming the layers gradually. As with the artist who follows a
pattern drawn on the block of wood, so should you change your
life. Once you start changing from the surface layer of your
being, the subtle changes that you initiate may be easier for
you to accept. The transformation that you will make in your
life may appear subtle, but over time you will begin to notice
your progress. Little changes add up over time.
Each of us
is an artist responsible for the sculpting of our lives. We are
constantly adjusting to our needs and circumstances. With
reflection, we think about changes that are needed and discover
what is possible.
We are each
a masterpiece, a composition made up of ideas, knowledge,
creativity, intellect, personality, and experiences. Some of our
talents lay latent. As we continue to polish our essence, we
model ourselves to our fullest potential.
in our lives we made changes that drastically improved our
situation. Factors in our lives motivated us as we recognized
our needs and saw that changes were necessary. We may have
regretted waiting so long to have made the changes and realize
that when we delay action toward making changes, we keep
ourselves from enjoying our improved situation.
face opportunities where changes will be needed. Like New
Yearís resolutions, put the changes you have identified into
action. Recognize that like an artist, all the changes canít
be made in one cut. We are a work in progress.
Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D., Rossetti Enterprises Inc. All
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