June 1


Today's Quotation:

Each moment of your life is a brush stroke in the painting of your growing career.  There are the bold, sweeping strokes of one increasing, dynamic purpose.  There are the lights and shadows that make your life deep and strong.  There are the little touches that add the stamp of character and worth.  The art of achievement is the art of making life--your life--a masterpiece.

Wilferd A. Peterson

Today's Meditation:

Every day we contribute to the person we will become one day.  If you envision yourself as a portrait, you'll see how we continue to add to who we are in what could be called brush strokes, some bold and brilliant, some subtle and understated.  We may have a bit of an idea of what the portrait will look like when we finish, but that's just an idea-- there's a very good chance that our contributions to our lives will lead us to be much different than we now think we will be.

Can my life be a masterpiece?  Absolutely.  Will it hang in the Louvre?  Definitely not.  Some of the most beautiful paintings that I've ever seen have been hanging in doctors' or dentists' offices, or they've been on the wall in some college or gallery.  And they've been true masterpieces-- beautiful works that are full of great details and lots of character.

I always remind myself that my life probably isn't one that is going to be up for public scrutiny.  My masterpiece may be seen by no one when it's finished one day, but that's okay by me-- I want the brush strokes to mean something to me, and something to the people I touch in life.  Even if my masterpiece hangs in some hidden room that few people ever visit, that's fine-- the fun is in the creation of it, without being attached to any expectations of what will happen to it when it's done.

Questions to ponder:

1.  What are you contributing to your masterpiece today?

2.  Will it be a tragedy if your masterpiece isn't known the whole world over?

3.  How can you help someone else create his or her masterpiece?

For further thought:

If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Henry David Thoreau

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