“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.” … Michelangelo
I often see life in the same way that Michelangelo saw statues in granite. I am constantly awed by the wonderful surprises that Life has placed everywhere for our delight. I love looking at people and seeing the wondrous souls … “perfect in attitude and action” … that lie within the “rough walls” of the body. When I stop being caught up in the way things look and remember to live from the Center of myself I have the opportunity to see how much beauty is hiding beneath the surface just waiting to leap out and surprise me with its presence. There really is so much wonder and joy and all we have to do is have eyes to see it and patience for time to reveal it.
Sometimes it’s a little harder to see the beauty beneath the tough times than it is at other times. I think that those are the times when it’s even more important that we make the effort to go that extra mile. It is in times of struggle and challenge that we need to really dig deep to see, not only what is hiding around us, but also, the treasures that lie waiting inside of ourselves. It is those times that have the potential to reveal depths to which we normally never go.
I’m going back into the hospital this week for a big operation … followed up in 6 -8 weeks by another one just like the first one. I fought against this idea and it actually happening because at first I couldn’t see the “lovely apparition” beneath the “rough walls” that imprisoned it… only the pain of said walls … however … I finally put on my hard hat, dug out my excavating tools and after much internal digging, pondering and reconsidering I am willing to admit that I see, at least to some degree, the Universe’s potential for beauty and joy; right here in these challenging times.
I figure with nowhere to run off to and nothing pressing that will absolutely-have-to-get-done I will have no excuses for not pursuing one of my great sources of joy. With my ability to physically walk, leap and dance – temporarily on hold – I shall spend my time reminding myself of how to experience the same joyful feelings through writing, pondering, enjoying the budding and opening of Spring from the sanctuary of my deck and sharing all of life with Life. Beneath the challenges of these Nows I see a path of incredible flow and joy opening up… “I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison (it) to reveal it to other eyes as mine see it.”
Godspeed and Arinaste (from my heart to your heart)